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THE ENTREPRENEURIAL BIBLE TO VENTURE CAPITAL: Inside Secrets from the Leaders in the Startup Game 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.)
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.
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.
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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.