Venture Capital Investing: The Complete Handbook for Investing in Private Businesses for Outstanding Profits
- By David Gladstone, Laura Gladstone
- Published Aug 13, 2003 by FT Press.
- Copyright 2004
- Dimensions: 6 x 9
- Pages: 528
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 0-13-101885-X
- ISBN-13: 978-0-13-101885-3
- eBook (Watermarked)
- ISBN-10: 0-13-204474-9
- ISBN-13: 978-0-13-204474-5
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DAVID GLADSTONE founded Gladstone Capital and serves as its CEO and Chairman. He previously served as Chairman of American Capital Strategies, the largest public-traded leveraged buyout fund, and was past Chairman of Allied Capital, the largest public-traded mezzanine debt fund. With Laura Gladstone he wrote the classic book on obtaining financing for small- and medium-sized businesses, Venture Capital Handbook: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Raising Venture Capital. David Gladstone holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
LAURA GLADSTONE is a Principal of Gladstone Capital. Before joining the firm, she worked in equity research at ING Barings and Salomon Smith Barney, and she was a Syndication Lender at HSBC. She has also served as Marketing Director for Allied Capital Corporation.
In his classic bestseller Venture Capital Handbook, leading venture capitalist David Gladstone showed thousands of companies how to get funding and work with early stage investors. Now, in his revision of the classic, Venture Capital Investing, he looks at venture capital through the eyes of the investor. Gladstone shows all of you VC investors and angels exactly how to weed through scores of business proposals and find the gem that will deliver outstanding returns, especially in these soft economic times. You will learn what to look for in a business proposition; how to assess entrepreneurs and their management teams; how to evaluate financial statements, market niches, competitive environments, and product innovations; how to investigate a business that's already operating; and how to build effective partnerships with existing portfolio companies.
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VC Investing Basics,
This review is from: Venture Capital Investing: The Complete Handbook for Investing in Private Businesses for Outstanding Profits (Paperback)Much updated from previous editions, David Gladstone's useful text provides a very cursory survey of deal and investment techniques, albeit for slightly later than "sexy" stage deals. However, as this book is designed for the novice, and as Lipper's text has fallen out of print, this sadly remains the only general text on VC investing for the inexperienced, and is useful in context of the level which it is designed to educate. While the many checklists may be somewhat annoying to seasoned VCs, they are probably indispensable to the novice investor, since they provide a summary framework when working through deal and business terms. And while the book is designed more for later stage (through certainly not LATE stage, as some have alluded to) deals, the book is, again, designed to educate the novice venture investor, who really shouldn't be doing high tech start-ups anyway. Irrespective of that, anyone who presumes to write a text on investing in high tech start ups would likely find... Read more
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This review is from: Venture Capital Investing: The Complete Handbook for Investing in Private Businesses for Outstanding Profits (Paperback)This book is a thorough, practical guide to the nitty-gritty of venture capital investing. This comprehensive, well-organized instruction manual summarizes the homework you should do before you make a venture capital investment, the paperwork needed to carry out the investment and the ongoing work you will have to undertake to have a prayer of seeing your investment pay off. If it is a little plodding, you can understand why. It covers a lot of ground. The authors compare venture capital investing to a partnership at one point, to a marriage at another. They don't attempt to sell you on venture investing. In fact, by telling you how difficult and labor intensive it is, they may even drive you away. We believe this book definitely belongs in the library of anyone who has ever taken a serious interest in venture investing. It will also help entrepreneurs who need venture capital financing by showing them how to evaluate their companies according to the criteria that serious investors... Read more
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This review is from: Venture Capital Investing: The Complete Handbook for Investing in Private Businesses for Outstanding Profits (Paperback)This is a fantastic book to read. Simple and comprehensive with lots of good examples and discussions, good for novices as well as finance professionals.
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Table of Contents
1. Keys to Successful Investing.
2. Analysis of Management.
3. Reviewing Personnel and Compensation.
4. Analysis of Marketing and Sales.
5. Investigating Production.
6. Analysis of the Financial Statements and Projections.
7. Reference Information.
8. Negotiating the Deal and Commitment Letter.
9. The Legal Closing.
10. Monitoring the Investment.
11. The Exit.
12. Finding Good Investments.
Appendix A: Questions Used in Venture Capital Investigations.
Appendix B: Actual Documents.
Appendix C: List of Traits for Analysis of People.
Appendix D: Evaluation of an Entrepreneur by an Industrial Psychologist.
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