I'm pleased to announce that my book, Mastering the VC Game, is now available in paperback, complete with a new introduction and a few updates. Amazon has priced it at $10.88 for Prime customers. Frankly, I'd prefer to give it away for free as making money off the book isn't really my goal. The folks at Penguin have a business to run, though, so books still cost money. That said, I was able to convince them to let me give away the first 40 pages for free – so download it here or at the book website at www.jeffbussgang.com to get a taste.
Since the publication of Mastering the VC Game in 2010, I have received wonderful feedback from the entrepreneurial community. In fact, I have been blown away by the response from such a diverse population of entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs around the world. One twenty-something entrepreneur working at a non-profit in Australia wrote me:
“Thank you for writing this book. It was a captivating read that gave me the basics of how the industry looks. I loved it. My only problem was feeling inspired to action, which made me put the book down to send emails to friends, and look up companies, which was a great problem to have.”
Inspiring entrepreneurs into action was my original goal for the book. The need for entrepreneurship is greater than ever. Policy makers and business leaders have both come to recognize that the capacity of human beings to innovate is our best hope for addressing and ultimately solving society’s thorniest problems. It has never been more critical that we brew up that magic elixir that comes of mixing entrepreneurs, who are the source of innovation, with investors, who are the source of capital to fuel that innovation.
I wrote Mastering the VC Game to contribute in some small way to this phenomenon and inspire entrepreneurs around the world to arm themselves with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to take action and to succeed in their endeavors. When entrepreneurs and investors align and work in harmony, the long odds for start-up success are greatly improved and real magic can happen – creating that next Google, Facebook, or Twitter. Let me know what you think!