Zero Gravity: Riding Venture Capital from High-Tech Start-up to Breakout IPO

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The Internet...it's a wild ride. High-flying Internet companies seem to operate their own set of rules — outside the natural laws of gravity that apply to most businesses. It's an environment in which perception is more important than profits, and "mind share" is greater than market share. This is Zero Gravity, and it's what all Internet start-ups aspire to.

But how do garage entrepreneurs and Internet junkies make the transition from that first caffeine-induced idea to ...

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Overview

The Internet...it's a wild ride. High-flying Internet companies seem to operate their own set of rules — outside the natural laws of gravity that apply to most businesses. It's an environment in which perception is more important than profits, and "mind share" is greater than market share. This is Zero Gravity, and it's what all Internet start-ups aspire to.

But how do garage entrepreneurs and Internet junkies make the transition from that first caffeine-induced idea to blockbuster IPO and instant-millionaire status? The answer is venture capital — which has funded nearly every successful start-up.

This book by noted Internet stock analyst Steve Harmon provides an insider's edge and a savvy look inside the topsy-turvy culture of venture capital and Silicon Valley start-ups. It delivers valuable guidelines from top venture capitalists, such as John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins, Ann Winblad of Hummer Winblad, and Esther Dyson of EDVenture Holdings — the leaders who make the rules in cyberspace.

Zero Gravity also contains advice and lively anecdotes on business growth and Internet company etiquette from luminaries such as Jerry Yang of Yahoo! and Jeffrey Bezos of AMAZON.com. It provides the contacts you need, in tandem with the know-how it takes to operate successfully in the frenetic, high-stakes world of Internet business. This is "the little black book" for anyone interested in what's really going on in this news-making industry.

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Carmen García Fernández
A great read for any entrepreneur wanting to build a dominant, leading company. I wish all entrepreneurs would read this so they are ready for a great discussion with venture capitalists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576600320
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/4/1999
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 267
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Harmon is Vice President, Business Development, Senior Investment Analyst, Mecklermedia, The Internet Media Company.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: The Big Idea
Chapter 2: The Firms
Chapter 3: The Entrepreneurial Pitch
Chapter 4: The People: Power Q & A with the Dealmakers
Chapter 5: The Meeting
Chapter 6: The Valuation
Chapter 7: Zero Gravity: Definition by Example
Chapter 8: Angel Among Us: Alternatives to Venture Capital
Steve Harmon's Zero Gravity Web Resource
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2000

    Excellent Reading - Excellent Reference!

    This is not normally my type book. I had just read an article about Fouche Media, a small start up which recently invented a revolutionary new behavior modification software, Neurosync, out of their home, and one of the people mentioned in the article led me to this book. Amazing how many new and original ideas and products almost fail for lack of Venture Capitol before making it. It's a great read and now I know just how much some of these 'mega-rich mega-nerds' risked to achieve what we all envy. How many of us, no matter how secure or insecure would beg, borrow, hock, and invest all our money, sweat, and tears to succeed at this level? Just like the amazing product I was reading about described the risk the inventors took to achieve a goal many of us wouldn't understand. The limbo period between exausting all and success is a fearful time I imagine. Highly Recommended and Great Reference!!!

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