I am SO excited for the book this month. Bradley Tusk is a legendary VC who basically functions as the Ray Donovan of Silicon Valley (hence why the book is called "The Fixer"). TBH, before I read this book, I never really considered the chaos that start-ups in highly regulated industries cause. But like, of course when a company is trying to snatch a piece of the establishment's pie, they're gonna run into a political wall... That's where Bradley Tusk comes in. He deploys the skills & knowledge he developed working with Chuck Schumer, Michel Bloomberg & other political legends to help start-ups fight back. This book covers how he helped stopped the taxi industry from killing Uber in it's infancy, how he held insurance companies at bay while startup Lemonade launched in each state, and how he helped online sports betting sites FanDuel and Draft Kings escape the regulatory death grip casinos tried to put on them. This is a MUST READ for any aspiring entrepreneurs. I am obsessed & also so excited to call Bradley a (best) friend and announce that we will be doing a live bookclub event with him! Yay. Can't wait to see you there.
Most new startups today are in highly regulated industries with strong incumbents - transportation, hotels, drones, energy, gaming, education, health care, cannabis, finance, liquor, insurance. The more startups try to snatch a piece of the establishment's pie, the more they risk running into a political wall. That's where Bradley Tusk comes in.
Described as "Silicon Valley's Political Savior" (Fast Company) "Uber's Political Genius" (Vanity Fair) and "Silicon Valley's Favorite Fixer" (TechCrunch) Tusk deploys the skills and knowledge he developed working with Chuck Schumer, Michael Bloomberg, Rod Blagojevich, and other political and business legends to help startups fight back. This book goes behind the scenes on how he helped stop the taxi industry from killing Uber in its infancy, how he held insurance companies at bay while startup Lemonade launched in each state, and how he helped online sports betting sites FanDuel and Draft Kings escape the regulatory death grip casinos tried to put on them.
As Tusk writes, "Every new company is essentially a tech startup. And when you disrupt someone in any industry, they don't say thank you. They punch you in the nose. These are the lessons startups need to learn to punch back and survive the clutches of politics." Combining a firsthand glimpse behind the curtain with tangible advice for how any new venture can play the political game, THE FIXER is a must-read for aspiring entrepreneurs.