Real Venture Capital

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A principal theme of the book is a plea for "real venture capital," with the venture capitalist adding substantial value to companies and their founders through a wide knowledge of business, in contrast to the purely financial skills required in other sectors of the private equity field, such as leveraged buy-outs.

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Overview

A principal theme of the book is a plea for "real venture capital," with the venture capitalist adding substantial value to companies and their founders through a wide knowledge of business, in contrast to the purely financial skills required in other sectors of the private equity field, such as leveraged buy-outs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230202221
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/27/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD THOMPSON is a Cambridge science graduate who subsequently qualified in both chartered engineering and management consultancy. He has been the co-founder and chairman of several successful venture capital firms over a thirty-year span and is still active in the sector. He has a wide experience of international business.

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Table of Contents

Preface
• Introduction and Rationale
• Background and History of Venture Capital
• Other Forms of Private Equity
• Venture Capital Definitions and Approaches
• Growth Markets and International Expansion
• The Commercial Application of Technology Products
• Entrepreneurs, Managers and Directors
• The Management of Resources
• Financial Philosophy and Control
• Financing and Its Structures
• Start-Ups
• Second-Stage Financings
• Third-Stage Financings
• Turbanrounds
• Strategic and Other Alliances
• Flotations
• Acquisitions and Mergers
• Trade Sales
• Case Studies
• International Niche Businesses
• International Development
• International Financing
• Fund Structures and Management
• Investment Processes
• Investment Examples
• Future Developments
• The Role of the Venture capitalist
• The Role of the Investor
• The Impact on the economy
• Conclusions and Lessons
• Appendix I - An Early Paper on venture Capital
• Appendix II - The healthcare and Technology Markets
• Appendix III - Company Boards: Their Role and Structure
• Appendix IV - Invetsment Memoranda
• Glossary of Terms
• Index

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  • Posted September 21, 2009

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    Readable guide to venture capital

    This brief book offers a sound introduction to the fundamentals of venture capital investing. Though it emphasizes the United Kingdom, it illustrates the state of the venture capital business in other nations as well. Richard Thompson gives a straightforward explanation of what "real venture capital" is. He distinguishes venture capital for new business development from private equity, or refinancing, for established companies. Case studies and anecdotes from the author's own experience support his plain, commonsense recommendations. While this book will be particularly appropriate for readers in the U.K., getAbstract also recommends it to any reader seeking a short, practical guide to the business of investing venture capital.

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