This course focuses on the role of venture capital and venture capitalist in selecting, funding, and developing emerging growth companies. Students should expect to complete the course with a basic understanding of the processes employed by those making the risk-reward determinations to fund new and growing companies. The class should be worthwhile for students interested in venture capital, investing in growth companies, working with early stage and growth companies, and entrepreneurship.
Coursework is organized around the activities and challenges faced by venture capitalists in the U.S. and internationally, evaluating new ventures and growth company investment opportunities, reviewing business plans, conducting due diligence, determining valuations, negotiating with management teams, constructing term sheets, working alongside management teams to enhance their businesses, and implementing exit strategies. Course material includes case studies and business plans, with classes featuring a combination of lectures, guests, and student interactions.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Mr. Hayes joined First Round as a partner in 2006, opening up the firm’s San Francisco office. Over the past ten years, he has led multiple landmark investments, including Uber, Square, Planet Labs, Mint.com (acquired by Intuit), Gnip (acquired by Twitter), and Bowery.
Mr. Hayes invests across categories, with particular interest in financial tech, the sharing economy, robotics, agriculture, and...