'Worth far more than its cover price ... I wish I’d had it available to me when I was first looking for startup funding' -- Eric Rees Every startup needs capital, and ambitious startups seek it on Sand Hill Road – Silicon Valley’s dream street for entrepreneurs. That’s where you’ll find the biggest names in venture capital, including the famed VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, where lawyer-turned-entrepreneur-turned-VC Scott Kupor serves as managing partner. Whether you’re trying to get a new company off the ground or scale an existing business to the next level, you need to understand how VCs think. Secrets of Sand Hill Road is the first book that shows you exactly how VCs decide where and how much to invest. It will help you get the best possible deal and make the most of your relationships with VCs. You’ll learn, for instance: -- Why most VCs typically invest in only one startup in a given business category -- Why the talent you need most when raising venture capital is your storytelling ability -- How to handle a 'down round', when you have to raise funds at a lower valuation than in your previous round -- Why bridge financing (reopening your last round to existing investors) is generally a bad idea -- What to do when VCs get too entangled in the day-to-day operations of your business -- Why you need to build relationships with potential acquirers long before you decide to sell Filled with Kupor’s firsthand experiences, insider advice, and practical takeaways, Secrets of Sand Hill Road is the guide you need to turn yourstartup into the next unicorn.
On a tiny island in a ramshackle beach house, Meg, an heiress, is hiding from her family's dubious past. Her true love, Evan, died thirty years ago in a storm at sea, or so she thought. Did her father really have her lover killed and if so, does everyone on the island know about it but Meg? Alex is determined to win Meg over and if that means befriending her son Jon, he's game. Although with his past history with women, he wonders why he even tries. After all, he's just a starving artist with little to offer her. Now that Alex has warmed her heart again, Meg realizes she has friends who care and a life outside her garden. But in order to enjoy it, she must first figure out who is blackmailing her.
What Everyone Else Can Learn from the Innovation Capital of the World
Author: Deborah Perry Piscione
Pubpsher: St. Martin's Press
Category: Business & Economics
While the global economy languishes, one place just keeps growing despite failing banks, uncertain markets, and high unemployment: Silicon Valley. In the last two years, more than 100 incubators have popped up there, and the number of angel investors has skyrocketed. Today, 40 percent of all venture capital investments in the United States come from Silicon Valley firms, compared to 10 percent from New York. In Secrets of Silicon Valley, entrepreneur and media commentator Deborah Perry Piscione takes us inside this vibrant ecosystem where meritocracy rules the day. She explores Silicon Valley's exceptionally risk-tolerant culture, and why it thrives despite the many laws that make California one of the worst states in the union for business. Drawing on interviews with investors, entrepreneurs, and community leaders, as well as a host of case studies from Google to Paypal, Piscione argues that Silicon Valley's unique culture is the best hope for the future of American prosperity and the global business community and offers lessons from the Valley to inspire reform in other communities and industries, from Washington, DC to Wall Street.
Release on 2014-11-12 | by BusinessNews Publishing
Review and Analysis of Piscione's Book
Author: BusinessNews Publishing
Category: Business & Economics
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William J. Locke (1863-1930) tells a tale of an English writer who escapes the Russian Revolution with the diary of a dead soldier and passes himself off as Alexis Triona, writer of thrilling tales about his life among the Bolshevists.
If you were sure a kid from your school had been murdered, would you try to find out who did it even if no one believed you? When an honor student at Woodhaven High commits suicide after being expelled for having alcohol in his locker, Xander and Jackson (Jax) Carter track all the data from his last days, uncovering secrets from the school campus to venture capital on Sand Hill Road. The loose thread of a father who couldn't be there unravels a tapestry of deceit, putting the boys' very lives at stake. This high-tech romp is as much a glimpse into the lives of modern teenage brothers as it is a mystery. Xander has a natural affinity for technology as if born with a silicon chip in his head, and Jax has a genius EQ with the innate charm to talk his way out of almost anything. Together the Carter Bros make a fantastic problem solving team - when they're not bickering. Bring the Hardy Boys into the 21st century and give their relationship a hint of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson - that's the Carter Bros!
"Each entry includes a critical commentary, production data, cast list, MPAA rating (if any), suggested related films, annotated references to books and websites for further reading, and information about availability of films for rental and/or purchase. This edition addresses both historical and contemporary films and features many more documentaries and hard-to-find information about agitprop and union-financed films."--BOOK JACKET.
Release on 2005-11-15 | by David A. Vise,Mark Malseed
Inside the Hottest Business, Media, and Technology Success of Our Time
Author: David A. Vise,Mark Malseed
Category: Business & Economics
The definitive, bestselling account of the company that changed the way we work and live, updated for the twentieth anniversary of Google’s founding with analysis of its most recent bold moves to redefine the world—and its even more ambitious plans for the future. Moscow-born Sergey Brin and Midwest-born Larry Page dropped out of graduate school at Stanford University to, as they said, “change the world” through a powerful search engine that would organize every bit of information on the Web for free. The Google Story takes you deep inside the company’s wild ride from an idea that struggled for funding in 1998 to a firm that today rakes in billions in profits. Based on scrupulous research and extraordinary access to Google, this fast-moving narrative reveals how an unorthodox management style and a culture of innovation enabled a search-engine giant to shake up Madison Avenue, clash with governments that accuse it of being a monopoly, deploy self-driving cars to forever change how we travel, and launch high-flying Internet balloons. Unafraid of controversy, Google is surging ahead with artificial intelligence that could cure diseases but also displace millions of people from their jobs, testing the founders’ guiding mantra: DON’T BE EVIL. Praise for The Google Story “[The authors] do a fine job of recounting Google’s rapid rise and explaining its search business.”—The New York Times “An intriguing insider view of the Google culture.”—Harvard Business Review “An interesting read on a powerhouse company . . . If you haven’t read anything about one of today’s most influential companies, you should. If you don’t read The Google Story, you’re missing a few extra treats.”—USA Today “Fascinating . . . meticulous . . . never bogs down.”—Houston Chronicle