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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Venture Capital - The new entrepreneurs

>Something Ventured is a documentary about silicon valley. It spans the last half of the 20th Century, from the beginning of Fairchild Semiconductor, the first computer startup, through Apple to Google. Offering vital insight in to the way venture capital works and how to sell yourself and your corporation to rase the necessary capital to capture the world's imagination. 

“Steve Jobs is a national treasure. He is so visionary, and so bright...uh, I had to fire him though.” - Arthur Rock, Visionary Venture Capitalist
“You know it wasn’t my goal to start an industry, my goal was to, um, make sure the science got translated into an endeavor that would be useful to people.” - Herbert Boyer, Founder of Genentech
“You gotta get money from strong people because weak people don’t invest in tough times. But that’s when most of the big winners are created.” - Jimmy Treybig, Founder of Tandem Computers
“I’m not interested in entrepreneurs who will do it our way. I’m not interested in entrepreneurs who think there’s a dress code. I’m interested in entrepreneurs who have a vision of doing something consequential—preferably that becomes BIG.” - Don Valentine, Founder of Sequoia Capital and early investor in Apple, Cisco and Atari

SOMETHING VENTURED tells the story of the creation of an industry that went on to become the single greatest engine of innovation and economic growth in the 20th century. It is told by the visionary risk-takers who dared to make it happen…Tom Perkins, Don Valentine, Arthur Rock, Dick Kramlich and others. The film also includes some of our finest entrepreneurs sharing how they worked with these venture capitalists to grow world-class companies like Intel, Apple, Cisco, Atari, Genentech, Tandem and others.
Beginning in the late 1950′s, this small group of high rollers fostered a one-of-a-kind business culture that encouraged extraordinary risk and made possible unprecedented rewards. They laid the groundwork for America’s start-up economy, providing not just the working capital but the guidance to allow seedling companies to reach their full potential. Our lives would be dramatically different without the contributions that these venture capitalists made to the creation of PCs, the Internet and life-saving drugs.
SOMETHING VENTURED was conceived by Paul Holland, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist. Paul, a general partner with Foundation Capital, is co-executive producer of the film along with Molly Davis of Rainmaker Communications. The film was directed by Emmy-Award-winning filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine.
The Venture Capitalists:
Arthur RockEarly investor in Fairchild Semiconductor, Intel, Apple and Teledyne
Tom PerkinsFounder of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, early investor in companies linke Genentech and Tandem
Don ValentineFounder of Sequoia Capital; early investor in companies like Apple, Cisco, Oracle, Electronic Arts and LSI Logic
Dick KramlichFounder of New Enterprise Associates, investor in companies like PowerPoint, Juniper Networks, Macromedia and Dallas Semiconductor
Reid DennisFounder of Institutional Venture Partners
Bill DraperFounder of Sutter Hill Ventures; Founder of Draper Richards
Pitch JohnsonCo-founder of Draper and Johnson Investment; Founder of Asset Management Company
Bill BowesFounder of US Venture Partners
Bill EdwardsFounder of Bryan and Edwards
Jim GaitherOne of the early developers of the venture financing structure still in use today
The Entrepreneurs:
Gordon MooreFounder of Intel; one of Fairchild Semiconductor’s “Traitorous Eight”
Jimmy TreybigFounder of Tandem
Nolan BushnellFounder of Atari
Dr. Herbert BoyerCo-founder of Genentech
Mike MarkkulaEarly CEO of Apple
Sandy LernerCo-founder of Cisco
John MorgridgeEarly CEO of Cisco
Robert Campbell

SOMETHING VENTURED is available as a consumer DVD here. It can also be purchased at, iTune,s and Barnes &
Educational DVDs are available here.
To host a private screening, contact Ben Crossley-Mara of Zeitgeist Films or 212-274-1989.

Founder of PowerPoint

"Something Ventured" is on Facebook, and you can follow @venturemovie on Twitter (#somethingventured, #venturemovie).

Molly Davis
Co-executive Producer