The Naive Developer's Guide to Venture Capital

Accepted Session
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Scheduled: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 from 4:45 – 5:30pm in Fremont


What you need to know before you even think about raising venture or angel capital, presented by a Silicon Valley founder who raised $9m from top tier firms.


Brutally frank whirlwind overview of the venture process, including:

  • The basic steps of the dance
  • The two and a half people you need to know in Silicon Valley
  • The three big mistakes that instantly mark you as a n00b
  • What a founding team looks like
  • If you need a pitch deck, you’ve already lost
  • The poorly-understood long-term consequences of angel money
  • What FOSS-based businesses should NEVER get funded
  • The single most important term to negotiate (not what you think!)
  • Sound like a founder: a glossary of VC-related terms to throw around

You wouldn’t dream of hacking on software without understanding roughly how it works… arm yourself with an overview of how the VC system works before you need it.

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