Mastering the VC Game

A VC insider reveals how start-ups can successfully finance and launch their venture.

“Mastering the VC Game is a fairly practical volume, covering in detail subjects such as how to find a venture capitalist, deliver a pitch, structure a deal, manage a board and finally how to cash out.” Click Here…

—Luke Johnson, Financial Times

“The book is honest, often funny, humble, and it doesn’t rely on jargon or get too deep into the financial mechanics of VC deals.” Click here…

—Scott Kirsner,

“I recently sat down with Jeff Bussgang of Flybridge Capital to talk about his new book, Mastering the VC Game, an insider’s view into the venture capital world.” Click here…

—Anthony Tjan, Harvard Business Review

“Mastering the VC Game (Portfolio), is the best I’ve read explaining an industry that is well known but not well understood.” Click here…

—Sean Silverthorne, HBS Alumni Bulletin

“What I will say is that, as an avid reader of the literature about VC (for a list of my previous faves, see below), I find Bussgang’s book to be a welcome addition. By both staying away from technical jargon and avoiding the temptation to reduce his advice to over-general sound bites, Bussgang threads the needle and we all benefit.” Click Here…

—Steve Dickman, CEO, CBT Advisors, Boston Biotech Watch

“There are books out there (a lot of books) about raising capital for your business, and there are infinitely more books on the subject of entrepreneurship. Some even endeavor to address both subjects. However, few, if any, are written by someone who can truthfully claim to fully understand the world of venture capital (VC) from both sides of the table.” Click Here…

—Adam Toren, Young Entrepreneur

“Jeff’s insights here actually give some comfort to the confident entrepreneur that needs to focus on moving forward with the business regardless of the outcome of each investor meeting – that sort of focus and perseverance is what the investor really wants to see.” Click Here…

—Jeff Walters, Strategy Outfitters

“This book should be a must read for any young entrepreneur who thinks they may ever want funding. It’s that good.” Click here…

—Jason Evanish, Greenhorn Connect

“Though the relationship between the VC and the entrepreneur may often be a tense one, complicated by numerous financial and interpersonal challenges, Jeffrey Bussgang remains an irrepressible evangelist for the potential of venture capital to “change the world” in meaningful and progressive ways.” Click here…

—High Tech History

“I finished reading Jeff Bussgang’s book Mastering the VC Game last week. It’s a great, quick read that anyone starting out in tech/startups/VC should read (especially founders planning to raise money).” Click Here…


“Mastering The VC Game couldn’t have been more timely or insightful for me.” Click Here…

—Sean Black, StartupAlley

A portion of the author’s proceeds will be donated to Endeavor, a non-profit dedicated
to transforming emerging market economies through entrepreneurship.

Finding the right VC for you and your company can be a challenging task. Bussgang’s recounting of his experience gives a unique perspective on the VC world and is a compelling read for entrepreneurs.

- Tony Hsieh, CEO,

Mastering the VC Game is part ‘how to’ and part ‘war story.’ It is the best kind of book: a fun and educational read.

- Fred Wilson, managing partner, Union Square Ventures

A 360 degree perspective on the venture capitalist-entrepreneur virtuous cycle. Read this to understand what it takes to be a catalyst to the best economic driver the world has ever known.

- Tim Draper, managing director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Bussgang offers practical advice about raising venture capital from the right people at the right time for the right project. The book is insightful for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists alike.

- William A. Sahlman, professor,
Harvard Business School and coauthor,
New Business Ventures and the Entrepreneur

This book is excellent. It is not only a great read (I couldn’t put it down) but also extremely informative on the process and the whole larger system in which VCs and entrepreneurs operate.

- William Aulet, managing director, MIT Entrepreneurship Center

Jeff Bussgang has written the definitive book on how venture capital works. I’ve read a lot of books on this subject, was an entrepreneur for 10 years and have been a VC for 15 years. Jeff’s book is by far the best to date on this subject.

- Brad Feld, Managing Partner, Foundry Group

There are tons of books to help entrepreneurs understand things like accounting, marketing, and sales. But until now you were left to fend for yourself to grasp the insider game of venture capital funding. Read this book right now so you can look your potential VC in the eye with confidence.

- David Meerman Scott, bestselling author of The New Rules of Marketing & PR

Bussgang’s compelling book provides endless insights into the global world of venture capital. The discussions about China are particularly noteworthy. It is very valuable reading for entrepreneurs who aspire to scale their business into long-term leading enterprises.

- Jim Breyer, Managing Partner, Accel Partners

A portion of the author’s proceeds will be donated to Endeavor, a non-profit dedicated
to transforming emerging market economies through entrepreneurship.

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A portion of the author’s proceeds will be donated to Endeavor, a non-profit dedicated
to transforming emerging market economies through entrepreneurship.
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General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners


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