I just finished "Confessions of a Venture Capitalist: Inside the High-Stakes World of Start-up Financing" by Ruthann Quindlen. My reaction: uh, ok.
Who was the target market for this book? It's not really a primer in pitching to venture capitalists, though it pretends to be at times.
It's not a memoir, though she talks about her self in quite a few chapters.
It's not really an in-depth case study to the point where you really feel like you are provoked to think.
I wasn't impressed. Quindlen is probably a great venture capitalist. Indeed, she talked about lots of her own successful deals (despite a foreward/introduction claiming that she would only talk about the unsuccessful ones). But what did I take away from this book? Very little.
If I just wanted general info on venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, how they think, etc, there are better resources.
This book should have been published in blog form. All of those cute little two page vigniettes would have been very interesting in a blog.