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#BreakIntoVC: How to Break Into Venture Capital and Think Like an Investor Whether You're a Student, Entrepreneur or Working Professional (Venture Capital Guidebook) Paperback – March 27, 2017
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What investors and readers are saying about Bradley Miles and #BreakIntoVC...
"When it comes to preparing for a career in venture capital, this book is the total blueprint. Required reading for anyone thinking about a career in tech investing."
- Justin Wexler, Associate at WndrCo
(Former Analyst at Technology Crossover Ventures)
"This would have made my life so much easier if I had this when I was starting out."
- David Cheng, Investment Manager at DCM Ventures
"Having worked closely with Bradley, I can tell you that he's the real deal: smart, gritty, and thought-provoking. Much like today's aspiring fianciers look to Mergers and Inquisitions for banking, #BreakIntoVC is uncompromising in its thoroughness and should become the go-to guide for people wanting to do just that."
- Eric Tarczynski, Founder at Contrary Capital
"Bradley has been relentless in his efforts to contribute to the tech ecosystem in New York. #BreakIntoVC is a testament to his conscientious, giving attitude."
- John Azubuike, Investment Professional at KEC Ventures
"What an amazing resource for anyone new to the VC space. I recently entered venture capital after two years of investment banking and private equity, but still learned a wealth of knowledge from Bradley's perspective and wish I had this guide earlier in my career. Great quick and useful read!"
- Henri Pierre-Jacques, Founder at Harlem Capital Partners
"While interviewing for my role as an investor at a growth equity firm, I noticed how little material there is on VC interviews. Bradley demystifies the process of launching a career in venture capital. The book also includes relevant case studies and terminology to help the reader quickly get up to speed. #BreakIntoVC truly is the bible for those looking to break into venture capital."
- Jon Ma, Associate at Signalfire
(Former Analyst at Insight Venture Partners)
"I wish I had this when I was interviewing."
- Joe Tsai, Tech and Consumer Investor at Stripes Group
"Bradley is a sponge, and his insight shines strongly in this very approachable read."
- Kanyi Maqubela, Partner at Collaborative Fund
"Breaking into VC is perhaps one of the hardest challenges in the business world unless you happen to be Bradley Miles. This young VC/author developed relationships and expertise in the industry by building a blog following and doing original research on bitcoin and blockchain. Bradley was fearless in reaching out to industry veterans and showed genuine interest in and knowledge of their work. To those with similar heart, intellect and grit, Bradley shines a light on the mysterious and arcane world of venture."
- Miriam Rivera, Partner at Ulu Ventures
"#BreakIntoVC is the most detailed and informative resource out there for anyone wanting to learn more about venture capital. Bradley comprehensively demystifies the industry and I would recommend this as a must-read for any anyone interested in the intersection between entrepreneurship and finance."
- George Liu, Partner at Dorm Room Fund
"A practical guide that decodes the language needed to understand the VC world. The hustle is not included, but if you are picking this book up that's a good sign."
- Aaron Walker, Founder at Camelback Ventures"
About the Author
Strategically placed at the intersection of emerging technology and venture capital, he led the State of Blockchain research report for CoinDesk, an industry-wide account of digital currencies such as bitcoin, and their underlying technology - the blockchain. His work can be seen in Fortune, Bloomberg, Quartz, and Bank Innovation.
Prior to Columbia, Bradley co-founded a social network for filmmakers and built a board of advisors with members from Google, Forbes, Myspace, and CBS. He has worked at Barclays as an investment banking analyst and helped build the New York chapter of NextGen Angels. Bradley enjoys meeting new people, jazz music and vinyl records.
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Top Customer Reviews
As an accountant and entrepreneur, I can tell you that this book is excellently executed for anyone interested in evaluating ideas or businesses from an investor's perspective.
From reading this book, I gained priceless insights into understanding markets plus killer strategies. If you are an entrepreneur or aspiring venture capitalist, do yourself a favor. Get equipped to thrive as you begin your journey!
Indeed, nearly every aspect of the How is covered in great detail, by elucidating the structural underpinnings of venture capital down to the nuts and bolts. A novice with zero knowledge of VC terminology can come out of this book with an impressively fluent command of the dynamics needed to navigate the spaces.
More impressive, in my opinion, is his explication of the Why;
After describing his brief stint in Investment Banking while attending an Ivy League University, the author shares his path that led him into a landscape that he genuinely feels passionate and excited about, a passion that exudes from the page. The sense of community, individual responsibility, and possibility that meet at the intersection of Venture Capital.
After searching for a book to teach me the How, I coincidently found a book that taught me to ask a more important question, a question with infinitely more implications then the one I had sought, the question of Why.
Highly recommend this book for anyone who's curious about what the hell VC is, how it works, and how to become a venture capital staffer. This will definitely spark your interest and motivate you!
I highly suggest this book for any students who have heard of venture capital but don't exactly know what it is, who are interested in starting their own businesses, or who are interested in learning how a business operates and the finance behind it all.
I recently attended one of the talks that Bradley gave at USC and really had a passion to know more. He is very much connected to the VC world and has established himself as one of the havens of information regarding Blockchain. Due to his referral, I am currently working as a student investor at Contrary Capital with Eric Tarczynski.
All in all, if you have the remotest interest in the world of entrepreneurship, this book will make you want to know more. Amazing job Bradley, can't wait for more to come!