As each new generation of entrepreneurs emerges, there is a renewed interest in how venture capital deals come together. Yet there really is no definitive guide to venture capital deals. Nobody understands this better than authors Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson. For more than seventeen years, they've been involved in hundreds of venture capital financings, and now, with Venture Deals, they share their experiences in this field with you.
Inspired by a series of blog posts - created by the authors after a particularly challenging deal - this reliable resource demystifies the venture capital financing process and helps you gain a practical perspective of this dynamic discipline.
Whether you're an experienced or aspiring entrepreneur, venture capitalist, or lawyer who partakes in these particular types of deals, you can benefit from the insights found throughout this book. Engaging and informative, Venture Deals skillfully outlines the essential elements of the venture capital term sheet - from terms related to economics to terms related to control. Feld and Mendelson strive to give a balanced view of the particular terms along with the strategies to getting to a fair deal. In addition to examining the nuts and bolts of the term sheet, Venture Deals also introduces you to the various participants in the process, discusses how fundraising works, reveals how VC firms operate, and describes how to apply different negotiating tactics to your deals. You'll also gain valuable insights into several common legal issues most startups face and, as a bonus, discover what a typical letter of intent to acquire your company looks like.
©2011 Jason Mendelson, Brad Feld (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp
"People wished they could read such a book before experiencing the hard way."
That's totally right; the book explained the VC firm, funding game and so many insights not to make mistakes.
The use of BATNA while combined with book "getting to yes", became priceless.
In the early stage of developing the idea, I was full of dreams of grander and butterfly car doors. Although I could not comprehend some of the dry detail, I am grateful to be exposed to the knowledge and terms. Good reality check and good job with dry subject matter-hang in there, it was worth it for me.
This was a very useful book BUT a complimentary pdf with all the examples was necessary. Trying to calculate how much percentage each founder and investor has after 2 rounds of financing and after unique circumstances is challenging without a piece of paper.
Very informative, but most of it reads like a reference book. The authors give candid, specific and very usable advice for realistic situations.
for those looking to understand the world of vc financing and ipo's this should be your first stop. it's simple but covers complex topics with ease and will not bore you to death.
Exactly what I needed. I'm a product guy and had no idea how to raise capital. Now I speak the same language as the big boys.
Great book with a splash of unexpected humor. Mostly because of the monotone voice you don't expect it but I found it hilarious!! Literally laughing!! I started listening to the audiobook because I was too impatient to wait for my book to arrive. Thankfully it'll arrive on Friday but I spent one day listening to this while I was working. Great content!! Wish I had stumbled upon this over a year ago. But with persistence & continued searching I found what I had been looking for. Finding investors for non-tech companies seems like a black hole and would love more insight. There were a couple of areas where they mentioned would be perceived as red flags by a VC that I would love to bounce off of them to get advice on how to mitigate the perception. The only thing that would be icing on the cake is a visual representation of the stages with common milestones & timeline guides for the process and who you engage, when, etc. They provided their emails so I may reach out to them after all the worst they can say is no and I lose nothing by trying. :)
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