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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (92 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Randall E. Stross Narrator: Eric Conger Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN: 9780375417931
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The first inside account of life within a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, eBoys is the fascinating true story of the six tall men who backed eBay, Webvan, and other billion-dollar start-ups that are transforming the Internet and setting a new pace for the economy.

Randall Stross, author of acclaimed books on Microsoft and Steve Jobs, blends a business historian's perspective with a journalist's flair for suspenseful storytelling to look at wealth creation up close. For two years, Stross gained unprecedented access to the venture capitalists at Benchmark, an upstart firm founded by thirtysomething renegades whose average height happens to be 6´5´´. Since Benchmark's founding in 1995, each partner's net worth has increased, on average, $100 million annually.

Stross was present as the Benchmark boys debated which businesses to support, and by recounting their conversations in testosterone-rich detail, he offers readers the most precise and enlightening account of the ways in which venture capitalists think, evaluate prospects, and wield influence.

Stross also gained access to a number of the Benchmark-backed start-ups, including a small, privately held San Jose company called eBay. The value of the company grew from $20 million to more than $21 billion within two years of Benchmark's investment, an increase of 100,000 percent. Business Week called it "probably the best venture capital investment of all time."

Venture capitalists have become iconic symbols of our time, just as investment bankers, investigative journalists, and hippies defined previous eras. In eBoys, Randall Stross has vividly captured the interplay of ambition, personality, experimentation, and risk, all acted out, larger than life, as the men of Benchmark and the entrepreneurs they back play their remarkable roles in the new world of Internet commerce and the creation of vast, sudden wealth.


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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Kelly | 7/10/2013

    " A great book on the dot.com bubble before it burst! So exciting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kulveer | 3/13/2012

    " At the time I found this an entertaining read. It was a good introduction to the world of venture capital, and the valley during the first internet boom. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean Flynn | 12/22/2010

    " Interesting read for anyone that ever wants to learn about the venture capital industry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rich | 11/6/2010

    " Essentially 300 pages describing how Edison was a really, really bad businessman. The book could have salvaged with some inspired writing, but the author's style is relatively dry and tedious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Graham | 3/1/2010

    " Interesting look at the life of Edison -- a character who's fascinated me since childhood. Shows him, warts and all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shilpa | 2/11/2010

    " loved reading about thomas edison's inventions, early celebrity, weird habits, and machiavellian business methods. a bit academic at points. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 11/23/2009

    " Pretty good. Was expecting more. Some interesting facts about Edision's later life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 7/16/2009

    " Interesting bio on one of America's best known people. I learned a great deal about Edison that I did not know, assuming the writer was truthful that is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin(and Hannah) | 11/8/2008

    " Not the best author. It was very slow and hard to read. An interesting look at Edison. Just okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 7/28/2008

    " Very interesting - never really knew just how incompetent a businessman Edison was (while at the same time a brilliant inventor, obviously). The book didn't reach great heights of eloquence, but the content is interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 12/24/2007

    " I enjoyed this book; I just felt that Edison was portrayed as a bit absent-minded and self-absorbed. I'd be interested in reading other biographies about him to see if I get the same impression. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 7/10/2007

    " So far, this is an absolutely fascinating read. Not only does this book cover Thomas Edison's history, but really delves into the culture of inventors during that time. I'm loving it. "

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About the Narrator

Eric Conger is a stage actor, voice artist, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He has narrated more than 125 fiction and nonfiction audiobooks and was a four-time finalist for the Audie Award, both as a sole narrator in 2007 and 2008 and as part of a multicast reading in 2001 and 2012. He has earned six AudioFile Earphones Awards. His extensive voice-over work includes more than 5,000 narrations for commercial ventures. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Paris, he also works as a writer and playwright. He has appeared in over fifty plays and has also translated plays of Molière and Feydeau for regional theaters. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.