Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure

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Houghton Mifflin, 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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It took me a ridiculously long time to read this book, mostly because I read it in tiny little chunks in the morning as a way to get my brain revved up for the day. This book is good for that. It's ... Read full review

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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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