eBoys: The True Story of the Six Tall Men Who Backed eBay, Webvan and Other Billion-dollar Start-ups by Randall E. Stross
Randall Stross looks at how Silicon Valley creates wealth through the eyes of leading venture capitalist firm Benchmark Capital. In offices along six blocks of Sand Hill Road in Melo Park, California, these venture capitalists will provide most of the $50 billion likely to be invested this year alone in the new technologies of the information age. This fly-on-the-wall book follows Benchmark's five partners in their pursuit of a finite number of sensible business ideas. It is an environment in which relatively few successes must pay for many failures. Against such a background, there are compelling stories of instant decision, multi-million dollar deals, and high risk-taking. As Silicon Valley drives fundamental changes in today's global technology, Randall Stross gives us an intriguing glimpse of the money men behind the constant innovations of the digital era.