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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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    Fabio São Paulo, Brazil 04-09-12
    Fabio São Paulo, Brazil 04-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book, but needs a PDF"
    What did you love best about Venture Deals?

    Venture Capital has a lot of tricky names and concepts, they explain them well and clearly


    Any additional comments?

    There could be a PDF file along with the book with all the examples and numbers cited... not always you can write them all down, and to follow the thinking it could be easier than to copy them in a paper and follow the audio

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Casey Solana Beach, CA 12-30-12
    Joy Casey Solana Beach, CA 12-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Knowledge is Power..!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes..!


    Any additional comments?

    As a former author (of legal, tax, financial, and business issues), I was impressed with Brad and Jason's crystal-clear writing style.

    There were so many things I found insightful. Here are a few of their recommendations: 1. Select the right lawyer. The lawyer you pick is a reflection of you. If you pick a "lame" lawyer (my word, not theirs), your own credibility drops more than a notch or two. 2. Keep tabs on (and control of) the negotiation with the VCs. Do not just hand over the reins to your attorney. The way to stay involved and in charge is to understand what is important in the negotiations and what is not. This way you can prevent each side's lawyers from quibbling over unimportant points which only serve to run up legal bills...and/or so you can prevent your attorney from straining your relationship with your investors. 3. Understand that the early rounds of financing can have a big effect on the future of your company (and they explain why, what you need to know, and what mistakes you should not make). 4. Understand the concept of ANTI-DILUTION. It's very important! 5. Understand FOUNDER VESTING. For example, if one of the founders decides to leave after a year or two, you do not want him or her to walk away with a large ownership stake, while you remain at the company and continue to work (hard).

    Brad and Jason also teach you that not all VC firms are the same. Different firms specialize in different types of startups or in different stages of the funding process. And some firms are much better at mentoring entrepreneurs than others. The authors also discuss the TIMING of the funds run by VCs (most funds run approximately 10 years, and they explain why this is important for you to know).

    They also help you to understand things from the perspective of VCs and angel investors, so you can present yourself well to them.

    And all throughout, they teach you how avoid mistakes and nasty pitfalls that could result in serious and regrettable problems. In short, this book is exactly what every entrepreneur, VC, and advisor needs.

    Thanks Brad and Jason. Your book is so well done, and written in such a wonderful, kind spirit. You have made an important contribution. I am tremendously impressed.

    Though I enjoyed this audio version very much, I do believe that it is important to have this in a book or kindle form, too, so that you can refer to it as needed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-08-12
    Bryan Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Surprisingly listenable"

    Nice presentation of technical subject. I was afraid it might be dry; but just enough humor to make it an enjoyable commute listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Greg 10-11-12
    Greg 10-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great content - Get the hard copy though!"

    The book is very helpful, however you may need to take notes as there is much detail to take in. I would have purchased the hard copy in hindsight.

    You will need to constantly stop and start the audio to take in the information.

    Please note I had a relatively low amount of knowledge in VC before starting this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Overland Park, KS, United States 08-22-12
    James Overland Park, KS, United States 08-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "An Entrepreneur library MUST"
    Would you listen to Venture Deals again? Why?

    This book is packed with facts about the deal. If you've ever had a business, thought about investing in someone's business, its more than just equity at stake. The contracts Feld goes through in this book break it down line by line, explaining what is normal, vs when one person (the investor or entrepreneur) is getting the upper hand. Real life examples, candid opinions -- this is everything I wish lawyers, mentors, or teachers should have told me years ago but didn't. I imagine listening to this book once or twice a year to stay sharp.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frank San Francisco,CA 03-31-13
    Frank San Francisco,CA 03-31-13
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    "If you can get past the first 20 minutes..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I thought this was a book on venture deals and how to be more knowledgeable about them. It seems more about the culture of the industry and how this guy experienced it. The read is very slow and the voice is so monotone you start to lose interest fast. The way its read is as if you can't understand english, its very slow. Maybe that is good but I could not listen past the 2nd chapter. I would have been happier reading an article on a business blog than listening to this. Don't listen while driving, you may fall asleep.If you live in the Bay Area this topic is something you may hear a lot about and will probably find someone in person to talk to about the subject. Just reach out and do some networking.


    Do you think Venture Deals needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure if this book was just made to make money or help people. I don't feel helped or any more smarter on the topic.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Honestly Long Island, NY 09-20-14
    Honestly Long Island, NY 09-20-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Nice Introduction to Venture Capital"
    What made the experience of listening to Venture Deals the most enjoyable?

    Laid out the venture capital industry quite well and the book was organized in a logical fashion to give sufficient detail for anyone to gain a basic understanding of the common terminology, industry dynamics, and details of how venture capital works. Most of all, I felt like I was getting relatively honest information from the authors. As would expect, the authors did pitch their VC firm periodically throughout the book as they are active venture capitalists, but this was done on a very limited basis and I kind of liked to hear how a venture capital firm marketed themselves and what they thought they specifically brought to the table.

    After reading this book I would definitely consider Foundry Group for raising VC capital. Nice Job guys!


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    Any additional comments?

    The previous questions appear more for a novel, this was not an emotionally engaging book (nor was I expecting it be, nor did I want it to be). Overall quite happy with this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    AC360 07-29-14
    AC360 07-29-14
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    "All-In-One Resource Which You Will Reference Often"
    Would you listen to Venture Deals again? Why?

    Yes, I reference this book all of the time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's comprehensive. As a software developer with a start-up, this was the easiest way I found to navigate to get up to speed on raising capital.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book you definitely want to own because you will reference it often.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marge RALEIGH, NC, United States 02-14-14
    Marge RALEIGH, NC, United States 02-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A must read for startups raising money"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Venture Deals to be better than the print version?

    YES


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book is the ultimate resource for quickly immersing founders in the language of financing rounds from seed to late stage. Easy to listen to and perfectly organized, each chapter builds on the understanding gained from the last.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Pratt – was your favorite?

    This was nonfiction


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I could not get enough of this book and listened in one day on the faster speed


    Any additional comments?

    Not just a general overview, this book is textbook specific with just enough humor to never be tiring. I loved the quick read and loved the clear explanations. Especially helpful are all the sections named "entrepreneur perspective." Never stating the obvious, you will learn lots right from chapter one and with great tricks and tips even if you are a seasoned professional (and I have been an accountant 30 years and still learned so much!) Thank you for this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sebastian N 06-15-13
    Sebastian N 06-15-13

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    "Great read for VCs and Non-VCs alike!"

    I've worked in the financial services industry for almost a decade and have focused on later stage investing (i.e. not venture capital). Despite not being a venture capitalist, the book was very helpful and relevant to my profession. The structures and provisions that Brad and Jason simplify are applicable well beyond venture and perhaps outside of finance altogether.

    I got through the book very quickly on my daily commute to work and thought that it was excellent.

    I recommended it to the junior investment professionals at my firm as well as to those outside of finance.

    Overall, great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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