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03 Books On Mastering Startup Fund Raising From Venture Capital Firms

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June 19, 2019

Raising money is a challenge for every first-time entrepreneur. Even if you are a veteran entrepreneur, it is a tall order to deal with VCs because "capital raising process is asymmetric for entrepreneurs in that they do it a few times in their career and VCs do it every day."

There is pitch meetings, negotiation process, and post-financing relationship and a lot of other things. It is an altogether lengthy and complex process that demands a thorough understanding if you are to do it well.

What these books do is that they break down every part of the fundraising process and explain it in plain English so that entrepreneurs can understand the nitty-gritty of fund-raising and apply that in their own case. All of these books use real-world examples to illustrate the investment raising process and making the lessons real and palatable. All three books are practical and could be used as how guides.

Raising money could be tough. If you are or plan to be raising venture capital for your startup, don’t have the benefit of prior experience or have limited understanding about the fund-raising process, these books could be excellent resources to prepare yourself.

  1. Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It by Scott Kupor
  2. Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson
  3. Mastering The VC Game by Jeff Bussgang

All three books are written by industry insiders.

H/T: Fred Wilson

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Ruhul Kader is a technology business and technology policy analyst based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Future Startup and author of Rethinking Failure: A short guide to living an entrepreneurial life. He writes about internet business, strategy, technology, technology policy, and society. He can be reached at [email protected]

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