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Angels, Dragons and Vultures: How to Tame Your Investors And Not Lose Your Company by Simon Acland

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CHAPTER ONEVenture Capital: Do You Really Want It?Can you trust doctors who don’t take their own medicine?

You may well think that is a strange question to ask at the beginning of a book about venture capital. You may be so sure that venture capital will be your ticket to fortune and fame that you can afford to skip this chapter. I certainly don’t want to put you off. But I do want to make sure that you go into this with your eyes wide open – not with your eyes wide shut.

Very few venture capital firms have outside shareholders. Most are fiercely jealous of their own independence. Those that start with outside investors often buy out those shareholders to regain total control just as soon as they can – and celebrate wildly when they have done ...

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