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Venture Capitalists at Work: How VCs Identify and Build Billion-Dollar Successes Paperback – November 17, 2011
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From the reviews:“Book contains a series of structured interviews with 35 well-known venture capitalists … asking each venture capitalist similar questions about what attracts them to a potential venture. … a revealing account of how venture capitalists think. … A really compelling work from the investor’s perspective. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate students through professionals.” (J. J. Janney, Choice, Vol. 49 (10), June, 2012)
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When reading Shah's book, it feels as if you're in the same room with Shah and his interviewees. While Shah rightly asks identical questions of each investor, the answers are fascinatingly diverse and thoughtful.
If you're a new or experienced entrepreneur, the advice and insights in Shah's book are priceless.
1) The caliber and diversity of VC partners that the author has been able to tap into for his interviews.
2) The no-nonsense, straight-to-the-point approach of his interviewing format, yielding very informationally rich responses.
3) The honesty and directness of his interviewing subjects (even when talking about their failures), who seem eager to provide their candid responses
I am a serial entrepreneur with three startups under my belt and have spoken to over 100 VC partners over the last 15 years, either while pitching, or at social occasions and gatherings. Despite that, I still found the interviews interesting and informative.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in getting an inside look into the world of venture capital and its main players. If you are interested in raising venture capital money, it will be of great help to know how some of the top VCs in the country think.
Another strength is that the book is extremely easy to digest. Focused, seemingly "real-time" interviews that pull you right into the heart of the conversation, as if you were there. It is also an easy book to put down, because each interview with a leading venture capitalist or entrepreneur is relatively short. I found I could pick the book up between appointments, digest a quick chapter (which pretty much always left me fired up for whatever it was that I was about to do next), and set it down without loosing sleep (literally and figuratively).
In the weeks since I began reading this, I've written the name of this book and its author down on half a dozen white boards and suggested everyone in the room go pick up a copy - and suggest you do the same. Great work.
For most startup founders, it's incredibly difficult to get a meeting with one well-known VC, let alone the 16 VCs interviewed in Tarang Shah's book. After reading the first few chapters, I realized what Shah was doing...he is letting us into the mindsets and thought processes of the top venture capitalists worldwide. Through his interviews, Shah helps us understand how VCs think about potential investments, why they make certain investments, and why these investments ultimately succeed or fail.
While well-known VCs will occasionally share their thoughts at industry conferences and startup sessions, you rarely get the level of candor and insight that Shah brings to light here...this is great reading!
One of the few books I've read recently where I hated to put it down. Thank you, Mr. Shah!
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It is a good read for startup founders, and enterpreneurs. Very easy to understand and interesting to read. I like itPublished on June 23, 2014 by Vinay
I just finished reading this book and thought it was outstanding. I've read many books on the topic and this is definitely one of the best. Read morePublished on June 16, 2014 by James C. Shedden
I truly enjoyed reading this book because it went to the source of venture capital the venture capitalist themselves. Read morePublished on October 27, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Written in an interview form, it is as if you listen to two persons talking. Great reading experience and very insightful!Published on December 5, 2012 by Kelly
For anyone interested in any facet of the Venture Capital world, Venture Capitalists At Work is the definitive book. Read morePublished on October 17, 2012 by G Johnson
This book has a great advice from the best and the most successful VC experts in the field. Whether you are an entrepreneur, an investor, or just a person who is interested of how... Read morePublished on June 19, 2012 by Yousuf Jamjoom
Tarang Shah asks ALL the right questions and does an amazing job interviewing the top VC's, the insight and information shared by them is truly priceless and is guaranteed to make... Read morePublished on June 12, 2012 by Baldy
Venture Capitalists at Work: How VCs Identify and Build Billion-Dollar Successes
What a gift. I ordered this book to take with me on a trip to Italy. Good news/bad news. Read more