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High Growth Business Formation

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Aaron Holiday
Venture Capitalist, Startup Consultant & Programmer

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About This Class

This session is intended for individuals who are considering and/or founding a high growth business. The class will cover all of the essential components involved in starting a scalable company, raising capital, and creating materials and presenting to investors.

Chapters

  • Introduction 4:58
  • Q: What is the value of the company during product development? 0:46
  • Q: How important is collaboration as a team? 1:40
  • Idea Generation 11:08
  • Ownership 12:43
  • Legal entity 4:26
  • Business model 2:37
  • Revenue 8:18
  • Q: Is it possible to check revenue of a competitor? 3:01
  • Q: Is a technical co-founder necessary? 3:31

Takeaways

  • Generate ideas and assess opportunities
  • Choose the right legal entity and decide ownership
  • Create a cap table and do market sizing
  • Consider revenue streams and assess capital requirements
  • Define the different sources of capital
  • What is required for raising money and how to use the funds
  • See the financial implications of subsequent rounds and dilution

About the Instructor(s)

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Aaron Holiday
Venture Capitalist, Startup Consultant & Programmer

Aaron Holiday is the Managing Entrepreneurial Officer at Cornell Tech in NYC. Aaron works in tandem with Greg Pass (Chief Entrepreneurial Officer at Cornell Tech and former CTO of Twitter) to build and manage an innovative organization that is responsible for the commercialization and mass productization of deeply technical breakthrough research, startup formation, and the implementation of new degree programs (i.e. tech focused MBA, Masters in Connected Media, Master of Engineering in Computer Science, etc.)

Aaron has worked with over 40 startup companies on business model formation, access to capital, and growth strategies. The companies that Aaron has advised have gone on to premier Accelerator programs such as ER Accelerator, Y-Combinator, Tech Stars, and DreamIT Ventures. Additionally, since summer 2012, Aaron has helped 7 startups raise more than $10M in seed stage capital.

Prior to becoming a valuable asset to the NYC startup and venture capital ecosystem, Aaron spent 6 years on Wall Street building advanced financial trading technology for Goldman Sachs and GFI Group. Aaron also worked with the CEO and COO of Blip.TV, a venture capital backed startup company, and was the former head of BR Venture Fund, Cornell’s seed-stage venture capital firm. Aaron worked part-time at DFJ Gotham Ventures and created/taught Essentials to Startup Formation, which has been taught to hundreds of east and west coast startup entrepreneurs.

Aaron earned his MBA from Cornell University and holds a BS in Computer Science from Morehouse College, where he was recognized as the most outstanding computer science student.

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