Venture Capital Due Diligence: A Guide to Making Smart Investment Choices and Increasing Your Portfolio Returns

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The first book to offer a comprehensive framework for conductingthe venture capital due diligence process
Venture capitalists and other professional investors use duediligence to uncover all of the critical aspects of a company inwhich they are considering investing in an attempt to estimate theROI of this decision. The state of the market, management expertisewithin the firm, legal concerns, location, and environmental issuesare just a few of the factors investors include in their duediligence analyses. This book is the only guide to provideinvestors with a rigorous due diligence framework that can becustomized to fit the practice of the firm. The book providesreaders with a clear and complete understanding of the duediligence process and formalizes the process for the VC community.The book is structured around key criteria presented in the form ofquestions. Each question is followed by in-depth explanations andanalyses that incorporate the best practices of today's top VCs,including John Doerr, Don Valentine, Kevin Fong, and Ann Winblad.

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Venture Capital Due Diligence

"The process of making investment decisions encompasses the heartand soul of venture capital."
-Standish H. O'Grady
Senior Managing Director, Granite Ventures

Venture capitalists and other types of venture investors work veryhard to uncover every critical aspect of a company that theyconsider an investment opportunity. This informing process has cometo be called "venture capital due diligence."

Venture Capital Due Diligence: A Guide to Making Smart InvestmentChoices and Increasing Your Portfolio Returns provides you with aclear and complete explanation of the venture capital (VC) duediligence process and shows you how to use this process to properlyassess investment opportunities, make smart investment decisions,and increase the return on your overall venture capital portfolio.Straight from the world's most successful venture capitalists, theadvice in this book will show you how to assess the quality of adeal by using proven screening mechanisms, and will familiarize youwith the methods for gauging the compatibility of a givenopportunity with your investment strategy and portfolio. You'llalso learn how to perform VC due diligence on other aspects of acompany, including management, business model, product, and legalissues, as well as the intangibles of a company, such as focus,momentum, and buzz. Rounding out the process of VC due diligence,this valuable resource shows you how to analyze financialstatements-both historical and pro forma-handle ownership issues,and perform the important function of valuation.

Venture Capital Due Diligence is structured around a number ofcarefully crafted questions that venture capitalists often ask whenperforming due diligence-questions that are logically organizedthroughout the book in the way venture capitalists usually addressthem. Each question puts you-the reader-in the position of aventure capitalist conducting due diligence on a particularcompany, so that you may gain a thorough understanding of howventure capitalists realistically perform this type of importantfunction.

Discussion of these questions and their possible answers allows youto explore the variety of different avenues available during eachstep of the VC due diligence process. These discussions pulltogether the opinions of many of the major players in today'sventure capital community, including:
* John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
* Don Valentine of Sequoia Capital
* Kevin Fong of the Mayfield Fund

Venture Capital Due Diligence provides a rigorous VC due diligenceframework along with a set of tools, techniques, tip sheets, andchecklists that can be customized to fit your personal investmentcriteria or the practice of your firm. This unique, practicalresource clearly outlines the VC due diligence process and showsyou how to use it to make informed, accurate, and profitableinvestment decisions.

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Performing Venture Capital Due Diligence the Right Way

Venture Capital Due Diligence provides a clear and completeexplanation of the venture capital (VC) due diligence process andshows you how to use it to assess investment opportunities, makesmart investment decisions, and increase the return on your overallventure capital portfolio.

This comprehensive guide offers a full explanation of the VC duediligence process, from using screening mechanisms that sort outpotential opportunities, to assessing the management qualities,business models, legal issues, and even intangibles of targetcompanies. Structured around a number of carefully craftedquestions that venture capitalists often ask when performing duediligence, this book puts you-the reader-in the position of a VCconducting due diligence on a particular company.

In-depth discussions of these questions and their possible answerspull together opinions from many of the major players in today'sventure capital industry, including . . .
* Richard Testa of Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault
* Ann Winblad of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
* John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
* Craig Johnson of the Venture Law Group
* Don Valentine of Sequoia Capital
* Kevin Fong of the Mayfield Fund

. . . and many others who are qualified to comment on the propermethods of performing VC due diligence and making VC investmentdecisions.

An essential guide for anyone involved in venture capitalinvesting, Venture Capital Due Diligence helps you uncoverpotential problems, while showing you where to look and what tolook for when conducting VC due diligence.

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