Bill Gurley's investment firm, Benchmark, has made some big bets that paid off. The firm was an early investor in Instagram, Quora, Snap, Uber, Grubhub and Glassdoor, just to name a few.
He also reads two books a month and writes prolifically, and might someday even pen a book of his own. The key to success is often information gathering, Gurley said on Thursday from the LAUNCH Festival in San Francisco.
Gurley's not alone: Another successful investor, Warren Buffett, has said he spends as much as 80 percent of his day reading. Gurley said that for any entrepreneur, storytelling is a big component of their job — so he has a set of books he recommended: