Venture Fluent is a live, online, cohort-based course that demystifies the jargon, and lingo of venture capital.
Learn the terms, frameworks, and mindsets used by the best VCs in this live course so you can begin investing in startups created by high-potential entrepreneurs.
You've had professional success and want to start angel investing, create your own fund, or find a role in the VC industry.
You've studied VC on your own but crave the community of peers who can support you as you accelerate your learning.
You're ready to create a go-to-market plan for finding and supporting the world's best entrepreneurs.
Successful venture capital investors use the right language to appeal to entrepreneurs, engage with co-investors, and find new opportunities. You'll emerge from the course not only knowing the lingo but also how to use it to advance your professional goals.
With my guidance, you'll create an investment thesis and write an investment memo. Together, they will form a portfolio that demonstrates how you think about startups and your talent for identifying the ones that have the most potential to deliver outsize investment returns.
You'll be in conversation with VC investors who have successfully traveled the road you're on. We'll cultivate a high-trust classroom environment that encourages them to share insights they don't share anywhere else — insights you'll start using right away.
By learning with your cohort, you will complete the course along with peers who share your objectives. They will serve as future thought partners, co-investors, and industry friends for the life of your investing practice.
Mar 16—Mar 17
Sat, Mar 16, 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM UTC
Sun, Mar 17, 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM UTC
We'll kick off the course by covering the basics of finding startups that are good candidates for venture capital investment and exploring how the best investors pick and win deals that deliver outsize investment returns.
In our second and final module, we'll get into the nitty gritty of structuring early-stage VC deals and then learn tried and true tactics for launching your venture capital career.
Lecturer at Yale University
Becoming a great venture capital investor begins with mastering the language and jargon investors use to establish credibility and work with confidence. After almost decade practicing law, I joined Silas Capital as an early hire on the investment team and won a prestigious Kauffman Fellowship before ever doing my first deal. I did this by reading everything I found that could help me become fluent in the language of early-stage investing. That approach served its purpose, but it took way too long to identify the best sources of knowledge and it was incredibly isolating to learn by myself.
Now I teach venture capital at Yale and at other places to cohorts of peers who want to learn together and who benefit from my curated syllabus of the best readings in the field. I’ve taught hundreds of students how to move their professional goals forward, whether that's securing a role at a VC firm, making their first angel investment, or launching their own fund.