eBoys: The First Inside Account of Venture Capitalists at Work

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Crown Publishing Group, Mar 1, 2001 - Business & Economics - 352 pages
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In eBOYS, Randall Stross takes us behind the scenes and inside the heads of the gutsy entrepreneurs who are financing the hottest businesses on the Web. The six tall men who started Benchmark, Silicon Valley's most exciting venture capital firm, put themselves at the cutting edge of the new economy by backing billion dollar start-ups like eBay and Webvan. The risks were enormous--but the rewards have proven to be staggering. Within two years, eBay's net worth grew from $20 million to more than $21 billion, while each Benchmark founding partner saw his own personal net worth soar by hundreds of millions of dollars.

For two roller-coaster years, Stross had total access not only to Benchmark's executives but to the companies they financed. He was a fly on the wall as fortunes were made in an instant, snap decisions got locked in, and new ventures took off--and sometimes crashed. Here are the testosterone-pumped conversations, round-the-clock meetings, and gutsy deals that launched the eBoys and their clients into the stratosphere of mega-wealth. Written like a novel but absolutely true, eBOYS brings to vivid life the glory days of the greatest business adventure of our time.

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The Right Answer
Good People
Go Big or Go Home
Accidents Happen
Dont Get Screwed
Room at the
Go Fast or Go Home
One Monkey Dont Make No Show
Off the Dole
Communist Capitalism
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Name Your Price
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The Art of the Deal
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Randall E. Stross teaches business history at San Jose State University and is a contributing editor at U.S. News & World Report. He is the author of four previous books, including The Microsoft Way and Steve Jobs and the NeXT Big Thing. He lives in Menlo Park, California, and can be reached via his website, www.randallstross.com.

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