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How to Invest in Startups - Expert Reveals Winning Secrets.

Launch your new startup, become a successful entrepreneur, and create your own financial future.
4.5 (10 ratings)
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2,867 students enrolled
Created by Ross Blankenship
Last updated 10/2016
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 8.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 75 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Be part of America's hottest, fastest-growing startups: In this comprehensive 4-week boot camp, entrepreneurs and founders (like you) will learn how to create the next big-company – the next billion-dollar empire – while early-stage investors will get inside access to learn how to invest in the next big IPOs and future billion-dollar companies.
  • Mission: to help entrepreneurs and founders build the next billion-dollar companies, and to give investors early-access to invest in the next icons - Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates - and future IPOs.
  • Get inside access to the term sheets of the billion-dollar unicorn startups.
  • Be able to rank startups for your own understanding.
  • See into the hottest deal flow in American venture capital.
  • Understand financial statements, Profit/Loss, Balance Sheets, Profitability, and Cash Flow.
  • First-hand basics of UI/UX, Front-End Design, and Back-End Coding (Ruby, Python, Wordpress, and PHP)
  • Calculate startup valuations and ways you can get better deals.
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Requirements
  • Be able to view video, take notes, and ask questions!
Description

"How to Invest in Startups": The Startup Hunt: Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs & Investors - Venture Capital Expert Reveals Winning Secrets to Help You Create a Successful Startup. 

Now offered on UDEMY for a limited time: 4-week period (Regular $2700 value).  We ONLY ask that upon signing up for our course, you purchase our accompanying book on Amazon titled "Kings Over Aces" by Ross D. Blankenship and you place a 5-Star review here on Udemy if you enjoy our course.  We love helping startups and founders like you, so.... Thank you! :)  

Founders: Create your own billion-dollar startup companies and launch your own new profitable company.

Investors: Get access to invest in seed, series A and early-stage, mega-hits. 

To help entrepreneurs and founders build the next billion-dollar companies; to help investors profit by early investing in future IPOs and founders like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and J.K Rowling.  This investing course, and our company, Angel Kings, will help you get to the next level.  Whether you’ve got a business idea you want to pursue, or you’ve got the money to invest, we’ll guide you through every step of startups, until you’re ready to IPO.  From the term sheet, financials, to how to negotiate your first deal, this course contains everything you need to get started investing.  **Book purchase is highly encouraged**

“The most comprehensive course for founders and investors, wanting to build great companies for future generations.”

About the Course:

In this comprehensive 4-week boot camp, entrepreneurs and founders (like you) will learn how to create the next big-company – the next billion-dollar empire – while early-stage investors will get inside access to learn how to invest in the next big IPOs and future billion-dollar companies.

Official Course Instructions

In order to receive your official course certificate and letter of recommendation, you must complete the following weekly instructions. 

You can complete this course at your own pace, faster or slower, whichever you choose. 

  • For founders, you must complete these lessons to receive your certificate. 
  • For investors, we highly recommend you also complete these instructions, but you’re free to simply watch and learn from the videos.
  • All questions within these lessons are located in the Course Overview document.  

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Week 1:  How to Find the Next Billion-Dollar Founders & Future Icons (People)

  1. Read Part 1 of our bestselling book, "Kings Over Aces." (You can Purchase on Amazon.)
  2. Download the official course syllabus and overview.
  3. Review and take notes on Part 1 of videos.  You should watch these videos over the course of 3 to 5 days and re-review at least two times to understand the fundamentals of startup investing.
  4. Visit our Startup Rankings site, which you can find at our Angel Kings (website) and choose your favorite startup.
  5. Based on the startup you’ve chosen, answer questions from the course syllabus on Part 1: People.
  6. Complete Part 1 Quiz.

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Week 2: The “Product Hunt”: Which products become billion-dollar empires… and why? (Products)

  1. Read Part 2 of Kings Over Aces focusing on Top Startups. 
  2. Review videos and take notes on Part 2.  Use examples from the startup company you’ve chosen. 
  3. Select a startup from the past that has failed (examples from "Kings Over Aces") and explain why in 500 words or less you believe they weren’t able to succeed.  What would you have done differently? Include in the quiz below.

  4. Answer all questions from Part 2 of the course syllabus and complete the Quiz. 

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Week 3: How to Build a Scalable Process & Startup Traction to Become a Billion-Dollar Company & The Startup Financials: How to Best Understand the Economics and Control of the Term Sheet Deal.

  1. Read the the remainder of Kings Over Aces.
  2. Download an official “Term Sheet” online using Y-Combinator's "SAFE Agreement" which you can search for online.  
  3. Scenario: complete the term sheet filling in all relevant information on a convertible note based on the startup you chose in Part 1/Week 1.  Upload this term sheet using the form below.  
  4. Complete the Quiz on Part 3 & 4 below.

Week 4: Bonus Section – Top Resources to Help Founders Build Profitable Startups & Our Investors Maximize Profits. 

  1. Re-review videos in Part 2 & 3.  You should watch these at least two times and be able to demonstrate full knowledge when asked.
  2. Find the best pitch deck (online) you’ve ever seen… (it could be yours) and email us with reasons why you believe this company will succeed, what things stand out the most in the pitch deck, and what’s missing…if anything. 

This is your chance to invest in startups, build your own great company, and become a successful entrepreneur who understand finance and investing!

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Investors
  • Startup Founders
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Company CEOs, COOs, and VPs
  • Anyone who wants to understand the Startup World and Investing
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Curriculum For This Course
145 Lectures
08:31:24
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Let's make some money!
2 Lectures 08:29

Curriculum Overview.

Curriculum for Course
02:32

Introduction to Course
05:57
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Part 1: How to Find the Next Billion-Dollar Founders & Future Icons (People)
29 Lectures 01:34:47
Ross' Bio: How I went from entrepreneur to investor (and will too.)
03:54

Find. Profit. Build.
02:54

Who invests in startups?
01:32

How risky is startup investing?
02:49

Amazing facts about startup investing - answers to "ROI" and percentage return on investment vs. stocks, bonds, mutual funds and ETFs.

3 Reasons why you should invest in startups...
00:56

Blankenship's Startup Valuation Method. You Need to Know This...
03:44

Why are valuation methods are so strict...
03:01

How startup founders become billionaires - Traits and Skills they share...
01:21

3 Things every successful startup team shares...
03:45

7 Things to know about investing in founders (people first.)
05:26

Skills and traits of the most successful billionaires and founders...
04:13

"Passionate Founders" - why passion can only take you so far...
02:14

4 Categories of startup founders...
02:23

What's an "ambivert"? Why it matters for investors...
05:45

How to spot an "ambivert" founder...
02:52

Why you should only invest in "ambivert" founders...
02:12

What to say when you meet with startup founders...
04:29

How to spot calculated risk takers.
03:29

The "Inaction Principle" - why you need to know this before investing...
03:27

The Top 5 Biggest Startup Failures in History
02:55

How to avoid startup failure and inaction...
01:40

Invest in "Erudite" Founders.
03:09

Key Secrets to Finding Startup Talent.
05:09

Dedicated "All-in" Founders...
07:08

How does your startup score?
04:07

Key Questions to ask before investing in people/founders...
04:13

Where are these talented founders... how to find the next Zuckerberg.
02:54

End of Part I
01:44

These payment processors and apps will make your startup serious money, much quicker.  

Bonus to Part I: Download and Reference Materials
01:22

A quiz to demonstrate your knowledge on section 1 discussing the most successful founders and CEOs of all-time.  

Section 1 Quiz: Top Founders (People)
5 questions
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Part 2: The “Product Hunt”: Which products become billion-dollar empires & why..
26 Lectures 01:53:57
The Product Hunt: Finding the next big products.
00:48

3 Must-Read Books to Understand Investing.
04:44

Learn The Basics About Your Product
03:30

ELEVATOR Product Assessment
08:53

Blankenship Startup Valuation Method Applied to Product
07:02

Does the Product Have Potential?
01:50

Why Do Some Startup Products Fail?
03:26

Get Excited About Your Product
00:54

Will The Product Be Around For A Long Time?
03:52

Are People Crazy Addicted to the Product?
03:45

Is the Product Habit Forming?
08:37

Is There A Demand For The Product?
08:37

Prove The Demand With Your MVP
04:31

Steady Increase of Month to Month Revenue
08:37

Cautionary Tale of the Startup Growth Charts
04:59

How Big is the Total Addressable Market?
04:47

Are People Sharing Your Product?
06:31

Are People Repeat Customers for the Product?
05:51

Apple on the Blankenship Valuation Method
02:53

How Does Facebook Score on the Blankenship Valuation Method?
03:26

Facebook on the Blankenship Valuation Method Continued
08:37

Virgin on the Blankenship Valuation Method
02:32

JK Rowling and the Harry Potter Empire
00:36

How Harry Potter Became A 20 Billion Dollar Empire
01:44

Bottom Line Before You Invest
01:20

Blankenship Startup Valuation Method: Metrics Matter
01:35

Demonstrate your knowledge of Section 2 here...

Section 2 Quiz: The Product Hunt
5 questions
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Part 3: How to Build a Scalable Process & Startup Traction
30 Lectures 01:09:50
Introduction to Part 3
00:45

7 Ways To Develop a Process and CAPTURE Traction
04:48

Blankenship Valuation Method for Process and Traction
02:55

Process and Traction Defined
01:29

Better Process Brings Amazing Traction
00:59

Clear Roles For Process On The Founding Team
02:47

3 Most Important Members of a Founding Team
03:36

As Your Team Grows and Enters Year 2
01:45

Questions To Determine Clear Roles For Your Team
01:29

Roles of the Facebook Founding Team
02:10

Clear Roles Turning A Company Into A Unicorn
04:07

Invest in Startups That Have Clear Roles For Its Founders
03:30

Automate Your Delivery Process Within One Year
01:48

AirBnB Case Study
03:45

Case Study of Facebook - Part 1
01:14

Case Study of Facebook - Part 2
01:37

Process Questions To Ask and Answer
01:40

Does Your Product Create A Need?
02:00

Examples of Products That Created A Need
01:43

3 Ross Rules About Product Needs
02:08

Case Study of Products That Created a Need
03:08

4 Categories of Products that Created a Need
04:08

Does Your Startup Create A Need?
00:46

Establishing Thought Leadership
01:01

Examples of Founders Who Are Thought Leaders
03:02

5 Ways To Establish Your Thought Leadership
04:44

Understand Your Customers and Competitors
01:41

Respond To Your Customers and Make It Right
02:55

Energy Savings Matter
01:13

What's Your Process and Traction Score?
00:57

Demonstrate your knowledge of Ross' expert course on investing...

Section 3 Quiz: Process and Traction
5 questions
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Part 4: The Startup Financials: How to Best Understand the Economics and Control
38 Lectures 02:27:14
Economics vs. Control
00:30

What are the Concepts That Matter Most to Founders?
02:11

Raising and Investing Capital in Startups
02:18

FAQs About Fundraising
02:02

FAQs About Startup Investing
04:09

Rules To Know For A Startup Investor
02:55

3 Ways To Structure Your Startup
04:16

How To Divide Equity Among Founders
07:05

How To Calculate Startup Valuation
02:04

Is Your Valuation Reasonable?
04:40

5 Ways Startup Investors and Founders Rich
04:44

Who's in Control of Your Startup?
06:52

The Articles of Incorporation
06:14

What You Need To Know About Corporate Bylaws
03:27

What Startups and Founders Need to Know About the Term Sheet
04:50

5 Rules To Get The Best Deal For Investors and Founders
05:56

The Term Sheet Analyzed
04:52

Pre-Money vs. Post-Money Valuation
03:04

Common Stock vs Preferred Stock
02:28

Conversion Rights on the Term Sheet
03:17

3 Things You Need To Know About Convertible Notes
03:41

3 Things You Need To Know About Convertible Notes - Part 2
03:21

3 Things You Need To Know About Convertible Notes - Part 3
02:51

Uncapped vs. Capped Note
04:32

What is a SAFE Agreement?
02:22

What is a SAFE Agreement? Part 2
02:07

Shareholder and Subscription Agreement
06:04

Term Sheet vs Subscription Purchase Agreement
04:18

Dividends on the Term Sheet
02:15

Liquidation Preference on the Term Sheet
04:32

Protective Provisions Explained
03:55

Pro Rata Rights Explained
03:25

Drag Along Rights Explained
02:13

Pay to Play Provisions Explained
02:55

Employee Options Pool and Vesting
04:12

How To Raise A Seed Round
05:35

How To Raise a Series A Round
04:56

Who is the Best Incubator?
06:06

Demonstrate your knowledge of startup financials and venture capital...

Part 4: Breaking through the Financials!
5 questions
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Part 5: Bonus Section – Top Resources to Help Founders Build Profitable Startups
20 Lectures 01:17:29
Bonus Resource for Startups and Investors
02:54

Best Way To Hire Better People
10:16

How To Write A Better Resume
06:20

Learn How To Code: 4 Must-Know Languages
04:32

5 Guaranteed Tips To Sell Your Product
07:27

How To Convert Sales Leads
05:05

Top 5 AB Software Testing Tools
01:26

5 Best Websites on What People Want To Buy
02:29

Top 5 Free Growth Hacking Strategies
03:49

Top 5 SEO Software Resources
01:26

Top 3 Social Media Automation Tools
01:27

"Good To Great" Inside Lessons
03:47

Lessons From "Zero To One"
03:10

How A Venture Capital Fund Works
06:33

What is a Startup Unicorn?
02:48

InDinero Review
01:01

How To Read A Balance Sheet
03:23

How To Read A Profit and Loss Statement
03:06

How To Read A Cash Flow Statement
04:43

How To Calculate EBITDA
01:47
About the Instructor
Ross Blankenship
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Investing Expert, 3x Entrepreneur & 6x Bestselling Author

Ross Blankenship ("The Investing King") is a top-ranked investor and expert angel investor in many of America's hottest, fastest-growing companies. Ross Blankenship is an investing expert and author on topics such as short-term trading and long-term investing fundamentals that can grow investment portfolios.

Ross Blankenship is a leading media expert on investing, trading stocks and how to make money. Blankenship advises television, newspaper and online broadcasts on topics such as investing and finance for consumers. Blankenship's financial advice is backed with a deep quantitative and analytical approach, combined with previous experience as a 3x entrepreneur and 6x bestselling author on investing and stocks. 

Ross Blankenship is the Founding Partner and CEO at Angel Kings, a private equity and venture capital ("VC") firm focused on VC for early-stage startups raising capital. Angel Kings provides angel investor and venture capitalists the opportunity to invest in America's top startups.

His bestselling book on venture capital and angel investing was released a few months ago. Kings Over Aces has been called, "the best books on startups and investing." Blankenship's other top-selling book is on cybersecurity is titled, Cyber Nation. The book explores the importance of using private and public enterprises to defeat cyber attacks against America.

Ross Blankenship attended Cornell University (B.A.), Washington University School of Law (J.D.) and took advanced studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).