The Little Book of Venture Capital Investing
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The Little Book of Venture Capital Investing : Empowering Economic Growth and Investment Portfolios

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A little book full of enormous value for novices and seasoned venture capitalists alike After having been thrown for a loop by the bursting of the tech bubble more than a decade ago, the venture capital industry suddenly has come roaring back to life over the past two years. In 2011 alone, more than $7.5 billion in venture capital was invested representing more than a 19% increase over the previous year in more than 966 companies. A majority of these companies reside in the life sciences, Internet, and alternative energy sectors. In today's weak job market, VC is more important than ever, since financing new tech, alternative energy, media, and other small to mid-sized companies is vital to creating new jobs. Written by Lou Gerken, a noted international authority on venture capital and alternative investments, this book tells you everything you need to know about the venture capital industry's important role in enhancing economic growth and employment. It is also the perfect go to primer on making venture capital investments to enhance portfolio returns.
* Highly accessible explanations of the ins and outs of venture capital for would-be investors and experienced VCs * Highlights the historical VC track record, and offers expert advice and guidance on venture capital exposure, investment options, sourcing opportunities and due diligence * Provides proven strategies for successful investment selection, timing, monitoring, and exiting for optimum returns * Features endorsements from luminaries of the VC world, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers co-founder Frank Caulfield, and Dr. Art Laffer, among others
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 132 x 184 x 26mm | 324g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 1118551982
  • 9781118551981
  • 900,872

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After having been thrown for a loop by the bursting of the tech bubble more than a decade ago, the venture capital industry suddenly has come roaring back to life over the past two years. In 2011 alone, over $7.5 billion in venture capital was invested in more than 966 companies, representing more than a 19% increase over the previous year. A majority of those companies are in the life sciences, Internet, and alternative energy sectors. While this is certainly good news for those industry sectors, the implications of this new wave of venture capital extends far out into the general economy. In today's weak job market, VC is more important than ever, since financing new tech, alternative energy, media, and other small to mid-sized companies is vital to creating new jobs.



This book offers you a golden opportunity to benefit from the experience of one of today's most internationally respected authorities on VC investing and alternative investments. Drawing upon his considerable experience as well as that of other notable investors from around the world, author Lou Gerken fills you in on everything you need to know to take advantage of the new wave of VC investing.



Writing for novice investors and experienced venture capitalists alike, Mr. Gerken explores the venture capital industry's central role in enhancing economic growth and employment, highlighting its historical track record. Then, in plain English, he:

Clearly explains the ins and outs of venture capital in today's more risk-averse, highly regulated climate Offers expert advice and guidance on venture capital exposure and investment options Describes proven investment selection, timing, monitoring, and exiting strategies for achieving optimum returns Shows you how to spot the most promising investments in both new and emerging industries and economies as well as long-established ones Explains how to make venture capital investing an integral part of your overall portfolio management strategy Offers proven techniques for using VC investing to significantly enhance portfolio returns while reducing investment risk in bull, bear, and sideways markets Supplies real-world examples and case studies of successful (and a few not-so-successful) VC investment strategies across a range of industry sectors

Written by one of today's most listened-to experts on direct investment opportunities globally, this book is your guide to confidently surfing the new wave of VC investing for market-beating returns, year in and year out.
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Praise for The Little Book of Venture Capital Investing



"From my point of view, VC is the ultimate in supply-side, and this Little Book captures this in a way not done before."
--Arthur B. Laffer, Laffer Associates



"The only VC-related book I'm aware of providing a lively and contemporary go-to synopsis on the state of the VC industry, the ins-and-outs on how to invest in the space, and a forward look of what's needed to reignite the VC growth engine."
--Frank J. Caufield, Partner Emeritus, KPCB



"From an educator's perspective, the book offers great insight into VC's importance as a U.S. jobs and income creator."
--The Honorable William Bennett, Former Secretary of Education
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments ix An Introduction to Venture Capital Investing xi Chapter One An Historic Overview of Venture Capitalism 1 Chapter Two The VC Industry Today 23 Chapter Three The Value Proposition 45 Chapter Four Prevailing Investment Climate 71 Chapter Five Field Guide for VC Investing Options Nonlisted 105 Chapter Six Investment Options Listed 145 Chapter Seven Investment Process Sourcing and Screening 165 Chapter Eight Investment Process Due Diligence and Selection 179 Chapter Nine Investment Process Portfolio Construction, Monitoring, and Monetizing 209 Appendix: Resources 237 Notes 252 About the Authors 261
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About Louis C. Gerken

LOUIS C. GERKEN founded alternative asset fund manager Gerken Capital Associates (GCA) in 1989. Prior to forming GCA, Mr. Gerken was a Managing Director and Group Head of Prudential Securities' Technology Investment Banking Division, which served as an advisor to international M&A and corporate finance mandates. Earlier, Mr. Gerken was a General Partner to Prudential Securities' four venture capital funds, known collectively as Prutech, one of the largest U.S. venture capital funds at the time. Prutech completed over fifty IT and bio-tech sector early- and expansion-stage investments, and was one of the first VC funds to pioneer corporate partnering as a co-investment strategy. Prior to this, Mr. Gerken was responsible for overseeing Wells Fargo's venture capital activities where he structured one the industry's first fund of funds. He was a founder/CEO of TCG, a telecom consulting engineering firm and started his career with emerging markets fund management pioneer, GT Capital.
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