Startup Investor School: The Basics of Seed Investing

Last year, for the first time, we taught a MOOC (massively open online course) for startup founders called Startup School. This year, we’re adding a new course called Startup Investor School which will teach the basics of seed (early) stage startup investing to anyone interested.

It will be a free, 4-day course held live in Y Combinator’s office in Mountain View, CA and live-streamed around the world. The class will run Monday, March 5th to Thursday, March 8th from 10am – 12pm each day.

We believe that the more great seed investors there are the more chance startups have to succeed. Startup Investor School will be open and accessible to anyone, and therefore we hope to be relevant to as diverse a group of investors as possible. By adding more and more diverse investors to the mix, the entire startup ecosystem will improve. This will give us more, better startups, more innovation, and, we firmly believe, make the world a better place.

It turns out there are lots of hard and sometimes non-intuitive things to do to be a great seed investor. We’ll cover those things as part of these course topics:

  • How to get started?
  • How much should you invest?
  • How do you choose the right company in which to invest?
  • How should you make your decisions?
  • How do you get dealflow?
  • How do you construct a portfolio?
  • How much should you hope to own of a company?
  • How does dilution work?
  • What’s the difference between a safe, a convertible note, and equity?
  • Are those the same thing as options?
  • How is a cap table structured?
  • How should investors work with companies?

To read the full article by Geoff Ralston, Click Here.