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The Investing King: How I started angel investing with $25,000, found the next billion-dollar startups, and you can too. Paperback – January 16, 2018
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Ross D. Blankenship ("The Investing King") is a successful entrepreneur, investor and advisor in America’s top startups. After graduating from Cornell University and then Washington University School of Law, Blankenship created several online companies; Blankenship has become a leading advisor and consultant for companies with challenges ranging from capital fundraising - Seed rounds to IPOs - business re-structuring, to mergers and acquisitions. As a leading media expert on startups, venture capital and startup investing; Ross Blankenship is a 3x entrepreneur, 7x bestselling author, angel investor and expert on the next billion-dollar startups and how to invest money with venture capital and private equity (http://rossblankenship.com). Ross Blankenship has written extensively on the topics of venture capital and angel investing, and is also an early-stage angel investor in America's hottest, must-watched startups: both software and hardware companies. Blankenship also actively advises media publications on topics ranging from investing, venture capital, to launching new startups. Blankenship is available for interview, speaking and advising requests by contacting him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting AngelKings.com.
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Here's a full breakdown, that includes the best parts of the book:
People - whether you're building a tech startup, product, or high-end service, it's about putting the best people in the position to succeed.
Product - knowing how to create a viral product that gets people coming back for more, i.e. how to increase the lifetime value of customers.
Process - learning how to take processes from manual to automatic - think Mark Zuckerberg who hand typed names from the Facebook directory into "TheFacebook" and then eventually automated all of his processes. Another great example is Airbnb mentioned in the book.
Traction - know why and how you can scale your startup from zero to hero.
Financials - knowing everything you can about the term sheet, equity rounds, convertible notes, to liquidity events such as IPOs and buyouts.
Overall this is a 98% out of 100%. The only 2% I would add is more on how the Blankenship Valuation Method can be applied to more traditional small businesses. Hoping to see a follow-up on that, but excellent read. I would recommend it to everyone's who serious about building the next billion-dollar company.
I have been in the capital raising business for many years and I strongly recommend this book for anyone attempting to raise capital for the first time. I also recommend it for financial planners, bankers, attorneys and accountants in case a client is interested in raising capital for a venture. This book is very direct. It covers well the type of money available for start-up businesses and how to go about getting it. Raising capital is no different than any other business. It takes a good product, good management in place, and a lot of long hours contacting the right people and selling hard. Finally, after you raise the money, the real hard work begins, for you have expectations of your investors to make good.
"The Blankenship Valuation Method" is wonderful piece of advice that I plan to use going forward. I have a list of many, many books I've read prior to launching a startup, and during. This is definitely on my must have list.