Essentials of Venture Capital

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The first comprehensive guide for mastering venture capitalEssentials of Venture Capital is your guide to understanding how venture capital and technology finance works from the inside out. Author Alexander Haislip easily explains the most co...
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The first comprehensive guide for mastering venture capital

Essentials of Venture Capital is your guide to understanding how venture capital and technology finance works from the inside out. Author Alexander Haislip easily explains the most complex concepts in venture capital and how the business is evolving to meet modern market needs. He illuminates the opaque industry that drives innovation in Silicon Valley and beyond.

  • Learn how venture capital firms are organized and managed
  • Develop techniques for fundraising and making high-growth investments
  • Understand preferred stock provisions and startup valuation methods
  • Navigate recent regulatory changes and evaluate investment returns

The author draws on more than half a decade of experience and interviews with high-level investors in the U.S. and abroad. Whether you are contemplating a career in this industry, hoping to raise money for an entrepreneurial endeavor, or are already a seasoned veteran of venture finance, the book's insights and real-world examples will cement your understanding. Essentials of Venture Capital is the first comprehensive book to explain venture capital, how it is changing and what it will look like in the future.


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Your express lane to understanding the increasingly complex and evolving business of venture capital

The venture capital industry continues to evolve at a breakneck pace. Essentials of Venture Capital gets you up to speed by providing vital insight into the incentives that drive evolution at venture capital firms.

Essentials of Venture Capital cuts to the chase to follow each step of the venture capital business, examines challenges that have emerged in the past decade, and includes numerous real-world examples to illustrate why some firms adapt . . . and why others fail.

From raising funds and investing in start-ups to reaping the rewards, Essentials of Venture Capital covers the gamut of this rapidly changing industry so you can always be one step ahead of the game.

Inside, you'll find:

  • An overview of the basics of venture capital and the major changes and challenges the industry has faced in the past decade

  • Tips for building a career as a venture investor and understanding how firms are organized

  • Venture capital fundraising strategies that work even in challenging macroeconomic environments

  • The basics of deal-making, legal terms, and investor protections

  • Three major methods for connecting with entrepreneurs and making good investments

  • Ways to cash in on a venture investment by taking a company public or finding a buyer for it

  • Techniques for recognizing and investing during the Boom-Bubble-Bust cycle

  • Strategies for establishing a global investment practice and a survey of venture initiatives in new markets abroad

Essentials of Venture Capital is your passport to the rapidly evolving business of investing in inventive entrepreneurs and ideas of the future.


About the Author

Alexander Haislip specializes in venture capital and technology investment analysis. He is a columnist for and has been a senior writer at Thomson Reuters's Venture Capital Journal and Private Equity Hub for the past four years. He holds an economics degree and a finance certificate from Princeton University and a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Mr. Haislip has won awards from the New York Financial Writers Association, the National Press Foundation, and the Western Publishing Association. The London-based Management Consultancies Association recognized him as one of the "Best Young Management Writers."

In addition to researching and writing, Mr. Haislip also conducts conferences and moderates panels of experts on topics such as venture capital, cleantech, energy, buyouts, fundraising, and private equity. You can find more information about Mr. Haislip at his Web site, or follow @ahaislip on Twitter.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpfulBy Russell J Hall on November 29, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This as an excellent basic introduction to venture capital. As a layperson, until reading this book I had conflated venture capital with what Haislip calls "angel investing." In The Summer of a Thousand Cheeses we had addressed the problem beginning cheesemakers have in raising capital, and we felt that venture capitalists might well be the answer. We now know that venture capital is a much more formal and mainstream activity than we had believed. After clearing the air of such confusion in the opening chapter, Haislip goes on to address the primary issues affecting venture capital in a systematic and easily understood way. People already in the field will probably find little new in this book, but students seeking a basic background and persons wishing to know more about this kind of investing will find much of interest in it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpfulBy David J on April 13, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
How does one become a venture capitalist? This is a difficult question to answer by most, yet Haislip's "Essentials of Venture Capital" provides a highly accurate framework for a deep understanding of an extremely nebulous industry. "Essentials" weaves the educational nuts and bolts of the industry as expected - However, even more compelling is the blending of the science found on Sand Hill Road (and beyond) with Haislip's colorful anecdotes spanning the qualitative and artful aspects of the trade.

Highly recommended reading for those curious, experienced, or a finance hobbyist. "Essentials" maps out the industry, it's impact, and it's future in a way that leaves the reader with a grounded understanding. From the "Monte Carlo Mentality" to "Maury Povich", it's all in there.
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Really enjoyed this book. It's brilliant for anyone who's trying to raise funding for a startup and how the funding landscape works. Most importantly, it's hugely actionable, you go into meetings about funding much more comfortable as it demystifies the process and lets you as the start-up person understand the objectives and goals of the funding bodies.

It's surprisingly well written and is instructive rather than most of the other books I've read in this space which are a VC writing about how wonderful their success story it.

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