by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson
This is the highly anticipated third edition of the best-selling book which has become the definitive resource for understanding venture capital fundraising. Whether you are an entrepreneur, lawyer, student or just have an interest in the venture capital ecosystem, Venture Deals is for you. The book dives deeply into how deals are constructed, why certain terms matter (and others don’t), and more importantly, what motivates venture capitalists to propose certain outcomes. You’ll see the process of negotiating from the eyes of two seasoned venture capitalists who have over 40 years of investing experience as VCs, LPs, angels, and founders. They will teach you how to develop a fundraising strategy that will be a win for all parties involved.
by Sian Morson
Designing for iOS with Sketch takes you through the process of designing your iOS app using Bohemian Code’s Sketch. Sketch is a powerful new design program that is quickly replacing Adobe PhotoShop for many designers designing for mobile apps and the mobile web. This book will introduce you to the program and then take you through the steps of designing your very own app. It includes examples and shortcuts as well as a helpful list of plugins and 3rd party resources that will greatly improve your workflow.
by David S. Rose
Angel investing has exploded during the past decade, channeling over $20 billion annually into startup companies in the U.S. alone. But until now it has been a niche activity—a way for power-players and risk-lovers to place exciting, high-stakes bets on promising new ventures. Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money and Having Fun Investing in Startups is the first book of its kind to discuss the human and financial rewards of being an angel investor, the benefits of joining an angel group, and the crowdfunding revolution that is bringing early-stage investing to millions of new participants. Investors looking for a powerful new asset class will find Angel Investing a valuable and comprehensive resource.
We thought we’d shake things up a bit with our new featured book and do a little something for the investors and aspiring investors in the audience. Even before becoming one of Backstage Capital’s investors and before meeting David, his book Angel Investing was one of the very best investment books I’d ever read. This will be especially helpful to anyone who has recently come into some money and become “accredited” (in the U.S. this means you make more than $200k per year or have $1m net worth not including your main home’s value) by way of a company exit, inheritance, retirement, or savings.
If you’ve wanted to get started in angel investing–putting $5-100k+ into startup companies in your network and helping them grow–this book will be invaluable to you. Though the content is heavy, it’s presented in an approachable, almost folksy manner that is quite disarming. Think: Rick Steves meets Investment for Dummies. 🙂 Grab a copy from one of our links below, and I’ll bet it’ll save you thousands of $ and immeasurable time. If you’re not ready to start investing yet and want to do some intense research to be ahead of the game, apply to win a free copy!
– Arlan Hamilton
by Jeffrey Bussgang
“If you are an entrepreneur thinking about raising capital for your business, or just someone interested in learning about the venture capital industry, I think Jeff’s book is a one of the best resources available. As a former entrepreneur turned VC (and now part time HBS professor), Jeff wanted to help others outside the industry get a better understanding of how the venture capital industry works. In the book he tells the stories of some of the most successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to give readers practical advice on the process from beginning to end including how to meet a VC, structuring a deal, choosing your board through to exit. I recently joined Jeff and the Flybridge team as an investor and can say first hand the book was invaluable to me as I transitioned from entrepreneur to investor. We hope you enjoy it!”
– Jesse Middleton, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners
I’ve had this book in my collection for a few months and had a chance to read it recently after Flybridge Capital generously donated several copies for us to gift. I wish I had read it sooner. This one is great for aspiring investors, current founders (whether you’re a 1-person team or 100), and also a very interesting read for startup employees. The author is an entrepreneur first, and a VC second, so there’s an optimism throughout the book that I appreciate. Definitely has quickly found a place on my top 20 startup books list!
– Arlan Hamilton
by David S. Rose
The Startup Checklist is the entrepreneur’s essential companion. While most entrepreneurship books focus on strategy, this invaluable guide provides the concrete steps that will get your new business off to a strong start. You’ll learn the ins and outs of startup execution, management, legal issues, and practical processes throughout the launch and growth phases, and how to avoid the critical missteps that threaten the foundation of your business. Instead of simply referring you to experts, this discussion shows you exactly which experts you need, what exactly you need them to do, and which tools you will use to support them—and you’ll gain enough insight to ask smart questions that help you get your money’s worth. If you’re ready to do big things, this book has you covered from the first business card to the eventual exit.
One of the best books I’ve ever read about investing—”Angel Investing” which we’ll feature soon!—was written by David S. Rose, and now he’s back with an essential guide for startups. Before David was an investor in my fund, Backstage Capital, I was a huge fan of his writing. Considered one of the most connected angel investors in NYC, he’s invested in dozens of startups himself, and has seen thousands of deals over the years. This is one of those books you can go back for reference time and time again. Incredibly practical and no-nonsense, with great humanity at the center. I’m grateful to David for donating several copies to us, as I feel they will be invaluable to many aspiring founders. And for those of you who are already months or years into your startup, you’ve got a masterful playbook to make sure you’ve dotted your “i”s! Also be sure to check out David’s website Gust.com as a resource.
– Arlan Hamilton
by Sean Wise and Brad Feld
This year more than five million entrepreneurs will launch a new venture. Many of them believe they have the Next Big Thing. But very few startups live to see five years, and even fewer make it to ten. Even fewer still go on to become a global success story. This book is a practical guide to evaluating your business idea and a must-read for all aspiring entrepreneurs.
I first read this book in 2015 while in San Francisco having meetings with investors in the morning, and entrepreneurs in the afternoon. Whether you’re analyzing deal flow and forming your thesis as a budding investor, or putting your deck together for your friends and family round, I believe this book will save you hours and hours of precious time. It cuts the fat and gets right to the heart of the matter, in a practical, yet engaging way. Full disclosure: Brad Feld is an investor in Backstage Capital. He did not know I would be featuring his book:)
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