Working in the technology industry, there are times when you might be asked to review and provide input on certain financial aspects of your business. This may be especially critical when trying to raise capital for R&D or new initiatives. When that time comes, it is important that you are able to comprehend and evaluate the information given to you. By supplying you with foundational knowledge about key financial concepts such as capital structure (equity and debt), net present value (NPV), and the different types of investments, this course will allow you to feel confident when reviewing your organization's financial reports. Not only will you feel comfortable, but you will have the basic understanding of these concepts in order to offer input into conversations about raising capital, structuring the ownership of a company, and investing the company's assets to create value.
Key Course Takeaways
Investigate deploying capital from the perspective of an investor or the company raising capital
Analyze the financial risk and reward of different projects and make a go/no-go decision
Evaluate the ownership structure of an organization along with the associated benefits and disadvantages
Executive Director, Cornell Center for Regional Economic Advancement
Tom Schryver is the Executive Director of the Cornell Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) and a Visiting Lecturer at the Johnson Graduate School of Management. CREA’s programs include Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, the Southern Tier Startup Alliance, and support of Cornell’s regional economic advancement efforts. Mr. Schryver leads the Upstate NY I-Corps Node and is the lead instructor for Cornell Engineering’s Commercialization Fellows program. He serves on the teaching team for eLab, Cornell’s student business accelerator, and teaches entrepreneurship and business strategy at Cornell.
Mr. Schryver is an experienced entrepreneur, having served as a startup founder and senior finance executive of high-growth companies. Previously, he was Director of Finance for the Triad Foundation, where his responsibilities included investing the Foundation’s $250m portfolio to top-quartile returns. Mr. Schryver’s board affiliations include the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park and Tompkins County Area Development, and he serves as board vice-chair of the Business Incubator Association of New York State.