Tom Nicholas – VC


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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

Author: Tom Nicholas
Narrator: Bob Souer
Duration: 13 hrs
Released: 19 Mar 2012
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Language: English

User Review:

rue urban

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 wouldve put more focus on the modern VC not ancient history