- Eric Newcomer interviewed the investor
Bill Gurleyfor his Newcomer newsletter on Friday.
- Gurley said he had a “fascination” with the Reddit forum Wall Street Bets and its Discord discussions.
- He also remarked on the populist bent of the week’s events.
The Benchmark venture capitalist Bill Gurley has been fascinated by the continuing saga of amateur investors on apps like
Gurley said as much in an interview with the former Bloomberg journalist Eric Newcomer for his Newcomer newsletter.
“Two weeks ago, I grabbed my 18-year-old and said, ‘You’ve got to give me a Reddit demo,'” Gurley told Newcomer when asked about the run-up in
He later remarked on the populist narrative of amateur investors having a larger-than-usual effect on the fortunes of institutional investors.
“The sharks have always killed the minnows in these gambling environments. The minnows rose up and took down a shark, and the other sharks started eating the shark as well,” he said in the interview.
He also called the evolving story of amateur investors making major waves in the market the sort of thing that could be “an amazing novel.”
Gurley isn’t the only one who sees the narrative potential in the story of minnows and sharks. On Monday, Deadline reported the film studio MGM bought the rights to a book proposal about the GameStop short squeeze by the writer Ben Mezrich, the author of the book on which David Fincher’s “The Social Network” was based. The Winklevoss twins will executive produce, according to Deadline.
Gurley, one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent venture capitalists, is well-known in the
On Monday, Insider reported that Robinhood had raised $2.4 billion in additional capital after raising $1 billion last week through investors and lines of credit. The app is restricting trading for GameStop and other highly valued stocks, while facing increased scrutiny from politicians and the public.
Subscribe to Newcomer’s newsletter to read the full paywalled interview with Gurley here.