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This book is a thorough, practical guide to the nitty-gritty of venture capital investing. This comprehensive, well-organized instruction manual summarizes the homework you should do before you make a venture capital investment, the paperwork needed to carry out the investment and the ongoing work you will have to undertake to have a prayer of seeing your investment pay off. If it is a little plodding, you can understand why. It covers a lot of ground. The authors compare venture capital investing to a partnership at one point, to a marriage at another. They don’t attempt to sell you on venture investing. In fact, by telling you how difficult and labor intensive it is, they may even drive you away. We believe this book definitely belongs in the library of anyone who has ever taken a serious interest in venture investing. It will also help entrepreneurs who need venture capital financing by showing them how to evaluate their companies according to the criteria that serious investors are apt to use.
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This book is a thorough, practical guide to the nitty-gritty of venturecapital investing. This comprehensive, well-organized instruction manualsummarizes the homework you should do before you make a venture capitalinvestment, the paperwork needed to carry out the investment and theongoing work you will have to undertake to have a prayer of seeing yourinvestment pay off. If it is a little plodding, you can understand why. Itcovers a lot of ground. The authors compare venture capital investing to apartnership at one point, to a marriage at another. They don't attempt tosell you on venture investing. In fact, by telling you how difficult andlabor intensive it is, they may even drive you away. We believe this bookdefinitely belongs in the library of anyone who has ever taken a seriousinterest in venture investing. It will also help entrepreneurs who needventure capital financing by showing them how to evaluate their companiesaccording to the criteria that serious investors are apt to use.
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on 12 April 2017
very detailed and good
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on 9 May 1997
Investing in a small private business is difficult. There is not enough information and it is almost impossible to find a buyer for your investment if you need to sell your investment. This book provides the investor with a detailed approach to investing in private businesses. The book discusses the process one should go through before investing in a private business. It is detailed and directly to the point of what an investor should look for and what things the investor should do.
If you are thinking of investing in small private businesses then this book is for you. If you are seeking to raise money then purchase my other book
"Venture Capital Handbook" that is for business owners who want to raise money.
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on 26 December 1997
This book was exceptionally insightful in helping me begin the due diligence process when analyzing a deal. Gladstone has immense experience in reviewing business opportunties and uses his expereiences and intelligence to guide people how to spot a good investment, with a little humor.
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on 14 July 1997
This book is the best I have found on analyzing companies for private investment. David Gladstone provides step-by-step instructions on how to analyze a company for private investment purposes. I highly reccommend it for venture capitalists, private investors, and angels.
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on 9 April 1999
I was impressed with the thoroughness that Mr. Gladstone gave to the due diligence process, arguably the key to closing a successful VC deal. Particularly useful are the 80 pages of 'must ask' questions he provides. If anything, these are worth the price of the book.
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on 27 June 1997
Mr. Gladstone's book provides an excellent overview of venture capital investing and what it takes to succeed. The book is extremely well written and to the point.

A must read for anyone thinking of working or investing in the venture capital arena.
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on 22 June 2001
This book is exhaustive, especially in its treatment of the due diligence process. It is however rather thin on valuation. It is ideal for the beginner in venture capital but seasoned practitioners will find it rather lacking in depth.
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on 31 July 2016
Just started a position as a VC analyst -- this book has been a great supplement.
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