Last year, for the first time, we taught a MOOC (massively open online course) for startup founders called Startup School. This year, were adding a new course calledStartup Investor Schoolwhich 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 Combinators 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. Well cover those things as part of these course topics:
How do you choose the right company in which to invest?
How much should you hope to own of a company?
Whats the difference between a safe, a convertible note, and equity?
The class leads up to Y Combinators famousDemo Dayson March 19 and 20, where YCs latest batch of startups present their companies to a room full of investors. Well extend a Demo Day livestream invitation to all participants in Startup Investor School who verify they qualify as accredited investors (meaning they meet theSEC requirementsfor accreditation). Ten course participants will be chosen at random to get invitations to join Demo Day in person in Mountain View.
Apply here starting today: The application will be open until 11:59PM Pacific Time on Sunday, February 18th.
Email us athwith any questions. Also, check outthis Forbes articleby Alex Konrad about the new program.
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