The Little Book of Venture Capital Investing. Empowering Economic Growth and Investment Portfolios. Little Books. Big Profits

  • ID: 2330798
  • Book
  • 288 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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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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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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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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