Finding Genius: Venture Capital and the Future it is Betting on

Kunal Mehta, Nitya Rajendran, Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka, Grace Chou, Michael Raab, Wendy Xiao Schadeck, Andrew Kangpan, Shefali Bhardwaj

Finding Genius captures the insights and anecdotes shared by prominent venture capitalists who first backed companies such as Airbnb, Uber, Twitter, Facebook, SpaceX, Tesla, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Instagram. Between 2017-2019, Kunal Mehta interviewed dozens of successful venture capitalists to define entrepreneurial genius and to bring transparency to an industry that has often been a necessary sidekick to founders that shape the world we live in. Finding Genius attempts to answer a few key questions: How do discerning investors block out the noise to identify the next wave of innovation? What qualities do the ‘genius’ entrepreneurs share? Is there randomness to successful investments or a predictive trend that entrepreneurs and investors can learn from? The anecdotes in Finding Genius will search for these answers through the candid stories of the risk-takers behind the greatest entrepreneurs of our generation. Finding Genius is written and compiled by Kunal Mehta but will feature chapters written by a select group of successful venture capitalists who offer a diverse and expert perspective on new technologies including Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain as well as specific investment frameworks across industries such as Industrial Automation, Financial Technology, Future of Work, Education, Media & Entertainment, and Healthcare.