Must see VCs: Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson stop in Portland to talk Venture Deals

Running a startup is difficult. You know that. But did you know that one of the most difficult things about running a startup has absolutely nothing to do with your product or managing your team or figuring out your market?

It’s true. The hardest part of running a startup for first time entrepreneurs? Wading through the craptastic and nebulous legalese of contracts and term sheets. It ain’t pretty. That’s why Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson of Foundry Group took the opportunity to make it easier—and to make you smarter.

Brad and Jason have gathered a bunch of guidance and expertise into a book called Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist. And it’s awesome. Taking deep dives into term sheets and nebulous vocabulary to explain everything from “pre-money valuation” to “drag along rights” in simple straightforward language.

How simple? Let’s just put it this way: Even I can understand it. Nuff said.

Now, I realize that having access to this amazing book for your startup completely makes your day. And you’re now willing to go happily along your startuppy way. But I implore you to hang here just a moment longer. Because there’s more to this story.

What if you could have access to the authors?

Well, get ready to be happy. You can. These guys are practically saints for writing this book. So it only makes sense that Brad and Jason will be showing up in Portland on All Saints Day, November 1.

Get it? It’s like term sheets are scary, but Brad and Jason aren’t?

Well, okay. They’re still kind of scary. Scary smart. But that’s why you should come. Because not only are they willing to sign your copy of the book, they’ll also be up for answering your questions about the book, the venture capital industry, and their experience with startups. How awesome is that?

Urban Airship invites you to come meet Foundry Group co-founders Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson as we celebrate the launch of their newest venture, the release of Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist.

Free beer provided by Urban Airship.

(I may even get to ask them a question or two. So, if you’d like to propose questions, you can start posting them below in comments.)

So get registered to attend Venture Deals and hang out at Urban Airship on November 1. So you can meet Brad and Jason and hear more from them, firsthand.

Who else is coming? You can see the growing list on Plancast.