How to Invest in Technology Startups-Timeless Advice from an Angel Investor Who Turned $100,000 into $100,000,000


Author: Jason Calacanis

Publisher: HarperBusiness

ISBN: 9780062560704

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

View: 2589

Early Exits

Exit Strategies for Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors (but Maybe Not Venture Capitalists)


Author: Basil Peters

Publisher: Basil Peters

ISBN: 0981185509

Category: Sale of business enterprises

Page: 184

View: 7947

Angel Investing

The Gust Guide to Making Money and Having Fun Investing in Startups


Author: David S. Rose

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118901215

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

View: 9573

Achieve annual returns of 25% or more with a well-designed angel portfolio Written by David S. Rose, the founder of Gust—the global platform that powers the world of organized professional angel investing—Angel Investing is a comprehensive, entertaining guide that walks readers through every step of the way to becoming a successful angel investor. It is illustrated with stories from among the 90+ companies in which David has invested during a 25 year career as one of the world’s most active business angels and includes instructions on how to get started, how to find and evaluate opportunities, and how to pursue and structure investments to maximize your returns. From building your reputation as a smart investor, to negotiating fair deals, adding value to your portfolio companies and helping them implement smart exit strategies, David provides both the fundamental strategies and the specific tools you need to take full advantage of this rapidly growing asset class. He details the advantages of joining an angel group, explains how seed and venture funds can help leverage an investor’s resources, and reveals how recent regulatory changes and new online platforms are making startup investing accessible to millions of Americans. Making money is no longer about sitting back and reading stock listings, David says. It is now about being part owner of an exciting startup that can be fun and financially rewarding. Angel Investing teaches investors how to carefully select and manage investments, establish a long term view, and approach angel investing as a serious part of an alternative asset portfolio while also enjoying being an integral part of an exciting new venture.

The Investing King

How I Started Angel Investing With $25,000, Found the Next Billion-dollar Startups, and You Can Too


Author: Ross Blankenship,Eugene H. Chung

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781983638305


Page: 150

View: 1353

Are you an investor? What if you were given the keys to unlock potential investing returns of 10x, 100x or even 1,000x, on your investment dollars? How much would you pay for these keys? To learn about the next, great startups in America. The good news is that for the cost of a few cups of coffee, we've decided to give you the most powerful formula ever released to the startup world. The keys to this formula - "The Blankenship Valuation Method" - embody the core startup DNA that separates successful startups from the failures. This book is for startups, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors, and anyone who wants to learn about investing or building a great company. Whether you've ever considered investing in a startup, founding your own company, or simply wanted to learn about the tech founder stories that changed the course of history, then this book is for you. After analyzing thousands of startups across the world, we discovered striking motifs and similarities between the startups failures and billion-dollar "Unicorns" and IPOs. And now for the first time ever, we're releasing our insider observations and this proprietary formula, to the public. Ross D. Blankenship will guide both entrepreneurs and investors on critical topics such as... How to raise big-time capital for your startup. How to best structure your startup legally, financially, and operationally. How to achieve the highest valuation for your startup. The importance of achieving profitability in less than a year's time. For future startup investors and venture capitalists: How to spot the next billion-dollar startups. Example of startups that became major success stories, and why they became forces in their industry. How to get started investing, including red flags and caveats before you begin. How to understand valuations, financials, and investments, no matter if you're a beginner, intermediate, or veteran of venture capital and angel investing. There's even BONUS material for investors in this book for investors that includes tips on negotiating the best deals, secrets to building a brand name within any industry, and a simple guide to understand any startup's finances. If you're one of the following people, searching for topics such as: entrepreneurship, business and finance, investing, venture capital, or angel Investing, then this book is for you. Now's your chance to get ahead of your peers and start making returns on your investment: start with the amazingly profitable world of venture capital.

The Global Silicon Valley Handbook


Author: Michael Moe

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 1455570311

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 4288

A fun, yet factual guide to thrive not only in Silicon Valley, but in the emerging Global Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley has become synonymous with big ideas, start-ups, and inventing the future. But today, the magic of Silicon Valley has gone viral and global. From Austin to Boston, from Shanghai to Dubai, a Global Silicon Valley is emerging. In THE GLOBAL SILICON VALLEY HANDBOOK, bestselling author, venture capitalist, and global thought leader, Michael Moe, maps out an insider's guide to Silicon Valley and the hottest emerging markets from around the world. The book highlights need-to-knows, including who the top VCs and angel investors are, phrases to avoid in a pitch, or even where to close a deal over dinner or beers. Visually engaging, THE GLOBAL SILICON VALLEY HANDBOOK aspires to inspire the entrepreneur in all of us.

Straight Talk for Startups

100 Insider Rules for Beating the Odds--From Mastering the Fundamentals to Selecting Investors, Fundraising, Managing Boards, and Achieving Liquidity


Author: Randy Komisar,Jantoon Reigersman

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062869078

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

View: 6054

"Straight Talk for Startups memorializes age-old best practices and empowers both experienced and new investment professionals to beat the odds."—David Krane, CEO, Google Ventures "Straight Talk for Startups is filled with real, raw, and fact-based ‘rules of the road’ that you need to know when diving into our ultra-competitive startup world. A must read and a re-read!"—Tony Fadell, Coinventor of the iPod/iPhone & Founder of Nest Labs Veteran venture capitalist Randy Komisar and finance executive Jantoon Reigersman share no-nonsense, counterintuitive guidelines to help anyone build a successful startup. Over the course of their careers, Randy Komisar and Jantoon Reigersman continue to see startups crash and burn because they forget the timeless lessons of entrepreneurship. But, as Komisar and Reigersman show, you can beat the odds if you quickly learn what insiders know about what it takes to build a healthy foundation for a thriving venture. In Straight Talk for Startups they walk budding entrepreneurs through 100 essential rules—from pitching your idea to selecting investors to managing your board to deciding how and when to achieve liquidity. Culled from their own decades of experience, as well as the experiences of their many successful colleagues and friends, the rules are organized under broad topics, from "Mastering the Fundamentals" and "Selecting the Right Investors," to "The Ideal Fundraise," "Building and Managing Effective Boards," and "Achieving Liquidity." Vital rules you’ll find in Straight Talk for Startups include: The best ideas originate from founders who are users Create two business plans: an execution plan and an aspirational plan Net income is an option, but cash flow is a fact Don’t accept money from strangers Personal wealth doesn’t equal good investing Small boards are better than big ones Add independent board members for expertise and objectivity Too many unanimous board decisions are a sign of trouble Choose an acquirer, don’t wait to be chosen Learn the rules by heart so you know when to break them Filled with helpful real-life examples and specific, actionable advice, Straight Talk for Startups is the ideal handbook for anyone running, working for, or thinking about creating a startup, or just curious about what makes high-potential ventures tick.

Kings Over Aces

The Insider's Guide to Angel and VC Investing in the Next Billion Dollar Startups and IPOs


Author: Ross D Blankenship

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781512008180


Page: 482

View: 6622

Are you an entrepreneur, venture capitalist or startup investor? Or are you an investor who wants to get into venture capital and startup investments? What if you had the opportunity to be a startup investor in the next Facebook, Uber, Google or Airbnb? Now, you can invest in top startups and entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. For years, angel investing and venture capital have been behind closed doors with the same individuals and VC firms getting access to top deals. The majority of accredited investors had no idea how to get in... how to get access to these deals... until now. Kings Over Aces gives you an inside look at how you too can invest in startups and put your investment capital to work. We show you how to invest in startups from incubators like Y Combinator, 500 Startups, TechStars and AngelPad. There are many billion dollar startups across the country waiting for entrepreneurs like you to invest. You'll also learn about Angel Kings' proprietary formula on startup investing. This secret formula is changing the way private equity and venture capital investments happen. Whether you're a new angel investor, venture capitalist, accredited investor, private equity investor, startup founder, or just someone who wants to learn about the hottest emerging deals and how you can get access, read Kings Over Aces... you might just make a lot of money investing in companies you love. If you've been sitting on the sidelines, it's time to get in the game. Instead of hearing about that next big deal and how your friend made money because he invested "early in X," now is your time to profit from the astronomical rise in startup and VC investing. Entrepreneurs are ready to meet venture capitalists just like you. We discuss investing concepts like the Lean Startup method by Eric Ries, discuss how to beat investors from shows like ABC's "Shark Tank," and provide detailed analysis of startups metrics such as cash flow, revenue, burn rate, exponential growth and company valuations. In addition, we analyze startups from Angel List, which is a growing platform for investing under the SEC's JOBS Act. You too can be the next billionaire startup investor.

Why They Do It

Inside the Mind of the White-Collar Criminal


Author: Eugene Soltes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1610395360

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

View: 8873

How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars

The Snapchat Story


Author: Billy Gallagher

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250108624

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

View: 3719

"In the grand tradition of Ben Mezrich's The Accidental Billionaires (2009)... an engaging look into a fascinating subculture of millions." —Booklist "Breezy...How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars ably if uncritically chronicles the short history of a young company catering to young users, with a young chief executive, and reveals, intentionally or not, the limitations that come with that combination." —Wall Street Journal The improbable and exhilarating story of the rise of Snapchat from a frat boy fantasy to a multi-billion dollar internet unicorn that has dramatically changed the way we communicate. In 2013 Evan Spiegel, the brash CEO of the social network Snapchat, and his co-founder Bobby Murphy stunned the press when they walked away from a three-billion-dollar offer from Facebook: how could an app teenagers use to text dirty photos dream of a higher valuation? Was this hubris, or genius? In How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars, tech journalist Billy Gallagher takes us inside the rise of one of Silicon Valley's hottest start-ups. Snapchat developed from a simple wish for disappearing pictures as Stanford junior Reggie Brown nursed regrets about photos he had sent. After an epic feud between best friends, Brown lost his stake in the company, while Spiegel has gone on to make a name for himself as a visionary—if ruthless—CEO worth billions, linked to celebrities like Taylor Swift and his wife, Miranda Kerr. A fellow Stanford undergrad and fraternity brother of the company’s founding trio, Gallagher has covered Snapchat from the start. He brings unique access to a company Bloomberg Business called “a cipher in the Silicon Valley technology community.” Gallagher offers insight into challenges Snapchat faces as it transitions from a playful app to one of the tech industry’s preeminent public companies. In the tradition of great business narratives, How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars offers the definitive account of a company whose goal is no less than to remake the future of entertainment.

Raising an Entrepreneur

10 Rules for Nurturing Risk Takers, Problem Solvers, and Change Makers


Author: Margot Machol Bisnow

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

ISBN: 1626253927

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 304

View: 4328

In this book, a political powerhouse and mother of two thriving entrepreneurs interviews the moms of over fifty of today’s most successful innovators and—based on her findings—provides ten rules for raising confident, fearless, self-made individuals whose ideas and drive will change the world. Is your child passionate about something? Maybe it’s music, sports, theatre, writing, building things, or helping others—the kind of creative pursuits that create distinguished leaders and make change in the world. All parents want their kids to have success, but how do you help them cultivate their talent and vision for a personally fulfilling and financially successful life? Once you’ve recognized their drive and passion, how do you set your little trailblazers free? Raising an Entrepreneur presents seventy-six stories from the mothers of some of the most successful entrepreneurs today. Entrepreneurs are the new rock stars—they’re the ones who turn their passions into ingenious projects, because they’re willing to risk failure to make their dreams come true. Highlighting the various achievements of innovators from a wide range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds—such as Geek Squad’s Robert Stephens and Nantucket Nectars' Tom Scott, nonprofit founders like Mama Hope’s Nyla Rodgers and Pencils of Promise's Adam Braun, profit for purpose creators like TOMS Shoes' Blake Mycoskie and FEED Projects’ Ellen Gustafson, activists like Mike de la Rocha and Erica Ford, and artists like actress Emmanuelle Chriqui and songwriter Benny Blanco—and with photos of the entrepreneurs as children, these inspirational interviews will provide guidance and support on nurturing your own change maker. Not every kid will be an entrepreneur, but all kids have something that makes them unique. If you’re seeking a way to nurture your children’s passions and help them harness their talent, drive, and grit into a fulfilling life purpose, this book is for you. With these ten rules and numerous inspiring stories, you’ll gain confidence in raising your child into a creatively successful adult.

Startup Boards

Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors


Author: Brad Feld,Mahendra Ramsinghani

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118516826

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 4225

An essential guide to understanding the dynamics of a startup's board of directors Let's face it, as founders and entrepreneurs, you have a lot on your plate—getting to your minimum viable product, developing customer interaction, hiring team members, and managing the accounts/books. Sooner or later, you have a board of directors, three to five (or even seven) Type A personalities who seek your attention and at times will tell you what to do. While you might be hesitant to form a board, establishing an objective outside group is essential for startups, especially to keep you on track, call you out when you flail, and in some cases, save you from yourself. In Startup Boards, Brad Feld—a Boulder, Colorado-based entrepreneur turned-venture capitalist—shares his experience in this area by talking about the importance of having the right board members on your team and how to manage them well. Along the way, he shares valuable insights on various aspects of the board, including how they can support you, help you understand your startup's milestones and get to them faster, and hold you accountable. Details the process of choosing board members, including interviewing many people, checking references, and remembering that there should be no fear in rejecting a wrong fit Explores the importance of running great meetings, mixing social time with business time, and much more Recommends being a board member yourself at some other organization so you see the other side of the equation Engaging and informative, Startup Boards is a practical guide to one of the most important pieces of the startup puzzle.

Get Backed

Craft Your Story, Build the Perfect Pitch Deck, and Launch the Venture of Your Dreams


Author: Evan Baehr,Evan Loomis

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press

ISBN: 1633690733

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 1579

“Anyone who comes to pitch on Shark Tank should read this book first!” —Barbara Corcoran, ABC's Shark Tank “I have seen literally thousands of companies trying to raise capital and know that a great pitch deck is critical. This book gives you the playbook for creating yours.” —Naval Ravikant, cofounder and CEO, AngelList “I raised twice the amount of money I set out to in a mere five weeks. I’m naming my firstborn child after the Evans.” —Slava Menn, cofounder and CEO, Fortified Bicycle HOW DO YOU LAUNCH THE VENTURE OF YOUR DREAMS? Get Backed isn’t just about startup fundraising. It’s a handbook for anyone who has an idea and needs to build relationships to get it off the ground. Over the last 3 years, entrepreneurs Evan Loomis and Evan Baehr have raised $45 million for their own ventures, including the second largest round on the fundraising platform AngelList. In Get Backed, they show you exactly what they and dozens of others did to raise money—even the mistakes they made—while sharing the secrets of the world’s best storytellers, fundraisers, and startup accelerators. They’ll also teach you how to use “the friendship loop”, a step-by-step process that can be used to initiate and build relationships with anyone, from investors to potential cofounders. And, most of all, they’ll help you create a pitch deck, building on the real-life examples of 15 ventures that have raised over $150 million. What’s in the book? • The original pitch decks and fundraising strategies of 15 ventures that raised over $150 million • Email scripts that will get you a meeting with angel investors, venture capitalists, and potential board members • Pitching exercises developed by startup talent beds like Stanford University’s and Techstars • A breakdown of the 10 essential pitch deck slides, how to create them, and what questions you should answer with each • An overview of the 5 main funding sources for startups, the pros and cons of each, and who the big players are • A crash-course in visual and presentation design that will make any deck beautiful • Templates for 4 stories every entrepreneur should know how to tell • The story of one entrepreneur who showed up in Silicon Valley with no network and six months later had investments from Fred Anderson, Bono, and Peter Thiel Get Backed will show you exactly what it takes to get funded and will give you the tools to make any idea a reality.

The High Roller Experience: How Caesars and Other World-Class Companies Are Using Data to Create an Unforgettable Customer Experience


Author: David Norton

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 1259862968

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 704

The marketing guru of Caesars/Harrah’s shows how you can double-down and win with a proven data-driven approach Walking through Caesars in Las Vegas may seem like a dream—the lights are not too bright, the temperature is perfect, and everything is within your reach. But behind this “magical” experience is a carefully choreographed performance based on deep understanding and rigorous analysis of extensive data to help ensure guests have an incredible and personalized experience. The Caesars marketing story is recognized as one of the best examples of using data to improve the customer experience and marketing effectiveness in all of business. Marketing legend David Norton orchestrated the initiatives that made Harrah’s/Caesars Entertainment one of the greatest marketing companies in the world. His approach of using data to identify opportunities for the business, developing the narrative to sell throughout the organization and partnering with various constituents to drive successful implementation operationally is unparalleled. In The High Roller Experience, he shares his secrets to creating an unbeatable marketing strategy. In addition to discussing core items such as analytics, CRM and loyalty programs, he examines the leadership and organizational processes required to create a customer-centric and data informed business. The author also shares case studies from the work at GALE helping companies leverage technology advances to improve the customer experience and build customer loyalty across a wide-range of industries. With this book to guide you, you’ll learn how to use loyalty programs, analytics, and technology to drive phenomenal transformational change and rapid revenue growth within your own organization.

Investing in the Next Big Thing


Author: Joseph Hogue

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780997111293


Page: N.A

View: 3814

There's a Secret World of Investing Controlled by Angel Investors and Venture Capital One investment has been the secret of the wealthy for more than 80 years. It accounts for nearly a fifth of the wealth for million-dollar investors and nearly four-times the return compared to stocks. For more than eight decades, anyone with less than a million dollars was locked out of this investment. Government regulators reasoned that investors like you and me weren't smart enough to handle the high risk and higher return. That all changed in 2016, when for the first time in a century investment in startup companies became open to everyone. Investing in startups has led to an average 27% return for wealthy investors, nearly four times the average 7.4% annual return on stocks over the decade to 2013. When asked where they invested their money, investors with an average of $7.6 million told BNP Wealth Management those alternative investments like venture capital and startups were their second-largest investment after their own business. But the government is right in that the risks are high for startup investors. A study by Willamette University of 1,200 investments by angel investors found that more than half of startups fail to return even the original investment. Just a fraction of those investments accounted for the vast majority of gains. But those gains in startup investing can be spectacular. Consider Peter Thiel's 2004 investment of $500,000 in Facebook as its first outside investor. Most of us weren't able to invest in the social media giant until it went public in 2012. By then, Thiel had already made $1.7 billion for a 340,000% return on his investment. Welcome to the World of Startup Investing and Equity CrowdfundingI've spent nearly a decade analyzing startup investments for venture capital firms and angel investors. I set up the research department for one venture capital investor and managed a team of six analysts, pouring over pitch material and market research to find the best startups in which to invest. When equity crowdfunding became popular in 2012, I knew it held the potential to break the 80-year ban on startup investing for everyday investors. I refined my proven methodology for venture capital investing and waited for the law to be changed. Investing in startups is like nothing you've ever seen in the stock market. These companies aren't covered by analysts, and you won't find a P/E value on Yahoo Finance. You won't hear other venture capital investors or angel investors sharing their process or picks on TV either. They don't want you stealing those 27% annual returns. That's what this book is all about, using a process I have developed over years as a venture capital analyst to avoid the risks in startup investing and find the best deals. It's not an easy process. It involves research and strategic planning on your part. I'm ready to share it with you if you're ready for the challenge. In this book you'll learn: My quick checklist of what to look for in a startup to weed out the losers before wasting your time on valuation (Page 53) The process I use to value startup companies for venture capital firms, including how to research the market and understanding deal terms (Page 63) Three different valuation methods I use with every deal that gives me more certainty in the upside (Page 83) A startup investing strategy that puts your money in the best deals and avoids chasing the losers. (Page 107) Tired of being stuck with roller-coaster risk in the stock market and mediocre returns? If you want in on the investments that make angel investors and venture capital firms billions of dollars, scroll back up and click buy now.

Streaming, Sharing, Stealing

Big Data and the Future of Entertainment


Author: Michael D. Smith,Rahul Telang

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262335891

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 232

View: 3159

"[The authors explain] gently yet firmly exactly how the internet threatens established ways and what can and cannot be done about it. Their book should be required for anyone who wishes to believe that nothing much has changed." -- The Wall Street Journal"Packed with examples, from the nimble-footed who reacted quickly to adapt their businesses, to laggards who lost empires." -- Financial TimesTraditional network television programming has always followed the same script: executives approve a pilot, order a trial number of episodes, and broadcast them, expecting viewers to watch a given show on their television sets at the same time every week. But then came Netflix's House of Cards. Netflix gauged the show's potential from data it had gathered about subscribers' preferences, ordered two seasons without seeing a pilot, and uploaded the first thirteen episodes all at once for viewers to watch whenever they wanted on the devices of their choice. In this book, Michael Smith and Rahul Telang, experts on entertainment analytics, show how the success of House of Cards upended the film and TV industries -- and how companies like Amazon and Apple are changing the rules in other entertainment industries, notably publishing and music. We're living through a period of unprecedented technological disruption in the entertainment industries. Just about everything is affected: pricing, production, distribution, piracy. Smith and Telang discuss niche products and the long tail, product differentiation, price discrimination, and incentives for users not to steal content. To survive and succeed, businesses have to adapt rapidly and creatively. Smith and Telang explain how.How can companies discover who their customers are, what they want, and how much they are willing to pay for it? Data. The entertainment industries, must learn to play a little "moneyball." The bottom line: follow the data.

Startup Opportunities

Know When to Quit Your Day Job


Author: Brad Feld,Sean Wise

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119378184

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 4537

Start strong with essential early-stage guidance from the VC perspective Startup Opportunities is the go-to guide for anyone with a great business idea. Whether it's your first business or your fifth, realistic assessment from the outset can save you a lot of time and money; why pour your heart and soul into a venture that is doomed to fail? Instead, position yourself to win from the very beginning. In this book, accomplished venture capitalists share their insight on startups and entrepreneurs: who will fail, who will succeed and why, and what you should do to give your business the very best shot at becoming a global success story. You'll learn how to evaluate your business with a critical eye, and how early customer development can be key in turning a good idea into a great opportunity. If you're serious about building a business that lasts, this book provides invaluable guidance that you really cannot miss. More than five million people will launch a business this year, and many of them will be great ideas—yet few will be around in five years, and even fewer in ten years. A great idea is not enough to build a successful business. You need to fortify your idea with the proper foundation, and a scaffolding of good planning and early action. This book shows you how. Assess your business's viability using the 10x Rule Learn when you can quit your day job—or not Take the key steps to making your business succeed Discover the opportunities worth selling everything for This expert author team has witnessed more than 30,000 pitches over two decades, and have participated in over 500 startup launches. Startup Opportunities gives you the benefit of their experience to help you start strong and stay strong.

High-tech Ventures

The Guide for Entrepreneurial Success


Author: C. Gordon Bell

Publisher: Basic Books


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 387

View: 9483

High-Tech Ventures is for those who design, build, and market innovative products—people who are creating the high-tech world of the future. More specifically it is for all engineers, engineering managers, entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs. Although engineers are responsible for identifying products and businesses that might benefit their company, all too often their suggestions are rejected. The products don’t fit within the current business, or they threaten the status quo. Thus, start-up companies are the main arena for innovation.Entrepreneurs who are considering starting up a company, or who are already doing so, can use this book to determine the health of their venture. With High-Tech Ventures they can systematically assess the exact stages of their company’s growth. They can compare their experiences to an ideal model, and sidestep—or eliminate—flaws early enough to save time, money, and even the company itself.High-Tech Ventures provides entrepreneurs with insight into the problems they may face, as well as a formal checklist for measuring success. It is also useful for board members, investors, and service industry personnel who are intimately involved in ventures. Professionals such as attorneys, accountants, technical consultants, and marketing consultants, who support the venture’s infrastructure will also find critical information here.High-Tech Ventures includes revealing case studies from major entrepreneurial players such as Sun Microsystems, Apollo, Prime, Amdahl, Cullinet, etc.

A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing (Tenth Edition)


Author: Burton G. Malkiel

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393081699

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 496

View: 3391

One of the "few great investment books" (Andrew Tobias) ever written. A Wall Street Journal Weekend Investor "Best Books for Investors" Pick Especially in the wake of the financial meltdown, readers will hunger for Burton G. Malkiel’s reassuring, authoritative, gimmick-free, and perennially best-selling guide to investing. With 1.5 million copies sold, A Random Walk Down Wall Street has long been established as the first book to purchase when starting a portfolio. In addition to covering the full range of investment opportunities, the book features new material on the Great Recession and the global credit crisis as well as an increased focus on the long-term potential of emerging markets. With a new supplement that tackles the increasingly complex world of derivatives, along with the book’s classic life-cycle guide to investing, A Random Walk Down Wall Street remains the best investment guide money can buy.

No B.S. Guide to Maximum Referrals and Customer Retention

The Ultimate No Holds Barred Plan to Securing New Customers and Maximum Profits


Author: Dan S. Kennedy,Shaun Buck

Publisher: Entrepreneur Press

ISBN: 1613083343

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 281

View: 2816

FACT: NOTHING IS COSTLIER OR MORE DIFFICULT THAN GETTING A NEW CUSTOMER. Business owners agree. The referred customer is far superior to the one brought in by ‘cold’ advertising. Yet most business owners will invest more money to find new customers than getting referrals from current, happy customers. Millionaire maker Dan S. Kennedy and customer retention expert Shaun Buck dare you to stop chasing new customers and keep an iron cage around the ones you already have. Kennedy and Buck present a systematic approach to help you keep, cultivate, and multiply customers so that your entire business grows more valuable and sustainable, and you replace income uncertainty with reliable income through retention and referrals. Learn how to: • Apply the #1 best retention strategy (hint: it’s exclusive) • Catch customers before they leave you • Grow each customer’s value (and have more power in the marketplace) • Implement the three-step customer retention formula • Use other people’s events to get more referrals • Create your own Customer Multiplier System • Calculate the math and cost behind customer retention Discover the referral-getting, sales-increasing, battle-tested tactics designed to help you build a thriving business for the long-term.


The First Inside Account of Venture Capitalists at Work


Author: Randall E. Stross

Publisher: Crown Business

ISBN: 0609504304

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

View: 7510

In eBOYS, Randall Stross takes us behind the scenes and inside the heads of the gutsy entrepreneurs who are financing the hottest businesses on the Web. The six tall men who started Benchmark, Silicon Valley's most exciting venture capital firm, put themselves at the cutting edge of the new economy by backing billion dollar start-ups like eBay and Webvan. The risks were enormous--but the rewards have proven to be staggering. Within two years, eBay's net worth grew from $20 million to more than $21 billion, while each Benchmark founding partner saw his own personal net worth soar by hundreds of millions of dollars. For two roller-coaster years, Stross had total access not only to Benchmark's executives but to the companies they financed. He was a fly on the wall as fortunes were made in an instant, snap decisions got locked in, and new ventures took off--and sometimes crashed. Here are the testosterone-pumped conversations, round-the-clock meetings, and gutsy deals that launched the eBoys and their clients into the stratosphere of mega-wealth. Written like a novel but absolutely true, eBOYS brings to vivid life the glory days of the greatest business adventure of our time.