Funding Your Business: Demystifying Venture Capital

Albert Wenger, Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures

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16 Videos (1h 2m)
    • Introduction

      2:26
    • I. Why Businesses Need Financing

      3:03
    • I. Equity vs. Debt

      2:04
    • I. Why Venture Capital?

      5:50
    • I. Venture Capital: Pros and Cons

      3:59
    • II. Seed Financing

      2:51
    • II. Dilution

      5:55
    • II. Raising a Round

      4:14
    • II. Convertible Note vs. Priced Seed Round

      2:10
    • III. Meeting Investors

      4:27
    • III. Pitching

      5:48
    • III. The Fundraising Process

      5:24
    • IV. Term Sheet

      9:19
    • IV. Final Steps

      2:52
    • Closing

      1:13
    • Ready for More?

      0:41
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About This Class

Ready to raise money for your business? Join Union Square Ventures Managing Partner Albert Wenger and learn how to navigate the world of venture capital with confidence!

Why do businesses need financing? What are pros and cons of raising venture capital funding? How do you get started, and what are best practices for success? This friendly and informative 60-minute class is a perfect introduction to the world of fundraising—giving you insights, vocabulary, and tips you can put into action right away.

You'll learn:

  • Whether venture capital funding is right for your business
  • How to get started with seed financing
  • Best practices for meeting, pitching, and persuading investors
  • How to navigate a term sheet

Lessons will be especially useful for aspiring entrepreneurs, founders, and enthusiasts curious about how promising companies get funded. It's time to get your business ready for success!

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For somebody who never was a Business or Entrepreneur major in college, this lesson truly helped me understand the steps.
Lesley Rowland

YouTuber and future Entrepreneur

Thanks for this very timely info, was recently thinking about funding to grow my company. These steps will definitely point me in the right direction. Thanks
I have learned quite a bit about of information I did not know concerning securing funding for my business. I appreciate these classes because in the absence of having no one I can seek certain business advice, these classes are priceless.

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Albert Wenger

Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures

Albert Wenger is a partner at Union Square Ventures (USV), a New York-based early stage VC firm focused on investing in disruptive networks. USV portfolio companies include: Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, Etsy, Kickstarter, Shapeways, and Skillshare.

Before joining USV, Albert was the president of del.icio.us through the company’s sale to Yahoo. He previously founded or co-founded five companies, including a management consulting firm (in Germany), a hosted data analytics company, ...

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