The Power Law of Venture Capital

Mar 11, 2022 · Mountain View, United States of America
Sebastian Mallaby and Roelof Botha in Conversation with Stanford’s Leslie Berlin

When you strip away the hype and mystery surrounding Silicon Valley venture capital, what do you find?

In his new book The Power Law: Venture Capital and the Making of the New Future, New York Times bestselling author Sebastian Mallaby presents an astonishingly frank and intimate story of Silicon Valley’s dominant venture-capital firms and how their strategies and fates have shaped the path of innovation and the global economy.

On March 10 at 7 p.m. Mallaby will share his insights in a short presentation then join Sequoia’s Roelof Botha, a leading Silicon Valley venture capitalist, for a dynamic discussion moderated by Stanford’s Leslie Berlin.

What you’ll learn:

  • How does the “power law” drive the venture capital business, Silicon Valley, and the entrepreneurial tech sector?
  • How do key figures at the Valley’s storied VC firms, such as Sequoia, Kleiner Perkins, Accel, Benchmark and Andreesen Horowitz, think about venture investing strategy?
  • What are some of the most pressing challenges and opportunities for the venture capital industry, from expanding diversity and inclusion to advancing innovative business models?

What you should expect:

  • See a special pop-up exhibit of artifacts, videos, and photos of venture capitalists with their advice for entrepreneurs from the Museum’s growing VC Initiative. Highlights include original business plans and IPO documents as well as oral history video clips of VC trailblazers.
  • Hear the behind-the-scenes stories of venture financing for some of the most iconic triumphs and infamous disasters in Silicon Valley history, from the birth of Apple to WeWork and Uber.
  • Get The Power Law: Venture Capital and the Making of the New Future book signed by Mallaby immediately following the event. The book will be available for purchase before and after the event.

Register now to reserve your seat for this free live event.

CHM continues to be responsive to local and national public health guidelines. Everyone who enters CHM must be vaccinated, including all staff, contractors, and visitors. Please review our visitor guidelines prior to visiting the Museum and attending the program in person.


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    About Computer History Museum The Computer History Museum (CHM) in Mountain View, Ca. is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history, and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, including computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs and moving images.

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