15.391 | Fall 2010 | Graduate
Early Stage Capital

Calendar

LEC # TOPICS KEY DATES
1 Introductory class: logistics  
2 Term sheets 101 Team formation by end of class
3

Meet the lawyer

Guest: David Capillo, Partner, Goodwin Procter

Find a lawyer memo due
4

The entrepreneur’s view of venture capital (VC)

Guest: Bennett Fisher, Founder and CEO, Retroficiency, Inc.

Between Lec #3 and Lec #6: lawyer strategy sessions outside of class time
5

Search funds: introduction to a different kind of early stage capital

Guest: David Brown, Partner, Choate Hall & Stewart

 
6 Compare and contrast lawyer rounds Lawyer meeting summary and questions due
7

VC from the inside: the partnership

Guest: Carmichael Roberts, General Partner, Northbridge Venture Partners

Between Lec #7 and Lec #11: venture capitalist negotiation sessions outside of class time
8 Angels, super angels, micro VC: trends in seed stage investing  
9

The “A Round” and beyond: living with a VC

Guest: Jeff Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners

 
10

Emerging market VC: it’s what’s next

Guest: Simon Olson, FIR Capital

 
11

Raising money for non-tech ventures

Guest: Chris Gabrieli, Venture Partner, Bessemer Ventures; Chair, Mass 2020

 
12 Conclusions: comparisons and contrasts of VC rounds

Summary of negotiated deal terms due

Two questions due

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