Startup Opportunities: Know When to Quit Your Day Job, Edition 2

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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.

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About the author

SEAN WISE is an expert on startups and venture capital. He hosts The Naked Entrepreneur, which airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network, and is a prolific business educator, bestselling author, and an international business speaker. He is a partner at Ryerson Futures, a seed-stage venture capital fund and technology accelerator.

BRAD FELD has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur for over twenty years. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and Intensity Ventures, a company that helped launch and operate software companies. He's also a co-founder of Techstars.

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John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Oct 4, 2017
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Pages
208
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ISBN
9781119378198
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Entrepreneurship
Business & Economics / General
Business & Economics / New Business Enterprises
Business & Economics / Organizational Development
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The Burning Man, the storied ritual of self-expression, has evolved into The Burning Entrepreneur, the ultimate self-expression through start-up success. Renowned tech investor and start-up guru Brad Feld lights YOU on fire with this insider's book that will teach you how to launch, fund and run your own company. If you're already an entrepreneur or have always dreamed of being one, douse yourself in “Feld Thoughts” and catch the spark. You'll be burning, entrepreneur, with this e-book!.

Brad's blog is a backstage pass to the 24/7 rock show that is tech startups. It is a master class in startup investing for givers and takers of funds. It is a rolling critique of tech products vast and simple (with enough edge to make the most scathing restaurant critic in Manhattan blush). And it is the journal of a peripatetic marathoner who still believes he will crack the four-hour mark someday.

From such Feld Thoughts, we have constructed “The Burning Entrepreneur,” the e-book on startups that you would take to a desert island if it had electricity, a decent Internet connection and angel investors. “The Burning Entrepreneur” illuminates the actions and attitudes required to launch, fund and ignite your startup. Brad Feld is on fire. Find out what happens when you stand too close.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

- Introduction

- Be on Fire

- Be In Love With Your Business

- Don't Be in the 99%

- Ignorance Is Success

- Meet the New Boss, NOT the Same as the Old Boss

- Hire the Right People

- It's the Product, Stupid!

- Learning to Program: A Case Study

- I Don't Hate Marketing: Neither Should You

- OK, It's Really the Money, Stupid

- Keeping Your You-Know-What Together

- Burning Examples

- Conclusion

- Recommended Books for Burning Entrepreneurs

Real life insights on what it takes to make it in a relationshipwith an entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs are always on the go, looking for the next"startup" challenge. And while they lead very intensely rewardinglives, time is always short and relationships are oftenlong-distant and stressed because of extended periods apart. Copingwith these, and other obstacles, are critical if an entrepreneurand their partner intend on staying together—and stayinghappy.

In Startup Life, Brad Feld—a Boulder,Colorado-based entrepreneur turned-venture capitalist—shareshis own personal experiences with his wife Amy, offering a seriesof rich insights into successfully leading a balanced life as ahuman being who wants to play as hard as he works and who wants tobe as fulfilled in life and in work. With this book, Feld distillshis twenty years of experience in this field to addresses how thevillage of startup people can put aside their workaholic ways andlead rewarding lives in all respects.

Includes real-life examples of entrepreneurial couples who havehad successful relationships and what works for themProvides practical advice for adapting to change and overcomingthe inevitable ups and downs associated with the entrepreneuriallifestyleWritten by Brad Feld, a thought-leader in this field who hasbeen an early-stage investor and successful entrepreneur for morethan twenty years

While there's no "secret formula" to relationship success in theworld of the entrepreneur, there are ways to making navigation ofthis territory easier. Startup Life is a well-rounded guidethat has the insights and advice you need to succeed in both yourpersonal and business life.

Real life insights on what it takes to make it in a relationshipwith an entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs are always on the go, looking for the next"startup" challenge. And while they lead very intensely rewardinglives, time is always short and relationships are oftenlong-distant and stressed because of extended periods apart. Copingwith these, and other obstacles, are critical if an entrepreneurand their partner intend on staying together—and stayinghappy.

In Startup Life, Brad Feld—a Boulder,Colorado-based entrepreneur turned-venture capitalist—shareshis own personal experiences with his wife Amy, offering a seriesof rich insights into successfully leading a balanced life as ahuman being who wants to play as hard as he works and who wants tobe as fulfilled in life and in work. With this book, Feld distillshis twenty years of experience in this field to addresses how thevillage of startup people can put aside their workaholic ways andlead rewarding lives in all respects.

Includes real-life examples of entrepreneurial couples who havehad successful relationships and what works for themProvides practical advice for adapting to change and overcomingthe inevitable ups and downs associated with the entrepreneuriallifestyleWritten by Brad Feld, a thought-leader in this field who hasbeen an early-stage investor and successful entrepreneur for morethan twenty years

While there's no "secret formula" to relationship success in theworld of the entrepreneur, there are ways to making navigation ofthis territory easier. Startup Life is a well-rounded guidethat has the insights and advice you need to succeed in both yourpersonal and business life.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Burning Man, the storied ritual of self-expression, has evolved into The Burning Entrepreneur, the ultimate self-expression through start-up success. Renowned tech investor and start-up guru Brad Feld lights YOU on fire with this insider's book that will teach you how to launch, fund and run your own company. If you're already an entrepreneur or have always dreamed of being one, douse yourself in “Feld Thoughts” and catch the spark. You'll be burning, entrepreneur, with this e-book!.

Brad's blog is a backstage pass to the 24/7 rock show that is tech startups. It is a master class in startup investing for givers and takers of funds. It is a rolling critique of tech products vast and simple (with enough edge to make the most scathing restaurant critic in Manhattan blush). And it is the journal of a peripatetic marathoner who still believes he will crack the four-hour mark someday.

From such Feld Thoughts, we have constructed “The Burning Entrepreneur,” the e-book on startups that you would take to a desert island if it had electricity, a decent Internet connection and angel investors. “The Burning Entrepreneur” illuminates the actions and attitudes required to launch, fund and ignite your startup. Brad Feld is on fire. Find out what happens when you stand too close.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

- Introduction

- Be on Fire

- Be In Love With Your Business

- Don't Be in the 99%

- Ignorance Is Success

- Meet the New Boss, NOT the Same as the Old Boss

- Hire the Right People

- It's the Product, Stupid!

- Learning to Program: A Case Study

- I Don't Hate Marketing: Neither Should You

- OK, It's Really the Money, Stupid

- Keeping Your You-Know-What Together

- Burning Examples

- Conclusion

- Recommended Books for Burning Entrepreneurs

GREAT EXCERPTS FROM THE BOOK

It was during that car ride that my dad hit me with words that would prove to be fundamental for me: “If you aren’t standing on the edge you are taking up too much space.” Thirty years later that line continues to be a defining characteristic for how I live my life. I’m constantly pushing, looking for the edge of whatever I do. (pg 14)

Over time, I’ve learned that none of the short-term moves in the stock market matter at all in my life. It’s occasionally entertaining to turn on CNBC and see my friend Paul Kedrosky in the octobox telling all the other people that they don’t actually understand macro-economics, but it’s no different than watching McEnroe when he’s announcing a Nadal–Federer match. It’s just sport. (pg 33)

I don’t create products anymore (I invest in companies that create them), but I’m a great alpha tester. I’ve always been good at this for some reason — bugs just find me. While my UX design skills are merely adequate, I’ve got a great feel for how to simplify things and make them cleaner. (pg 58)

If you are someone who spends 30 minutes or more a day “organizing yourself,” I encourage you to step back and think about what you could change and how that might shift you from focusing on organizing to working toward outcomes. It’s liberating. (pg 103)

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Get the inside scoop on what venture capitalists want to see in your startup as you hit the fundraising trail.

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.

This book is designed to bring transparency to the venture capital funding process and includes such topics as:

How to raise money;What terms matter and which ones don’t;How to negotiate a fair deal for everyone;What makes venture capitalists tick, including how they are compensated and motivated;How companies are valued by venture capitalists;How all current structures of funding work, including convertible debt, crowdfunding, pre-sales and other non-traditional methods;How these particular issues change through different stages of financing (seed, early, mid and late); andHow to avoid business and legal pitfalls that many entrepreneurs make.

And as in the previous editions, this book isn’t just a one-sided opinion from venture capitalists, but also has helpful commentary throughout from a veteran CEO who has raised many rounds of financing from many different investors.

If you are ready to learn all the secrets and ins and outs of fundraising, Venture Deals is an essential read.

Get the inside scoop on what venture capitalists want to see in your startup as you hit the fundraising trail.

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.

This book is designed to bring transparency to the venture capital funding process and includes such topics as:

How to raise money;What terms matter and which ones don’t;How to negotiate a fair deal for everyone;What makes venture capitalists tick, including how they are compensated and motivated;How companies are valued by venture capitalists;How all current structures of funding work, including convertible debt, crowdfunding, pre-sales and other non-traditional methods;How these particular issues change through different stages of financing (seed, early, mid and late); andHow to avoid business and legal pitfalls that many entrepreneurs make.

And as in the previous editions, this book isn’t just a one-sided opinion from venture capitalists, but also has helpful commentary throughout from a veteran CEO who has raised many rounds of financing from many different investors.

If you are ready to learn all the secrets and ins and outs of fundraising, Venture Deals is an essential read.

La escasez de financiación para las empresas ha colocado al capital riesgo y a los business angels como alternativa a los bancos. Para muchos emprendedores y empresarios es un recurso nuevo del que necesitan información. Brad Feld y Jason Mendelson son dos conocidos emprendedores e inversores norteamericanos. Su libro explica, de forma divulgativa, el contexto de la industria del capital riesgo —quién la forma, cuál es su papel, cómo funciona el proceso de financiación, qué implicaciones tiene, cómo negociar, etc.— y sitúa en el eje central los aspectos fundamentales del acuerdo de financiación, es decir, el term sheet o lista de condiciones. Este manual va dirigido a todo el ecosistema emprendedor, inversor y de las startups, además de abogados, family offices y, en general, a cualquier persona interesada en la financiación empresarial. Brad Feld y Jason Mendelson son dos conocidos emprendedores e inversores norteamericanos. Su libro explica, de forma divulgativa, el contexto de la industria del capital riesgo —quién la forma, cuál es su papel, cómo funciona el proceso de financiación, qué implicaciones tiene, cómo negociar, etc.— y sitúa en el eje central los aspectos fundamentales del acuerdo de financiación, es decir, el term sheet o lista de condiciones. Este manual va dirigido a todo el ecosistema emprendedor, inversor y de las startups, además de abogados, family offices y, en general, a cualquier persona interesada en la financiación empresarial.
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