Venture Capital Strategy

A venture capital book that treats VC as a topic of strategy rather than finance.  

Written from the perspective of an educator distilling hundreds of lessons from VCs, founders and LPs, VC Strategy: How to Think Like a VC has been adopted as a textbook at universities from the east coast all the way to Hawaii, often incorporated into entrepreneurial finance and private equity courses. The book is also used by many student teams to prepare for VCIC (Venture Capital Investment Competition) — see VCIC 5-book sale.

Covered in this venture capital book:

Part I: VC Overview

This section of the book covers the industry and the “VC Job Cycle.” After a brief history of venture capital, we break down the job duties of venture capitalists, exploring fundraising, investing, growing and exiting. Below are short videos that introduce some of the concepts from the book. 

What is VC?

A five-minute definition.

VC Strategy – What is Venture Capital

Part II: VC Razor

The second half of the book covers a due diligence framework called “VC Razor.” going into depth on the topics of Product/Market Fit, Founder/Industry Fit and Fund Fit.  

venture capital book framework

Quotes about Venture Capital Strategy

  • “This book was a great primer to the topic of Venture Capital.”
  • “This book is comprehensive, accurate, and uses concise explanations and analogies.”
  • “What makes this such a great value to readers is how succinctly, and clearly, Professor Vernon explains each concept.”
  • “If you want to quickly get up to speed on how VCs think about the world and why, you can’t find a better resource than this.”
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