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Angel Investing - Hatching Start-up Funds with Start-up Companies
Authors: Mark Van Osnabrugge and Robert J. Robinson

Angel Investing offers an authoritative guide for the entrepreneur seeking capital and the private investor looking for a better return on investments of $100,000 or more...

DONE DEALS - Venture Capitalists Tell Their Stories
Edited By Udayan Gupta, Harvard Business School Press

In Done Deals, journalist Udayan Gupta explores the history of Venture Capital as told through the eyes of some of the industry's most influential players.


Financing & Building an E-Commerce Venture
By Marc Kramer

Financing & Building an E-Commerce Venture takes the reader through the entire gamut of launching an e-business including how leaders behind the best stocks did it when they started.

Going Solo, The Best Resources for Entrepreneurs & Freelancers
Stanley I. Mason Jr., Editor
Published by Resource Pathways Guidebook

Stanley Mason Jr., the editor of Going Solo, was pilot during WWII and used to fly over towns and think about how many people operated their own small businesses

Unleashing the Ideavirus
Seth Godin
Published by Do You Zoom, Inc.

In Silicon Vally and other prime tech centers, investors are funneling seed money and early-stage investment funding into emerging high-tech companies. To draw some of that start-up capital, companies should have their intellectual property portfolio in line.


Good to Great: A Fresh Look at Management Practices
By Jim Collins

Book Review Good to Great: A Fresh Look at Management Practices By Jim Collins Good to Great is a fresh look at management strategy and practice; and many of the findings shake up our accepted techniques. An iconoclastic work, it offers several key concepts that fly in the face of modern business culture and have upset previously unquestioned management assumptions..



The Angel Investor’s Handbook: How to Profit from Early-Stage Investing
By Gerald A. Benjamin, Joel Margulis

Picking a winner is part of being a successful angel investor. But the real secret to success is knowing how to spot a loser. Authors Gerald B. Benjamin and Joel Margulis guide readers through the minefield of angel investing to help readers make smart investments in this high-stakes arena.


Starting Up and Advising an Emerging
Massachusetts Business

Edited by Lawrence H. Gennari

Don’t let the title, “Starting Up and Advising an Emerging Massachusetts Business,” fool you, the book edited by Lawrence H. Gennari offers sound advice on launching a business anywhere...


The Phoenix Effect: 9 Revitalizing Strategies No Business Can Do Without
Published by Wiley, John&Sons, Inc.

Every business can use a dash of revitalizing – whether a struggling company or a healthy business.


Carter Pate, a renewal specialist at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Harlan Platt, a professor of business and finance at Northeastern University, collaborate to provide essential strategies to make companies hum


Finding Money: The Small Business Guide to Financing
By Kate Lister and Tom Harnish

Finding Money: An Insiders Look in Where to Find the Cash and How To Ask for it

Fact: Lenders want to lend and investors want to invest - it's their business. The problem is entrepreneurs typically don't know how to ask for it.

The Biotech Investor’s Bible
By George Wolff

Biotechnology is complex, but the Biotech Investor’s Bible, published by John Wiley and Sons, cuts through all the high-tech jargon to give investors a clear picture of the exploding field.

By Katherine Catlin and Jana Matthews


Business is changing ever so rapidly and with the organizational structure and methods needed to carry out the new directives also must change as well.

As our economy continues to evolve and the overwhelming majority of new jobs are found in companies with less than 100 employees, the organization must change to reflect this fast dynamic pace in today’s business world.


Judo Strategy Can Give Businesses of All Sizes a Fighting Chance

Business typically relies on analogies to understand how it all works. David B. Yoffie and Mary Kwak, authors of “Judo Strategy” published by Harvard Business School Press relies on the analogy of the martial art to explain how to get ahead in business.

Making a living — and a life
By Mark Henrick

The subtitle of Mark Henricks' new book (“Not Just a Living”) is irresistible: The Complete Guide to Creating a Business that Gives You a Life. Isn't that what we all want? Sure, fabulous wealth would be nice, but experts agree that 90 percent of small business owners aren't hoping to become the next Bill Gates.

Venture Capital Investing: The Complete Handbook for Investing in Small Private Businesses for Outstanding Profits
By David Gladstone

Investing in a small company is always a gamble. Investors know the risk. However, David Gladstone in his latest book, “Venture Capital Investing: The Complete Handbook for Investing in Small Private Business for Outstanding Profits,” contends that private investors can minimize it by remembering that most companies succeed or fail because of employees.

Venture Capital Due Diligence
By Justin Camp

Due diligence can be a painstaking, but critical process in assessing investment opportunities.

When VCs say No, It’s Time To Get Creative
By Ron Peterson

Collateral Therapeutics, a San Diego, CA startup negotiated a $500,000 loan from Schering AG on the back of intriguing technology and an assortment of financing and partnership agreements. The company was bought out for over $100 million after a few years. Collateral Therapeutics had excellent science and used a variety of agreements, licenses, technology leveraging and several financing methods to develop itself.

You Need to Be a Little Crazy: The Truth About Starting and Growing Your Business
By Barry Moltz

Why You Need to Be a Little Crazy to Launch a Startup

If 33% of all businesses fail in the first two years and over 50% close in the first four, exactly what does it take to start your own business?

Nanotechnology: A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea
By Mark A. Ratner & Daniel Ratner
Published by Prentice Hall

Nanotechnology once conjured images of science fiction with the creation of products at the subatomic level. That was a few years ago, today it continues to creep into the headlines of newspapers and on TV talk shows.

Venture Capital: The Definitive Guide for Entrepreneurs, Investors and Practioners
By Joel Cardis, Sam Kirschner, Stanley Richelson, Jason Kirschner and Hildy Richelson
Published by John Wiley & Sons

Learning How to Think Like a VC

Each year Venture Capitalists invest tens of billions of dollars in companies they believe that show promise. Knowing how VCs think and act can help you find where the money is. “Venture Capital : The Definitive Guide for Entrepreneurs, Investors and Practioners” by Joel Cardis, Sam Kirschner, Stanley Richelson, Jason Kirschner and Hildey Richelson can supply many answers.

Angel Financing: How to Find and Invest Private Equity
By Gerald A. Benjamin, Joel Margulis

Entrepreneurs searching for capital know it takes chutzpah to raise financial backing. Authors Gerald Benjamin and Joel Margulis illustrate their argument with a gripping anecdote about Florenz Ziegfeld, the Broadway impresario, who had an angel, Jim Donahue, backing his productions...