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Getting in the Game: Guiding Your Startup Through the World of Venture Capital and Angel Investors Paperback – March 14, 2012
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Crowley began his career in San Francisco at the height of the dotcom boom, practicing law with corporate finance groups including Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop) and Morrison & Foerster. After eight years of private practice, Crowley moved into senior management with Evoke Software in 2001, serving as vice president and general counsel. In 2004, Crowley joined the management team at Technicolor Home Entertainment Services in Camarillo, California, a division with revenues of $2 billion annually. In 2006, Crowley established Crowley Corporate Legal Strategy to offer corporate legal services to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their businesses.
Follow the author on Twitter (@CrowleyStrategy) for news and events designed to support the startup community.
Top Customer Reviews
Written in plain English, this book is brainy and streetwise. The significant personal aspects of bringing a solution to market are pin point accurate and, without question, provide a good foundation for the entrepreneur to successfully navigate the opening, middle and end "game" on the way to eventual profit.
By way of an objective view of the skills, attitude and strategy required to build a business, with both good moves and mistakes noted, the entrepreneur will learn what is to be expected, when it has to be done, and how to do it.
This book is highly recommended because it does help the entrepreneur to plan and build a creditable business venture.
All around, a great book.
But creating a value for something that doesn't yet exist requires credible methodology. This book gives you a system for doing that. I've always felt a bit fuzzy about explaining valuation, even in my best performance, and raising capital is not a new game for me. So I'm enthusiastic about this book because I've never read one like it: it's ridiculously easy to read, yet I never felt "talked down" to. The author writes as if you were sitting at a bar and his job was to come up with a credible valuation matrix that will allow you to close your deal at your fundraising meeting tomorrow.
Mind you this book is not a resource for finding investors, though it touches on that subject. But if you are fearless about pounding on doors to raise some dough for your brilliant idea, and if you are definitely intending to trade money in exchange for a piece of your dream, then this book is worth one more credit card swipe.
This book not only cuts to the chase of what is key and important about guiding you through the world of VC & Angel Investors but it's also witty, easy to read and Matt found a way to roll in some humor! We just wish this book was written several years ago when we first started-up our business, because the "What will we learn" and "Conclusions" in each chapter are ingenuous focal points.
His Book "Getting in the Game" is a great sound professional reference, well worth investing in and worthy of any business library reference book collection.
Thank you Matt Crowley for caring about the welfare of start-up businesses as well as established companies facing challenges!
Getting in the Game: Guiding Your Startup Through the World of Venture Capital and Angel Investors
The easy, down-to-earth read really makes this book a winner.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a perfect book for someone who is thinking about starting a business, or who wants to take an existing business to the next level. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bill Staley
Matt's book was incredibly insightful. I wish I had read this business bible before I started my first company. Matt actually helped me sell my second company . . .successfully . Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Matt W.
Matt truly put his talents to use in this informative volume. It is just the kind of help a small business owner needs! I highly recommend it!Published on January 1, 2013 by Lambkin Walters Lavender
I am a graduate of USC's business school/entrepreneurship program and am currently working on my own start-up. Read morePublished on October 5, 2012 by Parker
This book is great for me, A startup business considering outside capital investment for fast growth - Crowley uses plain english to spell out clearly and concisely what I need to... Read morePublished on September 20, 2012 by Sam Walton
Great read for anyone starting any kind of business. Even better if you think your business will be venture backed this is a must read before reading Venture Deals. Read morePublished on July 2, 2012 by renzman
As a CPA who works with start-ups for a living, I plan to recommend Mr. Crowley's book not only to entrepreneurs who are just starting out but also to those who are more... Read morePublished on July 2, 2012 by Louis Hamel
It is the best investment you will ever make in yourself if you are starting a business.
I've been practicing law in the corporate and finance world for nearly 30 years,... Read more
What a great resource for a startup founder. It's rare that you find something that doesn't talk down to the reader, yet explains complicated concepts in plain language. Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by Erika Cervantes