Top 5 Venture Capital Books To Read In 2019

Updated: Dec 28, 2018

Best resources t help explore Venture Capital and Private Investing

Venture capital has, over the last ten years or so, become a hot topic. With the rise of technology, the passage of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act in 2012, and the popularization of platforms like Lending Club, Sharepost, and Prosper, what once seemed like an activity reserved for the super wealthy is now available to the everyday man or woman.


Most financial experts will agree that some healthy diversification of once portfolio may be achieved with holdings in high growth private companies. If the realm of private investment or Venture capital has always been one that interests you, then I recommend you check out this list of the top 5 Venture Capital books to help get you started.



Venture Capital, Private Equity, and the Financing of Entrepreneurship


Venture Capital, Private Equity, and the Financing of Entrepreneurship explores the exciting world of active investing and lays out in a clear and readily accessible way their key features, ways of doing business and likely evolution. The book follows the cycle of active investing. Raising funds, considering transactions, structuring and overseeing transactions, and exiting investments are considered in turn. Read now






Principles: Life and Work


In 1975, Ray Dalio founded an investment firm, Bridgewater Associates, out of his two-bedroom apartment in New York City. Forty years later, Bridgewater has made more money for its clients than any other hedge fund in history and grown into the fifth most important private company in the United States, according to Fortune magazine.


Dalio himself has been named to Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Along the way, Dalio discovered a set of unique principles that have led to Bridgewater’s exceptionally effective culture, which he describes as “an idea meritocracy that strives to achieve meaningful work and meaningful relationships through radical transparency.” It is these principles, and not anything special about Dalio—who grew up an ordinary kid in a middle-class Long Island neighborhood—that he believes are the reason behind his success. Read now



Venture Capital and the Finance of Innovation, 2nd Edition


This useful guide walks venture capitalists through the principles of finance and the financial models that underlie venture capital decisions. It presents a new unified treatment of investment decision making and mark-to-market valuation. The discussions of risk-return and cost-of-capital calculations have been updated with the latest information. The most current industry data is included to demonstrate large changes in venture capital investments since 1999. The coverage of the real-options methodology has also been streamlined and includes new connections to venture capital valuation. In addition, venture capitalists will find revised information on the reality-check valuation model to allow for greater flexibility in growth assumptions. Read now





Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies


Valuation is the single best guide of its kind, helping financial professionals worldwide excel at measuring, managing, and maximizing shareholder and company value. This new sixth edition provides insights on the strategic advantages of value-based management, complete detailed instruction, and nuances managers should know about valuation and valuation techniques as applied to different industries, emerging markets, and other special situations.


Valuation lies at the crossroads of corporate strategy and finance. In today's economy, it has become an essential role — and one that requires excellence at all points. This guide shows you everything you need to know, and gives you the understanding you need to be effective. Read now




Mergers and Acquisitions from A to Z


The definitive guide to getting deals done right. More than ten thousand mergers and acquisitions occur annually in the US, many among small- and mid-sized companies. These complex transactions can be an effective growth strategy, but they carry significant risk. Mergers and Acquisitions from A to Z helps guard against costly mistakes.


Expert advice, case studies, checklists, and sample documents walk you through every step of the process-from valuation to securities laws to closing and successful integration. Covering the latest trends and regulatory developments, the fourth edition explains how to: Prepare for and initiate a deal * Create a letter of intent * Conduct due diligence * Structure profitable deals * Calculate the purchase price * Raise capital * Keep transactions on track * Understand the roles and risks for boards * Manage postclosing challenges * And more When done properly, mergers and acquisitions let companies eliminate rivals, extend territory, and diversify offerings. This trusted resource delivers the strategic and legal guidance you need to make the most of every deal. Read now

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