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Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist [Hardcover]

Dick Costolo , Brad Feld , Jason Mendelson
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19 Aug 2011
An engaging guide to excelling in today′s venture capital arena Beginning in 2005, Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson, managing directors at Foundry Group, wrote a long series of blog posts describing all the parts of a typical venture capital Term Sheet: a document which outlines key financial and other terms of a proposed investment. Since this time, they′ve seen the series used as the basis for a number of college courses, and have been thanked by thousands of people who have used the information to gain a better understanding of the venture capital field. Drawn from the past work Feld and Mendelson have written about in their blog and augmented with newer material, Venture Capital Financings puts this discipline in perspective and lays out the strategies that allow entrepreneurs to excel in their start–up companies. Page by page, this book discusses all facets of the venture capital fundraising process. Along the way, Feld and Mendelson touch on everything from how valuations are set to what externalities venture capitalists face that factor into entrepreneurs′ businesses. Includes a breakdown analysis of the mechanics of a Term Sheet and the tactics needed to negotiate Details the different stages of the venture capital process, from starting a venture and seeing it through to the later stages Explores the entire venture capital ecosystem including those who invest in venture capitalist Contain standard documents that are used in these transactions Written by two highly regarded experts in the world of venture capital The venture capital arena is a complex and competitive place, but with this book as your guide, you′ll discover what it takes to make your way through it.

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  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (19 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470929820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470929827
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...offers hard–headed advice on dealing with lawyers and venture capitalists, so you can make the right decisions for you and your business..." ( FT.com , 30th January 2012) "Long term horizons, coupled with clear analysis in the book, provide a clear understanding and historical perspective into financial crises" ( Ad–Hoc–News , November 2011)

‘An amazingly beneficial title which enables you to evolve your business mind and enhance your investment viability.’ (AndrewShort.ord, April 2012)

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"Easily the best book I have ever read on start–ups and venture capital." — Tim Ferriss , author of #1 NY Times Bestsellers, The 4–Hour Workweek and The 4–Hour Body

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! 3 Jan 2013
By Davra
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This title should be compulsory reading for all incubator, startup and MBA Entrepeneur\Students! Don't embark on funding without reading Venture Deals..
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In the process of looking for investment for my startup I was recommend this book to read before doing anything else, and I wasn't disappointed. The biggest fear in going to ask for investment is worrying you won't understand what they are talking about or that you will look a fool for not being able to answer questions because you don't understand any of the terminology. Reading this book will go a long way in helping you overcome those fears. It explains everything in an easy to understand and easy to read manner and the Entrepreneur's perspective sections are also insightful.

In short if you are looking to grasp a better understand of venture capitalists and the terms used this is a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and a must read 18 July 2012
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This book is an excellent read - I really, really enjoyed it and found it very useful.

As the CEO of an early internet company I found Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson's insights, knowledge and experience really useful. Even though I am based in England and not the US, the advice is relevant to anyone looking to be well versed and educated in dealing with Venture Capitalist's and Investors in their company.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Buy it, you will not regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for anyone raising money 2 Jun 2012
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Read Venture Deals on a flight from London to Johannesburg recently, and really enjoyed it, so wanted to write something positive ;-)

Busy with a supportive investor convertible note negotiation so we can keep the top line growing, and the book has given me a broader perspective than I had before I read it -> "Economics and Control" is probably the best three word wisdom I've read in a long while. Book is written in an engaging style, and tone of voice is not preachy. Easy to read and digest.

For first timers, definitely recommended.
For old times, think there is definitely enough meat to add to or change perspectives.

Recommended. #JFDI.

gareth
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not worth the money 6 Aug 2011
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This is a "nice" book, but depends who is reading. If you are an entrepreneur with no background in finance, this book may prove a great help to you. But if you are a seasoned entrepreneur or you are a founder with finance background, this book adds little value.

There are more than capitalization table to the mathematics of VC financing and certainly more than Prisoner's dilemma to the negotiation tactics; it also cover very less on the acquisition of startups.
Moreover, most the stuff can be found online free of cost including on Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson blogs/website; and also on askvc website.

If you are working in VC industry, this book is almost worthless to you. But if you are first-time entrepreneur with no finance background, please go and get this book; it compiles most of the stuff in one place.
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