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Course # 3

Valuation concepts and valuation models for early stage software and service startups.

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This is the third course in the Flagship 5-course online series "How to build proforma financial statements, model, value, and finance early-stage software and service startups."

You will receive $100 off if you register for all five courses. Other package options are also available.

NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE OF FINANCE IS REQUIRED.

This course offers:

  • LIFETIME ACCESS to 1.5 hours of easy-to-understand MBA-level finance lectures;
  • LIFETIME ACCESS to 75+ practice questions;
  • AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD IMMEDIATELY: All PowerPoint and Excel materials; and
  • THREE-MONTH ACCESS to corresponding live workshops.

What if you are confused?

Support: LIFETIME ACCESS to a private Facebook group where you can interact with Victoria Yampolsky and other students.

Finance can be scary, but don’t worry - we are here to help you every step of the way. There are two levels of help we offer:

1. After enrollment, you will have access to a private Facebook group where you can interact with other students and ask questions. Victoria oversees the group and will help you if other students don’t know the answers.

2. If you need support beyond the Facebook group, you can also ask Victoria questions by email.

Curriculum for Course # 3 Valuation Concepts and Valuation Models For Early-Stage Startups.

Valuation Concepts:

  • Free Cash Flow;
  • WACC;
  • Investors’ Return (IRR); and
  • Four methods for calculating Terminal Value.

Valuation Models:

  • Two valuation approaches for valuing early-stage ventures;
  • Three quantitative valuation models:
    • Venture capital method,
    • Discounted cash flow, and
    • The Chicago method;
  • Five qualitative valuation models:
    • The Dave Berkus scorecard,
    • Bill Payne’s scorecard methodology,
    • The Risk Factor Summation Model,
    • The Replacement /All-in Method,
    • The Rule of Three; and
  • How to create and maintain a cap table.


Your Instructor


Victoria Yampolsky, CFA
Victoria Yampolsky, CFA

Victoria Yampolsky, CFA, is the President and Founder of The Startup Station, a comprehensive resource for modeling and valuing early-stage startups. She evaluates the financial feasibility of business models and specializes in the financial modeling and valuation of pre-revenue companies. Since founding The Startup Station in 2013, she has advised companies across more than ten industries, ranging from technology, manufacturing, and consumer products to media, entertainment, and fashion.

She also created a finance curriculum for early-stage founders and launched The Startup Station's educational program in 2015. Since then, more than 1,000 founders have attended her online and in-person finance classes and learned the basics of financial modeling, valuation, and startup financing.

Victoria is an advisor to DreaMe, Opkix, and Stringflix, as well as a founder of several ventures in media and entertainment. Previously, Victoria worked for the Deutsche Bank Research Department and performed IT consulting for CapGemini's Financial Services Division. Victoria holds a Bachelor's Degree, Cum Laude, in Computer Science, with a minor in Mathematics, from Cornell University and an MBA, with honors, from Columbia Business School. Victoria is also on the Advisory Board of the Computing and Information Science (CIS) Department of Cornell University.


Class Curriculum


  Introduction
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  Free cash flow
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  Valuation approaches for early stage startups
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  Quantitative valuation models
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  Capitalization table
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  Summary and next steps
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Frequently Asked Questions


How long is each course?
Each course has anywhere from 75 min to 120 min of lecture material and approximately 5-15 additional practice questions per video. Each video is 5-15 minutes long. You may need a few hours to complete the practice questions, especially for the courses that include financial modeling. You may purchase solutions to all the questions that include creating a financial model separately, in case you are unable to complete them on your own.
How long do I have access to the course?
All PowerPoint and Excel materials are available for download immediately after purchase. Access to the video content and practice questions is restricted to 15 days.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds, because when you sign up, you gain access to the class materials and can download them. I recommend watching the FREE introduction video and reading the testimonials and the course agenda before signing up to help ensure that each particular course is useful to you.
How can you contact the instructor?
You can contact Victoria Yampolsky at [email protected]

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