Fundraising Advice from a Successful Venture Capitalist

By an Award Winning MBA Prof, IVY League MBA, former Goldman Employee with Hedge Fund & Venture Capital Experience
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  • Length 3.5 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

** According to Business Insider: "Haroun is one of the highest rated professors on Udemy, so you can expect to be in good hands through the course of your education." **

This course willteach you everything you need to know about raising money from anyone, including venture capital firms from an award winning business school professor, venture capitalist, entrepreneur and author including:

  • Learn the secrets of networking and how to get a meeting with almost anyone.
  • Learn how to pitch your business model to anyone including venture capital firms.
  • Learn what you should and should not include in your presentation slides.
  • Learn how to present your business model like Steve Jobs.
  • Learn how to turn "no" into "yes".

...and much more.

Chris has over 20 years of experience in raising money, starting companies and advising companies including work experience at Goldman Sachs and founding several companies. He has raised over $1bn. He has an MBA in finance from Columbia University and he is an award winning business school professor and frequent guest lecturer at Stanford and Berkeley. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area and he is a partner at a prominent venture capital firm. Chris has written numerous articles in VentureBeat, Entrepreneur Magazine, Wired Magazine, AlleyWatch, Pulse as well as an interview on venture capital on Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) which is Hong Kong's oldest and sole public service broadcaster.

Thank you,
Chris Haroun

What are the requirements?

  • Nothing except a positive attitude and a lot of passion : )

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Dramatically increase your chances of raising money (22 lessons taught by an award winning graduate business school professor, venture capitalist, author and entrepreneur).
  • Understand how to raise money from high net worth investors, venture capitalists and strategics/corporations.
  • Understand how to present like Steve Jobs to investors.
  • Understand what to include in your pitch presentation to investors.
  • Understand how to network and get meetings with potential investors.

Who is the target audience?

  • Entrepreneurs interested in raising money by pitching their business models to venture capital firms or other investors.
  • Entrepreneurs interested in how to create a compelling investor presentation.
  • Entrepreneurs interested in how to network.
  • Executives interested in fine turning their business model presentation skills.
  • Students interested in how to create and present business models.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Raising Money Overview

Biography. I have raised over $1bn in my career with work experience at Goldman Sachs, a few hedge funds, companies I have started and also as a venture capitalist, which is my current profession. I am also an award winning graduate school finance and management professor.


Course overview. At the end of this course you will know how to get meetings with the right people and how to present with the right money raising content. The goal of this course is to materially increase your chances of raising money from high net worth investors, venture capital firms and corporations.

Section 2: Secrets of Money Raising Networking. How do I get Meetings?

Relationships are more important than product knowledge. Learn how to leverage your university, graduate school and high school in order to get investor meetings with people you have never met before.


People from similar backgrounds really want to help you! You need to ask for help. Ask and you shall receive.


Networking with people that worked at the same company you used to work for is a worthwhile money raising networking strategy.

3 questions

Quiz covering networking best practices.

Section 3: Raise Money By Presenting like Steve Jobs to Investors
Part 1 of a 3 part series on how to give incredible investor presentations.

Part 2 of a 3 part series on how to give incredible investor presentations.


Part 3 of a 3 part series on how to give incredible investor presentations.

Section 4: Your Investor Presentation Slides / Business Model Plan Pitch

Less is more. Simple secrets on what high net worth investors, venture capitalists and strategic investors like to see in your investor presentation.

3 questions

Quiz on various investor presentation topics.

Section 5: Who is your Investor Audience?

As a venture capitalist, I see hundreds of presentations each year. Learn what most venture capital firms are looking for when deciding whether or not to invest in a company.


Strategic/corporate investors have different investment objectives than venture capital or high net worth investors.


High net worth investors require a different investor pitch approach.

3 questions

Quiz covering some of the most important qualities that investors are looking for.

Section 6: Section 6: Additional Money Raising Topics

Networking never ends : )


Turning a weakness into a strength; how to deal with "no" from an investor.


Marc Zuckerberg wasn't experienced when he launched Facebook. What can you do to have investors take you more seriously? How can you give investors comfort that you and your team have enough experience to succeed?

Other Sources of Investors and Government Grants

Part 1 of a 2 part series on crucial legal issues to consider when raising money.


Part 2 of a 2 part series on crucial legal issues to consider when raising money.


Venture capital only exists in the US because of Sputnik. Learn the fascinating history of the VC sector and why so many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs 'think different'.

The Top Secrets of the Top Entrepreneurs

I have met with Bill Gates and many other successful entrepreneurs. Learn the 3 things all incredibly successful entrepreneurs have in common.

3 questions

Questions covering various topics from Section 6.

Section 7: Summary. Raise $ and Watch Your Business Take Off : )

Congratulations on finishing the course! Please send me a message if I can help you with your goals. Thanks!

Section 8: Free Course + Bonus Lecture: Coupons/Discounts on Other Courses I Teach

Free course on how to Teach on Udemy called "40 Tips on Making a Great Online Course (Save Time & Money)":

This free course will help you save time and money when creating your online courses. Learn from my mistakes. Creating an online course is easier than you think; in this course I will humbly teach you how to work smarter (not harder) by discussing 40 tips/best practices I have learned the hard way teaching online over the past 12 months.

Topics we will cover include:

  • Technology to use to make your online courses
  • What should you teach?
  • Structure of your courses
  • Delivery (how you present/teach)
  • Promoting your course
  • Customer/student communications (the customer is always right)
  • Legal issues (protect your intellectual property)
  • What to do if your course isn’t selling
  • The easiest way ever to write a book version of your course!
  • And much more...

I will be making an annual free course like this one every November that discusses solutions to problems I encountered during my year of creating courses so that you won't have the same issues that I have had (and therefore you can work smarter and not harder). 


Bonus Lecture: Coupons/Discounts on Other Courses I Teach

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Instructor Biography

Prof. Chris Haroun, Award Winning MBA Professor, Venture Capitalist and Author.

** Chris teaches full-time on Udemy; he is the author of the #1 best selling business course on Udemy called "An Entire MBA in 1 Course," which has been purchased by more than 72,000 students in 8 languages in 193 countries in the past 12 months. **  He has also published 27 other courses on Udemy.

** According to Business Insider  "Haroun is one of the highest rated professors on Udemy, so you can expect to be in good hands through the course of your education." **

Chris is also the author of the book "101 Crucial Lessons They Don't Teach You in Business School," which Business Insider wrote is "the most popular book of 2016 according to Business Insider readers." In 2015 Forbes called this book "1 of 6 books that all entrepreneurs must read right now."

Chris is also the founder and CEO of Haroun Education Ventures, which has 3 areas of focus: 1: Edtech Venture Capital, 2: Education Charities and 3: Education Online Business & Self Development Courses. In addition he is an award winning business school professor, MBA graduate from Columbia University and former Goldman Sachs employee. He has raised/managed over $1bn in his career.

Chris is passionate about educational charities and he is on the board of directors of several tech companies and ‘The Lemo Foundation’, which offers scholarships and mentoring to East Palo Alto students where the high school graduation rate is only 40%. He is also on the board of Providing Opportunities for Women (P.O.W.) which was founded by a few of his business school students. 

He also has work experience at hedge fund giant Citadel, consulting firm Accenture & several firms that he has started, including an investment firm that had a venture capital investment in Facebook several years before the Facebook IPO.

He is a a frequent lecturer at several Bay Area business schools including Berkeley, Stanford, The Hult International School of Business and San Francisco State University. Chris also has an undergraduate degree with a major in Management Information Systems and International Business from McGill University where he is a McGill University Dobson Fellow (awarded for his work mentoring McGill students with venture capital start up business models).

Chris has written numerous articles and has been interviewed or profiled in Forbes, Business Insider, Entrepreneur Magazine, VentureBeat, Wired Magazine, AlleyWatch and several television, podcast and radio interviews, including one with Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) which is Hong Kong's oldest and sole public service broadcaster. He has his own entrepreneurship column in Inc. magazine.

Chris Haroun's goals are:

1: Access: To help make education accessible and affordable to every person in every country (and without firewalls) by investing in disruptive edTech companies through his company (Haroun Education Ventures).

2: Give: If you work for a charity, Chris is more than happy to give you all of his online business and self development courses for free to every employee at every charity in the world; simply send him a LinkedIn message and he will send you coupons for all of his courses at 100% off.

3: Edutainment: His passion is to "make business education impactful and entertaining with no boring theory; edutainment works!"

Chris is very passionate about education, education related charities and edTech start-ups/companies as he believes that all problems in the world can be solved via education; please see his recent TEDx Talk on this topic. He lives in Hillsborough, California with his wife Christine and 3 sons who are also passionate about baseball…especially the Toronto Blue Jays! : ) 

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