Scott Kupor is the managing partner of Andreessen Horowitz. He has overseen the firm's rapid growth to one hundred fifty employees and more than $7 billion in assets under management. He is also a cofounder and codirector of the Stanford Venture Capital Director's College and teaches venture capital and corporate governance courses at Stanford Law School and the Haas School of Business and Boalt School of Law at UC Berkeley. He is vice-chair of the investment committee for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and was previously the chairman of the board of the National Venture Capital Association.
"As someone who's helped a small company become a huge, valuable
company, I know firsthand the power of the startup ecosystem and
entrepreneurship. This book is the definitive book on navigating VC
as part of that."
Eric Schmidt, former executive chairman and CEO of Google, technical advisor, Alphabet
"I've observed thousands of founders and thought a lot about
what it takes to create something important and to achieve outlier
success. Kupor's book takes founders who want to do both through
everything from how VCs raise money and evaluate deals, to how to
think about term sheets and set up boards. It's a valuable resource
for any founder who wants to work with VCs."
Sam Altman, partner and president Y Combinator; co-founder of OpenAI "As more and more startups consider an IPO, it is exciting for us to play a part in giving millions of new investors the opportunity to share in the value and future growth of these seminal companies. But it all begins with the early investors who 'venture' into uncharted territory to help make these companies possible, by backing the entrepreneurs behind them. Secrets of Sand Hill Road is the definitive guide to how to engage the VC community, including governance and other best practices in a startup's journey to a successful public company.
Adena Friedman, President and CEO of Nasdaq; former managing director and CFO, Carlyle Group "From acquiring startups, to leading a company, to working to select the next leader of an iconic company, I've seen it all. It's become clear to me that startups drive the kind of innovation that big companies can't easily do. Secrets of Sand Hill Road provides a useful overview for the next generation of leaders seeking to start such companies."
John W. Thompson, chairman, Microsoft; former CEO of Symantec "Despite its explosive growth, the world of venture capital remains mysterious to many entrepreneurs seeking funding and to the public more generally. Scott Kupor provides an informative account of the way in which these investors select and nurture young companies.
Josh Lerner, head of the entrepreneurial management unit at Harvard Business School Andreessen Horowitz' managing partner Scott Kupor has written an indispensable guide for anyone with a big idea and an even bigger dream. Just as important, he gives the best explanation yet for policymakers about how entrepreneurs and venture capital together create the deep magic that generates technological progress, economic growth, and a better world for more people.
James Pethokoukis, Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; formerly at Reuters Breakingviews