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Done Deals: Venture Capitalists Tell Their Stories Hardcover – September, 2000
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Top Customer Reviews
Where is the industry going? Again, no real insights here...
As someone stated earlier, if I wanted a historical perspective on the VC industry or a who's who in the industry, there are many, many sources on the internet for this information.
Try Ruth Ann Quindlan's book for better insights into the decision making that goes into dealmaking.
The book begins with a very short summary of the growth of the VC industry after WWII and then presents the VCs in five groups. It begins with the "Fast Forward" or the hot Internet and computer based VCs. Then come the "Beginnings" - the group after WWII that built the industry. A contrast is made with the next two groups, the East Coast versus the West Coast VCs. Finally, a group is presented in Visions.
Each of the VCs is presented with a little drawing in the WSJ style. I think this book is worthwhile just to get to know some of the big names, where they work - or used to work (there have been some changes since 2000) - and what projects these firms and people did. It can help in building professional associations let alone dinner conversation.
Is it a must read? I don't think so. However, if you are interested in the venture capital industry I think this would be a very good way to get some understanding of the terrain the industry has occupied and who some of the movers and shakers are (and were).
Organized into five parts (Fast Forward, Beginnings, West Coast, East Coast and Visions), the book examines the industry's humble beginnings to its extraordinary present (ok, very very recent past and hopefully a recent future). For a non-US reader such as myself, it also contains a priceless critique on the differences between West Coast and East Coast investing, which is unique because you'll recognize that a relatively nascent industry such as VC can sport widely varying investment philosophies as well. As investment spreads out to Europe, Australia and China, this becomes even more useful.
The book packs info about the hottest deals we had heard about - from Yahoo to www.Amazon.com - which makes for a gripping read in of itself. But beyond that, there are invaluable insights and discussions at length about how the VCs set up their partnerships and hand pick top management teams. Much better than reading a "VC 101" text book because it presents a hands-on glimpse at the industry's past and future from the veterans' point of view.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These interviews are really good insights into the people and the flavor of their firms. Some better than others, but they help you understand how firms have evolved differently. Read morePublished on May 13, 2009 by W. Danco
I opened this book with anticipation that I would be presented with an insightful examination of how the greats of the venture capital world worked with thier investments. Read morePublished on May 21, 2002
As a VC myself, I found this book to be very inspirational. What struck me as a common theme among the great VCs was that there was a sense of vision and purpose. Read morePublished on February 10, 2001 by James Altucher
I was disappointed with this book. Rather than a behind the scenes look into the strategy and excitement of today's dealmaking, it is a look into the past (poorly edited)of several... Read morePublished on January 6, 2001 by jason tomms
The stories of the pioneers of the industry were captivating and showed the "pure" spirit of the early VC world. Read morePublished on December 27, 2000 by Henry Ligot
you can find the information found in this book via the internet... the only thing i found this book good for is to convince the obvious: venture capital business is big... Read morePublished on November 28, 2000
As the Dot Coms become Dot Gones...its hilariously obvious that the modern VC is the equivalent of the Junk Bond Trader of the 80's. Read morePublished on November 7, 2000