The Venture Hacks Bible
The Venture Hacks Bible
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The Venture Hacks Blog: Good advice for startups. 31,000 subscribers and growing.
The Venture Hacks Bible: 1000 pages, and growing. PDF. Constantly updated. $19.
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The Venture Hacks Bible “My feedback is that as a founder in the trenches, no question all 908 pages will get read, referenced, covered in tears, and slept on 1000 times over. Now i dont have to bust the laptop at SFO. Fired up on just about everything you guys have going on.” – Josh Vickers, Founder, Task Squid Venture Hacks
“Excellent stuff!” – Evan Williams, Founder of Blogger andTwitter “A fantastic blog… I heartily suggest entrepreneurs thinking about taking venture money read it.” – James Hong, Founder of Hot or Not “Smart entrepreneurs continuing to add to the demystification of the term sheet.” – Brad Feld, Managing Director at Foundry Group
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When you buy Babak Nivi and Naval Ravikant'sThe Venture Hacks Bible, you get a PDF of the entire Venture Hacks blog. It's currently 1000 pages, and it's growing since we're constantly updating the PDF. You can read all those posts freely online right now; however, it's more pleasant to read them as a PDF.
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About the Venture Hacks Authors
We’re Nivi (bio) and Naval (bio). We’ve founded companies like Epinions; invested $20M in companies like Twitter; helped start companies backed by Sequoia, Benchmark, Kleiner Perkins, and Atlas; and advised many others.
We’re students of life and Venture Hacks shares the best startup advice we’ve got.
You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Too many people to thank; you know who you are.
- April 2007
- Term Sheet Hacks: Get a Great Deal
- Create a Board the Reflects the Ownership of the Company
- Make a New Board Seat for a New CEO
- Reactions to Venture Hacks
- The option pool shuffle: Beat the game and raise your valuation
- Focus on your share price, not your valuation
- Get vested for time served
- Accelerate your vesting upon termination
- Accelerate your vesting upon a sale
- We have the best readers in the world
- Supersize your versting with micro-hacks
- Term sheet hacks: the cheat sheet
- May 2007
- Should you raise debt or equity?
- Venture Hacks: The Mug
- Comment of the week, cherry edition
- Keep your options open if you raise debt
- Hack: the benefits of debt Vs equity in a seed round
- Hack: Make your debt attactive to investors
- Comments, the threaded edition
- Hack: supersize your debt with these micro-hacks
- June 2007
- Great fundraising advice from Dharmesh Shah
- Launch: Venture Hacks Office Hours
- Office Hours, technical error edition
- Ask VH: What are super pro rata rights?
- Hack: Build your own cap table
- We’re hiring: one man developer army
- July 2007
- A few hacks from our personal blogs
- Thoughts on the equity equation
- August 2007
- Hack: Understand why investors want protective provisions
- Why investors don’t always do the right thing
- Thoughts on Adam Smith’s letter to graduation Y Combinator companies
- September 2007
- Hack: Create a market for your shares
- Pop Quiz: How is raising money like buying a car?
- October 2007
- Ask Venture Hacks: What is the biggest mistake entrepreneurs make?
- Ask VH: Is the VC industry doomed?
- Ask VH: Sell my company or raise capital?
- Ask VH: Raise money from VCs or angels?
- Ask Venture Hacks
- Ask VH: What’s dumb money?
- November 2007
- What should I send investors part 1: the elevator pitch
- What should I send investor part 2, deck
- What should I send investors part 3: business plans and traction
- Grockit’s founder on raising money
- Topix founder on Spice Girls Vs VC
- How much diligence shoudl we do before signing a term sheet
- December 2007
- Should I shop around?
- Should I pay my investor’s legal fees?
- Is it safe to send my deck to investors?
- Venture Hacks on Twitter
- Should I give my lawyers equity?
- January 2008
- The top 3 hacks of the year
- Terminating Cisco’s founders
- How well do investors recruit?
- Tom Perkins of KPCB interviewed
- How do I find a lead investor, part 1
- How do I find a lead investor, part 2
- How do I find a lead investor, part 3
- Why do investors want control?
- February 2008
- Everything you ever wanted to know about advisors, part 1
- T-shirts for VCs
- The latest quotes from our Twitter feed
- Everything you ever wanted to know about advisors, part 2
- The latest comments on Venture Hacks, founder edition
- March 2008
- Half assed startup: how do I start my company and keep my day job?
- Getting recommended
- John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins on building business
- Marc Andreesen on Charlie Munger on cognitive bias
- Reactions to recommended
- April 2008
- Missionaries, not mercenaries
- Venture Hacks tweets - Kleiner edition
- Former VC helps entrepreneurs raise money
- New investors on Venture Hacks
- How do we set the valuation for a seed round?
- VH Twitters: Ball punching edition
- May 2008
- Lijit’s CEO on raising money from angels
- High concept pitches for startups
- From incoherent to high concept pitch
- O’Reilly Startup Camp
- Free ideas. Just add execution.
- Hollywood Pitch: Feedburner for iPhones
- June 2008
- Control is a one way street
- Mike Cassidy: Speed as THE primary business strategy
- VH Twitters: “It’s never been done before” Edition
- Lawyers are referees, not coaches
- A Hollywood for Startups
- Don’t follow our advice
- Daddy, what’s a soft circle?
- Do you know any idea investors?
- Ideas need not apply
- The Rocket Ship investment model
- The Monk and the Riddle
- July 2008
- Books for Entrepreneurs: Bargaining for Advantage
- I have a job offer at a startup, am I getting a good deal? Part 1.
- I have a job offer at a startup, am I getting a good deal? Part 2.
- September 2008
- VH Twitters: Extreme Edition
- Our top 10 term sheet hacks
- How common is accelerated vesting on change in control?
- (Not so) Scary terms in offer letters.
- What do investors look for in a startup?
- What does an employee offer letter look like?
- Who makes the best introductions to investors?
- October 2008
- Elevator Pitches avec Bullets
- The Laws of Productivity
- Startup Lessons Learned
- Get Venture Hacks via email
- What should I do before signing a term sheet?
- VH Twitters: Self Loving Edition
- Sequoia’s advice is good advice anytime
- Financings are blowing up
- “They blew an opportunity to remain optimistic”
- Vinod Khosla: “Big opportunities are changing the structure of society.”
- “If you want to improve your chances”
- How do I lay people off?
- How Steve Jobs pitches a startup
- Lean startups find their moment
- How should I format my deck?
- A quick and dirty guide to starting up
- How to deal with Machiavellian investors
- VH Twitters: Persistence Edition
- Why startup pitches fail
- November 2008
- Coming Soon: Pitching Hacks, The Book
- Books for Entrepreneurs: Agile Software Development
- How to develop your customers like you develop your product
- “Agile methods and startup companies… go perfectly together.”
- Our Sponsor: Charles River Ventures
- VH Twitters: “Write a blog, not a business plan.”
- Updated: Our top 10 term sheet hacks
- Updated: A quick and dirty guide to starting up
- Pivotal Tracker: The iPod of project management software
- Five whys, Part 1: The startup immune system
- “It ain’t about right, it’s about money.”
- Five whys, Part 2: How to get started
- Five whys, Part 3: Legacy startups
- The OODA Loop: Playing chess with half the pieces
- Robert Heinlein: “Specialization is for insects”
- December 2008
- Books for Entrepreneurs: Extreme Programming Explained
- Sponsor: Charles River Ventures
- Raising money is a black swan
- How to moderate (and write) comments
- Our new archives
- Steve Jobs: “Apple is only its ideas”
- Extraordinary Organizations: $170M company with no titles except “plant” manager
- January 2009
- My visit to American Apparel
- We don’t pay you to work here
- The spontaneous optimism that drives startups
- The Human Equation: How to organize people for profit
- Lowering the water level: Do bad economies spur innovation?
- Pitching Hacks is almost here / Calling all testers
- (A bit of) Decision-making for startups
- Pitching Hacks: Beta test update
- Paul Buchheit: “Consider spending less time talking, and more time prototyping”
- February 2009
- How IMVU learned its way to $10M a year
- Launch: Pitching Hacks, The Book
- March 2009
- Take a course from the king of customer development
- Mike Maples: “My opinion is interesting, but irrelevant.”
- The Venture Hacks Podcast
- How to be an angel investor, Part 2
- Don’t launch? But the New York Times is on the phone!
- The king of customer development starts a blog (and tweets too)
- What is the minimum viable product?
- Customer Development, Classes 3 and 4
- Opening board meetings to the entire company
- Sell it before you build it
- April 2009
- It’s very easy to underprice your product
- How we encourage word of mouth for Pitching Hacks
- We teach entrepreneurship like every vertical market has the same set of rules
- The Startup MBA
- Pitching Hacks at Stanford
- Customer Development, Class 5: IMVU
- How to close a term sheet quickly
- May 2009
- Hey, have you heard of Twitter?
- September 2009
- Steve Jobs does customer development
- Steve Jobs does customer development: No new features
- How do I refine my product’s positioning?
- Twitter updates
- Term sheet tune-up
- New York Meetup
- Customer Development Patterns
- October 2009
- New York Meetup was awesome
- Get drunk with VCs and help charity
- Take our Twitter Survey
- Put your tweets on your blog
- “Your next feature won’t save you”
- “Real wealth creation will take founding, seniority, or staggeringly large exits.”
- 10 examples of minimum viable products
- The problem with VC motivation
- Notes from Startup School 2009
- Our first online workshop: How to pitch investors
- November 2009
- Customer development by the book
- Lean startups aren’t Cheap Startups
- Best of the startup blogs
- Startup Boy is back
- The long tail of VC blogs
- The long tail of VC twitterers
- How to pick a co-founder
- Extrapolating computing
- The sultans of startup marketing
- The ignorant VC
- Weekend reading
- 3 customer development case studies
- Get the best of the startup blogs
- Venture Hacks Bookstore
- How to share secrets in a negotiation
- Thanking our supporters
- Interview: How to pick a co-founder
- Morale, distribution, profit, and games
- December 2009
- Just Say No: VC terms that can really hurt
- Home improvement
- Sometimes the feature is the product
- Startup News, the first 2 weeks
- 10 skills I look for before writing a check
- Just Say No: VC terms that can really hurt (Part 2)
- Pitching Hacks, in paperback
- How to bring a product to market / A very rare interview with Sean Ellis
- How to measure product/market fit with survey.io
- Take guidance from VCs, not orders
- “Angel investors are becoming the dominant force in consumer internet venture capital”
- Marketing science Q&A with Sean Ellis
- “NDAs up the wazoo”
- Get our interviews on the Venture Hacks Podcast
- When the cost of customer acquisition exceeds your ability to monetize them
- The Arrogant VC: Why VCs are disliked by entrepreneurs
- Our top 10 posts of 2009 — dominated by customer development
- Chris Dixon: How much seed money should I raise?
- The Billy Mays method of picking startups
- January 2010
- The Arrogant VC: Why VCs are disliked by entrepreneurs, Part 2
- How to re-negotiate with your customers — and not lose a single one
- Emotions at work
- 10 skills I look for before writing a check, Part 2: Perspiration and Appetite for Risk
- 5 New Year’s resolutions for closing deals in 2010
- No ocean boiling please
- How to bring a product to market, Part 2 — after product/market fit
- Top 10 reasons why entrepreneurs hate lawyers
- Bram Cohen: “Lawyers can’t tell you you can’t do something”
- I’m speaking at The Future of Funding
- A list of social startup lawyers
- Get Venture Hacks on Facebook
- How to raise money without lying to investors
- Launch: Sponsor Posts — ads that rule
- Comments of the week: Legal fees, financial projections, and fit
- 10 skills I look for before writing a check, Part 3: Detail Orientation, Competitiveness, Decisiveness
- When to fire your co-founders
- Most inspiring speech ever
- February 2010
- When you’re raising money, the competition isn’t the competition
- Launch: AngelList, a curated list of angel investors
- Launch: StartupList — a new way to reach angels
- StartupList: Day 1 — Thank You
- In a board room, somewhere in Silicon Valley…
- A brief history of your investors (and their investors)
- “He has no clue whether it will be another Google, yet he has to make promises that only hucksters can make.”
- My experiments in lean pricing
- How to optimize web apps with KISSmetrics
- How to not over-optimize your Series A term sheet
- StartupList: The first startup gets funded
- March 2010
- Startup Digest: “The best startup events in 27 cities”
- More diligence and less capital coming for startups (and their investors)
- It takes more than one intro to get a meeting
- Give tweet a chance
- I’m speaking at SXSW + Holding a SXSW MEETUP
- The only reason investors say ‘no’
- Solvate is simple outsourcing for startups
- How to schedule meetings with investors
- Our most popular links
- What happens at SXSW gets published right here
- Which angels have taken meetings from AngelList?
- What’s the vision?
- Where’s the demo?
- April 2010
- Postling gets funded with AngelList
- “Being open early worked well for us”
- Top heavy startups
- Can I send my pitch to just some of the angels on AngelList?
- Interview: How to close an angel round
- “AngelList is the real deal”
- Facebook acquires AngelList startup
- Who has time for meetings?
- Presentation Hacks
- May 2010
- How much traction do I need?
- Startup Lessons Learned: I wish this conference was around five years ago
- Our Inc. interview about angels
- One way to start a startup
- Two great talks from SLLConf
- Where to find the best startup advice
- The Wilson bump
- Hello vh.co
- VCs in seed clothing: Chris Dixon, Mark Suster, and Naval Ravikant interviewed
- NYC startup raises money with AngelList
- If this is your first time raising money…
- Naval on GigaOm TV
- Steve Ballmer from the Microsoft Corporation with an iPad review
- This week in Twitter
- Venture Hacks TV
- Why startups should train their people
- Angel Boot Camp coming to Cambridge
- John Doerr: The salesman for nerds
- This Week in Venture Capital
- This fortnight in Twitter
- June 2010
- Ads for startups
- The Startup Game
- Local startup BlockChalk raises national money with AngelList
- The WSJ reports on AngelList
- A tale of 3 financings
- July 2010
- Where we office
- A conflict of interests
- If you’ve run out of ideas, buy gold
- Fred Wilson: “Angels love to share deals with each other”
- Thumbtack raises money with AngelList
- LearnBoost raises money with AngelList
- How to raise money with no lead
- August 2010
- Tracking testimonials — the lazy way
- 7 angel investing tips in 7 minutes
- Quora Marketing
- Xconomy covers AngelList
- How we’re recruiting a product designer for AngelList
- AngelList Scouts
- September 2010
- How Udemy got oversubscribed
- Blogging on Quora
- October 2010
- If only we could raise money
- Welcoming the Kauffman Foundation
- Vinod Khosla: “I was much more of a glorified recruiter.”
- The rise of the angels
- What you can learn from The Social Network
- The Venture Hacks Newsletter is back
- Which startups have been funded via AngelList?
- Free the Firehose
- Primo essay on team building
- The Venture Hacks Bible
- “Intros from AngelList were responsible for 54.5% of the $1M we raised”
- AngelList in real time
- How much money should I raise?
- November 2010
- Always assume competition
- Before you raise money
- December 2010
- Control which investors see your startup
- January 2011
- The Secret History of Venture Hacks
- Why would a seasoned entrepreneur use AngelList?
- Benefits, not features
- Sweat the details and corner cases
- Raise a Series A on AngelList
- How does AngelList work?
- Tour: Markets on AngelList
- AngelList Markets Tour, Part 2: The Details
- February 2011
- VCs are generalists, and other lies
- VCs (slightly) more active than angels on AngelList
- Venture Hacks sucks now, all you talk about is AngelList
- 4 types of scale
- Are founders really 1000x more valuable than employees?
- Fred Wilson’s 5 rules for market fit
- Taulia raises Series A from top performing VC fund of all time — via AngelList
- March 2011
- AngelList Goes Global
- Mark Suster interviews AngelList survivor TODAY (Wednesday 5pm Pacific)
- Thoughts on Investing
- The first 1000x in valuation is the easiest
- Launch: The AngelList Blog
- So who is actually investing on AngelList?
- May 2011
- Are you selling your startup’s shares door-to-door?
- AngelList startup wins TechCrunch Disrupt
- June 2011
- “A” players write the playbook
- Reading your legal docs
- Getting Leverage in Hostage Negotiations
- Anatomy of an (un)fundable startup
- July 2011
- But I don’t want to follow you on Twitter
- Before product-market fit, find passion-market fit
- 1.5 Years Of AngelList: 8000 Intros, 400 Investments And That’s Just The Data We Can Tell You About
- August 2011
- The problem with the Internet startup craze
- December 2011
- You can be so bad at so many things
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