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Bill Gurley

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John William "Bill" Gurley, CFA is a general partner at Benchmark, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm in Menlo Park, California. He is listed consistently on the Forbes Midas List and is considered one of technology’s top dealmakers.
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Born Standing Up
A Comic's Life
Steve Martin - Sep 02, 2008 (first published in 2007)
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The riveting, mega-bestselling, beloved and highly acclaimed memoir of a man, a vocation, and an era named one of the ten best nonfiction titles of the year by Time and Entertainment Weekly.In the mid-seventies, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. ...
Bill Gurley
Apr 11, 2021
@msuster I seem to remember hearing like three different people mention the book. Like Seinfeld, Letterman, Chappelle, etc. It had a profound effect on me. So great. Must read.      source
The Billionaire Shell Game
How Cable Baron John Malone and Assorted Corporate Titans Invented a Future Nobody Wanted
L.J. Davis - Sep 15, 1998
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In 1992, John Malone, the brilliant, hard-nosed, and widely feared CEO of cable giant TCI, announced that the 500-channel information superhighway was imminent, and he was going to build it.  The media went nuts.  Companies by the hundreds, investors by the millions, politicians of all stripes, rushed to embrace this marvel of the age, this technol...
Bill Gurley
Jan 22, 2021
@benedictevans @trengriffin Great book --      source
Lean Solutions
How Companies and Customers Can Create Value and Wealth Together
James P. Womack - Oct 11, 2005
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In this landmark new book, James Womack and Daniel Jones deconstruct this broken producer-consumer model and show businesses how to repair it.A massive disconnect exists between consumers and providers today. Consumers have a greater selection of higher quality goods to choose from and can obtain these items from a growing number of sources. Comput...
Bill Gurley
Jan 16, 2021
@GavinSBaker This assumes the consumers time is worth $0/hour, which I believe is a massive mistake. Here is a great book on that topic, applying lean manufacturing principles to services.      source
The Diamond Age
Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer (Bantam Spectra Book)
Neal Stephenson - May 02, 2000 (first published in 1995)
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The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer is a postcyberpunk novel by Neal Stephenson. It is to some extent a science fiction coming-of-age story, focused on a young girl named Nell, and set in a future world in which nanotechnology affects all aspects of life. The novel deals with themes of education, social class, ethnicity, and the ...
Bill Gurley
May 12, 2020
@ritholtz @wolfejosh I adore Diamond Age.      source
COMPLEXITY
THE EMERGING SCIENCE AT THE EDGE OF ORDER AND CHAOS
M. Mitchell Waldrop - Jan 15, 1992
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Why did the stock market crash more than 500 points on a single Monday in 1987? Why do ancient species often remain stable in the fossil record for millions of years and then suddenly disappear? In a world where nice guys often finish last, why do humans value trust and cooperation? At first glance these questions don't appear to have anything in c...
Bill Gurley
Dec 21, 2019
This is such a great point. This is the essence of Complexity Theory. With complex systems (multi-variable, nonlinear), you have no idea if the variable you are using for analysis will hold over the long term. Read this book, it changes everything -      source
The Innovator's Dilemma
When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
Clayton M. Christensen - Jan 05, 2016 (first published in 1997)
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The bestselling classic on disruptive innovation, by renowned author Clayton M. Christensen. His work is cited by the world’s best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. In this classic bestseller—one of the most influential business books of all time—innovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding com...
Bill Gurley
Jun 28, 2018
Other books that all entrepreneurs should read: 1) @MichaelEPorter, Competitive Strategy, 2) @geoffreyamoore Crossing the Chasm, 3) @claychristensen Innovator's Dilemma, and 4) @Jerry_Kaplan Startup      source
Crossing the Chasm
Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers
Geoffrey A. Moore - Aug 01, 2006 (first published in 1991)
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Here is the bestselling guide that created a new game plan for marketing in high-tech industries. Crossing the Chasm has become the bible for bringing cutting-edge products to progressively larger markets. This edition provides new insights into the realities of high-tech marketing, with special emphasis on the Internet. It's essential reading for ...
Bill Gurley
Jun 28, 2018
Other books that all entrepreneurs should read: 1) @MichaelEPorter, Competitive Strategy, 2) @geoffreyamoore Crossing the Chasm, 3) @claychristensen Innovator's Dilemma, and 4) @Jerry_Kaplan Startup      source
Competitive Strategy
Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors
Michael E. Porter - Jun 01, 1998 (first published in 1980)
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Now nearing its 60th printing in English and translated into nineteen languages, Michael E. Porter's Competitive Strategy has transformed the theory, practice, and teaching of business strategy throughout the world. Electrifying in its simplicity -- like all great breakthroughs -- Porter's analysis of industries captures the complexity of industry ...
Bill Gurley
Jun 28, 2018
Other books that all entrepreneurs should read: 1) @MichaelEPorter, Competitive Strategy, 2) @geoffreyamoore Crossing the Chasm, 3) @claychristensen Innovator's Dilemma, and 4) @Jerry_Kaplan Startup      source
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Startup
A Silicon Valley Adventure
Jerry Kaplan - Oct 01, 1996 (first published in 1995)
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Kaplan, a well-known figure in the computer industry, founded GO Corporation in 1987, and for several years it was one of the hottest new ventures in the Valley. Startup tells the story of Kaplan's wild ride: how he assembled a brilliant but fractious team of engineers, software designers, and investors; pioneered the emerging market for hand-held ...
Bill Gurley
Jun 28, 2018
Other books that all entrepreneurs should read: 1) @MichaelEPorter, Competitive Strategy, 2) @geoffreyamoore Crossing the Chasm, 3) @claychristensen Innovator's Dilemma, and 4) @Jerry_Kaplan Startup      source
Bad Blood
Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
John Carreyrou - Jan 28, 2020 (first published in 2018)
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In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the next Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with its breakthrough device, which performed the whole range of laboratory tests from a single drop of blood. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Ti...
Bill Gurley
Jun 28, 2018
Bad Blood by @JohnCarreyrou is an incredible book that should be read by each and every player in the startup/Silicon Valley ecosystem.      source
Negotiating the Impossible
How to Break Deadlocks and Resolve Ugly Conflicts (without Money or Muscle)
Deepak Malhotra - Jun 19, 2018
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Negotiating the Impossible guides readers through deadlock with practical advice, and shares stories of successful negotiation to make the hopeless feel hopeful!Some negotiations are easy. Others are more difficult. And then there are situations that seem completely hopeless. Conflict is escalating, people are getting aggressive, and no one is will...
Bill Gurley
Jun 19, 2018
If you want to be a world class big deal negotiator, make sure you pick up “Negotiating The Impossible” by @Prof_Malhotra, best book on the subject by far.      source
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