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This article showcases our top picks for the Books On Startup Fundraising. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Crack the Funding Code by Judy Robinett

This product was recommended by Richard Smith from Notta

Crack the funding code by Judy Robinett is an excellent book for startup fundraising. I have used this book myself and it has helped me to raise funds for my startup. This book provides a step-by-step guide to raising funds from investors. It includes tips on how to find and approach potential investors, how to create a pitch deck, and how to negotiate terms. Crack the funding code is an essential resource for any startup founder who is serious about raising money from investors. If you are looking for a comprehensive guide to starting up your business, this is the book for you. Crack the funding code will help you get the funding you need to get your business off the ground.

Start with Why by Simon Sinek

This product was recommended by Alice Smith from Cicinia

This book emphasizes the importance of leadership and the purpose of success in business and life. In order to solve global problems, Sinek emphasizes taking risks and standing against the status quo. Bringing a nation together and advancing a common interest is what leadership is all about, according to him. Taking Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, John F Kennedy, Steve Jobs, as well as Apple as examples, the author shows how a purpose can be created to inspire a culture away from manipulation.

Fundraising Field Guide by Carlos Espinal

This product was recommended by Dennis Shirshikov from Awning

It’s a very simple book about a pretty complex topic, because it’s designed for action. This isn’t the way to get an in-depth understanding of venture capital. It’s for founders getting ready to fundraise and needing a paperback mentor to help them out.

Six Figure Crowdfunding by Derek Miller

This product was recommended by Georgi Todorov from Thrive My Way

I recommend Six Figure Crowdfunding: The No Bullsht Guide to Running a Life-Changing Campaign by Derek Miller. The internet has exponentially broadened the opportunities for raising money for your startup. Kickstarter’s Derek Miller shows entrepreneurs how to find strangers who are willing to invest cash in startups. In this informative yet easy-to-follow book, Miller shares the secrets and tips that have turned dreamers into successful crowd funders.

The Startup Funding Book by Nicolaj Højer Nielsen

This product was recommended by Luke Lee from PalaLeather

The Startup Funding Book is an essential resource for any entrepreneur who is looking to raise money for their startup. Nicolaj Højer Nielsen provides a wealth of information on different funding options available to startups, and he offers valuable insights into the fundraising process. His advice is based on years of experience in the startup world, and it is clear that he understands the challenges and opportunities that entrepreneurs face when seeking funding. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is serious about starting or growing their business. It is an invaluable guide that will save you time and money as you navigate the complex landscape of startup funding.

The Founder’s Dilemma by Noam T. Wasserman

This product was recommended by David Attard from Collectiveray

The book examines what makes or breaks a startup. It is about the decision an entrepreneur makes when they start which helps in the start as they fundraise.

Art Of The Start By Guy Kawasaki

This product was recommended by David Attard from Collectiveray

Not only for fundraising, but entrepreneurs with small or big businesses should read to know the variety of other elements that revolve around fund-raising and startups like branding and innovation.

Mastering the VC Game by Jeffrey Bussgang

This product was recommended by Matt Gillman from SMB Compass

Seeking funding from venture capitalists is one of the basic and main issues every startup faces. This book will help startups find a good VC. It explains why you need someone *working with your idea*, rather than just providing the funds. You’ll get plenty of worthy advice from the author who has been on both sides of venture capitalism.

The Art of Startup Fundraising by Alejandro Cremades

This product was recommended by Daniel Gray from Smarts Counter

The Art of Startup Fundraising by Alejandro Cremades is the ultimate guide for entrepreneurs on how to raise funds through online funding. This book will give you a full fledge analysis of the technical and regulatory aspects that will cover your Startup funding. The component that makes this book so helpful and extremely popular is that for every stage of a Startup, whether embryonic or expansion, it has a fundraising solution that can help you. For young entrepreneurs with less experience, this book can prove to be a useful resource.

Asking Styles by Andrea Kihlstedt

This product was recommended by Nick Bolshaw from Inyouths LED Mirrors

What forms the nucleus of all fundraising initiatives? ‘The Question,’ Your fundraising efforts, from focused campaigns to major donation programs, may be changed if you are aware of your own asking style as well as the asking styles of your board of directors and organization. In this book, fundraising coach Andrea Kihlstedt shows you how to make the most of your personality traits when requesting donations. One of the greatest books on startup fundraising, it gives you the confidence you need to make the right decisions about distribution and startup funding.

Raise and Rise by Victoria Silchenko

This product was recommended by Tomek Młodzki from PhotoAiD

As a self-taught entrepreneur, I read many books about fundraising while looking for opportunities to develop my startup. This book was exceptionally insightful.. It includes many charts, stories and advice backed up with reliable facts and statistics. Victoria Silchenko, Ph.D., is an experienced funding expert and economic advisor. She shares her knowledge and covers the most current topics, such as blockchain and digital transformation. In short, the book is informative and inspiring.

Venture Deals by Brad Feld

This product was recommended by Anthony Quint from Get on Stream

I started my business when I was relatively young and knew nothing about the business world. Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist by Brad Feld, Jason Mendelson, and Dick Costolo was one of the most helpful books for me when it came to finding funds, and how to use them in the most effective way. Years later and I still credit most of my financial success to it.

Zero to One by Blake Masters

This product was recommended by Paul Bowley from Abbeycare Group

Zero to One by Blake Masters and Peter Thiel, was a fantastic and helpful read when it came to funding and building a business to withstand anything the future throws its way. Moreover it has some very great tips for non-profit fundraising.

The Business of Venture Capital by Mahendra Ramsinghani

This product was recommended by Rachel Scott from National TASC LLC

This book will show you how to become a venture capitalist. It will teach you how to raise venture fund, properly structure your investments, and how to maximize your profit from them. This book covers all about the finances of VCs and the experiences of successful capitalists. So if you want to learn from the pros, then this is the perfect book for you to read.

What Every Angel Investor Wants You to Know by Brian Cohen

This product was recommended by Ruben Gamez from SignWell

One fantastic thing about this book – it’s not written by an entrepreneur but by an investor. *With keen insights into how angel investors operate and choose investments, you’ll get the advice you need to win them over. With small, to-the-point chapters, you can easily read one and stop to digest the information. *Look inside the mind of the angel investor with Cohen, touching on topics like authenticity, crowdfunding, due diligence, and exit strategies.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

This product was recommended by Steve Anderson from Junk Yard Near Me

The Hard Thing About Hard Things is an easy-going book that chronicles several stages of Horowitz’s career as a founder and CEO. You’ll find yourself bookmarking it like crazy. Along with the riveting it-can’t-get-any-worse-than-this and holy sh*t, it DID get worse moments, Horowitz offers a wealth of real-world counsel. Some of the most valuable people management tips I learned include the significance of consistency in promotions and awards and how to get the most out of your staff through one-on-one meetings and performance management.

The Four Steps to the Epiphany by Steve Blank

This product was recommended by Steve Anderson from Junk Yard Near Me

This book is the holy grail of Steve Blank’s notion of customer development-centered strategy. Anyone attempting to develop and market a product should read it. The theories and techniques outlined by Blank form the foundation for all of The Lean Startup’s tenets, including the iterative vs. linear execution before ramping up sales and marketing, customer development, and product-market fit first.

The Founder’s Dilemma by Noam Wasserman

This product was recommended by Steve Anderson from Junk Yard Near Me

Almost all founders will realize, with the benefit of hindsight, that many of a startup’s threats originate internally and are conceived in the early stages, without anyone realizing it: difficult conversations that were avoided, cans that were kicked down the road, and formalities that were skipped. The reader is guided through a variety of problems by Noam Wasserman, a professor at the Harvard Business School, including whether or not to leave your day job, how to distribute equity, parting-ways agreements, the mutual benefits of vesting schedules, how to structure the team early on, title inflation, and wealth-vs-control dilemmas.

Startup CEO, + Website by Matt Blumberg

This product was recommended by Lorie Carson from Real People Finder

It is a lot to ask from 400 pages, from hiring to firing, from family to dealing with a personal assistant, from holding a board meeting to building an investor story. However, the book does not claim to provide an analysis or essay on every subject. Instead, it is jam-packed with easily-digested, doable, and approachable information, with contributions from other seasoned entrepreneurs.

Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston

This product was recommended by Lorie Carson from Real People Finder

Founders at Work is a 33-chapter collection of interviews with the creators of some of the most well-known and lucrative firms and products in the world, including HOT or NOT, Gmail, the Internet Archive, Hotmail, and PayPal. Each chapter is written in an interview format, with interviewees responding to questions. The chapters cover a variety of startup hurdles, tribulations, failures, and successes. – it genuinely enables you to gain insight into the minds of some outstanding founders and how they handled some extraordinary situations.

Predictable Revenue by Aaron Ross

This product was recommended by Lorie Carson from Real People Finder

Predictable Revenue is the gospel to which a SaaS company should be built. A broad, high-quality pipeline and a high-performing sales process are necessary for rapid growth and scale. This book, written specifically for startup founders without a sales background, takes them through some of the procedures, strategies, and specializations used by Salesforce.com (as well as case studies from other companies) to reach $100 million in revenue and beyond.

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