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Finance Secrets of Billion-Dollar Entrepreneurs: Venture Finance Without Venture Capital

Finance Secrets of Billion-Dollar Entrepreneurs: Venture Finance Without Venture Capital

Written by Dileep Rao

Narrated by Sam Devereaux


Finance Secrets of Billion-Dollar Entrepreneurs: Venture Finance Without Venture Capital

Written by Dileep Rao

Narrated by Sam Devereaux

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4/5 (50 ratings)
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6 hours
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Released:
Nov 17, 2020
ISBN:
9781094411682
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Editor's Note

Wealth of wisdom…

A wealth of wisdom from entrepreneurship professor Dileep Rao on how to build a financially sustainable business. Based on interviews with entrepreneurs who built their startups into billion-dollar businesses, Rao shares actionable advice on how to do everything from grow a company without venture capital funding to leadership strategies that are good for the bottom-line. An essential primer for anyone looking to turn their small business into the next big thing.

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Take Control of Your Startup—and Watch it Grow
An analysis of success: By learning from both the mistakes and achievements of those before us, we can better craft our own approach to success. Award-winning professor of entrepreneurship Dileep Rao presents readers with a detailed guide to success through his interviews and analysis of billion-dollar entrepreneurs (those who built a venture from startup to more than $1 billion in sales and valuation) and 100 million-dollar entrepreneurs (startup to $100 million).

Build your business without venture capital (VC) funding: While starting a business without outside help seems difficult, Rao is here to show entrepreneurs that not only is it possible, but it could very well lead to a more successful business. Rao shares how more than 90 percent of America’s billion-dollar entrepreneurs in the VC era (since 1946) avoided or delayed VC, and instead used finance-smart expertise—skills that combine business-smart, capital-smart, and leadership-smart strategies.

The right mix of internal and external financing: It takes more than one person to grow a business from the bottom up. But that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice control of the venture in the process. Armed with 23 years of experience as a financer, Rao shows readers how to optimize internal financing so as to attract external financing. By keeping control of the venture, entrepreneurs keep more of the wealth, as well.

Dileep Rao’s Finance Secrets of Billion-Dollar Entrepreneurs shares with readers:

Pre-financing, financing and post-financing skills and strategies of finance-smart entrepreneurs
The ins and outs of venture finance, applicable to anyone looking to start a business
Tips on increasing capital productivity and attaining financially sustainable entrepreneurship
If you’ve enjoyed entrepreneurship-focused titles such as The Lean Startup, The $100 Startup, and Venture Deals, then Rao’s Finance Secrets of Billion-Dollar Entrepreneurs is the next book for you.
Publisher:
Released:
Nov 17, 2020
ISBN:
9781094411682
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Dileep Rao, PhD, has been a financier for 23 years and has financed hundreds of businesses and real estate projects. In that time he has also founded four ventures and managed five turnarounds. He has consulted on new business development with Fortune 1000 corporations, including Medtronic and General Mills. An award-winning Professor of Entrepreneurship at Florida International University has also taught at Harvard University, Stanford University, INCAE (Costa Rica), and the University of Minnesota. Rao is the author of nationally acclaimed books that include: Business Financing: 25 Keys to Raising Money (NY Times Pocket MBA Series), Finance Any Business Intelligently, Handbook of Business Finance


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  • (5/5)
    An excellent book I learned a it. about business and venture capital
  • (3/5)
    Far from “Secrets” but I see this as insights for the financial of startups
  • (2/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    A couple of bits of info repated 1000 times. Far too repetative cor my liking

    1 person found this helpful

  • (2/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    Not worth your time. To summarize, don’t use VC. Then say the same obvious things over and over and over again

    1 person found this helpful

  • (1/5)
    Very uninformative and “buzzy” insights. Could’ve been written by someone who knows nothing about any of these topics with a couple of hours of research. Arguments made are incredibly weak and sound like the product of someone who doesn’t know anything about what was referenced beyond folklore or a paraphrase out of context from an article or book. There are many many better books around venture capital or lean startup mentalities that will make the same arguments here and would be a much better use if your time.