A revealing memoir from Tom Perkinsrenowned venture capitalist, Silicon Valley and biotechnology pioneer, and one of Americas most successful businessmen
Known for his idiosyncratic ideas and golden touch, Tom Perkins has always bee A revealing memoir from Tom Perkinsrenowned venture capitalist, Silicon Valley and biotechnology pioneer, and one of Americas most successful businessmen
Known for his idiosyncratic ideas and golden touch, Tom Perkins has always been one of the business worlds most intriguing figures. But his legacy took an unexpected new turn when he resigned from Hewlett-Packards board in 2006, protesting the questionable ethics and dubious legality of their chairmans now infamous leak investigation. In this insightful memoir, Perkins recalls these and other fascinating episodes of his life, both personal and professional, including his involvement in the creation of American industries no one could have dreamed of a century ago.
In 1957 Perkins started working for Hewlett-Packard, and his career with the company spanned, becoming the administrative head of the research laboratories and the first general manager of its skyrocketing computer businesses. He was a pioneer in laser technology, starting the company that he later merged into Spectra-Physics. As chairman of Genentech for fourteen years, founder of the Silicon Valley venture-capitalist firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and director of Applied Materials at Compaq, Corning Glass, and Philips Electronics, Perkins never shies away from the cutting edge.
He also discusses his marriage to Danielle Steel, his notorious vintage car collection, his yacht (the largest privately owned sailboat), his race across the ocean, his being tried for manslaughter in a backwater French town, and the toughest assignment hes ever had: as a trustee emeritus at the San Francisco ballet. ...Continua Nascondi
I love reading biographies. This is one of the best. Must read for anyone interested in the birth of Silicon Valley and the field of venture capitalist told from one of the fathers of venture capitalist field.