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The Money Chase: Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists (The CEO Handbook) (Volume 3)

The Money Chase: Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists (The CEO Handbook) (Volume 3)

The Money Chase: Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists (The CEO Handbook) (Volume 3)

The Money Chase has been the death of many good companies. There are a range of reasons why this is so. Some companies simply do not deserve funding – they are not an attractive investment opportunity. Others embark on the money chase too early. They haven’t established the business base to justify funding. Still others are run by people who seem to like the money chase better than running the business. All of these reasons and more make embarking on the search for venture funding a perilous b

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Venture Capital & the Finance of Innovation by Metrick, Andrew [Hardcover]

Venture Capital & the Finance of Innovation by Metrick, Andrew [Hardcover]

Venture Capital & the Finance of Innovation by Metrick, Andrew [Hardcover]

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Business Planning, Business Plans, And Venture Funding: A Definitive Reference Guide For Start-Up Companies

Business Planning, Business Plans, And Venture Funding: A Definitive Reference Guide For Start-Up Companies

Business Planning, Business Plans, And Venture Funding: A Definitive Reference Guide For Start-Up Companies

Business Planning, Business Plans and Venture Funding is the first book of its kind to take a “planning to funding” approach to fund raising, with the ultimate goal of securing angel, venture or other third party equity funding. Targeting entrepreneurs, this book provides real world examples on how to how to: * Execute Business Planning, * Develop a Complete Business Plan, and * Secure Venture Funding. The processes and methodologies provided in this book have been used to raise over M

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Venture Capital and Private Equity: A Casebook Reviews

Venture Capital and Private Equity: A Casebook

Venture Capital and Private Equity: A Casebook

The 5th edition of Lerner’s Venture Capital and Private Equity: A Casebook continues to present the important historical cases of private equity while incorporating a number of new relevant and timely cases from previous best-selling issues. It includes more cases relevant to the texts four main goals: understanding the ways in which private equity firms work, applying the key ideas of corporate finance to the industry, understanding the process of valuation, and critiquing valuation approaches

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Venture Capital For Dummies

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Venture Capital For Dummies

Secure venture capital? Easy. Getting a business up and running or pushing a brilliant product to the marketplace requires capital. For many entrepreneurs, a lack of start-up capital can be the single biggest roadblock to their dreams of success and fortune. Venture Capital For Dummies takes entrepreneurs step by step through the process of finding and securing venture capital for their own projects. Find and secure venture capital for your business Get your business up and running Push a produ

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Casper Raises $1.6 Million from Investors Including Lerer Ventures and Norwest Venture Partners


New York, NY (PRWEB) February 25, 2014

Casper, the company delivering a better sleep experience with better designed mattresses and a superior delivery system, today announces the close of a $ 1.6 million dollar seed round. Led by Lerer Ventures, the round also includes investments from Norwest Venture Partners, Crosslink Partners, Vaizra Investments, and Correlation Ventures.

Casper’s founding team is a mix of e-commerce professionals and design engineers who share a vision to boost creativity, productivity, and health through an improved sleep experience. Philip Krim, co-founder and CEO, sold over 40,000 beds online through an e-commerce company he started as a sophomore at the University of Texas. Jeff Chapin, co-founder and product lead, worked on R&D and design for Sealy while at IDEO in Boston.

Casper, launching in late Spring, will initially offer a single mattress construction. The mattress is designed and engineered with comfort in mind: it contours to the body, reduces pressure, eliminates sinking in and overheating, but also provides excellent bounce-back – a welcome addition for mattress activities other than sleep. By eliminating costs associated with retail partnerships, distribution, and storage, Casper is able to reinvest in the product.

“We’ve made a concerted effort to focus on the elements that actually affect sleep – you would be shocked at the games retailers and manufacturers play solely for marketing purposes with no added benefit to the consumer,” says Krim. “It’s a liberating opportunity to make a bed from scratch, solely on our own terms.”

“I have been sleeping on a Casper for the last couple of months and I can only say that the sleep is awesome,” says Ben Lerer, Managing Director at Lerer Ventures. “The entire team is perfectly suited to take their vision of what people need for a better night’s sleep and transform the entire category.”

“Mattress shopping is a viewed by a large percentage of the market as one of the more difficult and frustrating shopping experiences, only surpassed by the experience of buying a used car,” said Josh Goldman, general partner at Norwest Venture Partners. “Casper is focused on fixing this archaic process that consumers endure today by bringing a high quality product to the $ 12.4B mattress market at an extremely disruptive price point. We have the utmost confidence that the leadership and design expertise of this team will deliver some much-needed transparency to the sleep industry.”

Casper products will be available in the coming months at http://www.caspersleep.com. The company is currently accepting applicants for their beta testing program.

About Casper

Casper is rewriting the rules of the mattress industry by providing a universally comfortable sleep experience. With better sleep comes more productivity and creativity. Casper’s mattress is a responsive one – designed to contour to your body, reduce pressure, ensure you won’t sink in or overheat, but also provide excellent bounce-back – perfect for mattress activities other than sleep. By eliminating storage and retail partners, Casper’s superior mattresses cost a third of the closest retail equivalent. Please visit http://www.caspersleep.com/ and follow us on Twitter @caspersleep.

About Lerer Ventures

Lerer Ventures is a New York-based, seed stage venture capital fund led by managing directors Kenneth Lerer, Eric Hippeau, Ben Lerer and Jordan Cooper. LV invests in founders in the earliest stages of a startup’s life, seeking out entrepreneurs with product vision, consumer insight, focused execution, and unwavering ambition. Its portfolio includes BuzzFeed, Warby Parker, Thrillist, Birchbox, Percolate, Sailthru, Fullscreen, Songza, Chartbeat, RebelMouse, Refinery29 and many more.

About Norwest Venture Partners

Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) is a multi-stage venture capital and growth equity investment firm that has partnered with entrepreneurs to build great businesses for more than 50 years. The firm manages over $ 3.7 billion in capital and has funded more than 500 companies since inception. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., NVP has subsidiaries in Mumbai and Bengaluru, India and Herzelia, Israel. NVP makes early to late-stage venture and growth equity investments across a wide range of sectors including: technology, information services, business services, financial services, consumer products/services and healthcare. For more information, please visit http://www.nvp.com and follow NVP on Twitter @NorwestVP.







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EarlyShares to Sponsor and Exhibit at Gold Coast Venture Capital Association Inaugural Expo on Feb. 26


Miami, Fl (PRWEB) February 20, 2014

EarlyShares, the funding platform that connects smart investors with unique opportunities, today announced that it will sponsor and exhibit at the inaugural Expo of the Boca Raton, Florida-based Gold Coast Venture Capital Association (GCVCA).

The Expo will take place Wednesday, February 26 from 5-8 pm at the Embassy Suites in Boca Raton and will feature 25 early-stage companies from throughout the state of Florida. Eighteen corporate sponsors, including EarlyShares, will also exhibit alongside the start-ups. More information and registration is available here.

The purpose of the event is to give a large group of entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase their companies to investors, service providers, and professionals in an interactive environment. More than 200 investors and other professionals from the South Florida region are expected to attend. EarlyShares will exhibit at Table 2 of the Expo.

“The GCVCA Expo will be a unique opportunity for attendees to meet some of the state’s most exciting early-stage businesses,” said Joanna Schwartz, CEO of EarlyShares. “We look forward to participating and helping make this inaugural event a success.”

The Gold Coast Venture Capital Association (GCVCA) is a not-for-profit corporation that provides information, association, and capital formation opportunities to the entrepreneurial community in South Florida. The Association develops and presents monthly programs designed to provide information and assistance to start-ups and emerging or established growth companies while offering a unique venue for investors and invests to come together. More information is available at GCVCA.org.

EarlyShares, founded in 2011, is an equity funding platform that posts general solicitation investment offerings and rewards-based crowdfunding campaigns. By leveraging technology and social media, EarlyShares connects entrepreneurs and small business owners to investors in support of great ideas.

To register and gain access to all equity investment offerings and crowdfunding campaigns on EarlyShares, click here.

About EarlyShares

EarlyShares, based in Miami, FL, is a funding platform that hosts equity offerings and rewards-based crowdfunding campaigns on EarlyShares.com. The company has created the funding platform of the future, where small investments ignite big ideas. EarlyShares connects individuals, investors, and communities enabling them to invest in companies, support projects, and earn rewards in an efficient, trusted, and secure environment. To learn more, visit EarlyShares.com.







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