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Founder Vs Investor - by Elizabeth Joy Zalman & Jerry Neumann (Hardcover)

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About the Book

A no-holds-barred look into the minds, motivations, and machinations of how investors and founders team up to build a successful startup, debated in a brazenly honest way by two of the best in the business.

Book Synopsis

"The rarest of business books, one that provides genuinely actionable counsel delivered without empty cliches." - KIRKUS

How many world-changing startups will fail because the founders and investors never figure out how to work together? Founder Elizabeth Zalman and Investor Jerry Neumann square off in this one-of-a-kind book, exposing how startups are built, broken, and fought over.

Every iconic tech company was once a startup. And while these companies like to paint an origin story full of surefooted confidence, the truth is usually something different: the early life of most startups is pure chaos.

This chaos comes from the vastly different motivations and incentives between those with the vision and those with the money. From fundraising paranoia to boardroom coups, Zalman and Neumann train their inimitable voices on the gulf between what founders and investors promise to do and what they end up actually doing.

Founder vs Investor is the brutal truth, from each side's perspective, of the pitfalls of this tenuous relationship--where bad blood can turn sure things into shattered dreams. It is the only book written by insiders with the temerity to pull back the curtain on the world of high growth venture-backed startups.

Review Quotes

'This is an impressively candid work, and one of remarkable practical value to anyone who intends to be a founder or investor, or work with either. The rarest of business books, one that provides genuinely actionable counsel delivered without empty cliches.'--KIRKUS

'A fascinating, informative, and stellar study of tech company turmoil based on the differing perspectives and goals between creators and financial investors inside the tech companies that have come to so dramatically and fundamentally influence our lives, our economy, our politics, and our culture. Founder vs Investor: The Honest Truth About Venture Capital from Startup to IPO is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, corporate, college, and university library collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.'--Midwest Book Review

'... No pulled punches, no half-truths, no politically correct weasel-words.'--Sandy Lerner, Co-Founder Cisco, Founder Urban Decay

'Since I first began learning about startups--from the perspective of both founders and investors--I've relied on Jerry to explain how things really work. It's no surprise he and Liz have written the definitive guide to the trickiest parts of the relationships between founders and investors. Anyone in or around startups will emerge wiser having read this book.'--Patrick O'Shaughnessy, Founder of Positive Sum & Colossus, Host of Invest Like the Best

'True leaders make the hard decisions that oftentimes don't please founders or investors, but are ultimately in the best interests of the company. I wish Founder vs Investor had been around earlier in my career; it would have been required reading before the first board meeting.'--Michele Bettencourt, Investor, Advisor, Operator

'Zalman and Neumann's Founder vs Investor: The Honest Truth about Venture Capital from Startup to IPO, is an unvarnished, first-hand guide to their lessons learned about the complex relationship between startup founders and funders. This is a must-read for entrepreneurs and investors alike, demystifying everything from term sheets and valuations to the impact of identity and interests, aligned and conflicted, in fueling a venture-backed startup.'--Chris Wiggins, Columbia University Professor, Chief Data Scientist at the New York Times, and author of How Data Happened: A History from the Age of Reason to the Age of Algorithms
Dimensions (Overall): 8.43 Inches (H) x 5.51 Inches (W) x 1.1 Inches (D)
Weight: .75 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Sub-Genre: Entrepreneurship
Genre: Business + Money Management
Number of Pages: 288
Publisher: HarperCollins Leadership
Format: Hardcover
Author: Elizabeth Joy Zalman & Jerry Neumann
Language: English
Street Date: September 12, 2023
TCIN: 88114179
UPC: 9781400242764
Item Number (DPCI): 247-45-3233
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 1 reviews
100% would recommend
1 recommendations

Should be mandatory reading for founders, investors, and anyone thinking of starting a business

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Marty - 1 month ago
I've been in the startup world for over 25 years, I've worked with plenty of founders and VCs, and I've founded a few of my own companies. I learned a TON reading this. I've already read it twice. Where most venture capital books take either the founder's side or the investor's side, this one cleverly and honestly takes both. It's mostly broken up into "Founder View" and "Investor View" blocks, where the founder (Zalman) will say what she thinks about a topic, and then the investor (Neumann) will provide a counterpoint. Back and forth they go, giving the reader a masterclass on the psychology of founders and investors — why they do what they do, and why they're often nowhere near the same page. What's really surprising about the book is that they're both saying the quiet part out loud. This is the sort of insight you'd get if your two best friends were a serial founder and a veteran VC, but otherwise you'd never get to peek behind the curtain like this. Founders just don't admit that raising money with nothing more than an idea and a deck is "actually pure insanity." VCs don't admit that having a solid business idea with a great team and a clear path to success is a great way to NOT get funded (apparently it's too easy to copy). But this book burns the curtain down entirely, putting all the secrets in your hand, in the hopes that it'll save you from making the same mistakes that other founders and funders have been making for generations. On top of all that, the writing is also excellent. It's straight up fun, and that's not something I'd expect from this kind of subject matter. They're bold, and don't bother trying to be politically correct (or family friendly), possibly to their personal detriment; the VC industry has got to be going a little crazy knowing this is out there, right? I wish these two had a podcast. Ultimately, the dual-perspective format is *amazing*. They don't dumb anything down, or pretend to speak as a unit. Yes, they agree sometimes, but more often than not they don't. And that's okay — the whole point is learning why founders and investors do what they do, not to broker a fictitious peace treaty between them. I'm surprised more books aren't written like this. How many other relationships could benefit from this kind of honesty? Anyway, it's hard not to imagine this becoming one of those legendary texts you find on every successful person's shelf. Every founder, leader, or wannabe founder would be insane not to read it. And I think every VC could learn a thing or two about how to make the most of their investments. Really, anyone working in the startup or business world could pick this up, and, in a few hours, completely level up their business savvy. It's just that kind of book.
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