“The book gives a true insider’s view in the venture capital and private equity world and debunks myths about ruthlessness being necessary to succeed.” —Business Insider
One of Business Insider’s “5 Best Leadership Books I Read This Year” for 2022
A look back at entrepreneurial growth and venture capital in the last half century by one of the leading figures in the industry.
Extensive media and online coverage of the business arena, news of start-ups, mergers, and deals are familiar headlines these days. But that wasn’t always the case. The early years of venture capital were a far cry from today’s very public dealings. Alan Patricof, one of the pioneers of the venture arena, offers a behind-the-scenes look at the past fifty years of the industry. From buying stock in Apple when its market valuation was only $60 million to founding New York Magazine to investing in AOL, Audible, and more recently, Axios, his discerning approach to finding companies is almost peerless.
All of Patricof’s investments—from Xerox to Venmo—share certain qualities. Each company had sound product with wide appeal, the economics were solid, and the management team was talented and committed to seeing their visions come to fruition.