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FOunder University

Presented & hosted by:

 
 

December 4-5, 2017
san francisco

A full 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)*

UPCOMING DATES 2018

 

Feb

February 6-7, 2018

San Francisco, CA

*For underrepresented founders

MAY

May 7-8, 2018

San Francisco, CA

 

 

Sept

September 17-18, 2018

San Francisco, CA

*For female founders
 

 

DECEMBER 4-5, 2017 CURRICULUM

 

Day 1

Morning session
9:30AM-12:00PM

Pitches & Perfecting your Presentation

Moderator: Jason Calacanis & Brian Alvey

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

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.

afternoon session
12:00PM-5:00PM 

Legal lunch & learn

Get your startup legal questions answered by Attorney Bob O’Connor & the team at WSGR over lunch.

The Art of the Pitch

Speaker: Aaron Holm, Blokable

What makes a deck and story so compelling ... and why is that important? Learn how to perfect your story and put together the best deck possible to gain interest.

Team & Culture

Speaker: David Hassell, 15Five

How to build a strong, ethical company culture and amazing team. Learn how to build the foundation for mission, values and leadership.

Optimizing Sales Pipeline

Speaker: Mei Siauw, LeadIQ

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

5 keys to negotiating a term sheeT & Panel Discussion

Speakers: Damien Weiss (WSGR), Vijay Nagappan (MHS Capital)  

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
9:30AM-12:00PM

raising money through Syndicates

Speaker: Ashley Whitehurst, LAUNCH 

Overview of the Syndicate process & how to decide whether it's the right fundraising vehicle for your startup.

Proactive M&A & M&A Panel Discussion

Speaker: Rishi Garg, Mayfield Fund (prev. VP Corporate Dev & Strategy, Twitter). Panel: Rishi Garg; Todd Cleary, WSGR; Matt Lucas, Goldman Sachs

For many founders -- even seasoned, serial founders -- M&A is a black box process. Learn how to understand the M&A process, how to be proactive, and how to get the right help.

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

METRICS & OPERATING PLANS for series a

Speaker: Mar Hershenson, Pear.vc

Learn the metrics that you need to hit to raise institutional funding, and how to create the operating plans to realize them.  

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.

LESSONS LEARNED IN FUNDRAISING FROM SEED THROUGH SERIES B

Speaker: Gino Zahnd, Cozy

Choosing & securing A-list investors, nailing fundraising rounds, staying focused, surviving founder break-up, and many more lessons you won't hear anywhere else.

Eliminating Dealbreakers

Speaker: Clara Brenner, Urban Innovation Fund

Avoid common pitfalls of the fundraising process. Learn how to deal with setbacks and how to move forward through tough times. Be knowledgeable about how a down round or a messy cap table could impact you, and what to do about it to be prepared.