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FOunder University

Presented & hosted by:

 
 

A two-day curriculum for founders who have launched their product but haven't raised Series A

*Available to 60 founders selected based on merit
Commitment to attend both days required

Next Class:

JUNE 4-5, 2018

san francisco, CA

Accepted applicants will be notified by May 14th.

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

UPCOMING DATES

 

Aug.

6-7

*All founders eligible to apply

sepT.

17-18

*Underrepresented founders

 

founder university Mentors

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founder university CURRICULUM April 9-10

 

Day 1

Morning session
10:00AM-12:00PM

Pitches & Perfecting your Presentation

Moderator: Jason Calacanis & Zach Coelius

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

 

afternoon session
12:00PM-5:00PM 

Legal lunch & learn

Speakers: David Brekke, WSGR & Nico Kerr, WSGR

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

Fundraising from Seed to Series B

Speaker: Domingo Guerra, Appthority

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

The Founder’s Guide to Online Fundraising

Speaker: Ryan Feit, SeedInvest

Learn what every founder needs to know about raising capital online.  Hear about the different types of securities exemptions and how to avoid some of the major pitfalls of equity crowdfunding and ICOs.

Optimizing Sales Pipeline

Speaker: Mei Siauw, LeadIQ

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

Forming your Board: why & when

Speaker: Clara Brenner, Urban Innovation Fund

Is having a board at an early stage right for your startup? (And did you know you already have one?) The whys-why nots, do-don'ts of board governance before Series A.

5 keys to negotiating a term sheeT & Panel Discussion

Speakers:  Mark Reinstra, WSGR; David Ron, TruValue Labs; Prateek Alsi, Investor

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

DAY 2

morning session
10:00AM-12:00PM

Pitches & Perfecting your Presentation

Moderator: Jason Calacanis

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

afternoon session
12:00PM-5:00PM

LUNCH & networking
 

go-to market strategy & Growth

Speaker: Nick Soman, Decent (fmr Growth Lead, Gusto)

HOW TO 10X YOUR PEOPLE

Speaker: Shane Metcalf, 15Five

Best strategies to build and scale company culture & 10x your team.

Hiring to scale

Speaker: Maren Kate Donovan, Recruit (fmr Zirtual)

In late 2015 Maren laid off 400+ overnight. The startup she co-founded had raised $5m and grown rapidly; but had also made critical people errors as the company scaled. Learn from her experiences scaling a startup & the importance of making hiring your company’s largest investment.

what investors look for

Speaker: Sara Deshpande, Maven Ventures

Growth metrics and best practices for building a billion-dollar business.