Venture Capital. What is it and Why it Matters to You!

A fascinating overview of the technology and venture capital (VC) industry by a tech venture capitalist.
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  • Lectures 25
  • Length 2.5 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." **

Learn everything there is to know about venture capital from a venture capitalist, award winning graduate business school professor and entrepreneur. Learn the fascinating history of venture capital, who the players are and what their investment criteria is. Also learn how to pitch a business model to a venture capital firm.

  • What can venture capital firms do to help you?
  • What can the wrong venture capital do to your business?
  • What are the legal issues to consider when starting a company and partnering with a venture capital firm?
  • How can I get a venture capital firm to invest in my company?
  • How can I network in the venture capital industry?
  • Why does the sector exist and much more...

You don't need to have a background in business or technology to enjoy and learn from this course : )

What are the requirements?

  • Minimal business knowledge is required. Just an open mind and a positive attitude. Thanks : )

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand what venture capital is.
  • Understand what venture capital firms look for when investing in a start-up.
  • Understand why steve jobs was able to raise venture capital money and how you can too.
  • Understand the fascinating history of the venture capital exists because of Sputnik and the cold war.
  • Understand how to network and meet venture capital professionals.
  • Understand the crucial venture capital legal issues to consider.
  • Understand what are the qualities of founders that venture capital firms are looking for.

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone interested in learning about venture capital.
  • Anyone interested in learning why Steve Jobs got venture capital money and how to use his skills.
  • Anyone interested in learning how to network and meet venture capitalists.
  • Anyone interested in raising money from venture capitalists.
  • Students, seasoned professionals and historians. The course is very engaging and entertaining too.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

What you will learn in this course on venture capital.

Section 2: The Fascinating History of Venture Capital

The history of venture capital is fascinating and it has a lot to do with the cold war and student protests in the 1960s. You will love this entertaining portion of the course! Part 1 of 2.


The history of venture capital is fascinating and it has a lot to do with the cold war and student protests in the 1960s. You will love this entertaining portion of the course! Part 2 of 2.

Section 3: What is Venture Capital? What Investments do VCs Make and Why?

What is venture capital and what are they looking for when considering an investment?


A recap of what to include in a presentation to venture capital firms.

Section 4: Networking: How do I Meet Venture Capitalists or Investors?

You can get meetings with anyone in VC. Find out how.

Section 5: Crucial Legal Issues to Consider When Partnering with a VC

Crucial legal information in vc: part 1 of 3.


Crucial legal information in vc: part 2 of 3.


Crucial legal information in vc: part 3 of 3.

Section 6: Presentation Skills to Use When Presenting to a Venture Capital Firm

We will analyze what makes a Steve Jobs presentation so effective.


Crucial rules and guidelines for giving effective presentations.


Why it is crucial to speak right from the heart.


VC presentation slide creation guidelines.


You have to love Meryl Streep. She presents with incredible clarity. She is also self deprecating in this video about Hilary Clinton.


Guidelines for presentation length

Body language tips when presenting.
Use Simple Language
Loyalty is created when presenting a business or political enemy.

You can improve via practice!

This is an exercise you can perform alone or with a group of friends, business colleagues or classmates. Send me your presentation if you want as I am happy to provide my humble feedback.
Summary and Superb Video of How to Present
Section 7: What Kind of Founders do VC Firms Back?

What 3 qualities do all venture backed top entrepreneurs have in common?


Secrets and wonderful advice from Steve Jobs. Follow his advice and it will change your life!

Venture Capital Quiz
10 questions
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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 80,000 students in 11 languages in 195 countries.**  He has also published 28 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 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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