The Power Law (venture Capital And The Art Of Disruption)

By (author) Mallaby Sebastian
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By (author) Mallaby Sebastian

From an award-winning financial historian comes the gripping, character-driven story of venture capital and the world it made

Innovations rarely come from "experts." Jeff Bezos was not a bookseller; Elon Musk was not in the auto industry. When it comes to innovation, a legendary venture capitalist told Sebastian Mallaby, the future cannot be predicted, it can only be discovered. Most attempts at discovery fail, but a few succeed at such a scale that they more than make up for everything else. That extreme ratio of success and failure is the power law that drives venture capital, Silicon Valley, the tech sector, and, by extension, the world.

Drawing on unprecedented access to the most celebrated venture capitalists of all time, award-winning financial historian Sebastian Mallaby tells the story of this strange tribe of financiers who have funded the world''s most successful companies, from Google to SpaceX to Alibaba. With a riveting blend of storytelling and analysis, The Power Law makes sense of the seeming randomness of success in venture capital, an industry that relies, for good and ill, on gut instinct and personality rather than spreadsheets and data. We learn the unvarnished truth about some of the most iconic triumphs and infamous disasters in the history of tech, from the comedy of errors that was the birth of Apple to the venture funding that fostered hubris at WeWork and Uber to the industry''s notorious lack of women and ethnic minorities.

Now the power law echoes around the world: it has transformed China''s digital economy beyond recognition, and London is one of the top cities for venture capital investment. By taking us so deeply into the VCs'' game, The Power Law helps us think about our own future through their eyes.

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Mallaby, an astute chronicler of modern capitalism, [...]writes with humour and historical sweep... His account is immensely enriched by interviews with most if not all of the rainmakers in venture capital
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Sebastian Mallaby has done what many people would have thought it impossible to do: write a gripping book about the modern history of venture capital... Well-argued and compelling... A superb introduction to an important subject
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[An] entertaining history... If you want to understand a world in which a handful of coders became richer than most countries, this is an invaluable guide
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In his well-researched book, leavened by lively portraits of leading figures, Mr Mallaby explores the history of the VC industry and the reasons for its vitality
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Thoroughly magnificent... Seriously great, and wildly important... It would be difficult to find a more important book than Mallaby''s in 2022, and most any year for that matter
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Sebastian Mallaby sets off into the world of venture capital and the strange bunch of financiers behind some of the most successful companies. It''s a tale of triumphs but also major failures, hubris and jaw-dropping eccentricity
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[An] absorbing new history of startup investing
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[Mallaby] brings his trademark mixture of exhaustive research and clear analysis to his most interesting subject so far
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Venture capital has influenced the American economy for over half-a-century now, and finally we have a book of exceptional reporting, analysis and storytelling to bring that history to life. What makes Sebastian Mallaby''s The Power Law a classic is how deeply it takes us into VC''s defining successes and failures - which are much harder to get anyone to talk frankly about. I''m not sure this is the book of VCs'' dreams, but it''s what the rest of us have been waiting for
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Author By (author) Mallaby Sebastian
Date Of Publication Mar 23, 2023
EAN 9780141988948
Contributors Mallaby Sebastian
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
Languages English
Country of Publication United Kingdom
Width 129 mm
Height 198 mm
Thickness 15 mm
Product Forms Paperback / Softback
Availability in Stores ABC Dbayeh, Hamra, ABC Achrafieh, Global
Weight 0.200000
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