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
This book is full, full, full of information you never knew you absolutely need to know if you want to be successful at raising funds as an entrepreneur. And more importantly, how to avoid getting screwed in the process.
No real life stories or references, which I thought it would be. Fell asleep many times listening to this. Too bad, I really wanted to learn, but can't do it sleeping.
this book does an incredible job at demystifying the world of venture capital. It provides a rare insight into how Venture capitalists think, make business decisions, and make money.
"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.
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