Nonfiction Book Award Status: GOLD


In The Way of the Wall Street Warrior: Conquer the Corporate Game Using Tips, Tricks, and Smartcuts, veteran investment banker and executive Dave Liu delivers an acerbic and irreverent insider’s guide to using gamesmanship to get hired, get ahead, and survive on Wall Street, Main Street, or any other ferociously competitive environment.

The book discusses tactics for getting your foot in the door and then rising to the top of the food chain. The strategies and techniques discussed within apply whether you spend 18 hours a day in an office right next to your nearest colleague or you’re working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

You’ll learn interview tips, techniques for mastering the social environment at work, and CYA strategies to protect yourself from unexpected setbacks. The author discusses how to read a room, in a virtual meeting or in real life, and why it’s more important than reading the prospectus. You’ll discover the importance of the “How,” as opposed to the “Why” and the “What,” and why success means doing the least amount of work for the most pay you can extract.

The Way of the Wall Street Warrior shows you how to be the smartest dumb person in the room by making the people around you think you’re something special when, in fact, you’re the patient corporate warrior who sits idly by while everyone else is burning themselves out in the rat race.

Perfect for managers, employees, and executives in any competitive environment, The Way of the Wall Street Warrior: Conquer the Corporate Game Using Tips, Tricks, and Smartcuts will also earn a place in the libraries of business leaders seeking actionable tips on making sure their hard work pays off.

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Author Bios

Dave Liu is a 30-year veteran of Wall Street and Silicon Valley. He is an advisor, author, entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. He started his career on Wall Street at Goldman Sachs and then joined Jefferies where he rose from the entry level of Analyst to the executive ranks of Managing Director and Co-Head of the Digital Media and Internet investment banking group. He worked on over $15 billion of transactions for hundreds of companies including Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, and Yelp. 

After retiring from Wall Street, he became an entrepreneur and started four companies in technology, merchant banking, asset management, and media. He is CEO advisor and investor to multiple companies, several of which have reached multi-billion dollar “unicorn” status including Internet Brands WebMD, MobilityWare, FIGS, and Vobile. He’s also involved in the entertainment industry with investments in Stampede and TEG Live, and consumer with Philz Coffee and Francesca’s. He was previously CEO advisor to ProSiebenSat.1 Media, one of the largest media companies in Europe.

Dave wrote a humorous career book called The Way of the Wall Street Warrior: Conquer the Corporate Game Using Tips, Tricks, and Smartcuts which was published by Wiley on November 9th, 2021. The book is a Top 10 Amazon Best Seller in business finance and is ranked the Top #1 Hot New Release in two categories: business finance and economics. He wrote the book to help underrepresented communities achieve their career goals and has pledged 100% of his net proceeds from the book to charity.

Dave completed the Management & Technology Program at the University of Pennsylvania where he received a BS in Engineering and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School. He also attended Harvard Business School where he received his MBA. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Management & Technology Program at the University of Pennsylvania and on the Trust Advisory Committee of Tau Beta Pi, the oldest national engineering honor society. He is also Chairman of the Philanthropic Advisory Council of Smile Train, the largest cleft-focused organization.