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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Startup Valuation Methods by Duke University

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About the Course

How do different types of investors think about an investment opportunity? What kind of securities and contracts do they offer? How should a company decide what is a "good deal"? This course is designed to introduce you to the challenges and pitfalls of financing new enterprises. You will learn the basic tools for valuating companies, including using discounted cashflow analysis in Excel and understanding how to apply this model to your entrepreneurial venture. You will then learn how valuation works with different types of securities that investors use to finance startups, from bank loans to venture capital to angel investing....

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Apr 30, 2020

The best ever online course one could find. It is worth every single minute spent. Thank you so much for offering this course. And really so happy to complete this course. Much love to the professor.

Apr 22, 2020

This course has helped gain knowledge of the valuation of companies of all sizes, basic funding criteria, and sources for a startup and a view of investors for a company.

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By Rene L

Apr 18, 2020

NIce Content, well presented. Sometime I wish a bit more details on the calculation and a review on some of the examples given at the end of a week. But a good start for anyone interested in this topic.

By Paula N

Dec 5, 2020

The first part from Manuel amazin. The second one is not clear, and I had to access a lot the forum for specifics doubts that were not clear during the lessons. Need to improve a lot.

By Ahmed S A

Mar 10, 2020

Course content is very convenient for beginners.

Instructors presented and taught the syllabus effectively and smoothly that made the course very interesting and useful.

By Juan p T

Jul 29, 2020

Week three felt a little weird, as like if a video was missing... also week 1 quizz had some questions that also seemed weird. Appart from that it was a great course!

By Mohaiminul I

May 18, 2020

I will suggest others to know about VC and valuation of startups through this course. I would rate it 5star if it had more detailed discussion of equity valuation.

By Christopher L

Apr 3, 2020

Overall course was good. I would have given 5 stars if the instructors/staff were responsive to Forum questions (which is very important for FAQs - in my opinion)

By Giovanni M M

May 14, 2020

Week 3 could be improved, the lecturer was not specific with certain valuation formulas thus creating a lot of confusion. Other than that, great course. Thanks!

By Vishal P

Jul 31, 2020

It was a great overview on basics of Angel & VC Funding. The faculties explained everything quite point to point with related examples.

By Kamran T

Mar 23, 2020

Instructors are amazing and their delivery is superb. Course provides a basic level introduction to start up's valuation.

By Ruben d J M

Aug 3, 2020

Solid overview course on VC valuation. Math behind the various examples could have been explained more thoroughly.

By Daniel U

Apr 21, 2020

Excellent course. Could be more precise in some examples because sometimes the exercises are not explicit.

By Nilesh M

May 28, 2020

The course covers good material to learn but, the starting week 3 the teaching quality is not good.

By Krishnan S

May 8, 2020

The last two modules seemed very compressed. Explanations could've been a little more detailed.

By Pulkit J

May 26, 2020

Teaches a lot about startups, would have loved to see more valuation methods in this course

By Rohan L

May 13, 2020

The course covers a lot of topics which is great but I felt like there was a lack of depth

By Iven K

Apr 7, 2020

Good overview from over all investor presepctive, with easy and simplified formula

By David G

Jul 2, 2020

Course started losing clarity beginning with the second professor.

By Dylan R

Nov 8, 2020

Too quick, they brush over some key details imo. Good overall

By Sergio L B

Jul 16, 2020

Curso muito interessante e bastante amplo.

By Satya V T

Aug 5, 2020

VC method could have been better

By Parth B S

May 8, 2020

Though tough, made it done.

By Anurag J

May 9, 2020

Excellent course

By Herman C

Dec 28, 2020

The course served as a good overall introduction to startup valuation methods. As a startup founder that has raised venture capital, it was good to get refreshed on the concepts. However, the dual instructor mode of teaching clearly manifested itself. Week 1 and 2 were done well by the first instructor. Week 3 requires extra research and practice as a different instructor tended to brush over calculations that eventually showed themselves in the exams. The balance between listening to voice and reading slides was very off. You may get frustrated as concepts show up on marked quizzes that were either not clearly discussed or assumed that the student would figure it out. For someone like me it was straight forward but word of warning for those that like concepts and calculation methodologies clearly explained.

By Francesco P S

Nov 30, 2020

I liked the course, it provides good insights into the world of startups financing.

However, regardless of the good material and insights provided, I would not recommend it as it is a fairly frustrating learning experience:

1) theory is weak, there are too many examples

2) professor (weeks 3 and 4) skips too many intermediate steps in explaining the content

3) quizzes do not always appropriately reflect the material / wording used during the theoretical part, making it very hard and frustrating to pass (simply because in finance everyone tends to use its own wording, so it is crucial to be consistent)

If they managed to improve these points, the course would be definitely one of the best on the topic

By Michael M

Oct 19, 2020

Covered some very useful and interesting concepts that are applicable to the VC industry. However, the content and teaching of week 3 are confusing and inconsistent unlike week 1 and 2. In particular, the option pool and required equity stake calculations were poorly explained and there are inconsistencies with what was taught, the practice quiz, and the graded quiz when it came to dilution effects.