Venture Capitalists at Work: How VCs Identify and Build Billion-Dollar Successes [NOOK Book]

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"This is probably the single most valuable resource for the entrepreneurs aspiring to build successful companies"—Ron Conway, Special Adviser, SV Angel, and investor in Facebook, Google, Twitter, Foursquare, PayPal, Zappos



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Overview



"This is probably the single most valuable resource for the entrepreneurs aspiring to build successful companies"—Ron Conway, Special Adviser, SV Angel, and investor in Facebook, Google, Twitter, Foursquare, PayPal, Zappos



"I highly recommend Venture Capitalists at Work. This book captures the personalities and approaches of a number of leading VC practitioners and displays the heart and soul of the venture capital process, by offering an exclusive window into the voice of the practitioners."—Gus Tai, Trinity Ventures



"Venture Capitalists at Work is a foundational pillar in an entrepreneur's understanding and resources. This is a first in terms of the level of detail, quality of discussion, and value to the entrepreneur."—George Zachary, Charles River Ventures and Investor in Twitter



Venture Capitalists at Work: How VCs Identify and Build Billion-Dollar Successes
offers unparalleled insights into the funding and management of companies like YouTube, Zappos, Twitter, Starent, Facebook, and Groupon. The venture capitalists profiled—among the best in the business—also reveal how they identify promising markets, products, and entrepreneurs.



Author Tarang Shah, a venture capital professional himself, interviews rising VC stars, Internet and software investment pioneers, and venture investment thought leaders. You’ll learn firsthand what criteria venture capitalists use to make investments, how they structure deals, the many ways they help the companies they fund, avoidable mistakes they see all too often, the role of luck in a success, and why so many startups fail.



Venture Capitalists at Work also contains interviews with those on the receiving end of venture money—entrepreneurs in high-profile startups that went on to achieve great success. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, an aspiring VC, an M&A professional, or an ambitious student, the knowledge you will gain from Venture Capitalists at Work could provide a significant shortcut to success.




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What you’ll learn

  • How venture capitalists identify promising markets, entrepreneurs, and companies

  • What venture capitalists are looking for in entrepreneurs and business plans

  • How to build an “A” team and a culture of success

  • Successful relationship dynamics between entrepreneur and investors

  • When to slow down, ramp up, and scale companies

  • Knowing when to sell a business, keep growing, or shut it down

  • Why startups fail

  • Common entrepreneurial mistakes you can avoid


Who this book is for


This book is a must-read for entrepreneurs and venture capital/private equity investors. It's also for venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in emerging markets who want to apply to homegrown ventures the Silicon Valley model of building billion-dollar startups. Corporate executives focused on innovation or mergers and acquisitions will find the book's insights priceless. Finally, business students and aspiring entrepreneurs will find this book a great reference guide and how-to manual for starting companies, building new products and services, and helping move the 21st century economy forward.


Table of ContentsChapter 1: Roelof Botha, Sequoia Capital


Chapter 2: Mike Maples, FLOODGATE Fund


Chapter 3: George Zachary, Charles River Ventures


Chapter 4: Sean Dalton, Highland Capital Partners


Chapter 5: Alex Mehr, Zoosk


Chapter 6: Howard Morgan, First Round Capital and Idealab


Chapter 7: Tim Draper, DFJ


Chapter 8: Osman Rashid, Chegg


Chapter 9: Harry Weller, NEA


Chapter 10: David Cowan, Bessemer Venture Partners


Chapter 11: Michael Birch, Bebo and Birthday Alarm


Chapter 12: Mitchell Kertzman, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners


Chapter 13: Scott Sandell, NEA


Chapter 14: Gus Tai, Trinity Ventures


Chapter 15: Steven Dietz, GRP Partners


Chapter 16: Paul Scanlan, MobiTV


Chapter 17: Ann Winblad, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners


Chapter 18: Jim Goetz, Sequoia Capital


Chapter 19: Roger Lee, Battery Ventures


Chapter 20: Ken Howery, Founders Fund


Chapter 21: Alfred Lin, Sequoia Capital and Zappos


Chapter 22: Kevin Hartz, Xoom and Eventbrite


Chapter 23: Eric Hippeau, Lerer Ventures and SoftBank Capital


Chapter 24: David Lee, SV Angels


Chapter 25: Ted Alexander, Mission Ventures


Chapter 26: Robert Kibble, Mission Ventures


Chapter 27: Rajiv Laroia, Flarion


Chapter 28: Jim Boettcher and Kevin McQuillan, Focus Ventures


Chapter 29: Mike Hodges, ATA Ventures


Chapter 30: Alan Patricof, Greycroft Partners


Chapter 31: Ben Elowitz, Blue Nile and Wet Paint


Chapter 32: Vish Mishra, Clearstone Venture Partners


Chapter 33: Richard Wong, Accel Partners


Chapter 34: Randy Komisar, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers


Chapter 35: Peter Wagner, Accel Partners

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430238386
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 11/14/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 500
  • Sales rank: 897,175
  • File size: 978 KB

Meet the Author

Tarang Shah is a venture capital professional. At SoftBank Capital, a venture capital fund, he helped with startup investments totaling $50 million. He has reviewed 1000+ startups and served as a board member and CEO advisor for over a dozen startups. Tarang is currently a technology innovation executive for one of the largest financial institutions in the US, where he has built and leads a startup risk assessment practice based on his venture model.
Sheetal Shah is an expert at analyzing Wall Street-listed public companies and translating that analysis methodology into a startup analysis framework. Sheetal is co-founder of the venture capital consulting firm Ariants and co-developer of the Startup Analysis Model (SAM).
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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    Successful startups are built with the support of others

    One of the best things I learned about starting a company from this book is building a stealer advisory board. Startups need theses people simply because as new founders, we don’t know everything! Having a good advisory board not only makes the startup more attractive to investors, but it show you’re willing to listen to others.

    Tarang shah also talks about finding the right people to be your advisors, make sure your chemistry is comfortable (do you get along). When you do get that meeting to invite them to join, have the contract in your pocket and ready to sign! You would be surprised how serious people will take your business and its future success.

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