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About Sebastian Mallaby
Sebastian Mallaby is the Paul Volcker Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Washington Post columnist. He spent thirteen years on The Economist magazine, covering international finance in London and serving as the bureau chief in southern Africa, Japan, and Washington. He spent eight years on the editorial board of The Washington Post, focusing on globalization and political economy. His previous books are The World's Banker (2004), which was named as an Editor's Choice by The New York Times, and After Apartheid (1992), which was a New York Times Notable Book.
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Named a Best Book of 2022 by The Economist
“A gripping fly-on-the-wall story of the rise of this unique and important industry based on extensive interviews with some of the most successful venture capitalists.” - Daniel Rasmussen, Wall Street Journal
“A must-read for anyone seeking to understand modern-day Silicon Valley and even our economy writ large.” -Bethany McLean, The Washington Post
"A rare and unsettling look inside a subculture of unparalleled influence.” —Jane Mayer
"A classic...A book of exceptional reporting, analysis and storytelling.” —Charles Duhigg
From the New York Times bestselling author of More Money Than God comes the 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
Innovations rarely come from “experts.” Elon Musk was not an “electric car person” before he started Tesla. When it comes to improbable innovations, a legendary tech VC told Sebastian Mallaby, the future cannot be predicted, it can only be discovered. It is the nature of the venture-capital game that most attempts at discovery fail, but a very few succeed at such a scale that they more than make up for everything else. That extreme ratio of success and failure is the power law that drives the VC business, all of Silicon Valley, the wider tech sector, and, by extension, the world.
In The Power Law, Sebastian Mallaby has parlayed unprecedented access to the most celebrated venture capitalists of all time—the key figures at Sequoia, Kleiner Perkins, Accel, Benchmark, and Andreessen Horowitz, as well as Chinese partnerships such as Qiming and Capital Today—into a riveting blend of storytelling and analysis that unfurls the history of tech incubation, in the Valley and ultimately worldwide. We learn the unvarnished truth, often for the first time, about some of the most iconic triumphs and infamous disasters in Valley history, from the comedy of errors at the birth of Apple to the avalanche of venture money that fostered hubris at WeWork and Uber.
VCs’ relentless search for grand slams brews an obsession with the ideal of the lone entrepreneur-genius, and companies seen as potential “unicorns” are given intoxicating amounts of power, with sometimes disastrous results. On a more systemic level, the need to make outsized bets on unproven talent reinforces bias, with women and minorities still represented at woefully low levels. This does not just have social justice implications: as Mallaby relates, China’s homegrown VC sector, having learned at the Valley’s feet, is exploding and now has more women VC luminaries than America has ever had. Still, Silicon Valley VC remains the top incubator of business innovation anywhere—it is not where ideas come from so much as where they go to become the products and companies that create the future. By taking us so deeply into the VCs’ game, The Power Law helps us think about our own future through their eyes.
This edition features a new afterword by the author that analyzes the appointment of Paul Wolfowitz as Wolfensohn's successor at the World bank
“The bright light shed by More Money Than God is particularly welcome. Mr. Mallaby . . . brings a keen sense of financial theory to his subject and a vivid narrative style.” —Wall Street Journal
“Splendid . . . the definitive history of the hedge fund history, a compelling narrative full of larger-than-life characters and dramatic tales of their financial triumphs and reversals.” —The Washington Post
The first authoritative history of hedge funds-from their rebel beginnings to their role in defining the future of finance, from the author of The Power Law
Wealthy, powerful, and potentially dangerous, hedge fund moguls have become the It Boys of twenty-first-century capitalism. Beating the market was long thought to be impossible, but hedge funds cracked its mysteries and made fortunes in the process. Drawing on his unprecedented access to the industry, esteemed financial writer Sebastian Mallaby tells the inside story of the hedge funds, from their origins in the 1960s to their role in the financial crisis of 2007 to 2009—and explains why understanding the history of hedge funds is key to predicting the future of finance.
The definitive biography of the most important economic statesman of our time, from the bestselling author of The Power Law and More Money Than God
Sebastian Mallaby's magisterial biography of Alan Greenspan, the product of over five years of research based on untrammeled access to his subject and his closest professional and personal intimates, brings into vivid focus the mysterious point where the government and the economy meet. To understand Greenspan's story is to see the economic and political landscape of our time—and the presidency from Reagan to George W. Bush—in a whole new light. As the most influential economic statesman of his age, Greenspan spent a lifetime grappling with a momentous shift: the transformation of finance from the fixed and regulated system of the post-war era to the free-for-all of the past quarter century. The story of Greenspan is also the story of the making of modern finance, for good and for ill.
Greenspan's life is a quintessential American success story: raised by a single mother in the Jewish émigré community of Washington Heights, he was a math prodigy who found a niche as a stats-crunching consultant. A master at explaining the economic weather to captains of industry, he translated that skill into advising Richard Nixon in his 1968 campaign. This led to a perch on the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and then to a dazzling array of business and government roles, from which the path to the Fed was relatively clear. A fire-breathing libertarian and disciple of Ayn Rand in his youth who once called the Fed's creation a historic mistake, Mallaby shows how Greenspan reinvented himself as a pragmatist once in power. In his analysis, and in his core mission of keeping inflation in check, he was a maestro indeed, and hailed as such. At his retirement in 2006, he was lauded as the age's necessary man, the veritable God in the machine, the global economy's avatar. His memoirs sold for record sums to publishers around the world.
But then came 2008. Mallaby's story lands with both feet on the great crash which did so much to damage Alan Greenspan's reputation. Mallaby argues that the conventional wisdom is off base: Greenspan wasn't a naïve ideologue who believed greater regulation was unnecessary. He had pressed for greater regulation of some key areas of finance over the years, and had gotten nowhere. To argue that he didn't know the risks in irrational markets is to miss the point. He knew more than almost anyone; the question is why he didn't act, and whether anyone else could or would have. A close reading of Greenspan's life provides fascinating answers to these questions, answers whose lessons we would do well to heed. Because perhaps Mallaby's greatest lesson is that economic statesmanship, like political statesmanship, is the art of the possible. The Man Who Knew is a searching reckoning with what exactly comprised the art, and the possible, in the career of Alan Greenspan.
As estratégias e inovações das empresas que dominam o Vale do Silício e moldam o destino da economia global
É parte da natureza do jogo do capital de risco que a maioria das tentativas falhem. No entanto, os poucos investimentos bem-sucedidos atingem números tão altos que mais do que compensam todas as perdas. Essa desproporção extrema entre sucesso e fracasso é a lei de potência responsável por impulsionar todo esse campo, desde start-ups até as grandes empresas do Vale do Silício e do setor de tecnologia em geral.
Em A lei de potência, Sebastian Mallaby faz uma incursão profunda na indústria do capital de risco para esclarecer o papel que a aleatoriedade exerce nas escolhas dos investidores. Inserindo-se nos bastidores desse mundo exclusivo, o jornalista revela a história de alguns dos triunfos mais emblemáticos e dos desastres mais infames do Vale do Silício — o pouco convencional nascimento da Apple, o carro elétrico de Elon Musk, e até a avalanche de dinheiro que estimulou a postura arrogante de empresas como a WeWork e a Uber.
Ao acompanhar esses investidores de risco na busca pela próxima grande inovação, Mallaby explora o equilíbrio necessário entre intuição e dados para alcançar êxito nos investimentos e evidencia que o futuro não é uma questão de mera previsão: precisa ser desbravado.
Sobre o autor:
Sebastian Mallaby é um jornalista renomado, duas vezes finalista do Pulitzer. Integrou o quadro da The Economist por treze anos, como chefe das sucursais de Washington e de Tóquio, e foi membro do conselho editorial do The Washington Post por oito anos. Foi ainda editor do Financial Times e colaborou com uma série de outros veículos. Membro sênior do Conselho de Relações Exteriores, um importante think-tank americano voltado para a política externa, também é autor dos livros More Money Than God, The Man Who Knew e The World’s Banker.
des Kapitalismus im 21. Jahrhundert. Ihre Wochenendpaläste sind Futter für die
Fotografen von Vanity Fair, und die Möglichkeit, sie könnten ein Chaos auslösen,
beschäftigte die Aufsichtsbehörden schon vor dem jüngsten Zusammenbruch
der Finanzmärkte. Auf der Grundlage des einzigartigen Wissens des angesehenen
Finanzautors Sebastian Mallaby über diese Branche sowie von 300 Stunden Interviews
und ungezählten internen Dokumenten erzählt Mehr Geld als Gott die
Geschichte der Hedgefonds von den Anfängen in den 1960er- und 1970er-Jahren
über die explosiven Schlachten mit den Zentralbanken in den 1980er- und 1990er-
Jahren bis zu ihrer Rolle in der Finanzkrise von 2007 bis 2009.
Das erste maßgebliche Buch über die Geschichte der Hedgefonds – von den rebellischen
Anfängen bis zu ihrer Rolle bei der Definition des zukünftigen Finanzwesens.