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Stross is a gifted storyteller who weaves the personal histories of the Benchmark partners with stories of how the firm came to back such companies as Priceline.com and Webvan. We meet guys who weren't born to privilege, men who took unconventional routes into the venture capital business. Probably the most intriguing is Dave Beirne, a hyperaggressive executive recruiter who went into the business after realizing venture capitalists are the ones who really call the shots at high-tech start-ups. We also see the problems Silicon Valley guys have when they try to dot-com the bricks-and-mortar world. The short tale of an aborted partnership between Benchmark and Toys 'R' Us illustrates why the old economy is so mystified by the new.
Anyone interested in how business works should find something of interest in eBoys. From the organizational structure and corporate culture of Benchmark to the histories and personalities of its partners to its adventures in the world of Internet start-ups, it's a digital snapshot that reveals how successful businesses look, think, and mine gold in today's economy. --Lou Schuler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
True story about a group of successful entrepreneurs who became one of the famous VCs (Benchmark Capital). All about early days of dot.com era.Published 8 days ago by Greg Silas
Well written. Seems a bit less than objective in regard to firm's successes.Published 11 months ago by Scott J. Tilden
I use the word "venture guy" here as the author mentions the partners at Benchmark never referred to themselves as venture capitalists. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Evan Gow
The comments from many others reviewers that the author is biased are definitely true. There is a clear bias towards Benchmark and against KPCB. Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Kevin Kwok
I have read / listened to another e-drama from about 2001 and I think this one is a little better. I listened to it at 1.4 X last night and today at 2 X speed. Read morePublished on June 12, 2011 by Mark
As someone in the startup industry, hearing the VC point of view was very interesting. Add to that a refresher course on several of the important industry-shaping deals and an... Read morePublished on October 7, 2006 by Yuval Yeret
I give this book 4 stars for its inadvertently hysterical comedy. Everything you need to know to understand how the tech bubble formed and why it burst so dramatically is... Read morePublished on October 5, 2005 by M. Young