Venture Deals: Best fundraising book ever.
If you're fundraising, buy this book.
If you're fundraising, or thinking about it, there are a lot of places to turn. This blog post is a great place to begin for advice on an angel or Series A raise.
While many entrepreneurs are 'too busy to blog,' others take the time to share the knowledge they've amassed. I've created a "bundle" of the top RSS feeds of entrepreneurs who blog, as well as a "bundle" of the top RSS feeds for angels and VCs who blog. Subscribe to them both. Included are blogs from the likes of Chris Dixon, Brad Feld, VentureHacks (Nivi & Naval), Dave McClure, Marc Andreessen, Ben Horowitz and others -- basically all rock stars for geeks.
I've also written a series of blog posts about our experience raising $1MM for AppMakr. The raise took us 14 weeks, and my goal is to help other entrepreneurs do it more quickly and efficiently. You can read my "Fundraising Cribsheet Manifesto" here. Also useful might be the Founder Conference 2010 and Founder Conference 2011 videos I captured.
I'd also encourage you to ask me for the free VentureHacks bible material. More on that here.
But lastly, there's a great new book by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson called Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist. It's a must read if you're thinking about fundraising or currently fundraising. You can see my full review of the book on the Amazon page. I generally encourage you to get all the free material you can (and even strike deals with folks like VentureHacks to bring you their normally not-free material for free) but in this case, the book's cost is minimal and will pay for itself many times over. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It'll make your fundraising process more successful, and it'll make you fluent in the language that VCs speak, giving you access to more deals and faster results. Like Bob Nelson, a great advisor of ours once said, "You're only as good as your second-best term sheet." This book will help you get into that position.