This course will provide a practical approach to the fundamentals of venture capital investing and the venture capital industry. The course has been designed to offer students exposure to the day-to-day activities of the venture capital business – including strategies for managing investments, investment portfolios, venture capital firms, and an early career in venture capital. Specific topics include investment selection, due diligence, valuation, negotiation, portfolio company management, exits, limited partners, and firm management. Students will develop a perspective and a framework for understanding the practical aspects of the business as well as the current state of the venture capital industry.
Stuart Ellman was a Columbia Business School faculty member from 2003 to 2019.
William Porteous was a Columbia Business School faculty member from 2003 to 2019.