Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It

Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It

Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It

Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It


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What are venture capitalists saying about your startup behind closed doors? And what can you do to influence that conversation?

If Silicon Valley is the greatest wealth-generating machine in the world, Sand Hill Road is its humming engine. That's where you'll find the biggest names in venture capital, including famed VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, where lawyer-turned-entrepreneur-turned-VC Scott Kupor serves as managing partner.

Whether you're trying to get a new company off the ground or scale an existing business to the next level, you need to understand how VCs think. In Secrets of Sand Hill Road, Kupor explains exactly how VCs decide where and how much to invest, and how entrepreneurs can get the best possible deal and make the most of their relationships with VCs. Kupor explains, for instance:

 • Why most VCs typically invest in only one startup in a given business category.

 • Why the skill you need most when raising venture capital is the ability to tell a compelling story.

 • How to handle a "down round," when startups have to raise funds at a lower valuation than in the previous round.

 • What to do when VCs get too entangled in the day-to-day operations of the business.

 • Why you need to build relationships with potential acquirers long before you decide to sell.

Filled with Kupor's firsthand experiences, insider advice, and practical takeaways, Secrets of Sand Hill Road is the guide every entrepreneur needs to turn their startup into the next unicorn.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593083581
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 239,571
Product dimensions: 6.21(w) x 9.29(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

Scott Kupor is the managing partner of Andreessen Horowitz. He has overseen the firm's rapid growth to one hundred fifty employees and more than $7 billion in assets under management. He is also a cofounder and codirector of the Stanford Venture Capital Director's College and teaches venture capital and corporate governance courses at Stanford Law School and the Haas School of Business and Boalt School of Law at UC Berkeley. He is vice-chair of the investment committee for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and was previously the chairman of the board of the National Venture Capital Association.

Table of Contents

Foreword Eric Ries ix

Introduction 1

1 Born in the Bubble 9

2 So Really, What Is Venture Capital? 25

3 How Do Early-Stage VCs Decide Where to Invest? 42

4 What Are LPs and Why Should You Care? 53

5 The "Limited" Edition: How LPs Team Up with VCs 69

6 Forming Your Startup 91

7 Raising Money from a VC 112

8 The Art of the Pitch 124

9 The Alphabet Soup of Term Sheets: Part One (Economics) 140

10 The Alphabet Soup of Term Sheets: Part Two (Governance) 170

11 The Deal Dilemma: Which Deal Is Better? 189

12 Board Members and the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval 199

13 In Trados We Trust 210

14 Difficult Financings: When Bad Things Happen to Good People 232

15 Exit Stage Left (The Good Kind) 247

Conclusion: The World Is Flat 269

Appendix: Sample Term Sheet 277

Acknowledgments 287

Notes 291

Index 295

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