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About Jeffrey Bussgang
Jeffrey Bussgang is a venture capitalist, entrepreneur and entrepreneurship professor at Harvard Business School (HBS). His venture capital firm, Flybridge Capital Partners, has over $700 million under management and made investments in over 120 technology-focused startups since inception over eighteen years ago (including Bowery Farming, Chief, Codecademy, and MongoDB). At HBS, he teaches Launching Technology Ventures (www.hbsltv.com), a popular class for MBA students starting companies or pursuing careers in startups.
Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Bussgang was an entrepreneur, serving as co-founder and president of Upromise (acquired by Sallie Mae) and an executive team member at Open Market (IPO 1996). He is the author of two books: Mastering the VC Game, an essential guide for entrepreneurs raising capital and building their startups, and Entering StartUpLand, an essential guide to finding the right startup job, as well as over thirty HBS case studies, teaching notes and book chapters on startup management and entrepreneurship. He started his career with The Boston Consulting Group and holds an MBA from HBS and a BA in computer science from Harvard College.
Bussgang writes a popular blog, www.SeeingBothSides.com, that has been syndicated in Fortune, Inc. and the Huffington Post and lives in the Boston area with his wife and three children. The book website can be viewed at www.JeffBussgang.com.
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Jeffrey Bussgang is one of a few people who have played on both sides of this high-stakes game. By his early thirties, he had helped build two successful start-ups-one went public, the other was acquired. Now he draws on his experience and unique perspective on the "other side" as a venture capitalist helping entrepreneurs bring their dreams to fruition.
Bussgang offers detailed insights, colorful stories, and practical advice gathered from his own experience as well as from interviews with dozens of the most successful players on both sides of the game, including Twitter's Jack Dorsey and LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman. He reveals how to get noticed, perfect a pitch, and negotiate a partnership that works for everyone.
An insider's guide to the secrets of the world venture capital, Mastering the VC Game will prove invaluable for entrepreneurs seeking capital and successful partnerships.
Many professionals aspire to work for startups. Executives from large companies view them as models to help them adapt to today's dynamic innovation economy, while freshly minted MBAs see magic in founding something new. Yes, startups look magical, but they can also be chaotic and inaccessible. Many books are written for those who aspire to be founders, but a company only has one or two of those. What's needed is something that deconstructs the typical startup organization for the thousands of employees who join a fledgling company and do the day-to-day work required to grow it into something of value.
Entering StartUpLand is a practical, step-by-step guide that provides an insider's analysis of various startup roles and responsibilities--including product management, marketing, growth, and sales--to help you figure out if you want to join a startup and what to expect if you do. You'll gain insight into how successful startups operate and learn to assess which ones you might want to join--or emulate. Inside this book you'll find:
- A tour of typical startup roles to help you determine which one might be the best fit for you
- Profiles of startup executives across many different functions who share their stories and describe their responsibilities
- A methodology to identify and evaluate startups and position yourself to find the opportunity that's right for you
Written by an experienced venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and Harvard Business School professor, Entering StartUpLand will guide you as you seek your ideal entry point into this popular, cutting-edge organizational paradigm.