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Posted: June 13, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 13, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Title

“The Startup Game: Inside the Partnership between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs 

Author:

William H. Draper  

 

Synopsis:

Entrepreneurs drive the future and behind them are the venture capitalists - who are at once the investors, coaches and allies of the entrepreneurs.  The Startup Game is an up-close look at how the relationship between venture capitalists and entrepreneurs is critical to enhancing the success of any economy.

William H. Draper III knows this story first-hand, because as a venture capitalist, he helped write it. For more than 40 years, Draper has worked with top entrepreneurs in fabled Silicon Valley, where today’s vision is made into tomorrow’s reality.

From a venture capitalist who saw the potential of Skype, Apollo Computer, Hotmail, OpenTable, and many other companies, come firsthand stories of success. Draper explores how to evaluate innovative ideas and the entrepreneurs behind those ideas, and he shares lessons from Yahoo, Zappos, Baidu, Tesla Motors, Activision, Measurex, and more. 

Also, in revealing his on-the-ground account of how Deng Xiaoping brought China roaring into the modern world and how Manmohan Singh unlocked the creative genius of Indian entrepreneurs, Draper stresses the essential value of farsighted political leadership in creating opportunity.

 

Reviews:

“Whether you’ve experienced the joys and pains of Silicon Valley directly or just want to learn from those who have, you can’t do better than this firsthand account of the storied three generations of Drapers.”

—Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google

 

“Bill Draper, who began investing back when Silicon Valley was only known for its fruit orchards, tells the story behind some of the most pivotal companies of the last half-century and offers a fascinating look at the inner workings of the venture capital industry.”

—Elon Musk, cofounder of Paypal.

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