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Book: The Startup Game

February 17, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Startup Game: Inside the Partnership between Venture Capitalists and EntrepreneursSo I went on another little shopping spree like I often do on Amazon, buying up a lot of books.  The first one I finished was The Startup Game, a book by Bill Draper, the second of the three generations of Draper Venture Capitalists.  For those that may be familiar, Bill’s father was a VC, and his son is the D in DFJ (Draper Fisher Jurvetson) which now has the global VC network.  I guess I can also mention that DFJ is one of the investors in GoodGuide.

That being said, the book is alright.  If you are looking for insights on being a venture capitalist, what it’s like being in the industry or working with VC’s as an entrepreneur, etc… you will find very little of value in this book.  There is some high-level information, sure, but you won’t come away with a wealth of new knowledge and insight.

The book reads more like an autobiography, telling the life of Bill Draper, from leaving a cushy job at a young age to join his father out West in what would be Silicon Valley.  If you are interested in the journey and Bill’s life as a VC as well as his service in the government for over a decade, you will find this book enjoyable.  I’m not one for reading autobiographies (although Richard Branson’s “Losing My Virginity” is one of my favorite books), but this was a pleasant read.

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