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Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist

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Help take your startup to the next step with the new and revised edition of the popular book on the VC deal process--from the co-founders of the Foundry Group

How do venture capital deals come together? This is one of the most frequent questions asked by each generation of new entrepreneurs. Surprisingly, there is little reliable information on the subject. No one
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Wiley
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Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great handbook for anyone trying to understand the workings of the venture capital industry, specifically focused on tech firms. The authors almost seem too eager to coach the entrepreneurs they have to negotiate with on how to negotiate against them. I’m sure though that they have held back the innermost secrets. The authors also keep referring to the the twenty-something tech startup founder as the typical entrepreneur, possibly because that’s who they deal with. Regardless, the rest of us can ...more
Benjamin Anderson
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've taken the time to write a review for because (I was asked to in the author's note) and wanted to show my appreciation as an entrepreneur that Brad and Jason put together this invaluable resource not only for aspiring entrepreneurs but also for the seasoned and investors alike. The information is comprehensive, digestible, and I get to put it on the shelf heading into our seed with the benefit of the gray area that surrounds the world of fundraising at scale totally ...more
Jordan Perrin
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Great for EVERYONE, from business owners to startups, to lawyers, to students, to investors. No matter what you do or plan on doing, this book will help you out at some point in your career.

PS: it gets really fun to read around page 200, before that it can feel useless, but the knowledge is priceless.
Jason Carter
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The subtitle of this book says it all: Be smarter than your lawyer and venture capitalist.

I don't know if that's true, as I'm neither, but this was an *extremely* helpful book to weed through all the confusing concepts and jargon surrounding venture capital.

I plan to keep it around as a reference.
Raeder Smith
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended by a number of VC industry friends and contacts as the Bible of VC deals. I learned quite a bit about term sheets, specific legal terms, the whys of terms, financial metrics, and even structure of VC firms - which I found most unique and useful.
Paige Doherty
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Helped us win second place at our undergrad venture capital investment competition. Useful to revisit as an investor - I always recommend it to founders heading in to their first institutional round.
Eusebiu Jecan
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To do this book justice, I should only say: "Thank you for sharing"!

It managed somehow to be a good end-to-end read as well as a reference read.
Micheal Friesen
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mirrored many of the teachings of a university-level introduction to business law course. Very useful for anyone in this space.
Renato Santos
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book for those who would like to get more details about the VC industry.
Di Bob
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Somewhat superficial
Austin LaFaille
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Informative like a textbook, but still very much a practical read if you are interested in the learning about doing deals in the start-up/VC world.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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The book is very well organised and with examples. A great insight into the world of VCs, Investment Bankers and Entrepreneur’s.
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Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of Techstars.

Brad is a writer and speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship. He’s written a number of books as part of the Startup Revolution series and