Seed Deals: How to Grow from Startup to Venture Capital

4:30 pm — 6:30 pm
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Virtual Event via Zoom

In this “ChalkTalk” session, David Willbrand will demystify the jargon while unpacking and sharing everything that you need to know about fundraising for your early-stage startup.

He explains in accessible language what a cap table is, how it comes together, how it evolves and – most importantly – how startups raise money! If you are a founder or entrepreneur (or thinking about making that leap), chances are you are a world-class expert in certain areas of your startup (e.g., intellectual property, product development), and have a passing familiarity with other areas (e.g., marketing, human resources). Where you likely have little-to-no experience is all the legal stuff – particularly all the factors involved in organizing, capitalizing and financing a startup.

Basic highlights:

  • Balance Sheets and M&A
  • Cap Tables
  • Founders Stock
  • Preferred Stock
  • Convertible Notes
  • SAFEs

About the Speaker:

David is Chair of the Early Stage & Emerging Company practice group at Thompson Hine LLP (and a Harvard alum). He’s practiced in the space for 25 years, and along the way has also launched 2 venture-backed startups. He teaches Startup and Venture Capital law at the Syracuse and Cincinnati Law Schools, and teaches M&A at the University of Michigan Law School. He specializes in the following areas:

  • Entrepreneurs and emerging companies
  • Accelerators and incubators
  • Early-stage investors and venture capital funds
  • Research institutions and corporate innovation teams
Seed Deals: How to Grow from Startup to Venture Capital
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