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The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital: Inside Secrets From the Leaders in the Startup Game [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Romans
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40 leading venture capitalists come together to teach entrepreneurs how to succeed with their startup

The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital is packed with invaluable advice about how to raise angel and venture capital funding, how to build value in a startup, and how to exit a company with maximum value for both founders and investors. It guides entrepreneurs through every step in an entrepreneurial venture from the legalities of raising initial capital to knowing when to change tactics.

Andrew Romans is the co-founder and general partner of Rubicon Venture Capital, a venture capital fund that invests in privately held technology companies and enables its investors to co-invest along side the fund on a deal-by-deal basis via innovative sidecar funds right up to IPO or M&A exit. Romans is also the founder and general partner of The Founders Club, a venture capital equity exchange fund and investor in later stage liquidity transactions.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very important book about a very important industry November 26, 2013
Format:Hardcover
Andrew Romans has written a very special book on the industry that I spent most of my years working in and have written about.
If you pick it up, I guarantee that you will learn a great deal about venture capital and how it works. Romans gives sound advice for entrepreneurs on how to select good venture capitalists, how to pitch them and how to make the best use of them as partners. The book is easy to read and explains a broad range of issues in a clear, concise and interesting way. If you are at all interested in the subject don't fail to read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on venture capital for startups yet written December 15, 2013
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The best book on venture capital yet written. After you get past Mr. Romans chest-pounding exercises (the first couple of chapters are egregious, but he recovers quickly) this book is more thorough, covers more topics, and is more specifically useful than any other. The guest chapters are also excellent.

Jeff Bussgang's book is better as "what do VCs really do / day in the life" and Tom Perkins & Tim Draper's books are interesting stories & histories but Mr. Romans book is the most practical book on VC for startups yet written. If you have to pick just one, this is it.

(PS - I am a Silicon Valley VC and was a startup CEO for 12 years before that.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Will Save You Time October 29, 2013
By Matt
Format:Hardcover
The thing I like most about this book is that it clearly presents compelling reasons for how you should proceed about the entire exercise of raising capital - not just the mechanics of capital. It quickly covers all of the peripheral issues surrounding legal fees, board selection, who should participate in the round, etc. The book is concise about this.

If you want the biggest bang for your buck, and the shortest read time to broad competency on the topic, you'll buy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Andrew's clear, insightful coverage of the entire Venture Capital landscape offers an invaluable "step-by-step" practical guide for any entrepreneur who seeks to build a company the right way. He's a great storyteller as well!

He's created a mini-MBA program for seasoned "go-to-market" executives such as myself--who are still able to learn from a proven expert. Though I've helped launch multiple start-ups, I found myself taking notes on nearly every page, and have ordered copies for my Founder and Advisors. I find his tips that essential!

I intend to keep Andrew's "bible" on my desk to serve as a blueprint for creating value for my company.

M.E. Sherry
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars For the .1% ONLY August 2, 2014
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The average reader will get nothing from this, because I doubt that the average reader has millions in non-real-estate net equity to pour into a business. For every bunch of guys that created AirBnB, there are two hundred "bunch(es) of guys" attempting startups that will go nowhere. To get enough money to start your company, you might as well go to the racetrack and bet large sums on longshot combinations, because your odds of getting venture funding are -greater- than going to the track and betting the ponies (and, a lot more difficult and time consuming). Really, that is the reality!! As has been quoted many times, "Anyone who has taken a shower, has had a great idea at some point." so VC's will not fund anything that doesn't already have a lot of money already inside it, with Ivy League (and Stanford) MBAs as management.
A book for millionaires, only.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a must-read for those aspiring to a career in venture capital, as well as entrepreneurs seeking to raise venture capital.

Being familiar with V.C., as well as an entrepreneur for past 15+ years, I was blown away at how clear Andrew made me understand the V.C. mindset. Using the top 40 venture capitalists stories and insights made this the best book I’ve read on Venture Capital.

Highlights:

Venture Debt
Practical Ideas and Advice on Raising VC Funding
Do we Need all these Lawyers?
Which Way to Exit

The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital is filled with an amazing wealth of information. Weather you are an angel investor, VC, entrepreneur, or want to know a lot more about venture capital, this book is for you.

Thanks Andrew!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Imagine if you had a friend from college who got into the Silicon Valley venture capital scene and decided to spend a weekend with you over beers explaining how it all worked. That's what reading Andrew Roman's book Venture Capital Bible feels like: a buddy telling you war stories and anecdotes while taking the time to explain how term sheets, post-money valuations and later-stage funding all works.

It feels very current and conversational. Trhoughout the book, Romans calls on you to get involved. Believe in yourself. Dream big and get to work. And join his club if you have money to invest.

What sort of companies do venture capitalists look to fund? (Mega-growth). How do you approach them? (Get to know someone they know and trust). How do they think and how can you figure out the right fit for your company? (Do your research and don't oversell).

If you're just interested in learning how companies like Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and lots of others actually grew -- much faster than their cash flow would otherwise allow -- from the perspective of the people who invested the money, this is a really interesting book as well.

The core audience, however, is the entrepreneur. If you run a startup company or aspire to do so, this is an excellent education. The book is full of great, candid advice on how raising money actually works. I learned a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was EXCELLENT!
Took me 5 hours of non-stop reading as I was flying from UK to Dubai.

I thought it was EXCELLENT! Read more
Published 1 month ago by F.NOWSHADI
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish my former college professors taught like Andrew Romans.
The title of this book is perfect. If you are in the process of building a scalable company and looking for Angel or VC investors now or considering it in the future this book is... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Matthew Regusci
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
Easy to read, and is a good primer because it gets the vocabulary down and the primary concepts. You still need more, but you will understand further readings better after running... Read more
Published 3 months ago by gcdcpakmbs
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for founders
Andrew lays the process out clearly from beginning to end with real- world commentary direct from the players. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Glenn H. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Guide Book to the World of Venture Capital - Beginner...
This book should be on the reading list of every entrepreneur. No matter what stage your idea/company is at, you will be able to pick up some immediately actionable insight from... Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for entrepreneurs
This is a great book for startups / quickly gives you the lay of the land and process in Silicon Valley for raising money. Highly recommend!
Published 7 months ago by GR5000
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Investors AND Entrepreneurs
This book is a very important asset for investors AND for entrepreneurs seeking investments. The decision making process for funding companies can be arduous to navigate on every... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mary Agnes Antonopoulos
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read guide to financing entrepreneurial ventures
Andrew Romans has produced a valuable insider's guide to the workings of the venture capital industry, drawn primarily from direct anecdotes of the top practitioners in the market. Read more
Published 8 months ago by stiftgasse
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Andrew Romans is a general partner and co-founder of Rubicon Venture Capital, an early stage venture capital firm that invests in startups from offices in Silicon Valley and New York, but invests in startups globally. Rubicon combines a venture capital fund with a unique global community of value added angel and institutional investors to build lasting technology companies. Contact Rubicon to learn about joining the network of angels and institutional investors that invest alongside the Rubicon VC fund and add value to the Rubicon portfolio companies. Follow Andrew on Twitter @RomansVentures and @RubiconVC and follow his blog www.rubicon.vc/blog. Look out for his startup - investor meetings and events at www.rubicon.vc.

Romans previously founded The Founders Club, a venture capital equity exchange fund with 42 VCs on the board of advisors, which also provides discrete, controlled, and efficient liquidity solutions for founders, early employees, investors, and other shareholders of private companies. Founder & President of The Global TeleExchange (The GTX), a telecom VoIP venture where Romans personally raised $47m in funding from Lucent Technologies and tier I VCs. Managing Partner Georgetown Venture Partners, venture capital & M&A corporate finance boutique where Romans advised technology clients on raising over $50m in VC funding. The Huffington Post, in a recent article, calls Romans' book "the most important book to be written for entrepreneurs since the Eric Ries classic, The Lean Startup." Romans is a frequent venture capital guest speaker on TV shows including MSNBC and CNBC. Fluent in English, German & French Romans has lived in Europe for 15 years and is an active investor in London and Stockholm startups. Professional network in the US, Europe & Israel. BA UVM, (exchange student Duke University, FU Berlin), MBA in Finance from Georgetown University completed on scholarship.

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