Something Ventured

Apple. Intel. Genentech. Atari. Google. Cisco. Stratospheric successes with high stakes all around. Behind some of the world’s most revolutionary companies are a handful of men who (through timing, foresight, a keen ability to size up other people, and a lot of luck) saw opportunity where others did not: these are the original venture capitalists. All were backing and building companies before the term ‘venture capital’ had been coined: companies that led to the birth of biotechnology and the spectacular growth in microprocessors, personal computers and the web. SOMETHING VENTURED uncovers the ups and downs of the building of some of the greatest companies of the twentieth century, and the hidden dramas behind some of the most famous names in business.

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  1. I’ve had to watch as all of my great ideas made other people rich – the I-Pad and the E-book, to tv shows like American Idol. Venture capitalists have one thing I do not…capital. Well, probably a few more things too, like a supportive family and good health. Soon there won’t be power lines, it’ll all be cellular (I wouldn’t mention something that someone hasn’t already thought of). There’s a slew of ideas and inventions that I’ll never get credit for. I could churn out ideas that would make others rich, but I can’t afford to copywright them for myself. These guys may be smart, but mostly they’re just lucky…right place, right time, right connections, and, of course, capital.

    • Captitaless, not having capital never stopped the founders mentioned in the documentary, so i believe if you really have the passion to do great things the opportunity is there and you have go for it. I’m a Jr VC

  2. broken link 🙁