I don’t know any entrepreneurs that love raising money.
It’s usually a necessary part of startups, but most entrepreneurs I know have their passion directed at their product, market, and customers, NOT at investment deal minutia. Also, for funding rounds, entrepreneurs have to deal with a skill and experience imbalance. A startup entrepreneur may raise funding every other year or so, while her venture investors are doing many investment deals a year. It’s no wonder that many entrepreneurs rate the funding process like a dental visit.
But, there’s some good news for entrepreneurs: I just got Venture Deals by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson. I will be handing this book out like candy — I can’t recommend it enough. It’s an excellent overview of how venture deals work, combining a perfect blend of investment mechanics with practical advice. We’ve needed a book like this for a long time.
Even if you’ve been through the funding process a few times, it’s worth reading. If you don’t agree, I’ll buy your copy.