VC Decision Making (Online): Developing an Investment Thesis

Navigate the changing trends in venture capital

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November 17, 2022

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6 weeks, online
4–6 hours per week

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Create Your Own Venture Capital Strategy

Venture capital funding has experienced exponential growth in recent years. While the peak for venture capital in terms of dollar value has passed in the face of the global economic slowdown, the field continues to be one of tremendous opportunity — if you know where to find it.

In order to thrive in this fast-paced, volatile environment, venture capital professionals must stay abreast of trends and develop a solid investment thesis to help them navigate uncertainty and pinpoint viable opportunities.

Lead faculty Angela Lee is the founder of 37 Angels, an investing network that has evaluated 20,000 startups, invested in 90+ startups, and currently activates new investors through a startup investment boot camp. Join us to learn how to create a successful investment strategy and decision-making framework to improve venture fund performance and intelligently diversify your portfolio.

$621B

Global venture capital funding surged to $621B in 2021, two times more than in 2020, and around 10 times the level of 10 years ago.

Source: CB Insights

$132B

$132B invested in financial services in 2021, which is 169 percent year-over-year growth and 21 percent of total venture funding.

Source: CB Insights

62%

62 percent of all venture capital deals are early-stage deals.

Source: CB Insights

Key Takeaways

By the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Determine the best investment strategy for your portfolio
  • Establish your criteria for industries and business models to invest in
  • Understand the risk/return trade-offs between investing in different stages
  • Recognize and navigate trends that are transforming the venture capital market and uncover upcoming opportunities

Who Should Attend?

This advanced-level program is designed specifically for mid-career venture capital professionals interested in exploring the evolution of the venture capital landscape and identifying emerging startup trends and technologies in which to invest.

Representative roles include:

  • Venture capitalist
  • Venture partner
  • Limited partner
  • VC associate or senior associate
  • Portfolio manager
  • Financial advisor
  • Family office manager

Program Modules

Module 1:

What Is Venture Capital?

Get a refresher on the venture capital industry and self-assess your current knowledge. Identify the venture capital players, risks, rewards, and funding stages, and navigate the venture capital deal flow process.

Module 2:

How to Choose Your Investment Strategy

Compare existing startup investment strategies and determine the investment strategy that works best for your portfolio.

Module 3:

How to Develop an Investment Thesis

Identify components of an investment thesis, evaluate real-world investment thesis examples, and build your own criteria for industries and business models in which you want to invest.

Module 4:

How to Construct and Manage a Portfolio

Understand the best stages in which to invest and how they benefits your portfolio. Compare methods used to mark up a portfolio.

Module 5:

How to Navigate the Changing Trends in Venture Capital

Explore technology trends that have transformed the market and how to spot upcoming opportunities. Apply a framework to plan for uncertainties and decide on the trends that can add value.

Module 6:

How Venture Capital Is Changing

Learn how to get — and stay — ahead of the curve with your investment strategies. Learn the differences between structural and cyclical changes, which help you make informed investment decisions.

Module 1:

What Is Venture Capital?

Get a refresher on the venture capital industry and self-assess your current knowledge. Identify the venture capital players, risks, rewards, and funding stages, and navigate the venture capital deal flow process.

Module 4:

How to Construct and Manage a Portfolio

Understand the best stages in which to invest and how they benefits your portfolio. Compare methods used to mark up a portfolio.

Module 2:

How to Choose Your Investment Strategy

Compare existing startup investment strategies and determine the investment strategy that works best for your portfolio.

Module 5:

How to Navigate the Changing Trends in Venture Capital

Explore technology trends that have transformed the market and how to spot upcoming opportunities. Apply a framework to plan for uncertainties and decide on the trends that can add value.

Module 3:

How to Develop an Investment Thesis

Identify components of an investment thesis, evaluate real-world investment thesis examples, and build your own criteria for industries and business models in which you want to invest.

Module 6:

How Venture Capital Is Changing

Learn how to get — and stay — ahead of the curve with your investment strategies. Learn the differences between structural and cyclical changes, which help you make informed investment decisions.

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Program Experience

Live sessions with lead faculty

Live office hours with the program leader

Hands-on activities

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Mobile learning app

Cohort-based learning

Recorded sessions with guest speakers

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Bite-sized learning

Self-paced asynchronous learning

Industry-focused curriculum

Year-long access to faculty webinars

Program Faculty

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Angela Lee

Professor of Professional Practice in Finance, Faculty Director, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center, Columbia Business School

Angela Lee is an award-winning professor and former Chief Innovation Officer at Columbia Business School, where she teaches venture capital and leadership programs. She started her career in product management and then moved to consulting at McKinsey. More info

Guest Speakers

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Elliott Robinson

Partner, Growth Equity, Bessemer Venture Partners

Elliott Robinson is a partner and co-founder of the growth investment practice at Bessemer, where he focuses primarily on cloud software investments, and is a board member of a number of organizations. Prior to Bessemer, he was a partner with M12, a vice president at Georgian Partners, and an associate with Syncom Venture Partners (where he led investments in organizations such as Canva, Forter, and Statespace). He earned his MBA from Columbia Business School and his BS from Morehouse College.

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Hilary Gosher

Managing Director, Insight Partners

Since joining Insight Partners two decades ago, Hilary has played a role in some of the most exciting growth journeys in SaaS history. She founded and leads Insight Onsite, a team that accelerates growth at Insight's portfolio organizations. In addition, she is an adjunct associate professor at Columbia Business School. She holds an MBA from INSEAD in France along with a BA and LLB from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.

Certificate

Certificate

Upon completion of the VC Decision Making (Online): Developing an Investment Thesis program, you will receive a certificate of participation from Columbia Business School Executive Education — a powerful testament to your management capabilities — and add two days toward a Certificate in Business Excellence.

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Your verified digital certificate will be issued in your legal name and emailed to you, at no additional cost, upon completion of the program as per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of Columbia Business School Executive Education.

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