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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Useful, 31 Oct 2003
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This review is from: Smarter Ventures: A Survivor's Guide to Venture Capital Through the New Cycle (Paperback)
As someone who has recently been involved in a significant funding round with some major VCs, I can only say that I wish this book had been published before I had started the negotitations. The book has some great anecdotes, refreshingly about European rather than US examples, but also has the best material I have seen on the elements of the "term sheet", and the points surrounding the key clauses. Anyone contemplating dealing with centure capital should read this book.
It is topical, entertaining and useful - what more can you ask for in a business book?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading for Entreprenuers and Investors, 2 Oct 2003
This review is from: Smarter Ventures: A Survivor's Guide to Venture Capital Through the New Cycle (Paperback)
The best business book I read this year! Unlike most books about business Katherine Campbells analysis of the venture capital industry provides real value for anyone considering raising private equity funds. The venture industry has been considered a private club with mystifying rites that are difficult for outsiders to understand. This excellent book provides a clear understanding of what it takes and how this world operates.
As a well known journalist, Campbell also does the reader the huge favour of making the book a great read. Well done.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class analysis of the VC industry for entrepreneurs, 24 Dec 2004
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For anyone wanting to raise money for a venture capital project this is the book to read. The author explains a a lot about how the VC industry works in practice---not all of it flattering. This is "straight from the shoulder" stuff. VC firms have the upper hand in any transaction. Reading this book will help the budding entrepreneur redress the imbalance in the relationship.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Business Book for Years, 24 Sep 2003
This review is from: Smarter Ventures: A Survivor's Guide to Venture Capital Through the New Cycle (Paperback)
Katharine Campbell's clear and incisive exploration of the venture capital industry provides the best guide yet to understanding the process, the aims and expectations of both entrepreneurs and investors; and the means by which they can achieve a successful partnership.
As a long term serial entrepreneur I found Smarter Ventures easily the most insightful and comprehensive study of this little understood business sector. It is also a very good read.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart Money, 1 Oct 2003
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This review is from: Smarter Ventures: A Survivor's Guide to Venture Capital Through the New Cycle (Paperback)
Katharine Campbell's clear and incisive exploration of the venture capital industry provides the best guide yet to understanding the process, the aims and expectations of both entrepreneurs and investors; and the means by which they can achieve a successful partnership.
As a long term serial entrpreneur I found Smarter Ventures easily the most insightful and comprehensive study of this little understood business sector.
It is also a very good read. AJR
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars welcome to serenity, 28 Oct 2003
This review is from: Smarter Ventures: A Survivor's Guide to Venture Capital Through the New Cycle (Paperback)
Katharine Campbell manages to take all the confusion out of the fundraising process - making it clear and simple. An empowering must read for all.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A money-maker?, 22 April 2004
This review is from: Smarter Ventures: A Survivor's Guide to Venture Capital Through the New Cycle (Paperback)
I have read several dozen books about economics, capitalism, Wall Street,the ups and downs of the stock market. I was in search not for any kind ofprofits but for intellectual clarity. Maybe this was a mistake. Money isas money does. A true analysis should be able to make you a pretty penny.So now I have read Katharine Campbell's exciting book on Venture Capital.It combines both of my motivations. I understood something new and I thinkby becoming something of a venture capitalist I'll be able to make somemoney. Reading such a book can be proftable in both senses.
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