Founder vs Investor

The Honest Truth About Venture Capital from Startup to IPO

by Elizabeth Joy Zalman, Jerry Neumann, Elizabeth Joy Zalman, Jerry Neumann, Andrew Magnusson

On Sale: September 12, 2023

Price: $21.99

Format: Downloadable audio file

Book Summary

A no-holds-barred look into the minds, motivations, and machinations of how investors and founders team up to build a successful startup, debated in a brazenly honest way by two of the best in the business.?

About the Book

Read by the authors.


“The rarest of business books, one that provides genuinely actionable counsel delivered without empty cliches.” – KIRKUS

How many world-changing startups will fail because the founders and investors never figure out how to work together?  Founder Elizabeth Zalman and Investor Jerry Neumann square off in this one-of-a-kind book, exposing how startups are built, broken, and fought over. 

Every iconic tech company was once a startup. And while these companies like to paint an origin story full of surefooted confidence, the truth is usually something different: the early life of most startups is pure chaos.

This chaos comes from the vastly different motivations and incentives between those with the vision and those with the money. From fundraising paranoia to boardroom coups, Zalman and Neumann train their inimitable voices on the gulf between what founders and investors promise to do and what they end up actually doing.

Founder vs Investor is the brutal truth, from each side’s perspective, of the pitfalls of this tenuous relationship—where bad blood can turn sure things into shattered dreams. It is the only book written by insiders with the temerity to pull back the curtain on the world of high growth venture-backed startups.

Accompanying charts, tables, and a glossary are included in the audiobook companion PDF download.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781400242818
  • ISBN 10: 1400242819
  • On Sale: September 12, 2023
  • List Price: $21.99
  • Trim Size: Trim size data not found for this book.
  • Category 1 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate Finance / Venture Capital
  • Category 2 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship
  • Category 3 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Small Business