Venture Capital II: Starting and Running a Venture-Backed Company
This class will focus on the legal and non-legal tactical details of entrepreneurial endeavors. The legal specifics of corporate formation, tax, and contracts are well covered by a variety of other courses at the Law School and will only be reviewed briefly in this course. Instead, the course will examine the life stages (formation, financing, execution, and exit) of a venture-backed company from the entrepreneur's perspective. Students who are interested in either starting companies or working with startup founders as their legal counsel will solidify their foundations in this course. There will be no textbook - course materials will include PowerPoint slides, readings from various entrepreneur and venture capital blogs, sample business plans, and other sources. Grades will be based on class participation (10%), short reflection papers and/or short problem sets (15%), and a 60 minute oral business plan presentation with accompanying slide deck and written business plan. This course is limited to 16 students with students who have taken VC I receiving priority in enrollment. Prerequisites: A modest background in financial analysis or Excel, such as might be obtained in QM finance (Law 467), is a prerequisite for this course. Venture Capital I will be helpful but is not a prerequisite. CONSENT APPLICATION: To apply for this course, students must complete and e-mail the Consent Application Form available on the SLS Registrar's Office website (see Registration and Selection of Classes for Stanford Law Students) to the instructors. See Consent Application Form for submission deadline. Elements used in grading: Class participation (10%), several short reflection papers and/or short problem sets (15%), and a 60 minute oral business plan presentation with accompanying slide deck and written business plan (75%).
Instructors for this course (Past and Present)F. Daniel Siciliano