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Unformatted text preview: nture capital investment, you probably know it already. You have management
team members who have been through that already. You can convince yourself and a room full of
intelligent people that your company can grow ten times over in three years.
If you have to ask whether your new company is a possible venture capital opportunity, it probably
isn’t. People in new growth industries, multimedia communications, biotechnology, or the far reaches
of high-technology products generally know about venture capital and venture capital opportunities.
A business plan for venture capital is a more sophisticated business plan. It should always include
discussions of valuation, exit strategy, investment offering, dilution, and returns for investors. There
are examples later in this chapter. If you are looking for names and addresses of venture capitalists,
there’s no way around the dominance of the Internet search for detailed information. You should
probably start with listings of venture capital ﬁrms using the search engines at Yahoo! and Google.
There is also a very good listing of ﬁnancing resources at www.Bplans.com in the Financing Your
Business area, and additional resources at www.PaloAlto.com.
In addition, on the Internet, some of the better links for venture capital information include:
• The U.S. National Venture Capital Association. This site has an easy-to-use listing of hundreds
of VC ﬁrms, including Web links. www.nvca.org • U.S. Western Association of Venture Capitalists. More than 100 of the better-known mainstream
VCs. www.wavc.net • Venture One, which collects industry data. www.ventureone.com • VCfodder.com has some venture capital information. www.vcfodder.com • British Venture Capitalist Association. www.bvca.co.uk • Canadian Venture Capitalist Association. www.cvca.ca • Yahoo! listing of venture capital ﬁrms. http://dir.yahoo.com/Business_and_Economy/Finance_and_Investment/Financing/Corporate_Financing/ “Sort-of” Venture Capital: Angels and O...
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