Interviews with Steve Jobs, Ted Hoff, Lew Wolff, Scott Cook, John Gage and John Warnock discussing Silicon Valley’s convergence of high-technologies, start-ups, the venture capital industry and the arrival of the microprocessor – the personal computer became a reality.
Video extract from presentation by: Magnus Melander, CEO, Wbird Magnus Melander, entrepeneur and independent consultant in general management, sales, marketing and wireless networking. Magnus is Venture Partner at BrainHeart Capital, a VC devoted to wireless technologies, which he co-founded 2000. He is co-founder of Brandbuilders of Sweden and serve at the boards of Edgeware, Clue, April Systems and Possio. www.wbird.se
As we watch the carnage on Wall Street, we wonder about how the venture capital community, the lifeblood of technology start-ups, is going to fare.
This afternoon I was over at the New York Times to interview Vikas Bajaj about the turmoil on Wall Street. Vikas and Andrew Ross Sorkin wrote the story in today’s paper about Goldman and Morgan Stanley becoming bank holding companies.
While hedge funds and private equity firms have been battered by the credit crisis, venture capital will remain attractive to institutional investors, Vikas told me.
Maybe a little ray of sunshine on San Hill Road?
Our friends over at VentureBeat are conducting a little poll about all this turmoil and the impact on VC’s.
– Andy Plesser, Executive Producer
Three Indiana companies formed from research developed at Purdue University have won the opportunity to make formal presentations for funding from venture capital firms in Silicon Valley.
M4 Sciences Corp., MatrixBio LLC, and BioVitesse Inc. were picked from several businesses that participated in the Fund Raising Boot Camp last fall at Discovery Park’s Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship. Camp sponsor Lonergan Partners selected the three winners in connection with the recent EntrepreneurshipWeek USA events on the Purdue campus.
[Recorded May 1, 2007]
A 1951 graduate of Harvard Business School, Arthur Rock began his career as a security analyst in New York City before joining the corporate finance department of Hayden, Stone & Co. In 1957 he worked with Alfred “Bud” Coyle to raise financing from Sherman Fairchild to found Fairchild Semiconductor, the company that established Silicon Valley as a world center of innovation in integrated circuit technology.
Mr. Rock moved to California in 1961 and formed a partnership with Tommy Davis. Together they invested $3 million and returned $100 million to their investors. After establishing his own firm, Arthur Rock & Co in 1968, he worked with Fairchild co-founders Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce to launch Intel Corporation, the largest, and by many measures, the most successful semiconductor company in the world today. He notes that “It was one of the few times that I helped start a company that I absolutely knew in my own mind was going to be a big success. I raised the money just on the telephone in something like two days.”
Arthur Rock served as Intel’s first Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Committee. Based on this experience he has proclaimed Rock’s Law, a corollary to Moore’s Law, which says that “the cost of capital equipment to build semiconductors will double every four years.”
Mr. Rock also invested in and held early stage board positions at pioneering scientific computing company, Scientific Data Systems; at Teledyne, which grew into one of the most successful technology conglomerates in the history of American business, and at Apple Computer. He has contributed to the local community by supporting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Opera, and the California Institute of Technology. In 2003 he donated $25 Million to establish the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School. Professor of Business Administration Howard H. Stevenson says “Arthur Rock is part of the history of American business and entrepreneurship.
Guy Kawasaki, Silicon Valley celebrity and co-founder of Garage Technology Ventures, explains how to present to VCs to increase your chances of acquiring early stage capital. Part 1 of a 3-part presentation at StartWorks, June 2008.
Film by Expert In A Box. (c)2008 John Montgomery