How to invest in Unicorns

u·ni·corn, /ˈyo͞onəˌkôrn/, (noun):
1. a mythical animal typically represented as a horse with a single straight horn projecting from its forehead.
2. a start-up company valued at more than a billion dollars, typically in the software or technology sector.


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TechEstate Today’s Investor Immersion Training is a three-day crash course for investors seeking insights into best practices and trends in Silicon Valley tech investing.

Whether you’re an active investor looking to break into new global markets, family office exploring a launch into tech investing or just an investor looking to sharpen existing investment thesis, we’ll breakdown the myth of investing in magical unicorn companies achieving tech’s billion-dollar startup club status*.

While it's really hard to predict a "Unicorn" from an early stage, there is a specific type of thinking that is put into action when screening startup teams for investment opportunities in Silicon Valley, it increases the chances of investment in a disruptive business.

The objective of this training is to introduce an investment system enabling participants to avoid common pitfalls and understand the principles behind portfolio development process. In this program, you’ll learn from startup entrepreneurs, investors and industry leaders through a combination of lectures, seminars, case studies and startup pitching sessions.

*Only US accredited investors can invest in US startups.


Experience Silicon Valley

Our program will be hosted on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park - The main street of Venture Capital in Silicon Valley.
Almost every top Silicon Valley company has received early funding from the firms on Sand Hill Road.
One of the reasons Venture Capital is concentrated in Menlo Park is because it is right between San Jose and San Francisco and it also has access to Stanford University.

During the program you will not only hear from prominent Silicon Valley Investors but will also feel what it is like to be in the heart of Silicon Valley funding scene.

Details

  • Course Type:

    Seminars, Case Studies, Networking and Startup Demos

  • Seats available:

    50

  • Duration:

    3 days

  • Location:

    Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road Menlo Park, CA 94025

  • Dates:

    TO BE ANNOUNCED

  • Price:

    to be announced

Who should attend?
  • Angel investors
  • Fund Managers
  • Venture Capitalists
  • Corporate Investors
  • Family offices
  • Institutional Investors
What to expect:
  • Get insights from Silicon Valley startup founders and experienced investors on how to identify great investment opportunities
  • Learn how to manage your portfolio and get started with dealflow
  • Learn about the legal and accounting aspects of Tech Investing in Silicon Valley
  • Receive feedback from experienced investors on your investment areas and the latest technology trends
  • Network with startup founders, angels and VCs from Silicon Valley and around the world
  • Put your knowledge into practice by evaluating 10 real startups raising capital at our private Demo Day

Meet the Speakers:

Dave Garland

Partner / Second Century Ventures

Dave Garland, partner with Second Century Ventures, will discuss the nuances of the startup pitch deck and how investors should analyze a Silicon Valley style 3 min pitch.

Second Century Ventures is the venture capital arm of the National Association of Realtors® and has invested organizations such as DocuSign, Updater, and Notarize.

Dave also leads REach - a top global real estate accelerator.

Matthew Murphy

Partner / Montage Ventures

Matt Murphy, a General Partner at Montage Ventures, will walk you through his experiences finding and creating Unicorns in the FinTech space.

Matt has invested in: SoFi, LendingHome and the upcoming Unicorn Fundrise.

Bill Reichert

Managing Director at Garage Technology Ventures

Bill Reichert is co-founder and Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, a seed and early stage venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley.

He is also a Partner at Fenox Venture Capital, a global venture capital firm with offices in Silicon Valley and around the world.

Some of Garage’s most successful investments include Pandora Media (NYSE: P), Digital Fountain (acquired by Qualcomm), Coremetrics (acquired by IBM), iNest (acquired by LendingTree), and LeftHand Networks (acquired by HP).

Alex Pelin

Founder / TET

Alex founded TET in 2016 with the goal to fuel innovation in the Real Estate and Finance Industries.

His previous startups serviced clients like: Qualcomm, Sony Music, Redgate, VMWare, Dolby Laboratories, Autodesk, MUH-TAY-ZIK | HOFFER (Netflix - "Narcos") and many others.

Alex has also mentored startups with different Startup Organizations and Accelerators in the Bay Area.

more speakers to be announced...

Schedule

Day 1

Date

August 29th 2018

How to identify high potential and get ready to invest in startups.

12:00pm

How investing is silicon valley tech is different from other types of investing

12:30PM

How to screen for success

- WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A TEAM
- HOW TO THINK ABOUT IDEAS
- WHAT MAKES A GREAT MARKET
- INVESTING IN TEAMS VS INVESTING IN MARKETS
- SHOULD YOU INVEST WHEN OTHERS INVESTING?

1:30PM

Deal Flow, Portfolio and The Traits of a Great Investor

- DEVELOPING THE DEAL FLOW
- HOW TO BUILD A SUCCESSFUL PORTFOLIO
- WHAT TRAITS MAKE A GREAT INVESTOR

2:30PM

Interviews with Founders

- How to organize interviews with Founders
- Improvised interview an analysis

3:30PM

Networking (food and refreshments provided)


Day 2

Date

August 30th 2018

Due Diligence. Valuation. Returns. Legal. Accounting. The Startup Pitch.

10:00am

Opening Remarks

10:30am

Numbers and Logistics

- HOW MUCH CAPITAL TO INVEST IN SEED AND SERIES A ROUNDS
- HOW TO CONDUCT DUE DILIGENCE
- COMPANY VALUATIONS AND EXPECTATIONS (WHAT RETURNS CAN YOU EXPECT)
- DILUTION: EXPLANATIONS AND EXAMPLES
- UNDERSTANDING THE CAP TABLE

12:00PM

Investment Tools (Legal and Accounting)

- SAFE AND KISS AGREEMENTS, CONVERTIBLE NOTES & EQUITY
- ACCOUNTING AND TAXES

1:00PM

The Startup Pitch

- Three min pitch explained (“the 10 slide deck”)
- Improvised startup pitch and analysis

2:00PM

What happens at Demo Day

3:00PM

Networking (food and refreshments provided)


Day 3

Date

August 31st 2018

Demo Day.

9:00am

Opening Remarks

9:30am

Pitch demos

10:00am

Next Steps

10:30am

Networking (food and refreshments provided)


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FAQ

Who is this course for?
This course is designed for: Angels, Representing a fund (VC partners), Corporate Investors, Family offices, Fund Managers, Institutional Investors.
Who are the mentors?
Our mentors are Silicon Valley Investors, Startup Founders and Corporate Innovation Managers. People that have done the startup hustle before and are now ready to share their successes and mistakes.
You can find the current list of mentors here.
How much does it cost?
We will announce pricing for the program soon.
Can investors invest in startups during the Demo Day?
Please note that only US accredited investors are allowed to invest in US startups.
All the startups pitching at the Demo Day will present real investment opportunities.

TET will offer several other opportunities to get started with dealflow and investing.
When is the next application deadline?
The next deadline for applications to the next program will be announced soon.
What can investors expect at Demo Day?
Our network consists of hundreds of founders, mentors, investors and startups.
We hand pick a batch of 10 startups for every Demo Day based on group the of investors in a particular program.
The startups will offer real investment opportunitites for the Attendees at our program to be able to start with tech investing.
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