Venture Capital Bible

Hi,

I want to apply for an VC-internship this summer. Till then I will do the BIWS Fundamentals Course to gain some technical knowledge in modeling. Besides that, can anyone recommend ressources to gain knowledge in VC? Is there any 'must read bilbe' of VC that you guys can recommend?

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Mar 19, 2017 - 1:53pm

If you are interested in this from perspective of an investor (decisions about buying, selling and growing companies), two very best books on PE/VC that I have read are below (they are more about VC, especially the casebook).

  1. The Masters of Private Equity and Venture Capital: Management Lessons from the Pioneers of Private Investing: http://www.amazon.com/Masters-Private-Equity-Venture-Capital/dp/0071624…
  2. Venture Capital and Private Equity: A Casebook: http://www.amazon.com/Venture-Capital-Private-Equity-Casebook/dp/047065…

I would admit this is advanced read, not because they are difficult but because they assume you know all the corporate finance / private investing concepts and basics.

 
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Mar 19, 2017 - 1:56pm

well, I just stumbled upon this randomly, so I don't know what others think of it. But the Good Ventures, by John W. Wilson, is quite good--it kind of talks about how vc got started, from the words of entrepreneurs and VCs. It's kind of old--1985.

Maybe I'll check out e Boys too.

 
Mar 19, 2017 - 1:59pm

Anything a little more educational, such as discussing follow-on rounds of funding, accretion/dilution, valuation of startups, etc? I had started to read "Deal Terms" by Wilmerding, which I thought was good, but wonder if there are better out there.

 
Mar 19, 2017 - 2:00pm

Venture Capital Suggested Reading (Originally Posted: 07/28/2016)

Interested in learning more about VC. In lieu of using Business Insider or another hokey slide show online, I figured I would consult the WSO community to see what books you may have enjoyed/learned a lot from in the past relating to VC.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

 
Mar 19, 2017 - 2:01pm

Hey, I have not read many books about VC, but I recently finished a book that I thought was decent: The Masters of Private Equity and Venture Capital. Its basically interviews with the top GPs from PE and VC, they talk about what each GP attributes to his success.

 
Mar 19, 2017 - 2:02pm

I would say some good books would be:

Venture Deals by Feld and Mendelson
From Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
The New New Thing by Michael Lewis
The Hard Things About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

What I believe is the most comprehensive text is: The Business of Venture Capital by Mahendra something.

Also some blogs to check out:
Saastr.com
a16z.com the blog
andrewchen.co
Paul Graham has a 'blog' which has some good stuff in it.

Also consider getting on Quora.com (it was started by the old CTO of Facebook) and has so much resources on Venture Capital from the best VCs, founders and angel investors around.

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Sep 9, 2018 - 5:05pm

UTDFinanceGuy:

I would say some good books would be:

Venture Deals by Feld and Mendelson
From Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
The New New Thing by Michael Lewis
The Hard Things About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

What I believe is the most comprehensive text is: The Business of Venture Capital by Mahendra something.

Also some blogs to check out:
Saastr.com
a16z.com the blog
andrewchen.co
Paul Graham has a 'blog' which has some good stuff in it.

Also consider getting on Quora.com (it was started by the old CTO of Facebook) and has so much resources on Venture Capital from the best VCs, founders and angel investors around.

Were there any particular thread on qora that you found interesting?

 
Sep 9, 2018 - 5:06pm
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