- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (August 23, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 013101885X
- ISBN-13: 978-0131018853
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
In his classic bestseller "Venture Capital Handbook, " leading venture capitalist David Gladstone showed thousands of companies how to get funding and work with early stage investors. Now, in his revision of the classic, "Venture Capital Investing, " he looks at venture capital through the eyes of the investor. Gladstone shows all of you VC investors and angels exactly how to weed through scores of business proposals and find the gem that will deliver outstanding returns, especially in these soft economic times. You will learn what to look for in a business proposition; how to assess entrepreneurs and their management teams; how to evaluate financial statements, market niches, competitive environments, and product innovations; how to investigate a business that's already operating; and how to build effective partnerships with existing portfolio companies.
About the Author
DAVID GLADSTONE founded Gladstone Capital and serves as its CEO and Chairman. He previously served as Chairman of American Capital Strategies, the largest public-traded leveraged buyout fund, and was past Chairman of Allied Capital, the largest public-traded mezzanine debt fund. With Laura Gladstone he wrote the classic book on obtaining financing for small- and medium-sized businesses, Venture Capital Handbook: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Raising Venture Capital. David Gladstone holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
LAURA GLADSTONE is a Principal of Gladstone Capital. Before joining the firm, she worked in equity research at ING Barings and Salomon Smith Barney, and she was a Syndication Lender at HSBC. She has also served as Marketing Director for Allied Capital Corporation.
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The main flaw of the book is its briefness with less than 400 pages. With this amount of space, it is almost impossible to explain and review carefully every aspect of venture capital investing. The result is a book that does an excellent job on the basics but does not explore in-depth the finer points of venture capital investing.
The book does not tell you how to create a sure-fire business plan -- that kind of information needs to come from a source that relates to your industry and type of business.
What this book does do, and very successfully, is compile the enduring fundamentals: including 80 pages of questions used in due diligence, 40 pages of sample investment documents, to name two examples. And these are just the appendices that follow 250 pages of investor-to-investor discussion of what to look for and what works on the front lines of venture capital investing.
This book is not written for the entrepeneur, which is exactly why it is so useful if you are writing a business plan. If you are an entrepeneur who is good at thinking through both sides of business deals, this book gives you a lot to work with in trying to understand how you and your proposals will be considered by a venture capital investor.