Valley Boy

Valley Boy

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By (author) Tom Perkins

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  • Publisher: NICHOLAS BREALEY PUBLISHING
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 230mm x 28mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 6 November 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1857885058
  • ISBN 13: 9781857885057
  • Illustrations note: Black and white photos
  • Sales rank: 1,129,412

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This is an honest, insightful and humorous memoir from Tom Perkins who gave his name to one of Silicon Valley's most iconic partnerships, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers who helped found and finance such famous companies as Tandem, Compaq, Netscape, Sun Microsystems, Amazon and Google. It is full of accounts of the diverse episodes of his life, both personal and professional: his marriage to romance novelist Danielle Steel; his famous vintage car collection; being tried for manslaughter in France and and his sensational, high tech 130ft yacht The Maltese Falcon - one of the largest privately owned clippers in the world and the subject of its own book! Known for his idiosyncratic ideas and Midas touch, Tom Perkins is one of the business world's most intriguing business figures.In "Valley Boy" he presents "The truth as I see it, unvarnished, and as beautiful or ugly as you may find it" and offers a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at one of the most exciting and dynamic periods of technological and corporate development revealing his involvement in the creation of American industries no one could have dreamed of acca century ago. In 1957 Perkins started working for Hewlett-Packard, and his career with the company spanned 50 years. He worked his way from the ground to become the administrative head of the research laboratories and the first general manager of its skyrocketing computer businesses.A pioneer in laser technology, he started the company that later merged into Spectra-Physics. Founder of the Silicon Valley venture-capitalist firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers he served as a director of Applied Materials, Compaq, Corning Glass, Genentech, Hewlett-Packard, and Philips Electronics. He was Chairman of Tandem Computers, from its founding in 1974 until its merger with HP in 2001 and was also chairman of Genentech from 1976 until 1990 when it merged with Roche Holding Ltd. Most recently, he joined the HP board of directors, retired, and officially rejoined the board days before Carly Fiorina's firing. Also the author of "Sex and the Single Zillionaire", he lives in the US and in former Led Zeppellin Guitarist Jimmy Page's historic manor - Plumpton Place in the South Downs.

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"[Perkins] sews dry humor through tales of yachting triumphs, road rallies in expensive cars, tech start-ups and the boardroom coup he instigated at Hewlett Packard. Looking back without rancor or remorse, he has a knack for storytelling that makes him feel like a buddy who never fails to laugh at himself." --"TIME Magazine" "Tom Perkins is a man of extraordinary passions, among them deals, venture capital, entrepreneurs, ocean racing, vintage cars, and extraordinary women. Valley Boy is a heady mix of picaresque adventure and high finance, more fun than most novels, told in a charming, intimate style as if you were a privileged guest on one of Tom's legendary yachts." -- James Stewart, "New Yorker" contributor and author of the best-selling "Den of Thieves" "A smart, often funny and wholly engaging account of a fabulous and varied life lived on the frontiers of high tech America. Utterly absorbing from first to last, this is one memoir which is as unique as its author." -- Richard Nor