Intro to Business Law for Entrepreneurs (+Free Book!)
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How do I Protect My Family? What Type of Company to Register. Dealing with Investors. Patents. IPO. Ethics and More.
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 11 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Protect your family and assets in case your business gets sued.
  • Set up the correct and most beneficial legal entity for your company.
  • Understand how to protect your brand and company with patents, contracts, copyright, tramemarks etc.
  • Restructure your company and the benefits of declaring bankruptcy protection if needed.
  • Many other red flags to be careful of when it comes to business and law.
  • Understand how to avoid letting your investors take over your company (avoid dilusion issues).
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  • Nothing except a positive attitude! : )

** Chris is the author of the #1 best selling business course on Udemy called "An Entire MBA in 1 Course." ** 

** 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." **  

What kind of legal company registration should I set up so that I protect my family and assets if my company gets sued? How do I protect my brand and products and make sure that nobody can copy them? What red flags and issues should I watch out for so that my investors can't take a larger percent of my company if my company has issues? This course will answer all of the aforementioned questions and many more. We will go through the life cycle of a company from founding to a stock market listing (initial public offering) to restructuring and or declaring bankruptcy if needed (there are significant benefits to doing this in many situations).

The course is taught by an award winning business school professor who has started several companies and sits on many boards. He has dealt with many legal issues over the years and he will share a lot of his legal knowledge with you to ensure that you and your family have protection; please also hire a lawyer when starting a company and when dealing with contracts (don't ever do it yourself). Professor Chris Haroun is currently a venture capitalist in the San Francisco Bay Area during the day and a professor at several Bay Area graduate business schools during the evenings.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in learning about an introduction to business law (only practical concepts that you can use and no boring theory + we won't cover business law topics that are common sense).
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
Introduction and Free 146 Page Book of this Course (and More Topics)
14 Lectures 01:30:45

  • You need to make sure that you select the right kind of legal structure for your firm to ensure that your family and assets (i.e., your house) is protected.
  • Larger companies need more corporate governance before they can scale.
Preview 03:51

  • An easy to understand method for explaining patents, intellectual property and employee contracts.
Preview 06:35

  • If you don't understand the difference between common and preferred, you could end up with very little when the company gets sold.
  • Rationale on why valuing the company appropriately and conservatively is wise and could help to avoid legal issues down the road.
  • Make sure you and your investors understand the duration of the length of the investment in your company.
Not Understanding Security Structures Can Hurt You (What Common / Preferred is)

  • Case study of dealing with investors and venture capital firms like Sequoia and Kleiner Perkins (hypothetical example)
  • What is vesting?
  • What are options?
  • How can you compensate employees without giving them a salary?
  • Other crucial issues to be careful of when accepting money from investors in your company.
Dealing with Investors and Avoiding Dilution or Losing Control of Your Company

  • Corporate governance and legal protection is higher the later the stage of the firm.
Corporate Governance and Investment Stage Legal Commentary

  • Warren Buffet once said: "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently."
Ethics and Financial Capital

Legal IPO Topics and How an IPO Works

  • I worked at Goldman Sachs during the company's IPO. This is the S-1 Legal Prospectus from that IPO.
Example of Actual Legal Paperwork for the Goldman Sachs IPO.

Disastrous Example of Why You Need the Right Legal Structure to Protect your Fam

Harvesting (Selling) an Investment & Investor Expectations

  • If a company is fraudulent, declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy more often than not works! Learn what the steps are.
  • Other bankruptcy chapters are also discussed in this section; I promise you it isn't boring : )
What is Chapter 11? Why Declaring Bankruptcy Works In Most Situations!

Term Sheets, The Most Important Investment You Will Ever Make and Much More

Life Changing Goal Setting Workshop + You Need Yodas! + Find Your Passion : )
Free Course + Bonus Lecture: Coupons/Discounts on Other Courses I Teach
2 Lectures 02:15

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). 


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Bonus Lecture: Coupons/Discounts on Other Courses I Teach
About the Instructor
Chris Haroun
4.5 Average rating
20,538 Reviews
163,690 Students
40 Courses
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 125,000 students in 11 languages in 196 countries.**  He has also published 29 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: Online Business Education & Self Development Courses through his subsidiary Udemy publishing platform called "Complete Business Education," 

2: Education Charities and 

3: Edtech Venture Capital.

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 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 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 his courses at 100% off. Please include your ".org" charity email address in the LinkedIn message (for example,

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! : ) 

Complete Business Education with Chris Haroun
4.5 Average rating
20,538 Reviews
163,690 Students
40 Courses
Publisher of Business and Professional Development Training

Complete Business Education (CBE) with Chris Haroun provides engaging and high quality business and professional development courses for individuals looking to sharpen their business skills and accelerate their careers.  

CBE courses on Udemy have over 130,000 students in 196 countries, including 11 language versions of the highest selling business course on Udemy, called An Entire MBA in 1 Course. 

CBE brings you courses that are affordable, current, entertaining and based on practical work experience instead of theory so that you can immediately apply the concepts taught and take your career to the next level.