Doing Venture Capital Deals in 2008 is an authoritative, insider's perspective on raising venture capital, establishing valuations, and structuring venture capital investments. Featuring managing partners at top VC firms, these experts provide best practices for venture capitalists and entrepreneurs at all stages of an investment with a focus on evaluating timelines for funding and financing, assessing potential ROI on an investment, and formulating the growth potential for a company. From spotting opportunities to negotiating the terms of the deal, these industry leaders discuss characteristics that make a good partner, key tools and methods for determining valuations, strategies for conducting due diligence, and techniques to produce a successful deal. These seasoned experts reveal their advice for establishing a successful management team, forecasting risks, and identifying growth capital per stage of the company. Additionally, the authors offer strategies for overcoming challenges, understanding mistakes to avoid, and analyzing the differences between start-ups and established companies. The different niches presented and the breadth of perspectives represented enable readers to get inside some of leading minds of today, as these insiders offer up their thoughts around the keys to successful deal-making. Inside the Minds provides readers with proven business intelligence from C-Level executives (Chairman, CEO, CFO, CMO, Partner) from the world's most respected companies nationwide, rather than third-party accounts from unknown authors and analysts. Each chapter is comparable to an essay/thought leadership piece and is a future-oriented look at where an industry, profession, or topic is headed and the most important issues for the future. Through an exhaustive selection process, each author was hand-picked by the Inside the Minds editorial board to author a chapter for this book. Chapters Include: 1. Dr. Andrew Jay, Managing Partner, Siemens Venture Capital "Venture Capital Simplified" 2. Andrew D. Clapp, Partner, Brook Venture Partners "Breaking through the Capital Barrier" 3. Russ Aldrich, Executive Director, Guide Ventures LLC "Venture Capital Valuations: A Primer on Entry and Exit Considerations" 4. Roland A. Van der Meer, Managing Partner, Velocity Interactive Group "Venture Investing and Valuation Strategies in Digital Media and Communications" 5. Daniel C. Wood, Managing Member, Mesa Verde Venture Partners LP "Seed and Start-Up Biomedical Companies" 6. Donald Butler, President, Thomvest Ventures "Structuring an Effective Investment" 7. Drew Lanza, Partner, Morgenthaler Ventures "Rules of Thumb: Developing and Executing the Plan" 8. John Occhipinti, Managing Director, Woodside Fund "Exploring Venture Capital Fundraising Options" 9. Deepu John, Principal, iSherpa Capital "Creating and Capturing Value"