Secrets of Sand Hill Road
by Scott Kupor
When I first picked this up, I was expecting some standard spiel about venture capital and the common knowledge that you focused on outsized outcomes rather than batting averages. And while the book has plenty of those “conventional wisdom” pieces, it’s also incredibly insightful into LPs, Boards, and everything in between.
At first glance, this might seem odd that VC is writing about these things since they are so hush hush generally, but it makes a lot of sense when you incorporate the broader history of why a16z was built. A16z was meant to be the counter to traditional vc firms that focused on boards and professional CEOs and career investors. As a result, they built an incredible backoffice organization that simplifies the lives of their portfolio companies while increase their own internal batting average. Overall, an incredible organization.
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