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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (19 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764553534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764553530
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,544,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First there was "Dating for Dummies," then "Indoor Grilling for Dummies " and now ... "Raising Capital for Dummies." The newest how–to book for novices from Wiley Publishing Inc., the publishers of the popular "Dummies" series, comes at what could be a wickedly good time. With venture capitalists retrenching and so–called angel investors burned by the dot–com meltdown, fund–raising has become a tough task for venture capitalists. "There′s a lot of places to look for money that just doesn′t occur to people," said Joseph Bartlett, co–author of the "Raising Capital for Dummies " book. Offering advice from finding government resources to tapping friends and family members for cash without causing feuds, the Dummies guide walks business execs from the "embryo to the IPO" stages of a company′s cash needs, says Mr. Bartlett. If all else fails and a fund–raising effort comes up short, there′s another guide that might be worth checking out: "Job Hunting for Dummies. (The Wall Street Journal, September 6, 2002)

"The newest how–to book for novices from Wiley Publishing Inc, the publishers of the popular "Dummies" series, comes at what could be a wickedly good time." ( The Wall Street Journal , September 6, 2002)

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"An easy–to–use primer for first–time entrepreneurs." Andrew Ziolkowski, Managing Director, Forest Street and SAE Great advice from the guru of venture capital and start–up financing The fun and easy way to get the funding you need to realize your dreams! Rarin’ to start your business but strapped for cash? Relax! This savvy guide cuts through the mumbo–jumbo and leads you through the stages of financing your business from raising seed capital and funds for expansions to IPOs and acquisitions and shows you how to survive and thrive. So take the money and run! The Dummies Way Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Tear–out cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and fun Get smart! @www.dummies.com Find listings of all our books Choose from many different subject categories Sign up for daily eTips at www.dummiesdaily.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 May 2005
Format: Paperback
I was really disappointed by this book. Some of the dummies books are not too bad but this one seemed to be a book by the numbers. It contains a very simplistic overview of the area of raising capital. It also covers (very simplistically too) other areas of business which I felt were outside its remit. There was a lack of real world examples. It felt that they just touched on all the bases to fulfil their brief in a token way. I very much doubt this book has helped anyone raise actual capital. Only buy this book if you can't even guess at some of the broad issues that might be involved in raising money for a business. (Don't buy this book!) There are so many better books!
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Too broad for its target audience 12 Nov. 2007
By epl53078 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The problem with this book is it really only spends the first third of the book addressing the stage that anyone who buys this book is going to be interested in-startup. If you've been in business long enough to be ready for venture capital, you can probably hire a consultant to help you navigate that, and if you're to the point where you're ready for a merger, by that point you're hardly a "dummy."

And even then, it really only scratches the surface of what a start-up entrepreneur needs. Using personal resources and asking family and friends are so self-explanatory that they don't even need their own chapters. Angel investors are really the only section it has any info about, but then again, not much on how to really get their attention, and then customers and matching services are worthwhile only if you're in a position where that applies(i.e. you don't need to go through a production process before you can give the customer what they want)

I would rather they cut out the chapters on using personal resources and family and friends entirely, as well as eliminating sections 2 and 3, and expand the remaining chapters to the length the book is now.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
For the Naive 29 Oct. 2007
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This book is filled with ideas for those who have never tried to raise capital before. But if you have worked at this before this book has nothing to add to what you have already tried. You need friends with money and influence to raise capital, anything else is climbing a ladder leaning against the wrong wall.
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Money! 4 Feb. 2013
By Brett Berner - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are an entrepenuer and are looking to raise money for your new found project, this book is a great place to start. This book I recommend before you start building your business plan.
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