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03 Books On Mastering Startup Fund Raising From Venture Capital Firms

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

Mohammad Ruhul Kader is a Dhaka-based entrepreneur and writer. He founded Future Startup, a digital publication covering the startup and technology scene in Dhaka with an ambition to transform Bangladesh through entrepreneurship and innovation. He writes about internet business, strategy, technology, and society. He is the author of Rethinking Failure. His writings have been published in almost all major national dailies in Bangladesh including DT, FE, etc. Prior to FS, he worked for a local conglomerate where he helped start a social enterprise. Ruhul is a 2022 winner of Emergent Ventures, a fellowship and grant program from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He can be reached at ruhul@futurestartup.com

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