Sebastian Mallaby is the author of several books, including the bestselling More Money Than God and The Man Who Knew- The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan, the winner of the 2016 Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. A former Financial Times contributing editor and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, Mallaby is the Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. He lives with his family in London.
Venture capital has influenced the American economy for over
half-a-century now, and finally we have a book of exceptional
reporting, analysis and storytelling to bring that history to life.
What makes Sebastian Mallaby's The Power Law a classic is
how deeply it takes us into VC's defining successes and
failures - which are much harder to get anyone to talk frankly
about. I'm not sure this is the book of VCs' dreams, but it's what
the rest of us have been waiting for -- Charles Duhigg
A fascinating journey through the tightly networked world of the venture capitalists who make Silicon Valley tick, from the scrappy dealmakers of the 1960s to the high-flying global investors of today. Filled with eye-opening case studies and vivid personalities, frank in its analysis of the industry's greatest strengths and most dangerous blind spots, The Power Law is essential reading for understanding our tech-driven economy and where it might go next -- Professor Margaret O'Mara, University of Washington
As we face urgent man-made existential challenges from climate change to economic inequality, Sebastian Mallaby shows that the capitalists of Silicon Valley are shaping the future in ways few understand. In The Power Law he takes us inside their rarified world, showing the possibilities and shortcomings of their big egos and big bets. Mallaby's deep access enables us to get a rare and unsettling look inside a subculture of unparalleled influence -- Jane Mayer, Chief Washington Correspondent, The New Yorker
If you can read only one book on venture capital, this is the one. The Power Law narrates the evolution of venture capital from its origins in Silicon Valley to its emergence in China by following the ambitious and often idiosyncratic investors who finance risky new ventures while recognizing that success is rare, but transformative. The book is a fascinating read, and illustrates well one of its core themes, that venture capital is a network that straddles and offers the virtues of both markets and corporations -- Professor AnnaLee Saxenian
This book is a powerful combination of careful research and great storytelling. Sebastian Mallaby portrays many of the world's most successful venture capitalists but also shows how the industry has evolved and why it has become a major source of innovation in our economies. Highly informative and fun to read -- Baroness Minouche Shafik, Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science
Everyone talks about venture capital. We glorify it, we vilify it, and everywhere outside Silicon Valley envies it. At last we have a storyteller with the intelligence to understand venture capital, the diligence to dig out some astonishing tales, and the eloquence to make the journey of discovery such a pleasure. This is a superb book -- Tim Harford, author of HOW TO MAKE THE WORLD ADD UP