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Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalistby Brad Feld, Jason Mendelson
Get the inside scoop on what venture capitalists want to see in your startup
Venture Deals provides entrepreneurs and startup owners with a definitive reference for understanding venture capital funding. More than an overview of the process, this book delves into the details of the term sheet, the players, the negotiations, the legalities, and more/i>/b>
Get the inside scoop on what venture capitalists want to see in your startup
Venture Deals provides entrepreneurs and startup owners with a definitive reference for understanding venture capital funding. More than an overview of the process, this book delves into the details of the term sheet, the players, the negotiations, the legalities, and more, including what not to do. This new third edition has been updated to reflect the new realities of today's intricate startup environment: you'll learn how the decisions are made, what every item on the term sheet means, what's up for negotiation, and what's not. You'll discover the secrets to expanding your prospects, negotiating the right deal for your company, and figuring out the right balance of funding versus control. You'll see the process through the eyes of the venture capitalist, the angel investor, the syndicate, and the lawyer, and develop a strategy that makes funding your company a win for all parties involved.
This book is designed to help entrepreneurs succeed, by bringing transparency to the venture capital funding process. Veteran investors walk you through the process from start to finish and beyond to help you:
- Understand how venture capital funds work, and how investors decide to invest
- Learn effective negotiation tactics based on game theory
- Delve into the meanings behind the term sheet's economic and control issues
- Avoid common issues that sink deals at the seed, early, mid- and late stages
Written by the experts at Foundry Group, this unique guide is expressly geared toward those on the other side of the table; instead of parsing investor-focused advice and working backward, you get actual insider information on what the people with the money want to see. If you're ready to take the next step for your business, Venture Deals is an essential read.
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- Mark Suster, General Partner, Upfront Ventures
“Ventures Deals has historically been our go to book for entrepreneurs on fund raising. It is a must read for anyone who is embarking on the fundraising process and now we are delighted that it has been updated for the current fundraising environment with all the changes that have happened the past few years.”
- Bill Aulet, Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
“Having worked with Brad and Jason during the Internet bubble, I witnessed first-hand the experience they gained by doing deals that covered the entire range of issues an entrepreneur faces today. This is a must-read for both entrepreneurs and investors as it lets each side understand the terminology, structures and potential issues inherent in venture deals so they can focus on what really matters, regardless of which side they are on. Every entrepreneur who is raising or considering raising venture capital should read this book!”
- Heidi Roizen, Operating Partner, DFJ
"Feld and Mendelson pack a graduate-level course into this energetic and accessible book. The authors' frank style and incisive insight make this a must-read for high-growth company entrepreneurs, early-stage investors, and graduate students. Start here if you want to understand venture capital deal structure and strategies. I enthusiastically recommend."
- Brad Bernthal, CU Boulder, Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Technology Policy, Entrepreneurial Law
“Brad and Jason are undoubtedly among the most authentic VCs in the industry today. This book goes far beyond the nuts and bolts of term sheets and venture capital to give invaluable insights into the importance of building relationships based on trust. I’ll definitely be recommending this book to all Kauffman Fellows and to every entrepreneur I meet across the world.”
- Jeff Harbach, President and CEO, Kauffman Fellows
“I have been lucky to have Brad Feld as a mentor as a VC, and watch him advise companies as a board member. Venture Deals is your chance to get some of that advice and wisdom applied to your own startup. Don’t miss the opportunity.”
- Jeff Clavier, Managing Partner, SoftTech VC
“One of the most practical books on venture capital. Every entrepreneur (and their lawyer) should own a copy”
- Mike Platt, Colorado Partner-in-Charge — Cooley LLP
"We've worked with Brad & Jason through the highs and lows and highs of a number technology investments. When risk takers share insight, read it. In the case of Brad and Jason, read it twice. We love their refreshing comfort with maximizing risk in the spirit of creating meaningful impact."
- Tony Conrad, founder / CEO, About.me and Partner, True Ventures
“Even if your lawyer or VC has done a lot of deals, you should read this book. Nothing hurts a company more than a bad deal structure usually not discovered until a year or two later. This will allow you to look for the pot holes and avoid a lot of pain.”
- Lesa Mitchell, Managing Director, Techstars Kansas City
"My biggest nightmare is taking advantage of an entrepreneur without even realizing it. It happens because VCs are experts in financings and most entrepreneurs are not. Brad and Jason are out to fix that problem with Venture Deals. This book is long overdue and badly needed."
- Fred Wilson, Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures
"A must-read book for entrepreneurs. Brad and Jason demystify the overly complex world of term sheets and M&A, cutting through the legalese and focusing on what really matters. That's a good thing not just for entrepreneurs, but also for venture capitalists, angels, and lawyers. Having an educated entrepreneur on the other side of the table means you spend your time negotiating the important issues and ultimately get to the right deal faster."
- Greg Gottesman, Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
"Venture Deals is a must-read for any entrepreneur contemplating or currently leading a venture-backed company. Brad and Jason are highly respected investors who shoot straight from the hip and tell it like it is, bringing a level of transparency to a process that is rarely well understood. It's like having a venture capitalist as a best friend who is looking out for your best interests and happy to answer all of your questions."
- Emily Mendell, Vice President of Communications, National Venture Capital Association
Meet the Author
Brad Feld has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur for over twenty years. Prior to cofounding Foundry Groupa Boulder, Colorado-based early-stage venture capital fund that invests in information technology companies all over the United Stateshe cofounded Mobius Venture Capital. Prior to that, he founded Intensity Ventures, a company that helped launch and operate software companies. Feld is also a cofounder of TechStars and has been active with several nonprofit organizations. He is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship.
Jason Mendelson has over a decade of experience in the venture capital and technology industries in a multitude of investing, operational, and engineering roles. Prior to cofounding Foundry Group, he was a managing director and general counsel for Mobius Venture Capital, where he also acted as its chief administrative partner overseeing all operations of the firm. Mendelson was also an attorney with Cooley LLP, where he practiced corporate and securities law with an emphasis on representation of emerging companies in private and public financings as well as mergers and acquisitions.
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How come Amazon, Google, iBooks all offer the ebook version and BN does not?
I actually learned a lot from this book and would recommend it to anyone setting out on the path to VC Funding as it was too recommended to me.