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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 Spencer P

Jul 3, 2020

Course material is very poorly explained beginning in Week 3. Examples are not completed. Quiz questions reference material not taught during the lectures. And examples that are completed either skip over important calculations or are better explained in forums and sub-reddits.

By Ong J W

May 10, 2020

This course is a bit technical. For me, a lot of concepts and calculation in week 3 and week 4 are poorly or insufficiently explained. It required a lot of thinking and logical reasoning before arriving to the answers in the quiz.

By Greyson L

Jun 10, 2020

The first two weeks were well made but the second two weeks were often sparsely explained. The quiz in the middle of the first week has material not covered by that point. The discussion of option pools was far too limited.

By Prashanth S

Aug 9, 2020

This course gives an good idea "How Startup valuations differ from mature companies and terminologies and methods used among VC markets and Angel investors. Sill week 3 and 4 could be more extensive and collaborative

By Patrick H

Mar 5, 2020

The general concepts were pretty good and well presented, but there were errors in the lecture slides and I found some of the concepts difficult to understand from what they presented.

By Djafarov O

Sep 20, 2020

In Option pool and Anti-dilution lessons the calculations were not explained in details. One had to go to third-party sites like investopedia to have an understanding.

By Kirthi S G

Oct 27, 2020

I personally felt that the concept required to answer questions in the quizzes were not suitably addressed in the video lectures.

By Tarun B

Jun 21, 2020

Concepts are covered in a smooth flow but practical examples are too less to understand typical calculations of some parts.

By Stefan M

Jan 18, 2021

In general a good course, but the quiz part was difficult as some questions did not match to what has been teached before.

By Fernando B

Apr 30, 2020

Week 3 is very important however overall the classes were not very clear with a lot of exercise uncomplicated .

By rezvanabdollahi

Mar 11, 2020

Even though It was helpful material after all, however I was expecting it to be more advanced that it was

By Aliza

Aug 26, 2020

Good but practical problems are beyond the material which was taught during the lectures.

By Ayman D

Nov 16, 2020

Many classes are not clear enough or require more explanation.

By Greg Z

Jul 10, 2020

there is not enough examples and practice

By Marlon M P

Aug 24, 2020

Week 3 very unclear

By Luciano R

Apr 13, 2020

First part is very valuable. Second part really unclear

By Saksham S

Sep 6, 2020

The Course suffers from lack of in-depth explanation