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The Secrets of Raising Venture Capital

Created by MPD, serial entrepreneur and VC, this course is designed to give entrepreneurs control over their fundraising
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The course is will educate entrepreneurs on the elements of venture capital or angel fundraising that are usually not discussed by investors. By understanding everything from the fundraising process to how VCs do valuation math, you will gain more control over your fundraising process and outcomes. Additionally, I cover critical tactics that will enable you to compel investors to make decisions and take action.

About the Instructor:

The instructor, Mark Peter Davis ("MPD") is a venture capitalist, serial entrepreneur and the author of The Fundraising Rules. He has raised venture capital, co-founded, incubated or invested in ~50 companies, including Coinbase, MakeSpace, SailThru, Warby Parker and others. MPD currently is the Managing Partner of Interplay, an incubator and investment firm.

Interplay has incubated numerous companies including: DevSpark, Founder Shield, Nomad Financial, Truman James, TwentyPine and Venwise.

In this course he delves into the the venture capital fundraising process sharing color and insights that will give entrepreneurs a better understanding of how to play the game and win.

Who is the target audience?
  • All entrepreneurs considering raising capital from VCs or angels
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What Will I Learn?
To give entrepreneurs more control over their fundraising process.
To explain less commonly understood aspects of the fundraising process
To clarify venture math and the implications for founder returns
To help entrepreneurs understand tactics that will expedite their fundraising process
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  • Recommended reading: The Fundraising Rules (available on Amazon)
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 9 Lectures Collapse All 9 Lectures 54:12
The Secrets of Raising Venture Capital
7 Lectures 52:12

Structuring, Materials & Getting the Meeting

The Meeting, The Game & Diligence

Creating a Dynamic, Valuation & Diliution

Deal Structures: Cash & Control

Fundraising Cheat Sheets
2 Lectures 00:00
Fundraising Process Map
1 page

Fundraising Materials Checklist
1 page
Final Exam
0 Lectures 00:00
About the Instructor
4.0 Average rating
10 Reviews
2,313 Students
1 Course
Venture Capitalist + Incubator

Mark Peter Davis ("MPD") is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, community organizer and the author of The Fundraising Rules. As both an entrepreneur and investor MPD has successfully raised venture capital and made investments as an angel and a VC in companies such as Coinbase, MakeSpace, SailThru, Warby Parker, Coursehorse, Trustify, UrbanStems, CourseHero and others. 

MPD is the founder of Interplay, a NY-based foundry and investment firm started with the idea of re-imaging the core service businesses that startups need to be successful. Foundry companies include: DevSpark, FounderShield, Nomad Financial, Truman James, TwentyPine, Venwise, Varick North, Fulton Waters, Common Legal, Truman James, Piper Crane, and Aced Up.

Prior to Interplay, MPD was a venture capitalist at DFJ Gotham Ventures and High Peaks Venture Partners. Before entering the venture space, he worked at KPMG and Bain. He earned his BA at Duke University and his MBA at Columbia.

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