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Early Exits: Exit Strategies for Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors (But Maybe Not Venture Capitalists) Paperback – March, 2009
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Early Exits is a 'must-read' book for serious entrepreneurs and individual investors. It is the only book that I have seen in 12 years that focuses exclusively on Exit Strategies. An invaluable resource with a detailed contents section, it is easy to read with plain language, not too much jargon and good case study examples. READ IT. --Bob Chaworth-Musters, founder of the Angel Forum - Vancouver
Basil has provided a wonderful service to the angel community by writing the best book on exits. All will benefit from his wisdom and the experiences he shares. --John O. Huston, Founder, The Ohio TechAngels - Columbus
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Dr. Peters is the principal of Strategic Exits Corp and fund manager for Fundamental Technologies II - an angel fund (seed stage venture fund). He also founded a venture capital firm and a hedge fund, and has been a CEO in Vancouver and Silicon Valley.
Basil writes a blog on best practices for entrepreneurs and angel investors at http://www.AngelBlog.net
He just published his first book: Early Exits - Exit Strategies for Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors (But Maybe Not Venture Capitalists).
Basil is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Simon Fraser University where he helps students and faculty spin-off research into promising technology companies.
He has a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Electrical and Computer Engineering and has received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Canada Awards Silver Medal in Entrepreneurship, BC Science and Engineering Gold Medal and Business Leader of the Year Award.
For more: http://www.BasilPeters.com
Top Customer Reviews
I was hoping for a book that would give solid advice on how to best achieve an early exit. When to start talking to BD guys at big firms, what to show them versus what not to show them, negotiation tactics for exits, the terms of an exit (eg a detailed LOI), etc etc. Instead this book just repeats the same anecdotes - incidentally the authors own stories - without any details whatsoever. The author has no data to back up half of what he claims or says and provides zero insight.
Here's a great example of what you'll get if you buy this book (from page 89 in the paper back version).
"7.5 Corporate DNA
Companies certainly have cultures.Read more ›
If early exits are to succeed they need special strategies (lean development and marketing, telling your story, distinction between building a product and building a company, making yourself "pretty" for a suitor from day one, and new framework for angels), none of these were explored.
The author is content to refer to his extensive experience and trove of anecdotes and tactics but shares none of them. He prefers to wallow in the trite recitation of the exit process.
It is somewhat ironic that a VC suggested that this book was essential reading - just maybe he was trying to tell the audience that they were not interested in risky start-ups.
This is not a reference book, it is sales collateral.
I'm a biotech/pharmaceutical entrepreneur who has done the complete cycle of start up, angel investors, and venture capitalists to a successful (Oct 2011) acquisition and exit. I took my company from a business plan through all of the FDA approval stages too so I'm talking from direct experience. I really wish that I'd read this excellent little book back in 2005 when I was setting the company up - its pages are a gold mine of practical information for any entrepreneur who is thinking of using outside finance to 'jet fuel' their business. The bottom line is exit as early and as profitably as possible as this maximizes the returns for everyone. The expansion step that involves VCs is usually unecessary and actually harmful to the founders (70% fired within a year of VC investment) and early investors - avoid at all costs!! Its no wonder VCs are folding - they are not meeting the needs of their Limited Partners and Entrepreneurs. Basil Peters has a number of good stories with learning points from each (mainly tech, by the way). I certainly will use a number of his pointers in my next venture. Great book.
It behooves any good entrepreneur, especially in technology, to read this before they go down the path of venture capital. He does a great job of describing the real job of VC's and how those interests may align with that of the company but not necessarily that of the entrepreneur.
Sure he sells himself and sure there is some filler. But what you will get out of this book is the insight to make better decisions about your venture and its future and your future. Less than 20 dollars and an afternoon of your time to read it, will pay back many many times in the dividends from the knowledge gained and in your ability to make the right decisions about your venture and your investment path.
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Easy read full of very helpful advise for founders and investors in start-ups.Published 3 months ago by Kara
Well written, concise, and straight to the point: illustrated with examples and written in easy language that anyone can understand. Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by Vincent Bataoel
The book uses a few case studies to build the data to validate an early exit strategy. It was interesting but became a little redundant after a while. subscribe to the philosophy! Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Massachusetts BMW motorcycle