Building Wealth Through Venture Capital: A Practical Guide for Investors and the Entrepreneurs They Fund by Kenneth M. Freeman; Leonard A. BattersonVenture capital demystified, for both investors and entrepreneurs Building Wealth Through Venture Capital is a practical how-to guide for both sides of the table--investors and the entrepreneurs they fund. This expert author duo combines renowned venture capital experience along with the perspective of a traditional corporate executive and investor sold on this asset class more recently to flesh out wealth-building opportunities for both investors and entrepreneurs. Very simply, this book will guide investors in learning how to succeed at making money in venture capital investment, and it will help entrepreneurs increase their odds of success at attracting venture capital funds and then employing those funds toward a lucrative conclusion. The authors explain why venture capital will remain the asset class best-positioned to capitalize on technological innovation in the coming years. They go on to demystify the market for those seeking guidance on reaping its rich returns. Learn what it takes to succeed as an investor or entrepreneur, and gain the wisdom of experience as the authors explain key factors that determine outcomes. Through a relaxed, down-to-earth narrative, the authors share their own experiences as well as those of their nationally-recognized colleagues. Illustrative anecdotes and personal interviews expand upon important points, and case studies demonstrate the practical effect of critical concepts and actions. World-class professional expertise and personal experience come together to help you: Understand the nature of both venture capitalists and successful entrepreneurs Develop wealth-building capabilities in investing in or attracting venture capital Learn how entrepreneurs and investors can work together toward a lucrative conclusion Examine the ways in which recent financial regulatory developments and technological advances already in place are democratizing access to venture capital, enabling unprecedented expansion of venture capital opportunities As the field expands through these regulatory and technological developments, savvy participants will have unprecedented opportunity to benefit. Building Wealth Through Venture Capital explains what you need to know, and shows you how to navigate this arcane but lucrative asset class.
Publication Date: 2017-07-05
Employee to Entrepreneur : How to Earn Your Freedom and Do Work That Matters by Steve GlaveskiMake the leap and become an entrepreneur today Are you living for the weekend? Are you dissatisfied at work? Are you itching to do something that is important to you? How can you avoid the pitfalls that many first-time entrepreneurs have fallen into? How do you explore whether entrepreneurship is right for you without giving up your day job? Employee to Entrepreneur is your guide to leaving your job behind and building something for yourself. Author and employee-turned-entrepreneur Steve Glaveski, shows you how to navigate the challenges, find the entrepreneurial success that is right for you and become a better person along the way. Employee to Entrepreneur combines storytelling with a step-by-step framework to teach you how to effectively explore and leverage entrepreneurship to gain freedom, fulfillment and financial security. understand what you want to do by first understanding yourself explore if entrepreneurship is right for you without giving up your day job avoid the common pitfalls faced by first-time entrepreneurs fund, test and prioritise your ideas in a fast and cost-effective way develop the mindset to succeed in your business. If you're ready to leave your cushy employee life behind and build a business and a life you believe in, reading this essential guidebook is your first step to making it happen.
The Entrepreneur's Playbook : From Rookie to Rainmaker in Seven Steps by Sandy Van Dijk; Lesley WaterkeynApproximately 50% of all start-up businesses in South Africa fail within 24 months. What if you had access to insights and resources to ensure your business is not one of them?There are seven stages of business development that must be mastered for a new entrepreneur to achieve sustainable business success. The Entrepreneur's Playbook: From Rookie to Rainmaker in Seven Steps will take you through each of these steps, from: Getting to grips with business basics; to becoming proficient at branding, marketing and sales; comprehending finances and leadership; and achieving sustainable growth and being able to meaningfully contribute to the wider business community. Filled with real-life examples and specific, actionable advice, The Entrepreneur's Playbook: From Rookie to Rainmaker in Seven Steps will give you the tools you need to get your new business off to a strong start. This is the perfect handbook for every new entrepreneur who wants to get it right the first time!
Publication Date: 2019-04-01
Entrepreneurship : Productive, Unproductive, and Destructive - 25 Years On by Alexandre PadillaIn 1990, William Baumol published an article titled “Entrepreneurship: Productive, Unproductive, and Destructive.” In doing so he brought both the entrepreneur and the policy environment back into the discussion of why some countries are rich and others are poor. While the classical economists from Adam Smith onward had emphasized entrepreneurship and institutional quality, by 1990 the role of the ‘rules of the game’ in shaping the activities of entrepreneurs had receded into the background. As a result of Baumol’s scholarship, institutional quality and entrepreneurship play a much larger role in our understanding of the process of economic growth and development. By one count, “Entrepreneurship: Productive, Unproductive, and Destructive” has garnered over 4,000 citations since 1990.This special issue honors and builds upon the work of William Baumol as exemplified in “Entrepreneurship: Productive, Unproductive, and Destructive.” The papers in this special issue were originally presented at a symposium that took place during the annual meeting of the Southern Economic Association in 2015. This symposium and special issue were organized by Dr. Alexandre Padilla of Metropolitan State College of Denver. The prominent scholars invited to present new research further exploring the themes of Baumol’s seminal article did not disappoint.The papers included in this special issue:• apply Baumol’s work to the case of the Soviet Russia’s economic transition from a centrally-planned to a free market economy;• demonstrate that higher levels of institutional quality reduce the incentives of entrepreneurs to use their talents to seek “special treatment from the government” via unproductive entrepreneurship;• extend Baumol’s typology by introducing “indirectly productive entrepreneurship, a concept that is then applied to a case study of cell phone storage outside New York high schools;• introduce the idea of “evasive entrepreneurship” and illustrate the concept through a case study of the file-sharing platform The Pirate Bay to better understand the relationship between policymaking and entrepreneurship in the digital age;• integrate Baumol’s work with that of Israel Kirzner’s to show that they are complementary and then illustrate their complementarity through a discussion of legal and illegal drug markets;• show how the rampant fraud and corruption observed during U.S. interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq are examples of Baumol’s unproductive entrepreneurship;• expands upon the idea of destructive entrepreneurship within the context of security policy and countersurgency programs in conflict regions. As these papers show, William Baumol’s insight on how different institutional arrangements provide different incentives for entrepreneurs to allocate their talents had a profound impact on researchers in economics and entrepreneurship. The common message communicated is that the insights of Baumol’s seminar article are far more powerful than might have been apparent in the early 1990s. There is a lot of more research to be done on the relationship between institutions – the rules of the game – and the role of entrepreneurs in the development process.
The Leadership Development Journey : How Entrepreneurs Develop Leadership Through Their Lifetime by Jen VuhuongThis study reflects leadership development is a multilevel multi-context self-learning longitudinal journey embedded in a social learning environment with nine influential factors: parents, teamwork sport activities, teachers, role models, mentors/coaches, community-based networks (social factors); self-learning, experimentation, self-reflection (self factors). These findings of the book are based on a longitudinal qualitative study of interviewing 100 SME's business owners and leaders attending a British leadership development framework and an international communication and leadership programme.
Publication Date: 2018-05-15
On All Cylinders : The Entrepreneur's Handbook by Ron RobinsonThe attacks of 9/11 and The Great Recession affected us all and created a new economy in the process: the New Normal. The result has been greater demands for management to unleash the power within diverse workforces and rapidly respond to market and technology changes. Most small and mid-sized businesses that survived the Great Recession offer limited management training. Entrepreneurs are so busy that any leadership development is through the Graduate School of Hard Knocks. I continually hear business owners and management express frustration with their ability to accomplish goals with their personnel who seem apathetic about their businesses. This book will help any leadership team use their talents to nimbly respond to shifting demands and create a better future for their business and their communities by transitioning from traditional management structures to a system of leadership behaviors. The components of that system include aligning your workforce, communicating rapidly and effectively throughout your organization, emphasizing ethical behavior, collaborating with clients and associates, and making informed decisions to improve operations and implement changes, motivating to develop an inclusive and high-performing workplace and innovation of new products and services that expand market positions and respond to market changes. These elements can make or break a business in this 21st-century New Normal economy.
Profit : Plan for It, Get It—The Entrepreneurs Handbook by H. R. HutterIf you want to take your business to the next level, then this book could lead you there. You most likely have a love for whatever area you have chosen as a focus for your business. This is a great start. However, many small business owners do not have the business and management background to make that business as profitable as it could be. In consulting with many of these small businesses, I found that a few simple business practices could be very beneficial to their growth. In this book, I will try to share some of these practices with you. This book is designed to help an entrepreneur increase his profit by introducing how he can use a simplified profit-and-loss statement of four to ten items as a tool to analyze his business from a financial perspective. He will be shown how he can use these items in a formula to help him plan and make decisions for future growth and profit. We will discuss skills and practices that have been used to improve sales, management, leadership, and planning skills. This book is designed to help you improve your profitability.
Publication Date: 2017-11-15
Property Entrepreneur: The Wealth Dragon Way to Build a Successful Property Business by Vincent WongProperty Investing the Wealth Dragon Way Property Entrepreneur explains how anyone can make money from property, regardless of their financial situation. Author Vincent Wong is one of the UK's most dynamic and respected property entrepreneurs, and this book outlines his approach to creating wealth through property investing for both seasoned and aspiring investors. Emphasising the importance of treating property investing as a business, the author shares the wisdom of his first-hand experience and his investment techniques to help you navigate the ever-shifting property market and become a true property entrepreneur. There is more than one way to break into the property game, and it doesn't have to involve saving for one large deposit after another; this book covers tried and tested strategies beyond the traditional approaches to property investing. Whether you're contemplating your first, fifth or fifteenth property, Property Entrepreneur will help to light your entrepreneurial spark and show you how to turn property into profit. Property entrepreneurship is like any other business: if you want to succeed, you must take the time to learn from those who have mastered the best techniques. This book gives you access to the mind, motivations and methods of a top investor to help you start and build your own property business. This book will show you: How to start viewing property investing as a business Why you need to eliminate unproductive habits and attitudes The best ways to maximise profits and create a secure, passive income How to nurture your entrepreneurial spirit and watch your business grow Property investing can look daunting and complex to those without experience. The rules are constantly being rewritten, the goalposts are regularly shifted and the market looks like an unpredictable beast. Property Entrepreneur will challenge your preconceptions, and help you navigate the path to real, lasting wealth.
Self-Employed : 50 Signs That You Might Be an Entrepreneur by Joel Comm; John Rampton; Kevin Harrington (Foreword by)Two successful entrepreneurs offer a no-nonsense guide to the qualities that make people suited to starting their own businesses. In today’s world of startup companies, entrepreneurs are disrupting industries and fueling the economy like never before. It’s an exciting life where no day is quite like the next. But along with the adventure comes a lot of uncertainty, and not everyone is suited to the entrepreneurial life. So, what does it take? In Self Employed, Joel Comm and John Rampton detail 50 different qualities found in people who could do well as entrepreneurs. Having started, managed, and sold several multimillion-dollar businesses, Comm and Rampton understand what it takes to succeed in this highly competitive realm. The 50 qualities they outline provide a framework for anyone to decide if they might make it in business on their own. If you’re wondering whether the entrepreneurial lifestyle is right for you, or you want to know for sure that the business you’ve already started is suited to your temperament, this book is for you!
Publication Date: 2017-06-09
Startup, Scaleup, Screwup : 42 Tools to Accelerate Lean and Agile Business Growth by Jurgen AppeloReal-world tools to build your venture, grow your business, and avoid mistakes Startup, Scaleup, Screwup is an expert guide for emerging and established businesses to accelerate growth, facilitate scalability, and keep pace with the rapidly changing economic landscape. The contemporary marketplace is more dynamic than ever before--increased global competition, the impact of digital transformation, and disruptive innovation factors require businesses to implement agile management and business strategies to compete and thrive. This indispensable book provides business leaders and entrepreneurs the tools and guidance to meet growth and scalability challenges head on. Equal parts motivation and practical application, this book answers the questions every business leader asks from the startup ventures to established companies. Covering topics including funding options, employee hiring, product-market validation, remote team management, agile scaling, and the business lifecycle, this essential resource provides a solid approach to grow at the right pace and stay lean. This book will enable you to: Apply 42 effective tools to sustain and accelerate your business growth Avoid the mistakes and pitfalls associated with rapid business growth or organizational change Develop a clear growth plan to integrate into your overall business model Structure your business for rapid scaling and efficient management Startup, Scaleup, Screwup: 42 Tools to Accelerate Lean & Agile Business Growth is a must-read for entrepreneurs, founders, managers, and senior executives. Author Jurgen Appelo shares his wisdom on the creative economy, agile management, innovation marketing, and organizational change to provide a comprehensive guide to business growth. Practical methods and expert advice make this book an essential addition to any business professional's library.
Publication Date: 2019-04-16
The Technological Entrepreneur's Playbook by Ian ChastonAs exemplified by Apple and Google, maximizing the wealth of organizations involves what Joseph Schumpeter described as “creative destruction.” This occurs when scientific or technological breakthroughs lead to the launch of a radically new product or service at a time when there often is little or no evidence of the existence of an identified market opportunity. The world is currently involved in the third Industrial Revolution and academic research and real-world case studies have validated the fact that the management of technology-driven entrepreneurship is a somewhat different process to that of market-driven entrepreneurship. The existence of these differences generates the perspective that benefit exists in identifying managerial guidelines that can be of assistance in ensuring the success of technological entrepreneurship projects in both start-ups and existing businesses. Hence the aim of this text is to draw upon academic theory and real-world case materials as the basis for defining 86 key managerial guidelines for optimizing the outcome from involvement in technological entrepreneurship.