How to read an academic paper about VC

I started reading a paper called on Monday afternoon called "The First Deal: The Division of Founder Equity in New Ventures" co-authored by Noam Wasserman.

I made it about 2 pages until I forcibly flashed back to the college reading experience: finish reading a sentence, unintentionally furrow brow, reset like a typewriter back to the beginning of the sentence. 

In case you need a refresher or didn't have to write a Bachelor's paper in the social sciences, the best way to read this thing is:

1. Review Appendices 

2. Read p.1 of discussion/conclusion

3. Read final p of discussion/conclusion

4. Decide if reading the rest of conclusion is worth it

5. Revisit Appendices


Then, if you got a lot out of it, consider (a) summarizing in english sentences accessible to people on a non-graduate reading level or (b) finishing the rest.

Language is meant to convey meaning, not obscure it, right? 


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