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Getting Better All The Time

Done Deals

(Harvard Business School Press, $29.95)

Venture capitalists are to the first decade of the new century what Internet entrepreneurs were to the 1990s and investment bankers were to the 1980s: They are seemingly making the most money the fastest and having the most fun doing it. Respected financial journalist Udayan Gupta takes the reader into this world by letting top venture capitalists talk about what they do. His interviews with such legendary VCs as Eugene Kleiner, Arthur Rock and John Doerr make fascinating reading and provide an intriguing view of this closeted community.

It's a wild world, too, in which amazingly energetic businesspeople work outlandish hours for unworldly profits. If you want to know how to earn annual rates of return measured in the thousands of percent, this is one of the few places you can do so. The VCs profiled are not mere exhibitionists, however, nor is the book strictly for voyeurs. Readers are exposed to a steady stream of revelations about ways for entrepreneurs to raise VC money while limiting VC control of their companies.

Done Deals is available at Amazon.com.

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This article was originally published in the December 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Getting Better All The Time.

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