Mastering the VC Game: How to Raise Your First Round of Capital

, General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners

You've been working on a big idea and need financing to get it going: but how do you go about raising your first round of funding? What's the difference between angel, seed, and VC investors? How do you go about valuing your company and deciding on equity?

In this class, students will learn more about the startup financing landscape, how to find investors, how to pitch them, how to understand term sheets, and other tips for raising a first round of financing.

The class format will have a short lecture followed by Q&A from the audience. Pizza & drinks will be served after!

*Note: The first 20 students that register for this class will receive a copy of my book, "Mastering the VC Game"

All proceeds for this class will go towards supporting HackHarvard, a winter incubator program for helping students launch their first startups.

Jeff Bussgang

General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners

Jeff is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at HBS and a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, whose investment interests and entrepreneurial experience are in consumer, Internet commerce, marketing services, software and mobile start-ups. Jeff currently represents the firm on the boards of Cartera CommerceClickSquaredConvoke SystemsDataXui4cp, SavingStarSimpleTuitionand is a board observer at ZestCash.  Jeff was previously a director at Brontes Technologies (acquired by 3M), BzzAgent (acquired by Tesco), go2Media, oneforty (acquired by HubSpot), PanGo Networks (merged with InnerWireless), Ready Financial (merged with AccountNow), tracx, Transpera (acquired by Tremor Video).

Jeff's book on venture capital and entrepreneurship, Mastering the VC Game, is an insider's guide for entrepreneurs on financing and company-building. The book has been hailed by the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, TechCrunch and The Financial Times as an essential guide for entrepreneurs.  The first chapter of Mastering the VC Game can be downloaded here.

Jeff serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard Business School’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship and has co-authored three HBS cases that are taught in “Founder’s Dilemma” (Curt Schilling’s Next Pitch) and “Launching Technology Ventures” (foursquare and Predictive BioSciences).  Jeff is the co-author of "Ruling The Net", a 1996 Harvard Business Review article on the Internet’s potential for commerce.  He is also on the board of MITX, the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange and is a Founding Executive Committee Member of FirstGrowth Venture Network, a network of venture and angel investors supporting first and second time entrepreneurs building exciting companies in the New York area.

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