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Early Exits: Exit Strategies for Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors (But Maybe Not Venture Capitalists) Paperback – March, 2009
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Early Exits is a 'must-read' book for serious entrepreneurs and individual investors. It is the only book that I have seen in 12 years that focuses exclusively on Exit Strategies. An invaluable resource with a detailed contents section, it is easy to read with plain language, not too much jargon and good case study examples. READ IT. --Bob Chaworth-Musters, founder of the Angel Forum - Vancouver
Basil has provided a wonderful service to the angel community by writing the best book on exits. All will benefit from his wisdom and the experiences he shares. --John O. Huston, Founder, The Ohio TechAngels - Columbus
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If early exits are to succeed they need special strategies (lean development and marketing, telling your story, distinction between building a product and building a company, making yourself "pretty" for a suitor from day one, and new framework for angels), none of these were explored.
The author is content to refer to his extensive experience and trove of anecdotes and tactics but shares none of them. He prefers to wallow in the trite recitation of the exit process.
It is somewhat ironic that a VC suggested that this book was essential reading - just maybe he was trying to tell the audience that they were not interested in risky start-ups.
This is not a reference book, it is sales collateral.
I'm a biotech/pharmaceutical entrepreneur who has done the complete cycle of start up, angel investors, and venture capitalists to a successful (Oct 2011) acquisition and exit. I took my company from a business plan through all of the FDA approval stages too so I'm talking from direct experience. I really wish that I'd read this excellent little book back in 2005 when I was setting the company up - its pages are a gold mine of practical information for any entrepreneur who is thinking of using outside finance to 'jet fuel' their business. The bottom line is exit as early and as profitably as possible as this maximizes the returns for everyone. The expansion step that involves VCs is usually unecessary and actually harmful to the founders (70% fired within a year of VC investment) and early investors - avoid at all costs!! Its no wonder VCs are folding - they are not meeting the needs of their Limited Partners and Entrepreneurs. Basil Peters has a number of good stories with learning points from each (mainly tech, by the way). I certainly will use a number of his pointers in my next venture. Great book.
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Easy read full of very helpful advise for founders and investors in start-ups.Published 9 months ago by Kara
This is an outstanding book, well worth the money and time to read. One reviewer was compelled to go out of his way to leave a bad one, I am doing the opposite. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Surj
What any entrepreneur today should be evaluating when they are working in their plan based on today's context. Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by Humberto López