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## Über dieses Buch

Alex Stephany

### Chapter 4. Investors

All Bets Are On (All \$4 Billion of Them)
Abstract
I was standing on hallowed ground. But I was determined not to wither in awe. I glanced quickly around the high-ceilinged lobby of Sequoia Capital, at the flat screen TVs and the framed logos of the once obscure companies that the venture capital fund has helped grow into giants: Apple, Cisco,Google, LinkedIn, Oracle, PayPal, WhatsApp, Yahoo, and—small by comparison but growing ever-faster—Airbnb. Those logos reminded me that Sequoia Capital is more than just Silicon Valley history, that its companies have shaped civilization as we know it. Every CEO in the world wants to meet with Sequoia Capital. I had an hour and I needed to give the pitch of my life.
Alex Stephany

### Chapter 5. Corporates

Angry, Afraid—and In
Abstract
A severe grey-suited man stared long and hard at our passports. Then he locked them away and phoned ahead for clearance. At the BMW research labs in Munich, Germany, they take no chances. In 2011, BMW had invested in JustPark, then a tiny startup known as ParkatmyHouse.com. It was the beginning of an unusual collaboration between a startup that then had just a single employee and a corporate titan. But that was half the point.
Alex Stephany

### Chapter 6. Governments

Fits and Starts
Abstract
10 Downing Street. I was in a grand and gilded reception room overlooking the Prime Minister’s garden as Daniel Korski, David Cameron’s suave special advisor, leaned over to me and said, “Write this. Write that in Paris they tried to ban sharing economy businesses and that in London, we invited you to Downing Street.”
Alex Stephany

### A Shared Future?

Abstract
The efficiency was Germanic but I could have been anywhere. Just off the orderly bustle of Potsdamer Platz in the center of Berlin, I was checking into my suite at the Marriott. Although I had never stayed there before, everything felt oddly familiar. I remember wheeling my suitcase through the revolving doors and into the church-like calm of the hotel lobby. It felt like entering a different world, an older world, where time moved more slowly.
Alex Stephany

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