FOunder University

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Supporting Partner:


Founder University is a three-day curriculum for founders who have launched their product
but haven't raised Series A. 

Commitment to attend each day is required.

next Class:

February 11-13, 2019

san francisco, CA


Available to 60 founders selected based on merit. The class is free of charge for the accepted founders.



If you are a non-founder (Investor, Sales Exec, Aspiring Founder) and would like to attend, we have a few spots available to purchase.






*General admission: all founders with product in market but before Series A are eligible to apply


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Curriculum (Updated frequently)



Morning Session

Pitches & Perfecting your Presentation

Moderator: Jason Calacanis & Jenny Lefcourt, Freestyle Capital

Founders get 2 minutes to pitch their startup to Jason & Jenny & then receive candid feedback to make it 20x better.

afternoon Session


Speakers: Dave Brekke & Nico Kerr, WSGR

Free legal advice. Get your startup legal questions answered by Attorneys at WSGR over lunch.

Communications: crushing your pr

Speaker: Eitan Bencuya, Square (prev., DoorDash, Google)

Tricks of the trade on telling your startup’s story as you scale: what, how and to whom.

go to market strategy

Speaker: Roland Ligtenberg, Housecall Pro

Learn what it really takes to scale your company, and what techniques work best for sales and growth.

Founder Lessons

Speaker: TBD

Lessons learned growing startup from Seed through Series A.

raising through crowdequity funding

Speakers: Chuck Pettid & Matt Melbourne, Republic

Crowdquity is a new fundraising vehicle for startups. Is it right for you? Find out the how and why of raising money online.

5 keys to negotiating a term sheeT & Panel Discussion

Speaker:  WSGR

This discussion covers the most important elements of a Series A term sheet to prepare founders for the negotiation phase.

dinner & networking

Presented by WSGR


morning session

Pitches & Perfecting your Presentation

Moderator: Jason Calacanis & Clara Brenner, Urban Innovation Fund

Founders get 2 minutes to pitch their startup to Jason & Clara & then receive candid feedback to make it 20x better.

afternoon session

LUNCH & networking

fundraising metrics

Speaker: Sara Desphpande, Maven Ventures

What are investors looking for? What metrics do you need to secure a Seed or Series A round? And, most importantly, how do you achieve them?

marketing to scale

Speaker: Aaron Magness, Brandless (prev., Betabrand, Zappos)

Marketing that works: best strategies from email to beyond digital into the physical world.

optimizing your sales pipeline

Speaker: TBD

Learn the art of cold calling, targeted emailing, and other secret strategies to acquire customers.

Fundraising through incubators & syndicates

Spearkers: Jason Demant, LAUNCH & Ashley Whitehurst, LAUNCH

Learn insider tips from the LAUNCH Managing Directors on how to fundraise, leverage our incubator, and raise through our syndicate.

happy hour

Presented by WSGR


optional off-site retreat: hiking, networking & startup challenges