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Mastering the VC Game: A Venture Capital Insider Reveals How to Get from Start-up to IPO on Your Terms Hardcover – April 29, 2010

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"Finding the right VC for you and your company can be a challenging task. Bussgang's recounting of his experience gives a unique perspective on the VC world and is a compelling read for entrepreneurs."
-Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos.com

"Mastering the VC Game is part how to and part war story. It is the best kind of book: a fun and educational read."
-Fred Wilson, managing partner, Union Square Ventures

"A 360-degree perspective on the venture capitalist-entrepreneur virtuous cycle. Read this to understand what it takes to be a catalyst to the best economic driver the world has ever known."
-Tim Draper, managing director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson

"Jeffrey Bussgang offers practical advice about raising venture capital from the right people at the right time for the right project. The book is insightful for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists alike."
-William A. Sahlman, professor, Harvard Business School and coauthor, New Business Ventures and the Entrepreneur

"This book is excellent. It is not only a great read (I couldn't put it down) but also extremely informative on the process and the whole larger system in which VCs and entrepreneurs operate."
-William Aulet, managing director, MIT Entrepreneurship Center

"Bussgang's compelling book provides endless insights into the global world of venture capital. The discussions about China are particularly noteworthy. It is very valuable reading for entrepreneurs who aspire to scale their business into long-term leading enterprises."
-Jim Breyer, Managing Partner, Accel Partners

"Jeff Bussgang has written the definitive book on how venture capital works. I've read a lot of books on this subject, was an entrepreneur for 10 years and have been a VC for 15 years. Jeff's book is by far the best to date on this subject."
-Brad Feld, Managing Partner, Foundry Group

"There are tons of books to help entrepreneurs understand things like accounting, marketing, and sales. But until now you were left to fend for yourself to grasp the insider game of venture capital funding. Read this book right now so you can look your potential VC in the eye with confidence."
-David Meerman Scott, bestselling author of The New Rules of Marketing & PR

From the Author

I wrote this book to demystify the VC world for entrepreneurs, having seen both sides over many years.

I hope the book will help entrepreneurs level the playing field when pursuing VC capital so that they can secure the necessary resources to achieve their vision.  In the book, I reveal industry insights drawn from my experience as a practicing VC.  I also include the perspectives of some of the leading entrepreneurs and VCs in the industry, who were kind enough to divulge their own secrets about their approach to the business. I wrote the book not only to share this knowledge, but also because I strongly believe in the importance of the venture-backed start-up to our economy and our society as a whole.

Over the next decade, hundreds of billions of dollars will be invested in new or young companies and it is critical that this capital be invested wisely.  Mastering the VC Game will help entrepreneurs be more effective in financing and launching start-ups and in creating companies that benefit us all, while also providing insight into the critical role these enterprises play in the global economy.

I wrote this book to promote entrepreneurship, not make money.

Therefore, I have chosen to donate a portion of my proceeds to Endeavor, a non-profit dedicated to transforming emerging market economies through entrepreneurship.  Founder/CEO Linda Rottenberg was a college classmate of mine with whom I did volunteer work in Boston's inner city schools and I have always admired her passion for helping others help themselves.  Endeavor entrepreneurs have created over 38,000 jobs throughout the world.  To learn more visit endeavor.org.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio; First Edition edition (April 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591843251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591843252
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeffrey Bussgang is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, an early stage venture capital firm with more than $500 million under management. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, he was a successful serial entrepreneur for ten years and the co-founder of Upromise. He also serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard Business School, where he earned an MBA with highest distinction. Bussgang writes a popular blog, www.SeeingBothSides.com and lives in the Boston area with his wife and three children. The book website can be viewed at www.JeffBussgang.com.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Song on April 29, 2010
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This book offers valuable insights for anyone interested in the venture capital process, entrepreneurs and VCs alike. If you'd like to better understand how VCs think, this is definitely the book to read. There are great anecdotes interspersed throughout, which makes it a fun and quick read--I read the whole book in a part of one day. Bussgang shares his in-depth knowledge through stories of successful entrepreneurs such as the founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey; founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman; and founder of Constant Contact, Gail Goodman, one which I personally found inspiring.

What I appreciate most about the book is the great advice and wisdom that Bussgang offers, not just from his personal experiences, but also from those of his colleagues and mentors. By openly exploring the VC process through captivating accounts of entrepreneurs and VCs, Bussgang shows that finding the right VC-Entrepreneur partnership is not only essential, but can also feel like a match made in heaven. If that's the kind of partnership you're interested in making now or ever, this is definitely the book to read.

Mastering the VC Game really is the only book of its kind.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By R on May 28, 2010
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... but > 75% of the reviews are by people who have only reviewed this one book ever. This kind of a slant always makes me wonder if these are legit or are written for purposes of kissing up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pengas on September 8, 2010
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A year ago I had decided to pursue a dream and build a company that will change the world. It is my first attempt at entrepreneurship and the journey is not linear to say the least. The effort, skills and commitment are something I never experiences, but mostly - it is a lonely journey of a single person's passion and dreams.

I met Jeff at a NY tech meetup where he discussed the book and bought the copy that day. Always eager to learn from the experience of others who have walked the path and powered by the motivation to get a sneak peak into the mind of the VC. What I found is an very well written book the flows like a story (a story/movie is something that Jeff discusses several times in the book BTW). The arrangement is natural and I feel I have gained clarity about who the VCs are and what the game really is.

One of the direct results are being able to discuss matters with VCs at their terms on their field. The first time I took action on this new knowledge, I ended up with a 45m conversation with a leading VCs in NYC where 5 other people are listening intensely.

I read the reviews here, specifically the more critical one(s). I understand how entrepreneurs who have been around may find this too basic. For me it had hit the spot. I think a follow up book, that gets into more details about the term sheet, negotiations, IP and other 'technical' issues can be useful.

If you are a first time entrepreneur I think this book will serve you well and provide you with tools to better understand this game and come out as a winner.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on May 3, 2010
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Jeff Bussgang has written the definitive book on how venture capital works. Jeff was previously a multi-time entrepreneur and is now an experienced VC. He combines real world stories (his and others) with interviews and analysis is a very logical and readable format to explain the dynamics of VC and venture-backed companies. I've read a lot of books on this subject, was an entrepreneur for 10 years and have been a VC for 15 years. Jeff's book is by far the best to date on this subject.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on November 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Just a lot of bland overview, lacking specifics and not of much use to anyone either interested in learning about VCs or wanting specific advice on obtaining good VC support.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B. Colwin on June 4, 2010
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I'm a fan of Jeffrey but find very little of substance in this book and have gotten more value from an hour spent reading select blogs than this book. A few takeaways, but nothing new and no significant insider revelations that I feel would be helpful to entepreneurs seeking funding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Biz Person on May 28, 2010
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This book is an easy read that accurately and clearly explains how VCs do their work. Venture capitalists face uncertainty every day and the industry has developed some tried and true rules of thumb. These are well explained here. You will also be introduced to a wide cast of successful VCs and entrepreneurs and have a chance to hear from them directly through quotes.

Bussgang does an outstanding job at balancing the viewpoints of entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He might appear biased in the chapter on term sheets because he defends some onerous and potentially deceptive provisions (participating preferred) proposed by VCs however many of these are must-have provisions from a VC perspective. He also urges the entrepreneur to be sure to hire an attorney experienced with negotiating venture deals and that is strong advice.

The book covers the periods after financing as well... the CEO/Board relationship, the 'soap opera' that comes after the funding, and several types of exits. Bussgang wisely reminds the entrepreneur at several places in the book that an exit is NOT the main focus of most successful CEOs. The best entrepreneur is "an audacious visionary seeking to change the world" and he cites one top CEO who says "the driving force behind entrepreneurship is to do good for the world."

If you have not raised venture money before, and even after you have early stage financing, you will be tremendously more effective after reading this book. Highly recommended.
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