The Little Book of Venture Capital Investing explains the basic concepts and trends in current venture capital and alternative investments for would-be investors and offers advice and guidance for selecting and monitoring investment opportunities to realize the best possible returns.
Venture capital investing is a lot like the old baseball adage: You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out. There is no secret formula or guaranteed path to success, especially in the field of venture capital investing. Many venture capitalists have lost their entire investment when the once- brilliant ideas they funded foundered in the competitive marketplace or got torpedoed by even greater innovations.
The book is not intended as a textbook on how to raise VC or as a guide to becoming the next Google. I provide an insider ’s view of how VC works and how to best define VC, tying its fascinating history to its transcendent present. I offer additional background into who VC investors are, what their investment strategies are, their VC performance, and the sectors they invested in, as well as the difference geography can make. We explore the multiplier impact of VC investing, both in dollar terms and social impact. We examine the prevailing investment climate, revealing startling data on new start-up growth and challenges. Then we take a look at both the private and listed venture capital investment options available to you so that you too have the ability to become a 1 percenter!
This Little Book outlines a practical field guide to the VC investment process—everything from setting investment criteria to monetizing VC investments. You will find a handy Appendix with a glossary of terms and links to a due diligence checklist and additional resources pertinent to VC investing. With this information you can properly assess the risk-reward relationship of venture capital investing. I believe you will find the insights offered pleasantly surprising.
- An Historic Overview of Venture Capitalism
- The VC Industry Today
- The Value Proposition
- Prevailing Investment Climate
- Field Guide for VC Investing Options—Nonlisted
- Investment Options—Listed
- Investment Process—Sourcing and Screening
- Investment Process—Due Diligence and Selection
- Investment Process—Portfolio Construction, Monitoring, and Monetizing
The Little Book of Venture Capital Investing: Empowering Economic Growth and Investment Portfolios By Louis C. Gerken pdf