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Foundations (beginner)
Self-paced, online, openly available
Videos with activities & worksheets

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Course overview

What you’ll learn

  • Understand the valuation process and why it’s important

  • Apply different valuation models and know when they are used

  • Master valuation terminology

What you’ll get

  • 13 video lessons led by a seasoned founder and VC

  • 5 video interviews: Advice from industry experts

  • Workbook exercises with practical spreadsheets and calculations

Roadmap

Course modules

1: Background to valuing companies
Get to know the valuation process and its real-life, practical applications.

2: Valuation methods and models
Learn qualitative, or subjective, methods for valuing companies.

3: Other considerations when valuing your company
Delve into the use of comparables, the role of negotiation and whether a high valuation can hurt your company.

4: Quantitative methods 
Learn income/cash flow methods—in particular, the Discounted Cash Flow Method.

5: VC math
How can employee stock option plans (ESOPs)—a common term sheet element—impact the true valuation ascribed to a company?

Topics

Valuation methods we cover

  • Venture Capital Method
  • First Chicago Method
  • Berkus Method
  • Scorecard Method
  • Use of Comparable Transactions
  • The Role of Negotiation
  • Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) Method

FAQs

This course is self-paced & openly available on-demand. You can access it from anywhere, at your own pace. The course includes 5 modules, plus additional video interviews with industry experts.

Enrolling in this course includes access to the material for as long as you need it!

Yes. You can access it at any time, from anywhere.

Yes! This foundational course takes the mystery out of valuation & helps you grasp the process & its real-life, practical application for growing companies. The course gives you the tools to understand valuation & apply it throughout the growth of your venture.

Sign up for Introduction to Valuation via the START NOW button above. You can start the course at any time.

Yes. Introduction to Valuation is openly available to anyone, anywhere—an understanding of the valuation process is useful for all entrepreneurs.

Valuing early-stage companies is not rocket science.

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