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Most of High Stakes is the story of Vermeer, from its startup to its sale to Microsoft. (Now bundled with Microsoft Office, FrontPage is used by more than 3 million people worldwide.) Along the way, Ferguson met the players in the Valley and formed strong opinions of them. He describes Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale as an egomaniac and technological dolt in way, way over his head. Oracle founder Larry Ellison is "severely warped." One of his best lines sums up Silicon Valley as a place where "one finds little evidence that the meek shall inherit the earth."
But this isn't just the technological equivalent of WWF trash-talking. Ferguson is very tough on himself, too, and details his own shortcomings as a person and a businessman. Mostly, it's a gloves-off account of how things really get done in high technology today, as refreshingly honest and acerbic an account as you'll ever read. --Lou Schuler
I have purchased more than 30 copies of this book as a mentor/advisor for some startups and business owners and if you can get past the personality quirks, this is the best 10 $... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rohit Sharma - Author of ''Luck Rengineering''
This is one of those books you cannot miss, if you are seeking funding from Venture Capital firms. This book will shock you as well as provide you with so much information that you... Read morePublished 5 months ago by CuriousLearner!
very interesting story, got some good behind the scenes info that you rarely get access to.Published 17 months ago by EA Person
Venture teams/inventors/entrepreneurs - do you know the way to San Jose?
Absolutely not, until you have read and re-read Chapter 3 of "High St@kes, No Prisoners"... Read more
ignore all the personality quirks, what we have here is a rare thing - an unvarnished account by an insider of what it took to make a deal with the VC sharks during the dawn of the... Read morePublished on August 28, 2013 by nonamespecified
Charles Ferguson's book is the toughest and most honest book ever written about the reality of start-ups and venture capital. Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by Whippet
I was a heavy user of FrontPage almost from its first release by Microsoft and heard about the book several times, but read the book only now. Read morePublished on October 2, 2010 by kievite
OK, If I could I'd give it 4.5 stars or so -- there are flaws. But basically, the book has a lot of great info, especially for geeks who work in the software business. Read morePublished on January 11, 2005 by Putnam
Charles Ferguson, an MIT PhD, was the founding CEO of Vermeer Technologies, a company that developed one of the first web design tools. Read morePublished on November 16, 2002 by Zack Urlocker