I’m giving a talk on venture capital to a class of MBA students at the Cass Business School on Friday. I suspect some of them will be there to learn about venture capital as a career option and some of them will be there because they are (or plan to be) entrepreneurs. That is a pretty good match with how I think about the readers of TheEquityKicker, so I thought I you might have some good ideas about what I should cover.
I’m currently planning to structure my talk as follows:
- Introduction – 5 minutes
- Limited partners and the venture capital value chain – 5 minutes
- Making investments – 20 minutes
- Approaches to finding new deals
- Deciding to make an investment
- Investment execution
- Exiting investments (aka portfolio management) – 10 minutes
- Helping companies to succeed
- Making the fund a success
- How a VC fund manages itself – 5 minutes
Please respond in the comments with any ideas. E.g. things you would have loved to know before you started, things you would love to know now, common misconceptions I should dispel, things that irritate you about venture capital, things that you love, in fact anything!