Venture Deals by Brad Feld

Venture Deals

Praise for Venture Deals"My biggest nightmare is taking advantage of an entrepreneur without even realizing it. It happens because VCs are experts in financings and most entrepreneurs are not. Brad and Jason are out to fix that problem with Venture Deals. This book is long overdue and badly needed."—Fred Wilson, Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures"Feld and Mendelson pack a graduate-level course into this energetic and accessible book.?The au...


Details Venture Deals

TitleVenture Deals
ISBN9780470929827
Author
Release DateJul 7th, 2011
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
LanguageEnglish
GenreBusiness, Entrepreneurship, Nonfiction
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Reviews Venture Deals

  • Athan Tolis
    2016-05-15
    This is the second time in my life I find myself doing the rounds to collect proper money from investors. First time, more than fifteen years ago, I used the Bagley and Dauchy classic “Entrepreneur’s Guide to Business Law” and I thought it was pretty good. This book is quite simply in a different league.The authors, seasoned VC entrepreneurs, have a gift for writing and that’s what carries you through the book. It’s all very serious, of...
  • Brad
    2012-06-03
    This book was OK and potentially very useful for anyone working through a term sheet when seeking venture capital. In that particular circumstance, I think that it is indeed a wonderful explanation of various factors. In fact, that is what the book set out to be. However, there was very limited real-world examples that gave a context for understanding the particular point being discussed. The subject is definitely difficult to speak about because...
  • Kevin
    2013-03-26
    Five stars because it's crucial since there's nothing else comparable at this time.The thing to remember about this book, if you're an entrepreneur, is that it's written by two VCs. Everything you read should be taken critically. The information is still exceedingly useful. There are no overt howlers in this book intended to take advantage of entrepreneurs (or not many and not intentionally). It is written, perhaps unavoidably, with a VC bias, an...
  • Emily
    2013-08-10
    This is one of those books that I wish I had read before forming our business. It is overwhelming to think about all the legal details that go into investment deals and the terminology has been foreign to me. This book cleared up the things I didn’t understand and explained in layman’s terms what these deals really mean, what I as an entrepreneur should worry about and which terms I should not really worry about. This book is now my go-to Bib...
  • Mohammed Abu Shammalah
    2017-07-20
    I got a chance to read this book through the course provided by the authors last two months.The book is organized and informative, and this is the first book under this subject. The language used is not simple for all and the reader to be aware of some financial and law issues.
  • Manas Saloi
    2017-10-29
    If you want to raise VC or want to work in the VC industry this book is a must read. I have to admit I did not understand a lot of the terms mentioned here but I guess unless you actually raise a round you won't understand a term sheet fully :)
  • Ahmed
    2018-03-24
    There's nothing comparable to this book in the market. Very specific on term-sheets and other legal advice both entrepreneurs and VCs should know. The book is somewhat a drag to read as it sometimes goes into legal details, but overall a very, very good book that only those who are working in the industry should read it. There's plenty of other books about building great companies, valuation, how to divide stock options etc and all that you won't...
  • Ilya Eremeyev
    2018-02-22
    Amazing, must read for anyone involved in business - actual or wannabe founders, investors, employees. The kind of a book which makes you smarter.
  • Shazzad Mukit
    2017-04-03
    made the venture terms and legalese around them easier to understand. must read for the first time entrepreneur going to raise venture investment.
  • Pavel Kolev
    2018-05-25
    This book is simply amazing. I honestly expected it to be full of bulshit motivational, full of phrases with no meaning but I was proven wrong.This is a book that everyone who is about to start a business should read. Then re-read it again anytime when he is raising funds. The structure is simply amazing. It explains every single term in details and examples. And the best part is that is that each chapter ends with a little - "what does this all ...
  • Alex
    2012-05-13
    Extremely helpful in understanding the incentives of lawyers, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists and how they play out in a termsheet. Absolute must read for every entrepreneur!
  • Sina
    2016-01-16
    Concise and packed to the brim with value. No filler.
  • Andrew
    2016-01-22
    Among the best books you can pick up to learn all the areas and pitfalls of term sheets and raising a venture capital round.
  • Michael Reibel Boesen
    2012-08-01
    This book should be on every entrepreneurs curriculum! It explains in simple terms the ins and outs of the process of negotiating a term sheet.
  • Zeb
    2012-06-19
    As good as a book on the ins and puts of taking on investment for your startup could be. Every entrepreneur who plans to take on funding ought to read this one.
  • Rebecca Paget
    2014-11-20
    Covers a broad area with good summaries. Would have liked a deeper explanation in parts and more varied examples.
  • Vlad Kitaynik
    2014-09-02
    Nice and clear explanation of how raise money in US for your startup. Not usable in Ukraine or Russia. Should write one for Ukrainian reality:)
  • Kelly Reid
    2013-02-14
    begin the process with certainty, intent and presumed success. no "thinking about" or "considering". you are or are not raising money.set a timeline and an amount; how much do you need to get your company to a meaningful milestone? we chose 18-24 months paying 2-3 engineers, which came to around 300k. pick a specific number, not a range.investors love to join an oversubscribed round. Don't set your target too high or you might scare away Angels w...
  • Brian Ritchie
    2017-03-03
    This is probably the most well organized book I've read in a while.I had the second Edition and decided to pour through it over the course of a week.The chapters were well split, casual in tone and easy to grasp language. The longest times were spent trying to get a grasp of the 'Legalese' examples used - but they were invaluable to the topics discussed.I particularly appreciated the real-world/simulated examples provided because it helped me com...
  • Mayank
    2017-12-19
    This book gives a very good overview of the entire process of dealing with VCs and even the process of getting acquired. It deep dives into different part of the process -- talking to VCs, negotiating with VCs, the points to negotiate on, explains the legal terms and gives enough background about different ways in which the VCs can screw you. It crystalizes the knowledge of what actually happens behind the scenes of such transactions.As an employ...
  • Eric
    2017-11-24
    A nice, easy-to-read treatment for understanding the complicated financing and legalese behind raising money from VC investors, geared towards first-time startup founders who lack experience in those dry topics.Basically, a must-read for any founder who doesn't want to be caught with his pants down. One aspect I did find this lacking in was more discussion about VC culture, and how the hierarchy within VC firms leads to the particular expectation...
  • Daniel DiPiazza
    2017-01-29
    This is THE book on how startups should think about and execute their strategy for getting venture capital. It's hard to give the book anything less than a 4 or 5, because to my knowledge, there's nothing else out there like this. While the book is relatively easy to understand as it's well-written, the concepts can be fairly complex at times, and also don't make as much sense if you're not currently going through the VC process. That being said,...
  • Javier Boncompte
    2017-05-05
    Great book for building a fair and balanced relationship with a potential investor. Excellent for an entrepreneur seeking practical advice for his first or next funding round.The writing is easy to follow although it is explaining the most important legal terms an investment contract (term sheet) should have. While the terms themselves can get complicated quickly, the authors use their experience to keep focused in the big picture of the whole co...
  • Slava Oganezov
    2017-12-03
    This is a very useful book on fundraising written by pros in their field. It covers key players and interactions between investors, entrepreneurs and lawyers, key terms in the term sheet, cap table and negotiations. Has given me a great overview and insight into the whole process. As a CEO you are at a disadvantage in comparison to VCs as they do deal negotiations for a living and you only raise money occasionally. So compensate by performing wel...
  • Kenneth Kinyanjui
    2017-06-12
    Great book especially if you are about to join a startup or company. This book helped me really understand what kind of offer or deal to take when joining startups or project. Also helped me understand how to structure the company in the right way and not make mistakes that later on come to bite.. If you are joining a cofounder or a company , I recommend reading this . If you are also on the other side starting a company this book is great in und...
  • Brian
    2018-02-27
    This book is quite specialist. If you are interesting in venture capital raising then it is terrific. Written for entrepreneurs, it should be required reading for venture capitalists too. Although it is US focussed, many of the the principles and background will apply elsewhere even if some of technical differences may be substantial. By using the term sheet as a framework, they go through the details that are contained therein and use these to h...
  • Dima Brezhnev
    2018-01-08
    Lots of street smarts from an industry veteran packed into this little book. You should read this if you work in technology and want to dig deeper into the financial/legal jargon that gets thrown around without much thought. Or perhaps you want to explain how tech companies are worth so much on paper without often doing much. One can survive without this deep knowledge, because, as the book makes note, many of the financial instruments have becom...
  • Fernando Soares
    2017-03-17
    Great book!Give all the info you need to understand the startup's ecosystem of investments. You'll read about all the characters (entrepreneur, VC, angels, super angels) and thre relations between them. Besides that, you'll understand the dynamics of negotiations and some documents you can use on your "roadshow" to get an investment.
  • Vlad Caluș
    2017-07-17
    It's a good way to start your basics in the economics, term sheet, negotiation, investors, terminology and ideas of what does an investment deal means. Tho, it really lacked to give in depth or more information on some of the subjects, or give a simple explanation to some complex ideas, I do really recommend Venture Deals.
  • Robin
    2017-10-11
    I think this is a pretty good book for someone that's interested in either starting a company or interested in investing in a startup. It handles mostly about what things to look out for, what certain terms mean, what the consequences of those terms are.I wish I read it a while back.