Breaking into Venture
"A must-read for anyone seeking an adventure in venture capital."
— Hayagreeva Rao, Atholl McBean Professor of Organizational Behavior, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of “Scaling Up Excellence”
“I never understood the full meaning of "venture capital" until reading Allison's honest account of what it takes to identify and invest in transformative businesses long before they become household names. Whether you're trying to build a new company or put your own capital to better use, this book contains countless pillars of professional wisdom.”
Michael Koenigs, Executive Producer at Disney-ABC & host of ABC’s More in Common
On a Mission to Democratize the Industry
Allison Baum Gates explains how anyone—regardless of age, sex, race, socioeconomic status, or education level—can break into and succeed in venture capital. With humility, humor, and refreshing candor, she shares her own jaw-dropping stories of mistakes made and hard-lessons learned. Peppered throughout are personal interviews with other successful investors from unexpected backgrounds, providing a brutally honest take on how VC actually works and why.
Unlock Your Potential
in Venture Capital:
Figure out where to invest your time
Build a valuable network
Determine which types of investments to target
Understand why successful companies are not always the same as successful investments
Learn what financial incentives are really driving VC firms
Make smart investment decisions
Embrace the power and benefits of being different
Stay motivated in turbulent markets
In her interview with ABC Localish, Allison discusses her experiences and Breaking Into Venture. Localish is an ABC platform that highlights real stories about individuals and organizations making a positive impact in cities across America.
Breaking into Venture Covers Every Angle
Cracking the Code
The three keys to success in venture capital: accessing great opportunities, analyzing which ones to pursue, and adding value post-investment
VC Company Evaluation
Uncovering the intricacies of VC evaluation: An in-depth look at the due diligence process
Crafting Your Story
The importance of writing your own "narrative" that communicates who you are and inspires people to help you get what you want
Discover effective strategies for mitigating personal biases and making informed decisions when selecting opportunities.