Essentials of Venture Capital

Overview

The venture capital industry continues to evolve at a breakneck pace. Essentials of Venture Capital gets you up to speed by providing vital insight into the incentives that drive evolution at venture capital firms.

Essentials of Venture Capital cuts to the chase to follow each step of the venture capital business, examines challenges that have emerged in the past decade, and includes numerous real-world examples to illustrate why some firms ...

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Overview

The venture capital industry continues to evolve at a breakneck pace. Essentials of Venture Capital gets you up to speed by providing vital insight into the incentives that drive evolution at venture capital firms.

Essentials of Venture Capital cuts to the chase to follow each step of the venture capital business, examines challenges that have emerged in the past decade, and includes numerous real-world examples to illustrate why some firms adapt ... and why others fail.

From raising funds and investing in start-ups to reaping the rewards, Essentials of Venture Capital covers the gamut of this rapidly changing industry so you can always be one step ahead of the game.

Inside, you'll find:

An overview of the basics of venture capital and the major changes and challenges the industry has faced in the past decade

Tips for building a career as a venture investor and understanding how firms are organized

Venture capital fundraising strategies that work even in challenging macroeconomic environments

The basics of deal-making, legal terms, and investor protections

Three major methods for connecting with entrepreneurs and making good investments

Ways to can in on a venture investment by taking a company public or finding a buyer for it

Techniques for recognizing and investing during the Boom-Bubble-Bust cycle

Strategies for establishing a global investment practice and a survey of venture initiatives in new markets abroad

Essentials of Venture Capital is your passport to the rapidly evolving business of investing in inventive entrepreneurs and ideas of the future.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470616222
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Series: Essentials Series , #52
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 807,780
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander Haislip specializes in venture capital andtechnology investment analysis. He is a columnist for Forbes.comand has been a senior writer at Thomson Reuters's Venture CapitalJournal and Private Equity Hub for the past four years. He holds aneconomics degree and a finance certificate from PrincetonUniversity and a master's degree from the Columbia UniversityGraduate School of Journalism. Mr. Haislip has won awards from theNew York Financial Writers Association, the National PressFoundation, and the Western Publishing Association. TheLondon-based Management Consultancies Association recognized him asone of the "Best Young Management Writers."
In addition to researching and writing, Mr. Haislip also conductsconferences and moderates panels of experts on topics such asventure capital, cleantech, energy, buyouts, fundraising, andprivate equity. You can find more information about Mr. Haislip athis Web site, www.AlexanderHaislip.com.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

1 Industry Overview 1

What is Venture Capital? 1

How Venture Capital Works 8

Performance Expectations 16

Venture Capital in Crisis 28

Summary 37

Notes 38

2 Careers and Organization 39

Launching a Career 39

Nurturing Your Career as a Venture Capitalist 43

Firm Structure and Organization 54

Planning for the Future 60

Summary 64

Notes 66

3 Fundraising 67

Fundraising Is a Venture Capitalist's Number-One Priority 68

What Limited Partners Want 71

Working with Limited partners 73

Why Invest in Funds That Lose Money? 80

First-Time Funds 89

Bigger Funds 97

The Future of Fundraising 99

Summary 101

Notes 103

4 Investing Basics 105

What Makes a Good Deal? 105

Macroeconomics of Investing 109

Investment Process 114

Stock Classifications 118

Typical Preferred Stock Clauses 120

Stock During Different Stages of Development 128

Syndication 131

Valuation 133

Summary 140

Notes 142

5 Finding Investments 145

Gathering Opportunities 146

Hunting for Investments 148

Growing Your Own Investments 159

Alternative Methods 163

Missed Opportunities 169

Summary 170

Notes 172

6 Getting the Money Back 175

Gains from Investment 176

Going Public 178

Getting Acquired 188

The IPO Crisis 195

Solving the IPO Problem 197

Are Fewer IPOs a Bad Thing? 200

New Strategies and Adaptations for Liquidity 204

Summary 216

Notes 219

7 Booms, Bubbles, and Busts 223

Riding the Waves 225

Boom Beginnings 230

Bubbles 237

Busts 242

Summary 249

Notes 251

8 Going Global 253

Strategies for Foreign Investing 254

Venture Capital Outside the United States 263

Israel 264

China 270

India 277

Russia 283

Europe 288

The Rest of the World 296

Summary 300

Notes 303

About the Author 307

Index 309

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