[Download] Eboys: The First Inside Account of Venture Capitalists at Work By Randall E. Stross

Eboys: The First Inside Account of Venture Capitalists at Work

By: Randall E. Stross
Narrated by: Eric Conger
Length: 11 hours
Release date: Oct 31, 2000
Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (66 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

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The first inside account of life within a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, eBoys is the fascinating true story of the six tall men who backed eBay, Webvan, and other billion-dollar start-ups that are transforming the Internet and setting a new pace for the economy.

Randall Stross, author of acclaimed books on Microsoft and Steve Jobs, blends a business historian's perspective with a journalist's flair for suspenseful storytelling to look at wealth creation up close. For two years, Stross gained unprecedented access to the venture capitalists at Benchmark, an upstart firm founded by thirtysomething renegades whose average height happens to be 6' 5". Since Benchmark's founding in 1995, each partner's net worth has increased, on average, $100 million annually. 

Stross was present as the Benchmark boys debated which businesses to support, and by recounting their conversations in testosterone-rich detail, he offers readers the most precise and enlightening account of the ways in which venture capitalists think, evaluate prospects, and wield influence.

Stross also gained access to a number of the Benchmark-backed start-ups, including a small, privately held San Jose company called eBay. The value of the company grew from $20 million to more than $21 billion within two years of Benchmark's investment, an increase of 100,000 percent. Business Week called it "probably the best venture capital investment of all time."

Venture capitalists have become iconic symbols of our time, just as investment bankers, investigative journalists, and hippies defined previous eras. In eBoys, Randall Stross has vividly captured the interplay of ambition, personality, experimentation, and risk, all acted out, larger than life, as the men of Benchmark and the entrepreneurs they back play their remarkable roles in the new world of Internet commerce and the creation of vast, sudden wealth.

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8 Responses to “[Download] Eboys: The First Inside Account of Venture Capitalists at Work By Randall E. Stross”

  1. Han Sensel

    Insight into venture capitalism
    Not as compelling as some recent tech histories it does give an insider’s view into what goes on in venture capitalism

  2. Rico Robello

    excellent book
    This author actually gets inside the venture shop and tells you what each member of the team is thinking, what motivates them, how they view their entrepreneur investees.

  3. Samual M.

    A little pompous
    .. at times.. a little light on what it takes to run a start-up.. but it makes a good short listen about the go-go days of the internet.

  4. Bryan Cration

    Art of Not Finishing
    While I enjoyed many of the historical insights, the exchanges and minute details got in the way and slowed down the story. The opening is colorfully painted with cursing which might turn off some readers. I ultimately decided not to finish it about 1/3 of the way.

  5. Aaron Kennemore

    Enjoyable Education on Early Days of E-Venturing
    I enjoyed this book and found it to hold my interest as well as provide information. The reader, the writer and the topic were all superb!

  6. Greg Kuck

    Great story!
    I really enjoyed this book. I thought it might seem outdated since it was set and written during and only very shortly afer the internet bubble of the 90’s, but I was pleasantly surprised. The story of each of the companies the eBoys invested in was interesting and the way the author puts you directly in the conversation is great. The only disappointment for me was an excessive fidelity to reproducing their use of profanity. There were probably 30 or 40 uses of the “f-word” throughout the book.

  7. Donetta Cauthen

    Interesting, entertaining
    This is a great book about a unique time in history and a few high achievers who mostly came from blue-collar backgrounds who were in thick of it, making surprisingly seat-of-the-pants decisions.

    What is interesting is many of the companies that made it through the bubble collapse are still around and even profitable, and have changed our lives. While most of us still go to the store to get grocieries, how we research purchases, buy books, music and many other items has changed.

    It’s worth adding that Eric Conger does a great job of narrating a very good book and bringing the entertaining dialog to life.

    If this is at all an interesting subject to you, I recomend this book.

  8. Harlan D.

    Fascinating !

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