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October 12, 2021 @ 12:00pm PST

Intro to Angel Investors with DC Palter (virtual)

Come learn how to pitch your startup to angel and VC investors! DC Palter will describe the various stages of investment and the investors most likely to participate in each stage. He'll also talk about what makes a good pitch deck that will resonate with investors.

DC Palter has built two successful startups producing IT products. He is also a long-time angel investor with Tech Coast Angels and Chemical Angels, and a startup mentor with many accelerators and startup programs including Viterbi's MEPC. His background is in energy engineering with an MBA in technology marketing and an MFA in creative writing. A top writer on Medium for startups and venture capital, his blog on startup advice is at, and his mystery novel, To Kill a Unicorn, about a Silicon Valley startup up to no good, will be released early next year by Pandamoon Publishing.

Office Hours with DC Palter is also available. Please sign up using this link.

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October 19, 2021 @ 12:00pm PST

Into to Cap Tables and Financing Term Sheets (virtual)

Rick Friedman, CEO of NovusGC, will host a webinar for first time founders and will discuss the development of a cap table from the initial issuance of shares to the founders to the startup's first priced Preferred Stock round. Come learn about the key financial and business terms of convertible notes, SAFEs and Preferred Stock financing through the lens of a term sheet.

NovusGC is a boutique law firm that provides general counsel services for early stage technology and life sciences companies, guiding startups through formation, angel and venture financing, licensing and other transactions.  Rick has served in senior roles at large law firms in Palo Alto and Los Angeles, led the tech transfer licensing teams at USC Stevens and UT Austin, served in general counsel roles with public and venture-backed technology companies, and currently teaches Technology Transactions at the USC Gould School of Law as an Adjunct Professor. Rick has a JD from the University of Chicago and an MBA from UT Austin.

RSVP - Open to ALL USC students and staff - Free