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The Little Book of Venture Capital Investing: Empowering Economic Growth and Investment Portfolios Hardcover – January 13, 2014
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“Like most books in “The Little Book” series, The Little Book of Venture Capital Investing: Empowering Economic Growth and Investment Portfolios packs extensive information and stories, with lucid exposition, into a modest number of pages. Louis C. Gerken, founder of alternative asset manager Gerken Capital Associates, recounts the venture capital (VC) industry’s evolution and describes its internal processes, from initial screening to due diligence to the signing of agreements. The book focuses exclusively on the US venture capital industry, and it includes a glossary for quick and easy reference.”
—CFA Institute Book Review
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After having been thrown for a loop by the bursting of the tech bubble more than a decade ago, the venture capital industry suddenly has come roaring back to life over the past two years. In 2011 alone, over $7.5 billion in venture capital was invested in more than 966 companies, representing more than a 19% increase over the previous year. A majority of those companies are in the life sciences, Internet, and alternative energy sectors. While this is certainly good news for those industry sectors, the implications of this new wave of venture capital extends far out into the general economy. In today's weak job market, VC is more important than ever, since financing new tech, alternative energy, media, and other small to mid-sized companies is vital to creating new jobs.
This book offers you a golden opportunity to benefit from the experience of one of today's most internationally respected authorities on VC investing and alternative investments. Drawing upon his considerable experience as well as that of other notable investors from around the world, author Lou Gerken fills you in on everything you need to know to take advantage of the new wave of VC investing.
Writing for novice investors and experienced venture capitalists alike, Mr. Gerken explores the venture capital industry's central role in enhancing economic growth and employment, highlighting its historical track record. Then, in plain English, he:
- Clearly explains the ins and outs of venture capital in today's more risk-averse, highly regulated climate
- Offers expert advice and guidance on venture capital exposure and investment options
- Describes proven investment selection, timing, monitoring, and exiting strategies for achieving optimum returns
- Shows you how to spot the most promising investments in both new and emerging industries and economies as well as long-established ones
- Explains how to make venture capital investing an integral part of your overall portfolio management strategy
- Offers proven techniques for using VC investing to significantly enhance portfolio returns while reducing investment risk in bull, bear, and sideways markets
- Supplies real-world examples and case studies of successful (and a few not-so-successful) VC investment strategies across a range of industry sectors
Written by one of today's most listened-to experts on direct investment opportunities globally, this book is your guide to confidently surfing the new wave of VC investing for market-beating returns, year in and year out.
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This book is not only a must-read for those aspiring to a career in venture capital, but also for entrepreneurs seeking to raise venture capital. Entrepreneurs (myself included) ordinarily do not appreciate the challenges unique to VCs, namely the struggle involved in raising a fund, appraising opportunities across a wide-range of technologies, and overseeing portfolio companies. "Venture Capital Investing" book does an excellent job in terms of helping entrepreneurs understand those challenges. Again, I think it is an invaluable resource for those in the start-up community, regardless of which side of the table you sit on!
Gerken however offers an interesting insight on how to select the fund managers that have the highest probability of making money even if the industry itself doesn’t offer the expectation of returns higher than the cost of capital. That part is the most valuable and original contribution of Gerken, and it quite credible because it is based on his successful professional experience.
From my perspective I would recommend it to anyone who wants to advance in making better investment decisions.