A Silicon Valley Adventure
Author(s): Jerry Kaplan
Genre: Science, History
Original Publish Date: Jul 08, 2014
Product Number: EB00474670
Released: Jul 26, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780544391277
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The classic account of the early days of tech, named one of the 10 best business books of the year by Business Week: "Riveting, wry, and often wise."—The Washington Post 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, and 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. "What separates Kaplan's tale from other start-up stories is the insight he provides about dealing with two of America's largest computer companies—IBM and MicrosoftReaders interested in entrepreneurial adventurism will find Kaplan's tale entertaining."—Publishers Weekly "Kaplan tells it with novelistic style replete with races against the clock and sharp character sketchesAn insider's well-written story of the death of a new machine."—Kirkus Reviews "A winner."—Wired