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An American History
Narrated by: Bob Souer
Length: 13 hrs
Categories: History, Americas
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A major exploration of venture financing, from its origins in the whaling industry to Silicon Valley, that shows how venture capital created an epicenter for the development of high-tech innovation.

VC tells the riveting story of how the industry arose from the United States' long-running orientation toward entrepreneurship. Venture capital has been driven from the start by the pull of outsized returns through a skewed distribution of payoffs - a faith in low-probability but substantial financial rewards that rarely materialize. Whether the gamble is a whaling voyage setting sail from New Bedford or the newest startup in Silicon Valley, VC is not just a model of finance that has proven difficult to replicate in other countries. It is a state of mind exemplified by an appetite for risk-taking, a bold spirit of adventure, and an unbridled quest for improbable wealth through investment in innovation.

Tom Nicholas' history of the venture capital industry offers listeners a ride on the roller coaster of setbacks and success in America's pursuit of financial gain.

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Dont buy this book

It's just a compilation of stories that may or may not have been related to the history of VCs. Don't waste your time

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  • David Ferguson
  • 26-04-2020

A pretty standard business history book

Despite being a pretty dry genre, a good rendering of people and events in VC.

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  • Garbear
  • 19-12-2019

Could have been better if it was a shorter book

Way too much time was spent on the whaling industry. I was beginning to think it was a book on the history of wailing and the killing of Wales. I understand that that is how Vesey started however I would’ve put more focus on the modern VC not ancient history

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