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Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist | [Jason Mendelson, Brad Feld]

Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist

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.
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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

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    J. Teter Carolina Beach, NC 05-24-13
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    I am generally interested in business topics and usually enjoy them, but I just couldn't get past the first chapter of this one and I returned it. Just too plain and uninteresting.

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    Wesley Encino, CA, USA 04-08-13
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    If you run or even work at a small company that has or intends to raise money from venture capitalists or angel investors, then this book is a must listen. It delivers exactly what it says it will which is to explain in very clear language, the ins & outs of venture financings.

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    Jeremy Singapore, Singapore 01-02-13
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    What did you love best about Venture Deals?

    Well written book, explained concepts in simple and easy to understand terms. Also managed to add humour into something than can be seen as dry.


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    Very good informative stuff. Though very technicial which means you must be focus as to follow it , its not popular science or general approach. Fantastic!


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    Chucky Boy UT USA 05-14-12
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Venture Deals to be better than the print version?

    No. The audio version is great, but due to the nature of the subject it is probably better to have the print version in front of you for a reference. I knew this going into it, so it does not affect my rating or perception of the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My reaction to the book was one of enthusiasm. The book helps clarify many things that an entrepreneur wants to know. It gave perspectives from both sides. It is a book that should have been written years ago.


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    It showed a complete picture of the VC process. This is a one stop shop to get a great understanding of VC's and some of the ins and outs of the process. Good luck.


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