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"Gompers and Lerner have written the ultimate A to Z book of venture investing. If you want the definitive book that explains how venture capital works and why it is so important to our economy, this is it."

-Arthur Rock, Venture Capitalist

"Gompers and Lerner give valuable historical accounts coupled with insightful observations about the future of an industry that is still in its infancy-but growing up fast."

-Peter O. Crisp, Founder and former Managing Partner, Venrock Associates

"Gompers and Lerner provide a broad overview of the venture capital industry, offering valuable insights for anyone from seasoned practitioners to interested market observers. Richly illustrated with real-life examples, The Money of Invention fulfills a critical need with its treatment of the past, present, and future of an important factor in the world economy."

-David F. Swensen, Chief Investment Officer, Yale University, and Author of Pioneering Portfolio Management

About the Author

Paul A. Gompers is a Professor of Business Administration and a Director of Research at Harvard Business School.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; 1st edition (November 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157851326X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578513260
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Greg T. Smith on August 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Gompers and Lerner have written the best book on venture capital thus far. The authors have done a great service to entrepreneurs, VCs, and the entire business community with this work.
It is written, organized, and executed at perfect pitch and should be read by anyone considering taking the plunge into entrepreneurship, pursuing a career as a VC, or simply wanting to know more about the complexities and true nature of venture capital.
As venture capital gradually becomes more plentiful in the next 24 months, reviewing this work should be required of serious-minded professionals.
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This is one of the best VC books I have read so far. Prof. Gompers is an excellent instructor and academician. I enjoyed his book, but gotta admit enjoyed his class even better. Golib Kholjigitov, New York, USA.
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By E on September 2, 2013
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Great read! Very insightful. If you have a innovative idea but limited funds, this book may be your roadmap to success.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rodolfo Baquerizo Jr. on June 20, 2008
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This well written book gives you the whole story: What's in for entrepreneurs raising funds, for VC investors, and how the industry creates value as a whole. It will give you insights that may be valuable if you haven't been a player or gone through financing rounds before. A must read!
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Vaughan on April 2, 2002
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I can't say enough good things about this book! Gompers and Lerner provide a crystal clear explaination of the role venture capital plays in the economy and offers an insightful view of how venture capital will change in the future.
Anyone who is launching a new venture should bypass the "How To Write A Business Plan" books and pick up a copy.
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