eBoys: The First Inside Account of Venture Capitalists at Work
In eBOYS, Randall Stross takes us behind the scenes and insidethe heads of the gutsy entrepreneurs who are financing the hottestbusinesses on the Web. The six tall men who started Benchmark,Silicon Valley's most exciting venture capital firm, put themselvesat the cutting edge of the new economy by backing billion dollarstart-ups like eBay and Webvan. The risks were enormous--but therewards have proven to be staggering. Within two years, eBay's networth grew from $20 million to more than $21 billion, while eachBenchmark founding partner saw his own personal net worth soar byhundreds of millions of dollars.For two roller-coaster years, Stross had total access not onlyto Benchmark's executives but to the companies they financed. Hewas a fly on the wall as fortunes were made in an instant, snapdecisions got locked in, and new ventures took off--and sometimescrashed. Here are the testosterone-pumped conversations,round-the-clock meetings, and gutsy deals that launched the eBoysand their clients into the stratosphere of mega-wealth. Writtenlike a novel but absolutely true, eBOYS brings to vivid life theglory days of the greatest business adventure of our time.