Book Review – Venture Deals

If you can’t tell by the book list on the side of this page, we “read” (technically, listen to) a lot of books on business, startups, and VC.  One of our favorite books is Venture Deals: Be Smarter than your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist by none other than Foundry Group’s own Brad Feld (See our VC spotlight on him!) and Jason Mendelson.  Seriously though, if there ever was a “Foundry Group Fan Club”, C:V. would be a charter member…

Name: Venture Deals: Be Smarter than your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist

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Overview: This book literally boils down a Term Sheet in all its Legal jargon glory and makes it so basically anyone can understand.  It takes you through each topic, term, and component and gives you a no-nonsense explanation of what it means with specific examples of it in action.  It has sections that cover all aspects of economics and control in a financing and even a foreword from Twitter CEO Dick Costolo!

Invest, Invest with Participating Liquidation Preferences, or Pass: Invest!

Investment Thesis:  This book should be a MUST READ for all aspiring Entrepreneurs and VC’s!  Brad and Jason have an uncanny ability to break down the most difficult and dry legalese into engaging and informative advice.  Another one of our favorite parts of the book is the “Entrepreneur’s Perspective” as it gives a viewpoint for many of the topics from the founder’s standpoint and not just the VC’s.  This book receives our highest recommendation.

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VC Spotlight of the Week – Brad Feld

Brad has been one of our favorite VC’s to follow ever since we stumbled upon his book “Venture Deals”. It is required reading here at C:V. HQ, and we will be featuring it in a book review shortly. Brad is also 1/4th of the Foundry Group, creators of our favorite YouTube video so far:

Name: Brad Feldfeld

Company: Foundry Group

Blog: Feld Thoughts  (One of our liked blogs!)

Bio: A longtime investor and entrepreneur, Brad is also an avid blogger on venture capital and startup issues.  He also co-founded TechStars.

Miscellaneous/Interesting Facts: Brad is an avid marathon runner and famously goes “off the grid” for a week each quarter.