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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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Jul 05, 2010 Nancy rated it liked it
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).
Kumar Ishan
Jun 21, 2014 Kumar Ishan rated it really liked it
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....

Joe Vander Zanden
May 27, 2015 Joe Vander Zanden rated it it was amazing
A must read if you plan on starting a business requiring venture capital or are an agent (employee) of a venture backed start-up. It's a great primer on the subject. I'd recommend picking up a textbook on the topic post-reading to get into the weeds on topics that may be of interest; e.g. capitalization tables and term sheets. But for wisdom that comes from experience, this book is a great resource. It's something to keep on the shelf and re-read as needed on topics such as choosing the right ve ...more
Sep 01, 2012 Joel rated it really liked it
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.
Vojto Rinik
Nov 05, 2015 Vojto Rinik rated it really liked it
"One example of the impact Eastern Europeis having on entre preneurial innovation is at LogMeln, a software company started in Budapest, Hungary. The company's CEO moved to the United States, established sales and marketing headquarters, raised ven ture capital, and successfully took the company public in 2007, all while maintaining its development center in Budapest." (p 216)
Dec 07, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Awesome overview of the VC world. Well-written, nicely organized, and leverages real-world examples that make it more of an interesting story. Must-read for anyone new to the VC industry.
Dec 17, 2015 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great overview

This is definitely worth reading for someone wanting a quick enjoyable read that takes you through the general VC Start up process.
Madhur Ahuja
Feb 20, 2016 Madhur Ahuja rated it really liked it
Its VC 101. Good book to learn basics of

• How venture capital backed companies operate, Exit Strategies (IPO)
• Relationship between Entrepreneur and VC
• How VC makes money, The economics of term sheet
Jul 23, 2012 Rob rated it really liked it
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
Aug 29, 2014 Shakir Sharfraz rated it it was amazing
The author gives perspectives from both sides of the table - the VCs and entrepreneurs. The book has some good case studies
Franco Arda
Oct 03, 2011 Franco Arda rated it it was amazing
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
Vivek Singh
Sep 19, 2015 Vivek Singh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: startup
Beautifully written by someone who is really an expert.
Nishant Chandra
May 28, 2015 Nishant Chandra rated it liked it
Dec 24, 2014 Harshgoel rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 03, 2015 Jon rated it liked it
Solid intro to the VC industry.
Backed by personal experience.

Not technical at all, doesn't go into "why" or "how", only "what".
The industry is now much more diverse (accelerators, corporate venture, etc.) and the book doesn't go into them.

Comes off as self promotional, not objective.
Aug 24, 2013 Cristobal rated it really liked it
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.
Dude-von Dudenstein
a rather feel good book about venture capital. It is a gnarly affair and the author, being an insider tries to portray it as a win for entrepreneurs. Some good initial concepts about venture capital raising exercise, but no way close to reality.
Aug 20, 2010 Kurt rated it really liked it
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
Oct 07, 2010 Lauren M rated it liked it
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
Jul 26, 2010 Mike Lewis rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, business
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
Feb 08, 2012 Carlos Kemeny rated it really liked it
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
Mar 08, 2013 Simon Newstead rated it really liked it
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
Apr 15, 2013 Bruce Kirby rated it it was amazing
Like many other reviewers mentioned, this book was a great read that was very informative and clear. Provides deeper insights into the VC community.
Jun 27, 2010 Kristin rated it liked it
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.
Mar 02, 2011 Robbie rated it really liked it
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
Jul 18, 2011 Pemo Theodore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really comprehensive, Jeff really worked hard on getting the perspective from both sides of the table.
Mike Baird
Aug 12, 2011 Mike Baird rated it really liked it
Good overview of the VC basics and a refresher on the industry from a two sided view. Enjoyed it.
Jan 12, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it
Not so much new info after reading Brad Feld's book but great anecdotes to go along with everything
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