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Done Deals: Venture Capitalists Tell Their Stories

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  9 reviews
This work provides a revealing history of the venture capital industry as told through first-person accounts. It chronicles the industry's beginnings and highlights the differences between America's West and East coast firms. More than thirty leading venture capitalists - from early pioneers such as Eugene Kleiner and Arthur Rock to current top players like Geoff Yang and ...more
Hardcover, 415 pages
Published September 8th 2000 by Harvard Business Review Press (first published September 2000)
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Piotr Pisarz
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Quite disappointed. Some interesting tidbits on early years of VC industry, but all in all quite boring read. Also book is very outdated, so it's funny to read about pre-bubble crush internet hype. ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-20
There are parts of this book that are interesting. While in some ways it hasn't dated well (it was written just before the tech bubble burst), there are moments where there is an interesting snapshot of a point in history. But book itself is a bit boring. Most stories are ok in themselves, but as group they feel repetitive. I got the feeling that there's a great 30 to 50 page summary in there if someone wanted to do it, but this is just too much for me. ...more
Kalle Wescott
Mar 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I read /Done Deals: Venture Capitalists Tell Their Stories/, by Udayan Gupta:

Super-interesting... the book is in interview format, sometimes transcribed and edited, sometimes left in question and answer mode.

I knew about half the stories and people (though never at the depth of detail provided).

The other half, VCs I don't know or know of, was most interesting to me.

Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best ways to learn about a particular subject is to learn about its history. Venture capital is a new industry emerging in developing countries, and I think this book is a must read for venture capitalists to be able to get a contextual grasp on the evolution of tech and VC investing in the Valley. A good read for all people who are aspired to work in or studying about VC industry
Manas Saloi
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
VC interviews before the first internet bubble crash.
A bit dry, and sometimes you might wonder if this could have been edited better,
but a really important read if you want to understand the origin stories of most VC firms active today.
Josh Maher
Sep 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book, it was a bit long though - I felt there could have been a fair amount taken out. I also would have liked to know more about the individuals and how they thought about venture capital. It was interesting to read about where they started and how they got there, but understanding the why and the how of their practice would be intriguing.

Granted, I am writing a book in a similar style but profiling current angel investors. I am well into the draft and revisions of my upcoming bo
Trevor Lewis
Mar 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Gives background information on those who became the first VC and those who have succeeded and failed.

Also adds details and explanation of the world of Venture Capital. How it is ran, how to get involved and how to absorb.
Not all chapters are necessary to read. Not the most exciting book, it is dated but gets the job done.
Michael Slavin
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: business
More of a history of venture capitalists than anything very useful. If you want a good recounting of how it all started, this is not bad.
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
suprisingly no other book like this on the market, like espn top 10 of venture capital deals
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