The Startup Game: Inside the Partnership Between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs

The Startup Game: Inside the Partnership Between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs

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By (author) III Professor William H. Draper, Foreword by III Eric Schmidt

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 236mm x 28mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 19 January 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 023010486X
  • ISBN 13: 9780230104860
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 397,484

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The Startup Game by venture capitalist Bill Draper is the first up-close look at how the relationship between venture capitalists and entrepreneurs is critical to the future of business. For more than 40 years, Bill Draper has worked with top entrepreneurs in fabled Silicon Valley, where today's vision is made into tomorrow's reality. From the VC who saw the value in Skype, Zappos, and many other companies, comes firsthand stories of success. In these pages Draper explores: / how to evaluate innovative ideas and the entrepreneurs behind those ideas (lessons from Yahoo, Baidu, Tesla Motors, Activision, Measurex, and more) / the value of political leadership in creating opportunity, including on-the-ground accounts of how Deng Xiaoping brought China roaring into the modern world. Written in an engaging narrative, and incorporating the author's own personal experience as well as other successful entrepreneurs, this book provides a much needed look at how the world of venture capital and entrepreneurship work.

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WILLIAM H. DRAPER III is one of the West Coast's most successful venture capitalists and is the founder of Sutter Hill Ventures in Palo Alto, California. Currently, he is general partner of Draper Richards L.P., Draper Investment Company, and Draper International, and he is chairman of the board of The Draper Richards Foundation. He previously served as the president and chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States and as the head of the United Nations Development Programme. In 2005 he received the Vision Award from SD Forum and was inducted into the Dow Jones Venture Capital Hall of Fame. In 2006, he received the Silicon Valley Fast 50 Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2009 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Business Forum. He lives in Atherton, CA.

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Entrepreneurship - the catalyst of positive change - is inextricably linked with venture capital, and this unique ecosystem fosters innovative ideas that can transform the world. Bill Draper, who began investing back when Silicon Valley was only known for its fruit orchards, tells the story behind some of the most pivotal companies of the last half-century and offers a fascinating look at the inner workings of the venture capital industry.' - Elon Musk, cofounder of Paypal, cofounder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, cofounder and CEO of Tesla Motors, chairman of Solar City 'I wish I had the book when I started salesforce.com.' - Mark Benioff, CEO and founder of Salesforce.com 'You can't do better than this first-hand account from the storied father-son team of Bill and Tim Draper. They have done all of us who are passionate about technology and innovation a huge favor by chronicling their experience.' - From the foreword by Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google

Table of contents

Foreword; By E.Schmidt, CEO and Chairman of Google Introduction: Breakfast at Buck's Three generations How it works What it takes My 'missing' decade To India and back From international to global Finding the exit The business of philanthropy Fitting it all together Afterward by Tim Draper