Inside the Mind of a Silicon Valley VC, with Stanford Prof. Ilya Strebulaev

In this interactive workshop designed for entrepreneurs and aspiring VCs, Professor Ilya Strebulaev shared his insights from the heart of Silicon Valley on how VCs really make the decision on whether to invest in a startup and at what valuation.

Ilya Strebulaev is a tenured chaired Professor of Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB). He is an expert in venture capital, entrepreneurial finance, and financial decision-making. His work has been published in major academic journals and received numerous prizes and awards. His research has also been featured in a variety of public media, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Ilya is the founder and faculty director of the Stanford GSB Venture Capital Initiative that brings together academic researchers and practitioners to advance and promote research and teaching on innovation and venture capital.

At Stanford, Ilya currently teaches venture capital and angel financing. He has been honored with the GSB MBA Distinguished Teacher Award, the highest award Stanford MBA students can bestow on a professor. He also has been awarded the Sloan Teaching Excellence Award at Stanford and the Master in Management Teaching Award at the London Business School.

Ilya is also involved in educating business leaders, senior executives and decision-makers, at Stanford GSB and elsewhere, on topics such as venture capital, the ecosystem of Silicon Valley, corporate innovation and corporate venture capital, strategic financial decision-making, funding of innovation, investing in the VC industry, valuation of VC-backed companies, and innovation ecosystems. He frequently leads executive workshops and gives keynote speeches on these topics around the world. He also has been consulting companies and investors around the world on valuation of VC-backed companies, selection of VC investments and managers, and portfolio allocation.

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