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FOunder University

Presented & hosted by:

 
 

February 6-7

Applications closed

 

next open dates:

May 7-8, 2018

san francisco, CA

A two-day educational experience for founders who have launched their product but haven't raised a Series A.

*Available to 50 founders selected based on merit.
Commitment to attend both days required.*

*20 Tickets available to purchase for non-founders. 
(Corporate Executives, Investors, Aspiring Founders)*

september 17-18

*for female founders

February 6-7, 2018 CURRICULUM

(Updated frequently)

 

Day 1

Morning session
10:00AM-12:00PM

Pitches & Perfecting your Presentation

Moderator: Jason Calacanis & Erik Moore, Base Ventures

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

minimizing burn rate

Speaker: Jason Calacanis

Keeping your burn rate low is essential to startup survival, but easier said than done. How exactly is this accomplished?

afternoon session
12:00PM-5:00PM 

Legal lunch & learn

WSGR Speakers: Randy Lewis, Partner, Frontier Group (Corporate); Andrew Sparks, Associate, Frontier Group (Corporate)

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

BUILDING BLOCKS PLANNING

Speaker: Mick Liubinskasmuru-D

Simple, useful strategies for business planning, structure & storytelling.  

founder lessons from Seed to series B

Speaker: Andrew Farah, Density

Learn essential strategies & key metrics of getting from Seed to Series B from the founder perspective.

Go to Market Strategy & Growth

Speaker: Rachel Hepworth, Slack

Learn what it really takes to scale your company, and how to measure product-market fit.

5 keys to negotiating a term sheeT & Panel Discussion

Speakers:  Becki DeGraw, WSGR; Vijay Nagappan, Lisa Q. Fetterman, Nomiku

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

dinner & networking

 

DAY 2

morning session
10:00AM-12:00PM

Pitches & Perfecting your Presentation

Moderator: Jason Calacanis & Monique Woodard, (prev.) 500 Startups

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

afternoon session
12:00PM-5:00PM

LUNCH & networking
 

Funding your startup

Speaker: Jenny Lefcourt, Freestyle Capital

How to best present your business to seed-stage vcs to get capital, what to include in a pitch deck, what to have ready in an appendix (and what to leave out), & learn common mistakes founders make and how to avoid them.

Optimizing Sales Pipeline

Speaker: Whitney Sales, The Sales Method

Learn strategies & best practices to immediately & drastically increase your sales prospects. 

you've raised seed: now what?

Speaker: Charles Hudson, Precursor Ventures

How to avoid the common mistakes founders make after closing a seed round & learn ways to use your seed round to maximize the probability of getting a Series A round.

Build your pre-series a team

Speaker: Beth Scheer, Homebrew

Learn how to get from seed stage to series A from a hiring standpoint, tactics on hiring a diverse, well rounded team that will be ready for series A, including the specific functions you need each stage and beyond.