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also known as Risk, Reward and the Original Venture Capitalists

Something Ventured2011

  • 4.1
Conceived by co-executive producer Paul Holland and directed by Emmy Award winning filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine, 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 twentieth 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 1950s, 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 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.

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Official selection of the 2011 San Francisco International Film Festival.


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Fun to watch. Learned more about Fairchild Semiconductors early role in the beginnings of the formation of silicon valley. It was interesting to think about how old I was and what I was doing and thinking about at each stage of the timeline as it get's developed throughout the movie. Luck and the fact that most venture funded companies fail was given fair time. Writing, music and footage was put together well. Overall very enjoyable 85 minutes of film.

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Fun to watch. Learned more about Fairchild Semiconductors early role in the beginnings of the formation of silicon valley. It was interesting to think about how old I was and what I was doing and thinking about at each stage of the timeline as it get's developed throughout the movie. Luck and the fact that most venture funded companies fail was given fair time. Writing, music and footage was put together well. Overall very enjoyable 85 minutes of film.

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Fascinating subject: the interconnection between venture capitalism, entrepreneurship and technology. Great production.

Great Documentary about startups and venture capitals!

Great history of Silicon Valley and the venture industry!