Venture Capital 101
In this unit we will cover the various types of entrepreneurial capital, and how they differ. We will define "institutional" venture capital, and learn how to position our startup in the proper stage, sector, and thesis to navigate the capital pipeline. We will discuss "cost of capital." We will learn why investors stage investment. We will learn how to frame a hypothesis, raise our valuation by de-risking aspects of our business, and lower the cost of future capital. We will learn how to calculate our burn rate and define our runway, and learn how this implies the amount of money we should raise. We will also learn about nine criteria that investors use to evaluate companies and deals. This is not an exhaustive list, but this is an illustrative example of how investors are thinking about your business. They are looking at things like team, market, technology, problem, and solution.
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