Hello, I’m Zach Brauer, the founder of Pivot Education and the course creator / instructor for Modeling for Venture Capital.
I started Pivot Education to pay forward the help I received in my life from my countless mentors. Their time, effort, and counsel over the years have been invaluable, and I’m sure they’ll never know the impact they had on my life. I am thankful every day that they saw someone in need of support or an opportunity. Now, I am at a point in my life where I can start doing the same. I started this class for two close friends and two friends of theirs, thinking that even just teaching to 4 people would be impactful. I am humbled that through word of mouth and referrals it has evolved into a course well beyond my wildest expectations, and I am fortunate to have this opportunity to give back to so many people.
My background revolves around deal underwriting. I have worked in venture capital, private equity and debt, limited partnerships, investment-grade debt, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and divestitures. I previously worked with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota in the Corporate Development / Corporate Venture Group (Stella Ventures) and at Northwestern Mutual Capital, the private equity arm of Northwestern Mutual.
In addition to teaching this course, I am a Finance Partner at GV (Google Ventures), where I provides financial analysis and insights for the GV life sciences investment team and partners with portfolio companies. I am also an Executive Fellow at Harvard Business School, where I will be offering a version of my course to students interested in working in venture capital.