Raising Capital For Dummies

Raising Capital For Dummies

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While raising capital has never been easy, it has become a lot more difficult over the past few years. The dot com debacle has made investors skittish, especially when it comes to financing early stage start ups. As a result, more and more entrepreneurs are being forced to compete harder and harder for a spot around the money well. At the end of the day, all most have to show for their efforts are tattered Rolodexes and battered egos. What they need is the competitive edge that comes with having a friend in the business an advisor who'll cut through the mumbo jumbo and tell them in plain English how to get the money they need. What they need is "Raising Capital For Dummies". Whether you're just starting your business and need a little seed capital to launch your first product, or you're looking for a little help expanding an established business into a new market, this friendly guide helps you get the financing you need to realize your dreams.
You'll discover how to: tap personal sources of financing, as well as family and friends; approach customers and vendors for financing; hook up with commercial lenders; find angel investors; get an SBA loan; raise cash through private equity offerings; and, woo and win investment bankers and venture capitalists. Venture capital guru, Joseph Bartlett explains in plain English the capital raising strategies and techniques used by some of today's most successful businesses, including tried and true methods for: assessing your financial needs and creating a solid financial plan; researching sources of financing and making first contact; finding, contacting, and convincing angels; getting your customers to finance your company; understanding and exploiting matching services; exploring commercial banks, savings institutions, credit unions, finance companies, and the SBA; qualifying for a loan; working with placement agents; and, raising cash through IPOs and mergers. From raising seed capital and funds for expansion to IPOs and acquisitions, "Raising Capital For Dummies" shows you how to get the money you need to survive and thrive in today's winner take all marketplace.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 193 x 234 x 18mm | 650g
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0764553534
  • 9780764553530
  • 1,928,360

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"An easy-to-use primer for first-time entrepreneurs." ?Andrew Ziolkowski, Managing Director, Forest Street and SAE

Great advice from the guru of venture capital and start-up financing

The fun and easy way to get the funding you need to realize your dreams!

Rarin? to start your business but strapped for cash? Relax! This savvy guide cuts through the mumbo-jumbo and leads you through the stages of financing your business ? from raising seed capital and funds for expansions to IPOs and acquisitions ? and shows you how to survive and thrive. So take the money and run!

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Table of contents

Introduction. Part I: First Stage Financing: Seed Capital and Start up. Chapter 1: It Takes Money to Make Money. Chapter 2: Tapping into Your Personal Resources. Chapter 3: The Rolodex Round: Family and Friends. Chapter 4: Angel Investors. Chapter 5: Customers and Vendors. Chapter 6: Matching Services Part II: Second Stage Financing: Expansion. Chapter 7: Commercial Lenders. Chapter 8: Placement Agents. Chapter 9: The Small Business Administration. Chapter 10: Private Equity Offerings. Chapter 11: Venture Capital. Chapter 12: Valuation. Chapter 13: Lease Financing. Part III: Third Stage Financing: Acquisition. Chapter 14: Investment Banks. Chapter 15: Initial Public Offering. Chapter 16: Mergers. Part IV: The Part of Tens. Chapter 17: Ten Best Sources of Fast Cash. Chapter 18: Ten Creative Ways to Raise capital. Chapter 19: Ten Steps to Improve Your Cash Flow--Now! Glossary. Index.
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"The newest how to book for novices from Wiley Publishing Inc, the publishers of the popular "Dummies" series, comes at what could be a wickedly good time." (The Wall Street Journal, September 6, 2002)
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About Joseph W. Bartlett

Joseph Bartlett, author of Fundamentals of Venture Capital and other books, is an adjunct professor at NYU Law School. Peter Economy, author of Consulting For Dummies and other books, is a business consultant.
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