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Seed Deals: How to Grow from Startup to Venture Capital (aka Chalktalk)


David Willbrand
Pacaso, Chief Legal Officer

Before joining Pacaso as its first Chief Legal Officer, I founded, grew and chaired one of the most prominent startup and venture capital legal practices in the Midwest.

I am the author of “Seed Deals: How to Grow from Startup to Venture Capital,” and I am a Professor of Law at both the University of Michigan and the Ohio State University, where I teach advanced courses on Mergers & Acquisitions. I am also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Miami University.

I love philosophy, music, red wine and a good pair of Jordans.


 “Chalk Talk” which covers the basic nuts and bolts of capitalization and fundraising from a legal perspective. We cover the instruments and structures used, with a heavy emphasis on demystifying the jargon.