Bill Ferris has led the field in Australian venture capital and private equity for over forty years. He has seen his share of successful floats, fly-by-night wonders and companies gone wrong. In his bestselling Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained he took readers behind closed doors to explain how the industry works and shared the lessons he learned along the way.
This book takes the story on into the world of private equity, with a wealth of stories on the successes and failures, deals that went right and deals that went wrong. There are priceless lessons for would-be investors and entrepreneurs in the insights the author can offer - how to raise funds, picking the right people, start-ups versus buyouts, IPOs and trade sales, all lessons drawn from personal experience.
Along with numerous cases studies of successful, and not so successful, ventures, Bill Ferris gives a detailed analysis of what makes a successful PE team, looks into the future of private equity and summarises the history of the industry from the 1970s.
Bill Ferris is regarded as one of the fathers of the private equity and venture capital industry in Australia. He formed the country's first venture capital company in 1970, having studied the emerging sector in the United States while completing his MBA at the Harvard Business School. Bill Ferris has been Chairman of both the Australian Trade Commission and the Australian Venture Capital Association and in 1990 was made an officer in the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to the export industry. Bill is now Chairman of the Asia Pacific Council of Macquarie University and a Director of the Australian Institute of Management. He is actively involved in the venture capital industry as executive chairman of Australian Mezzanine Investments Pty Ltd (AMIL). AMIL investments in companies such as Looksmart, Datacraft, Austal Ships, Cuppa Cup Vineyards and many others have yielded high returns and have created more than 50 millionaire entrepreneurs and executives and thousands of happy shareholders.