Startup: A Silicon Valley Venture Story

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 1995 - Computer industry - 322 pages
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Jerry Kaplan had a dream: he would redefine the known universe (and get very rich) by creating a new kind of computer. All he needed was sixty million dollars, a few hundred employees, a maniacal belief in his ability to win the Silicon Valley startup game. Kaplan, a well-known figure in the computer industry, founded GO Corporation in 1987, and for several years it was one of the hottest new ventures in the Valley. Startup tells the story of Kaplan's wild ride: how he assembled a brilliant but fractious team of engineers, software designers, and investors; pioneered the emerging market for hand-held computers operated with a pen instead of a keyboard; and careened from crisis to crisis without ever losing his passion for his revolutionary idea. Along the way, Kaplan vividly recreates his encounters with eccentric employees, risk-addicted venture capitalists, and industry giants such as Bill Gates and John Sculley. And no one -- including Kaplan himself -- is spared his sharp wit and o

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User Review  - chaosmogony - LibraryThing

Another Ferriss-style "how I got rich by starting a business" book. I don't hate these, and I almost find something useful in them, even if it's just motivation (which is the only explanation I have ... Read full review

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User Review  - amanderson - LibraryThing

This was an inspiring read about entrepreneurs who fairly recently started small businesses on a shoestring. It's more of a motivational type book than a thorough analysis; a glimpse of the businesses ... Read full review

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