Zero Gravity Version 2.0: Launching Technology Companies in a Tougher Venture Capital Worldby Steve Harmon
Zero Gravity quickly became one of the defining books during an unprecedented period in entrepreneurship. But, the world it described and helped shape changed dramatically in the spring of 2000. Now, noted Internet stock analyst Steve Harmon provides an even more penetrating look into the quicksilver world of Internet venture capital and its lasting role in the
Zero Gravity quickly became one of the defining books during an unprecedented period in entrepreneurship. But, the world it described and helped shape changed dramatically in the spring of 2000. Now, noted Internet stock analyst Steve Harmon provides an even more penetrating look into the quicksilver world of Internet venture capital and its lasting role in the world enterprise economy.
Version 2.0, revised in concept and content like a major new software update, confidently capitalizes on the best of the old and the new. It features insightful analysis of the 1999-2000 dot-com correction, which affected the portfolios, psychology, expectations, and metrics of venture capitalists. Harmon looks at emerging trends from the vantage point of an entrepreneur. He also shares his perspective on the prospects for obtaining early-stage money over the next several years, now that the first Internet wave has crested.
Version 2.0 also includes new sections on Web incubators, long-term trends, and other recent dotcom developments, plus updated statistics, tables, and resources. And Harmon offers a thought-provoking analysis of the dark underbelly of e-commerce: backlashes by copyright holders and regulators to some Internet business models, new roadblocks in broadband data capacity, and more.
Zero Gravity is written from an insider's point of view. It's packed with insights from top Internet venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, features a new foreword by Ann Winblad, and is the perfect plug-in to the world of e-commerce start-ups.
Meet the Author
Harmon is Vice President, Business Development, Senior Investment Analyst, Mecklermedia, The Internet Media Company.
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Enjoyed the insights from real entrepreneurs like Marc Andreessen (Netscape founder) Jerry Yang (Yahoo co-founder), and the no nonsense langaue that Harmon uses -- very direct and informative
Chapter 7 discusses valuations and the term sheet (what venture investors offer entrepreneurs in an agreement). I was naive when our startup was funded 2 years ago and we got screwed by VCs. Wish I had this book back then. For anyone considering getting venture capital I highly recommend they research the venture capital industry carefully first. This book is a good starting point.
Overall a valuable reference guide. I enjoyed the valuation tables of start-ups that have been funded, venture funding process review, key interviews from successful CEOs and investors, and all told in layperson's terms. I found it a useful reference alongside Start-Up by Neismith and the Pratt directory guide to venture capital. Zero Gravity 2.0 would have been a good book to read in my university MBA program, since far too many books on venture capital are dry and lack any insights from entrepreneurs as Harmon does in this.
i enjoyed reading the insights from jerry yang and marc andreesson
Readers who have followed Mr Harmon in his role as a columnist for internet.com (Internet Stock Guru) will find little new here. Harmon fills too many pages with quips and similes (and re-statements of the obvious) instead of insight or research.