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

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Entrepreneurs drive the future, and the last several decades have been a thrilling ride of astounding, far-reaching innovation. Behind this transformative progress are also the venture capitalists - who are at once the investors, coaches and allies of the entrepreneurs. William H. Draper III knows this story first-hand, because as a venture capitalist, he helped write it. 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 ...

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Entrepreneurs drive the future, and the last several decades have been a thrilling ride of astounding, far-reaching innovation. Behind this transformative progress are also the venture capitalists - who are at once the investors, coaches and allies of the entrepreneurs. William H. Draper III knows this story first-hand, because as a venture capitalist, he helped write it. 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. The Startup Game is the first up-close look at how the relationship between venture capitalists and entrepreneurs is critical to enhancing the success of any economy.

From a venture capitalist who saw the potential of Skype, Apollo Computer, Hotmail, OpenTable, and many other companies, come firsthand stories of success. In these pages, Draper explores how to evaluate innovative ideas and the entrepreneurs behind those ideas, and he shares lessons from Yahoo, Zappos, Baidu, Tesla Motors, Activision, Measurex, and more. Also, in revealing his on-the-ground account of how Deng Xiaoping brought China roaring into the modern world and how Manmohan Singh unlocked the creative genius of Indian entrepreneurs, Draper stresses the essential value of farsighted political leadership in creating opportunity.

The author also discusses his efforts to bring best practices of the venture capitalist/entrepreneur partnership to the social sector.

Written in an engaging narrative, and incorporating many of the author's personal experiences, this book provides a much-needed look at how the world of venture capital and entrepreneurship works.

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Draper (founder, Sutter Hill Ventures) recounts the ups and downs of three generations of his venture capitalist family; their failure to become investors in a fledgling Yahoo!, and their success in growing an $8 million investment in the Chinese dot-com Baidu into $8 billion. The author offers distilled wisdom in the form of lists like "The Top Ten Avoidable Mistakes of Entrepreneurs" while telling the story of his Yale and Harvard education, Korean War service, and leading the Export-Import Bank of the United States and the United Nations Development Program. Draper includes the fascinating experience of being a high-level fly on the wall at the beginning of the Berlin Airlift and extols the virtues of social entrepreneurship while detailing his commitment to philanthropy by way of the Draper Richards Foundation. VERDICT Though mostly a how-to manual for venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, the book contains enough intimate reflection and engaging anecdote to make its practical business advice and Silicon Valley insider history appeal to a wide variety of readers.—Steve Wilson, Dayton Metro Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230104860
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 879,066
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

William H. Draper, III is one of the West Coast's first venture capitalists and the founder of Sutter Hill Ventures in Palo Alto, California. Former Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States and Undersecretary General of the United Nations, he is currently the General Partner of the venture capital companies Draper Richards L.P., Draper Investment Company, and Draper International.He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the President's Council on International Activities at Yale University.He received the Vision Award from Software Developers Forum and was inducted into the Dow Jones Venture Capital Hall of Fame. He has also received honorary awards from the Silicon Valley Fast 50, the International Business Forum, the National Venture Capital Association, Harvard and Yale Universities, University of California, and Institute of International Education. He lives in Atherton, California.

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Table of Contents

Foreword —By Eric Schmidt, CEO and Chairman of Google

• Introduction: Breakfast at Buck’s

• Chapter 1— Three generations

• Chapter 2— How it works

• Chapter 3— What it takes

• Chapter 4— My “missing” decade

• Chapter 5— To India and back

• Chapter 6— From international to global

• Chapter 7— Finding the exit

• Chapter 8— The business of philanthropy

• Chapter 9— Fitting it all together

• Afterward by Tim Draper

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