- Paperback: 284 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (18 Aug. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1530088690
- ISBN-13: 978-1530088690
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 619,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Masters of Corporate Venture Capital: Collective Wisdom from 50 VCs Best Practices for Corporate Venturing How to Access Startup Innovation & How to Get Funded Paperback – 18 Aug 2016
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About the Author
Andrew Romans is the cofounder and general partner of Rubicon Venture Capital, a very active Silicon Valley and New York City venture capital fund that invests in privately held technology companies and enables its investors to co-invest along side the fund on a deal-by-deal basis via innovative sidecar funds right up to IPO or M&A exit. Rubicon Venture Capital raises capital from corporates, individual high net worth angel investors, family offices and institutional LPs creating a powerful network ready to help and go to bat for its startup portfolio. Romans is also the author of The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital (McGraw Hill) - http://amzn.com/0071830359. https://www.linkedin.com/in/romans
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I learned quite a bit about CVCs I thought I knew well. It turns out knowing the principles isn't the same as knowing the mission and habits which can be a bit guarded when in a deal situation. Hats off to Mr. Romans again.
I build entrepreneur centers around Texas in partnership with cities, investment groups and corporations and this book helped me not only understand the investment world deeper but on the strategies for innovation and the ecosystem of buyers and sellers.
If you are an:
- entrepreneur - read this so you can build a product with an acquisition or strategic corporate partnership in mind
- investor - read this so you can learn to attract capital from corporations and work with them to fund your portfolio
- corporation - read this so you can learn from the successes and failures of other corporations who have grown through cvc.
Well done Andrew.
All in all a timely read for both corporate executives thinking of (or already having) CVC, start-ups (as approaching and dealing with CVCs is substantially different from financial VCs) and VCs (considering corporates as potential LPs).
1. It may be the only recent book that focuses on corporate venture capital (CVC). Among the VC books, some are more suited for entrepreneurs, while others are for VCs. Among the books for VCs, Andrew's is very focused on CVC. CVC is different from independent VC, thus it's invaluable to read Andrew's book that addresses CVC issues. My search on Amazon has yet to yield another book quite like it.
2. It's very practical. Corporations are different from one another, therefore CVCs are different. How do you address the kind of "it depends" questions? Andrew's answer is through case studies. He interviews a large number of people seasoned in the field and, through their experiences, sheds light on the best practices. This approach makes the book very practical and very relevant for every reader's situation.
3. It's structured well. For the impatient readers, go to the conclusion chapter of the book. You will get a distilled summary of the chapters before. For the patient ones, the rest of the chapters offers more details and references to further explore even beyond this book. On the structure itself, first, the book talks about the goals of CVC, as crystallizing the thinking is key. Second, it talks about the entry strategies of a CVC, i.e., direct investment, accelerator and FoF. Third, it talks about best practices. After that, the book has more chapters for entrepreneurs working with CVCs, industry overview, etc.
This is a must-have book for people working in CVC. Thank you, Andrew, for bringing it to the world!
What I found in this book that I couldn't find anywhere else was a collection of the insights and observations from fifty VCs whose perspectives ran the full gamut from those investing primarily for financial returns vs. those looking for strategic investment leading to acquisition to move the needle on corporate innovation and growth. There are benefits and dangers involved in working with different VCs and this book provides the background investors and entrepreneurs need to be successful when engaging with this now huge sector of venture capital.