Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jul 8, 2014 - Technology & Engineering - 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.

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Kaplan, the intrepid founder of a company that was devoted, in every sense of the word, to a new kind of computer, chronicles his hazardous adventures in darkest Silicon Valley. The pen may be ... Read full review

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I finished Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure a few days ago. Even being a kind of ‘old’ book (most of the technology advance they were trying to do sounds prehistoric a decade after) the problems ... Read full review


1 The Idea
2 The Deal
3 The Company
4 The Financing
5 The Customer
6 The Proposal
7 The Partner
10 The Spinout
11 The Switch
12 The Bubble
13 The Reversal
14 The Showdown
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8 The Announcement
9 The War

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