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Mastering the VC Game: A Venture Capital Insider Reveals How to Get from Start-up to IPO on Your Terms

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Entrepreneurs who dream of building the next Amazon, Facebook, or Google can take advantage of one of the most powerful economic engines the world has ever known: venture capital. To do so, you need to woo, impress, and persuade venture capitalists to take a risk on an unproven idea. That task is challenge enough. But choosing the right investor can be harder still. Even i ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 29th 2010 by Portfolio
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Kumar Ishan
A book you must read before even thinking to raise capital

The book starts with the importance of an entrepreneurial itch and walks through pitching successfully and then talks about the relation of an entrepreneur and VCs. Jeffrey lays out an exciting but tough journey an entrepreneur has to take. And how he can build a fruitful relation with VC by understanding them. There are many insights from successful entrepreneurs like LinkedIn's founder Reid Hoffman and Venture Capitalists alike....

I was hoping to learn something here and I found it interesting. Apparently if you didn't go to MIT, Stanford, or Harvard you are screwed. (Unless you're super passionate, connected, and killer innovative/smart/creative).
Readers of Mastering the VC Game won't come away venture capital "masters", but I found the book informative and easy to read. The author, Jeffrey Bussgang, has been on both sides of the fence (entrepreneur and venture capitalist), so his perspective was insightful. VCs tend to be off the radar for everyone except other VCs and entrepreneurs already looking for cash, making an insider's view more valuable.

The start-up world is a high-stakes dance between those with ideas and those with capital.
I'm in the middle of skimming through this book a 2nd time.

If you are an entrepreneur completely new to the world of raising money and venture capital, this is a great, soft introduction to the space filled with lots of anecdotes. It's a quick read, and I found it very valuable.

It intentionally leaves tons of details out. It's not meant to be a one-stop-shop for all info about fundraising, so this is completely fine, but it does mean that once you get your feet wet and are craving a next level d
Shakir Sharfraz
The author gives perspectives from both sides of the table - the VCs and entrepreneurs. The book has some good case studies
Franco Arda
ny entrepreneur who might need to speak to VC's will find a tremendous amount of valuable information in this fantastic book. To me, it's perfect: it's fun to read and educational.

The book title, and in particular the sub-title, are out of place. The book is too general and certainly doesn't explain in detail to the entrepreneur, how to get a deal on his terms.

Similar to the author's popular website, the book should have been called something like "Both Sides of the Table: VC's and Entrepreneurs
This book is simply amazing. Jeff thanks for penning your thoughts . If you run a startup, looking for angel investors or planning to get into the VC industry this book has everything covered. A must read.
A great starter book for anyone interested in finding out where the pieces fit when a venture capital firm gets involved in a start-up. The material doesn't go very deep nor does it cover the mechanics of an exit - be it an IPO or a sale, but it gives a well rounded idea of what VC finance is about.
Wish I could give 3.5 stars; very good in most areas, but generalizes his experience to all VCs where that may not be exactly accurate. Very useful though, in spite of that slightly exaggerated claim of authoritativeness (is that a word?).
Lauren M
Gave me some good insight on the mindset of the VC when engaging the the entrepreneur. He did a great job of bringing in viewpoints from various entrepreneurs and VCs. Not the sexiest topic, but I still found the book enjoyable to read.
Mike Lewis
A good primer on how VC's work with some good anecdotes about companies and their interactions with VC's and other investors. If you're in a startup for the first time, it's definitely worth a read to just got the basics down.
Carlos Kemeny
I like the experience and stories that Bussgang tells in the book. It is both educational and entertaining; I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to understand both sides of the entrepreneurial coin.
Jul 29, 2011 Ning added it
Great book on the fundamentals of raising funds from the venture community and the point of views each party from both sides. Definitely a must read for those starting ventures in the technology sector.
Christofer Garner
Provided some good pieces of knowledge that only come from significant experience in the VC industry. I would recommend this book to an entrepreneur before he or she starts pitching their business.
Simon Newstead
Interesting personal stories from both entrepreneur and VC viewpoints. Some useful thoughts on positioning a deal and building the right relationships with investors.
Bruce Kirby
Like many other reviewers mentioned, this book was a great read that was very informative and clear. Provides deeper insights into the VC community.
While not in the business world, I did learn some new things. I probably would have rated it higher if I was more invested in the topic.
Easy to read. Good mix of anecdotes and facts. If you're interested in how VC's interact with entrepreneurs, check this book out.
Pemo Theodore
Really comprehensive, Jeff really worked hard on getting the perspective from both sides of the table.
Mike Baird
Good overview of the VC basics and a refresher on the industry from a two sided view. Enjoyed it.
Not so much new info after reading Brad Feld's book but great anecdotes to go along with everything
Lori Grant
A should-read book on startups for knowledge workers and aspiring entrepreneurs.
Then Shanmugam
Great insights in to the VC world from an Entrepreneur's perspective!
Chaitanya Kommidi
Great Book ! Demystifies the process of the VC Game .
Greg Streech
Good look behind the world of Startup finance.
great place to start. easy read. informative.
Michael Karnjanaprakorn
Very informative. Fast read.
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