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Jeffrey Bussgang
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24 Nov 2011
Through interviews with more than a dozen leading entrepreneurs, such as Twitter's Jack Dorsey, LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman and other successful venture capitalists, this book will be an invaluable guide for entrepreneurs looking to unlock the secrets of the VC world and get the support to finance and develop their new ventures. Jeffrey Bussgang uses his unique perspective as a venture capitalist and former entrepreneur to show how VCs operate and how entrepreneurs can work with them to fund and grow their dream company.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: PORTFOLIO (24 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591844444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591844440
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great VC Reference 22 Mar 2011
I have read a few VC book lately as I am entering the arena. I really enjoyed this book. It is a great read for those interested and a must read for anyone raising money in the US, especially in IT.

The stories are very interesting.

My one critism of the book is that it is very Harvard MBA / Standford focused. (Of course the author happens to be at HBS.) At times it makes you feel that if you didn't go to these schools then you have no hope. I am confident enough to gloss over that but some would fine it annoying (especially if, like me, you are not American and never lived there and had no aspirations to attend their schools).
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The book gives you an insight into VC's perspective hence is particularly useful for entrepreneurs. It contains plenty of good examples and overall makes for a quick and fascinating read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Insightful Look into the World of VC 30 April 2010
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This book offers valuable insights for anyone interested in the venture capital process, entrepreneurs and VCs alike. If you'd like to better understand how VCs think, this is definitely the book to read. There are great anecdotes interspersed throughout, which makes it a fun and quick read--I read the whole book in a part of one day. Bussgang shares his in-depth knowledge through stories of successful entrepreneurs such as the founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey; founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman; and founder of Constant Contact, Gail Goodman, one which I personally found inspiring.

What I appreciate most about the book is the great advice and wisdom that Bussgang offers, not just from his personal experiences, but also from those of his colleagues and mentors. By openly exploring the VC process through captivating accounts of entrepreneurs and VCs, Bussgang shows that finding the right VC-Entrepreneur partnership is not only essential, but can also feel like a match made in heaven. If that's the kind of partnership you're interested in making now or ever, this is definitely the book to read.

Mastering the VC Game really is the only book of its kind.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good topic ... 29 May 2010
By R - Published on
... but > 75% of the reviews are by people who have only reviewed this one book ever. This kind of a slant always makes me wonder if these are legit or are written for purposes of kissing up.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for the novice entrepreneur 8 Sep 2010
By Pengas - Published on
A year ago I had decided to pursue a dream and build a company that will change the world. It is my first attempt at entrepreneurship and the journey is not linear to say the least. The effort, skills and commitment are something I never experiences, but mostly - it is a lonely journey of a single person's passion and dreams.

I met Jeff at a NY tech meetup where he discussed the book and bought the copy that day. Always eager to learn from the experience of others who have walked the path and powered by the motivation to get a sneak peak into the mind of the VC. What I found is an very well written book the flows like a story (a story/movie is something that Jeff discusses several times in the book BTW). The arrangement is natural and I feel I have gained clarity about who the VCs are and what the game really is.

One of the direct results are being able to discuss matters with VCs at their terms on their field. The first time I took action on this new knowledge, I ended up with a 45m conversation with a leading VCs in NYC where 5 other people are listening intensely.

I read the reviews here, specifically the more critical one(s). I understand how entrepreneurs who have been around may find this too basic. For me it had hit the spot. I think a follow up book, that gets into more details about the term sheet, negotiations, IP and other 'technical' issues can be useful.

If you are a first time entrepreneur I think this book will serve you well and provide you with tools to better understand this game and come out as a winner.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book On Understanding How Venture Capital Works 3 May 2010
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Jeff Bussgang has written the definitive book on how venture capital works. Jeff was previously a multi-time entrepreneur and is now an experienced VC. He combines real world stories (his and others) with interviews and analysis is a very logical and readable format to explain the dynamics of VC and venture-backed companies. I've read a lot of books on this subject, was an entrepreneur for 10 years and have been a VC for 15 years. Jeff's book is by far the best to date on this subject.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overly General - 22 Nov 2010
By Loyd E. Eskildson - Published on
Just a lot of bland overview, lacking specifics and not of much use to anyone either interested in learning about VCs or wanting specific advice on obtaining good VC support.
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