Emerging Company Due Diligence

About the Course:

This series of interviews with leading venture capitalists and small cap money managers provides key insights into investing in emerging companies. The following are among the issues discussed:

  • Which is worse: missing revenue or expense projections?
  • Why should investors be concerned if a management team cannot deviate from the script?
  • What is meant by compound risks?
  • What are some of the attributes of the management team that investors should seek?
  • What are some questions to ask to determine the legitimacy of market potential estimates?
  • How can investors assess the scalability of a business?
  • How can investors ascertain the degree of difficulty a company will face in penetrating its target market?
  • What should investors know about the customer engagement model?
  • How can investors drill down on the sales cycle?
  • What kind of market leader analysis should investors perform?
  • How can investors gauge how much additional capital an emerging company will require?
  • How can investors gain insight into potential exit scenarios?
  • What are some of the invaluable common sense questions to ask in the due diligence process?

Course Leaders: Frank Graziano, Founder and Managing Partner, Monmouth Venture Partners

Frank has more than 25 years of financial, operating and strategic transaction experience as a business owner and entrepreneur, investment and merchant banker, and corporate executive. He has worked in project finance and derivatives at Bank of America, and in structured finance at Nikko Securities, advising sovereign borrowers and leading U.S. technology and media companies on financing opportunities in Japan.

Anat Segal, CEO, Xenia Venture Capital Anat Segal has 20 years' experience in corporate finance, investment and management, with a strong focus on hi-tech. Ms. Segal is a member of Xenia's founding team, and has served as CEO and Managing Partner since inception. In 2000 Ms. Segal established an independent strategic consulting and investment banking practice, providing professional advice to over 20 companies. Prior to that, Ms. Segal was Managing Director and Head of Corporate Finance at Tamir Fishman, a leading Israeli investment banking firm and then the Israeli strategic affiliate of Hambrecht & Quist. Prior to that, Ms. Segal held senior investment and investment banking positions with Evergreen Venture Capital Funds (the then Israeli arm of Robertson Stephens, a San Francisco-based investment banking firm), Poalim Capital Markets, and Bank Poalim International Division. Ms. Segal holds a bachelor's degree in Economics & Management, an MBA and an LLB, all from Tel-Aviv University.

Ari Levy, BCL, LL.B., MBA, CFA, Vice President & Director, TD Asset Management

Ari Levy joined TD Asset Management Inc. in February 2002. He is lead manager of the TD Energy, TD Resource and TD Precious Metals Funds and is co-manager of the TD Canadian Equity Fund. His primary research responsibilities include coverage of numerous sectors, including the global energy, mining and fertilizer products sectors. Ari was named one of the Top 50 Top Gun Portfolio Managers in Canada in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and one of the Top 50 Top Gun Investment Minds in the World of Oil and Gas in 2011 by Brendan Wood International.

Course Length: Approx. 3.0 hours


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