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Entrepreneurial Finance
Venture Capital, Deal Structure & Valuation, Second Edition
Janet Kiholm Smith and Richard L. Smith


632 pages.

Hardcover ISBN: 9781503603219
Ebook ISBN: 9781503609129

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Entrepreneurial Finance: Venture Capital, Deal Structure & Valuation, Second Edition illustrates how the theory and methods of finance and economics can be used to guide strategic decision-making. This text prepares readers for a variety of situations that confront stakeholders in the rapidly evolving fields of entrepreneurial finance and venture capital, outlining ways to think from the investor's and entrepreneur's perspectives. Readers will find a unique and direct focus on value creation as the objective of each strategic and financial choice. The authors specifically address the influences of risk and uncertainty on new venture success and investment performance, devoting substantial attention to methods of financial modeling and contract design. Finally, they provide a comprehensive survey of approaches to new venture valuation, with an emphasis on applications.

The second edition is thoroughly revised to reflect new data, research, and changes in practice in this fast-moving field. It has an increased focus on venture capital, while maintaining its hallmark coverage of the financial aspects of entrepreneurship. Updates throughout address technological changes that have the potential to dramatically change the landscape for finance, such as recent innovations in contracting for early-stage ventures, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and Internet connectivity. Lastly, the book offers a companion website with a useful suite of resources for students and instructors alike, including spreadsheets, templates, simulation applications, and interactive cases and tutorials.

About the authors

Janet Kiholm Smith is Von Tobel Professor of Economics at Claremont McKenna College.

Richard L. Smith is Philip L. Boyd Chair and Professor of Finance at the University of California, Riverside.

"Watching undergraduate students struggle with the various nuances of entrepreneurial finance, I needed a comprehensive and well-planned textbook that covers all aspects of the topic. This is that textbook. The clarity with which concepts are discussed make it a requirement in your classroom."

—Thomas Tallerico, Stony Brook University

"This book is an invaluable source to teach (and learn) from. The authors provide a much-needed guide to navigating the increasingly complex landscape of modern entrepreneurship and its financing, with a scope, rigor, and lucidity unmatched by any other book currently on the market."

—Cenk C. Karahan, Boğaziçi University, Turkey

"Well-structured financing and well-designed incentive systems are key to entrepreneurial success and for the contribution of entrepreneurship to society. The authors provide a comprehensive examination of the methods and tools of entrepreneurial finance and venture capital, including even the newest techniques such as initial coin offerings and equity crowdfunding. It is a perfect textbook for both entrepreneurs and investors."

—Oki Matsumoto, Founder and CEO, Monex Group