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Doug Bernstein

Doug Bernstein

First Round Capital
General Counsel
New York, NY, USA


I represent venture capital funds -- primarily serving as general counsel to First Round Capital (www.firstround.com).

I fell in love in high school and followed her to the University of Rochester where I learned that it's really cold in Rochester, hard to get a job with a history major, and that I should probably go to law school (or play the lottery) if I ever wanted to be able to afford season tickets to my beloved NY Mets.  Following college I received my law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, which is a really long name -- even for a law school.

After law school I (finally) married my high school sweetheart, worked at a bunch of law firms and a private equity fund, taught a law school course on venture capital law, and turned down the general counsel job at half.com shortly before it was acquired eBay (for a lot of money).

In 2009 I founded Bernstein Law Group, PC, a name I selected after exhaustive market research — and a few beers.

I lecture frequently on a wide variety of topics -- primarily to my wife and kids. I've worked on more venture capital transactions then any lawyer in the history of the world and hope that my #StatsIMadeUp meme on twitter (@DougBernstein) catches on one day.

When not working on venture capital transactions I coach my son's various sports teams, watch my daughter's ballet recitals, attempt to play golf, and train for an annual whac-a-mole competition. Yes, whac-a-mole is a sport.  No, I won't teach you how to Dougie.

I can't metabolize red wine, have developed an immunity to iocane powder, recently switched from beer to scotch, and still don't have those Mets season tickets.
Doug Bernstein is associated with the following items:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Venture Capital 2018: Nuts and Bolts
Web Segment  Web Segment Venture Capital Financing and the Deal - Venture Capital 2018: Nuts and Bolts, Friday, May 25, 2018
Term Sheet Negotiations - Venture Capital 2018: Nuts and Bolts, Friday, May 25, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Term Sheet Negotiations - Term Sheet Negotiations, Friday, May 25, 2018
Venture Capital Financing and the Deal - Venture Capital Financing and the Deal, Friday, May 25, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Venture Capital Financing and the Deal - Venture Capital Financing and the Deal, Friday, May 25, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Term Sheet Negotiations - Term Sheet Negotiations, Friday, May 25, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Venture Capital 2018: Nuts and Bolts, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Venture Capital 2019: Nuts and Bolts, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Venture Capital 2019: Nuts and Bolts, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, New York, NY
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