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The definitive guide demystifying the venture capital business The Business of Venture Capital covers the entire spectrum of a venture capital business, from raising venture funds to structuring investments, value creation as board member and assessing exit pathways. Author Mahendra Ramsinghani covers the distinct aspects of the venture capital fund raising and investment The definitive guide demystifying the venture capital business The Business of Venture Capital covers the entire spectrum of a venture capital business, from raising venture funds to structuring investments, value creation as board member and assessing exit pathways. Author Mahendra Ramsinghani covers the distinct aspects of the venture capital fund raising and investment process with insights and perspectives from leading experts. Interviewees include Limited Partners (LPs) such as Credit Suisse, Grove Street Advisors and General Partners (GPs) from Foundry Group, Spark Capital, Benchmark Capital, Norwest Venture Partners, Shasta Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners. If you're curious about venture capital businesses, you've found the only book that covers it all. - The first book to address the full investment cycle of the venture capital business - Demystifies the key aspects of the business - raising venture funds, fund-level due diligence and fund terms, structuring investments, value creation, and exits - Foreword by Mark Heesen, President, National Venture Capital Association - Benefit from the experiences of the best-in-class practitioners, who have made investments in leading companies like Zynga, Twitter & Foursquare - Describes how venture capital is an art as well as a science In-depth and thorough, The Business of Venture Capital is the one book that includes insights, tools and real world examples every practitioner can benefit from.


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The definitive guide demystifying the venture capital business The Business of Venture Capital covers the entire spectrum of a venture capital business, from raising venture funds to structuring investments, value creation as board member and assessing exit pathways. Author Mahendra Ramsinghani covers the distinct aspects of the venture capital fund raising and investment The definitive guide demystifying the venture capital business The Business of Venture Capital covers the entire spectrum of a venture capital business, from raising venture funds to structuring investments, value creation as board member and assessing exit pathways. Author Mahendra Ramsinghani covers the distinct aspects of the venture capital fund raising and investment process with insights and perspectives from leading experts. Interviewees include Limited Partners (LPs) such as Credit Suisse, Grove Street Advisors and General Partners (GPs) from Foundry Group, Spark Capital, Benchmark Capital, Norwest Venture Partners, Shasta Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners. If you're curious about venture capital businesses, you've found the only book that covers it all. - The first book to address the full investment cycle of the venture capital business - Demystifies the key aspects of the business - raising venture funds, fund-level due diligence and fund terms, structuring investments, value creation, and exits - Foreword by Mark Heesen, President, National Venture Capital Association - Benefit from the experiences of the best-in-class practitioners, who have made investments in leading companies like Zynga, Twitter & Foursquare - Describes how venture capital is an art as well as a science In-depth and thorough, The Business of Venture Capital is the one book that includes insights, tools and real world examples every practitioner can benefit from.

30 review for The Business of Venture Capital: Insights from Leading Practitioners on the Art of Raising a Fund, Deal Structuring, Value Creation, and Exit Strategies

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karan

    By reading this book, I wanted come away with a detailed understanding of how VC Industry worked, specifically sourcing of new investment opportunities by Limited Partners & GPs. I would say this book succeeded in accomplishing those goals. I read "Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist" prior to picking up this book, and had a high-level understanding of Venture Capital Industry. I believe reading that book first really helped me understand the in-depth information pr By reading this book, I wanted come away with a detailed understanding of how VC Industry worked, specifically sourcing of new investment opportunities by Limited Partners & GPs. I would say this book succeeded in accomplishing those goals. I read "Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist" prior to picking up this book, and had a high-level understanding of Venture Capital Industry. I believe reading that book first really helped me understand the in-depth information presented in this book. I really like the writing style of Ramsinghani, very easy (and humorous) to read, and not dry, and didn't require forced motivation to finish the book, excluding Chapter 11 - which covered board practices. I was also pleasantly surprised by inclusion of Private Exchanges, and how they work. Since, I am specifically interested in this area, this was a huge bonus for me. I realized too late that I was reading an older edition of the book, but I found vast majority of the information presented in the book quite relevant, and will pick up newer edition of the book for future reading.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Blue

    After reading the Business of Venture Capital, all I can say is - "This is the best book on Private Equity, I have ever read" The author has an amazing and very involving style of writing, and explains Venture Capital in a brilliant fashion alongwith real world insights, facts, figures  and easy to implement concepts.   Mahendra Ramsinghani's enormous experience and interesting style of writing makes this book immensely invaluable to anyone across the investment business. Whether you have a skimmi After reading the Business of Venture Capital, all I can say is - "This is the best book on Private Equity, I have ever read" The author has an amazing and very involving style of writing, and explains Venture Capital in a brilliant fashion alongwith real world insights, facts, figures  and easy to implement concepts.   Mahendra Ramsinghani's enormous experience and interesting style of writing makes this book immensely invaluable to anyone across the investment business. Whether you have a skimming interest in Venture Capital or you are an entrepreneur considering/seeking Venture Capital, this remarkable book will prove to be your first and last book on private equity.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Felipe Gonçalves Marques

    I came to this book with the goal to understand more about how the VC-business select investment opportunities, but this is not a very explored topic in the book. It states that normally the VC has some knowledge about an area and is able to prospect opportunities in that market and access which one are goods. Besides that initial misalignment between my expectation and what the book provides, it is a very enlightening book. It covers all the aspects of Venture Capital, going into explaining low- I came to this book with the goal to understand more about how the VC-business select investment opportunities, but this is not a very explored topic in the book. It states that normally the VC has some knowledge about an area and is able to prospect opportunities in that market and access which one are goods. Besides that initial misalignment between my expectation and what the book provides, it is a very enlightening book. It covers all the aspects of Venture Capital, going into explaining low-level details, such as Term Sheets, to high-level concepts, such as participating on a board, talking about human psychology applied to the VC business. Therefore, it is a great book to start diving into the subject.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Austin

    This is an excellent and well-researched guide to the workings of venture capital, covering everything from basic fund economics and governance, fundraising, deal sourcing, the due diligence process, terms of investment, to investment management through exit. It really covers the full gamut. Some of the things I learned: How to display fund performance splitting out realized vs. unrealized value, pg. 114 “A good practitioner needs to have some ADD . . . ADD may be necessary and a much-desirable c This is an excellent and well-researched guide to the workings of venture capital, covering everything from basic fund economics and governance, fundraising, deal sourcing, the due diligence process, terms of investment, to investment management through exit. It really covers the full gamut. Some of the things I learned: How to display fund performance splitting out realized vs. unrealized value, pg. 114 “A good practitioner needs to have some ADD . . . ADD may be necessary and a much-desirable condition to be a good VC.” Pg. 37 Our LPs will have three things we need to understand: 1. Asset allocation strategy, 2. Investment criteria, and 3. Investment process, pg. 45 “John Maynard Keynes stated that there is an ‘anti-social . . . fetish of liquidity’ that drives investment institutions to concentrate their holdings in liquid assets . . . Liquidity creates fickleness and generates infidelity, which hurts long-term asset classes such as private equity and venture capital.” Pg. 49 The private equity exposure of the Yale endowment went from 0% in 1985, to 10% in 1995, to 30% in 2010 “It is typical for fund managers to raise a new fund when an existing fund is about 70 percent invested. Pg. 164 LPs much prefer that carried interest be calculated at the fund level as a % of net profits, pg. 165 “Desirable CEOs are the ones who move quickly, act aggressively, work hard, demonstrate persistence, and set high standards and hold people accountable to them.” These are known as Cheetahs. Pg. 228 We can use secondary markets to smooth the J-curve of fund returns and to raise awareness of fund, e.g. SecondMarket, SharesPost. Pg. 339

  5. 4 out of 5

    FAIZAN KHAN

    Man, What Can I Say About This Book. If The Venture Capital Business Moves You Even Just A Bit & You Plan To Study It, Then You Ought To Read This Book. The Book'll Take You Step-by-Step To Each Process of The VC & In-depth Educate You About It. From Sourcing The Deals - Exiting. As A Business Person, Having A Good Big-Picture View of The VC Industry Is A Must Needed Thing. This Is A GoodPlace To Learn All The Ins & Outs of This Industry. Pick & Read. Man, What Can I Say About This Book. If The Venture Capital Business Moves You Even Just A Bit & You Plan To Study It, Then You Ought To Read This Book. The Book'll Take You Step-by-Step To Each Process of The VC & In-depth Educate You About It. From Sourcing The Deals - Exiting. As A Business Person, Having A Good Big-Picture View of The VC Industry Is A Must Needed Thing. This Is A GoodPlace To Learn All The Ins & Outs of This Industry. Pick & Read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pooja

    The author leaves the reader in no doubt that he is a ‘Sand Hill Road’ insider’, and to his credit, the book is exceedingly well researched, and packed with examples and quotes from all the big VCs. This is exactly the right book to read if you want to learn about what VCs' motivations are - very practical advice. I would have preferred it if the author had skipped the platitudes about VCs being in the business to serve the greater good. The author leaves the reader in no doubt that he is a ‘Sand Hill Road’ insider’, and to his credit, the book is exceedingly well researched, and packed with examples and quotes from all the big VCs. This is exactly the right book to read if you want to learn about what VCs' motivations are - very practical advice. I would have preferred it if the author had skipped the platitudes about VCs being in the business to serve the greater good.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kiran Kishore

    A very good read for everyone who wants to get into Venture Capital Business. The author provides a comprehensive view of the Venture Capital segment besides providing the guidelines regarding different aspects involved in different stages for any aspiring venture capitalists.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Jin

    In this book, the author has done an excellent job. It has given readers a framework for understanding how this all works. While VC personalities, styles, behavior, and effectiveness vary widely, it helps describe VC in a comprehensive and easily understand manner.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Said AlMaskery

    One of the best books that comprehensively talks about the VC/PE industry from a practitioners perspective. I thoroughly enjoyed the chapters, which are structured in a natural flow associated with how VC works. Highly recommended for any entrepreneur.

  10. 4 out of 5

    David Ko

    Wonderful Resource Good advice and guidance. Practical and must read for beginners in VC. Will help understand the basics and foundation! Great.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Fabian

    As someone new to the VC world this book is a great primer.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kerrie

    Solid primer, I appreciated the accessible language

  13. 5 out of 5

    Addy Liñan

    Anyone interested in VC world be it either from the entrepreneur of investor side. Should have this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ahmed Abdelhamid

    One mile wide, half inch deep!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aseem Juneja

    Perfect book to know about the world of venture capital. Very well written

  16. 5 out of 5

    Josh Maher

    Great book on venture capital, walks through all the details of raising a fund, finding and working with companies, negotiating deals, terms, and so on. If you are interested in angel investing, venture capital, or raising money for your startup I really like how comprehensive this book is. Keep in mind I've read most all of the books out there and this is one of my favs! Great book on venture capital, walks through all the details of raising a fund, finding and working with companies, negotiating deals, terms, and so on. If you are interested in angel investing, venture capital, or raising money for your startup I really like how comprehensive this book is. Keep in mind I've read most all of the books out there and this is one of my favs!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Isaac Strulowitz

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    Guilherme Pinho

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nguyen Anh Truc

  26. 5 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

    anthony chong

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    Marc Manley

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