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Where to Go When the Bank Says No : Alternatives For Financing Your Business Hardcover – May 1, 1998

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With corporate mergers continuing unabated and with more and more downsizing, the opportunities clearly lie in launching a new concept, product, or company. But where do we get the start-up monies? Not from banks or other debt-financing schemes, asserts writer-consultant Evanson. The right approaches are angels, IPOs, alternatives to IPOs, and venture capital. And not only does he outline the viewpoints of these lenders, but he also prepares borrowers well for the reality: contacting and selling, valuing a business, and writing a plan. Even numbers-proficient pros will find the explanations easy reading, with charts, lists, and a writing style that ranges from perky to humorous. Lots of true "how we did it" pepper the narrative; lots of lists help analyze pros and cons of different avenues and different presentations. A private equity capital directory, a listing of universities with leading entrepreneurship programs, and an overview of securities laws influencing private and exempt transactions are appended. Barbara Jacobs

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Evanson is a business writer and consultant. He holds a B.A. in mathematics and a master's degree in finance.
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Product Details

  • Series: Bloomberg Small Business
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomberg Press; 1st edition (May 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576600173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576600177
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,265,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a "student" of venture capital and entrepreneurship, I was delighted to discover this book. It was the book's title that first caught my attention. And, I was not disappointed. The author covers the subject of alternate financing in detail; IPOs, angel investors, venture capital, overseas financing and incubators. Often, banks are unwilling and/or incapable of understanding the unique requirements of a budding entrpreneur's financial needs; for example, in the software industry, most entrepreneurs can only offer intellectual property as collateral; this does not fit well with a bank's traditional mode of collateral ("If I cannot see it or touch it, it does not exist"). In this regard, the author offers well-defined chapters on helping borrowers prepare well for the reality (chapters 7, 8 and 9 - Valuing Your Business, Presenting Financials and Preparing Business Plans, respectively). One note of discord - while it is impossible to research and include every single source of information, the author should have included some of the well-established and well-known sources, in the appendices. Glaring omissions in Appendix A include The IndUS Entrepreneurs, a leading VC Club in Silicon Valley; Appendix B should have included the well- established entrepreneurship programs at Stanford University and University of Washington. Finally, I am glad that the book's retail price is below $25 (and often available at a disount); this tremendously benefits entrepreneurs and those individuals researhcing alternate sources of funding, for their business ventures.
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If you are tired of hearing no as an entrepreneur, then you need this book. It will give you great insight about our financial institutions and how they are a dead-end for loans. This book will lead you to the right place to get started.
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I have read a lot of business books and this one gave the best insite into the topic. Very easy to skim and get what you need. If I would have stated with this one I could have saved myself a lot of time.
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Great book! It is filled with a lot of valuable information. It compliments the book, "SWEET SUCCESS":- knowledge & quick-skills in 30 minutes.
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