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THE ENTREPRENEURIAL BIBLE TO VENTURE CAPITAL: Inside Secrets from the Leaders in the Startup Game (Business Books) Hardcover – August 15, 2013
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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.)
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.
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.
The venture capital and private equity world are made up (in most part) of very smart people with a passion to build companies and create something from nothing. As an X-rocket scientist I understand that passion to build something. Whether you are a student, executive or entrepreneur, you need to understand what is happening in your market today, what are VCs backing, where are the trends. You must be the expert in the niche you are trying to address and be able to tell a compelling story. The VCs do have a firm belief in exactly what is in the crystal ball, they may not be always right, but they have a belief and you need to know what this is. This book gives you all the background you need to be successful in telling that story. It is not a template but provides guidance and lessons learned from real world experiences. Knowing Andrew for several years, he brings a colorful, concise and story-telling style to the history, methods and process for working in the VC/PE world. This book with a few blogs and other resources will provide a solid foundation for any entrepreneur.
There is a very unique team that I have employed that has worked hand-in-hand with me through this journey and one of the key aspects of this book, which was recommended to me by them, has help me value and appreciate their role even more. What I've learned most from this book, aside from the value of convertible notes or what the other side of the table is concerned about most, is the start-up process requires passion and full commitment, not just the ability to learn and constantly adapt. You need to be able to ask as many questions as physically possible, know whom you're dealing with and how capital really works, knowing where to bend and when not to. And, most importantly, you still need a network to bring an idea to fruition.
Thank you Andrew for giving me the insight into the funding process and what either side is looking for. This is truly my companion book to navigate the start-up arena. I feel that everyone, no matter your background or experience level should, without a doubt, read this book. As others have mentioned, there are other books out there, but none with this applicable perspective. I'm sure there are other books that can provide a deeper insight into many of the topics discussed in the 'Bible.' But, given Andrew's knowledge, experiential expertise, and candid approach, I would say this book is a good place to start.