Artifact Details

Title

Perkins, Thomas J. oral history

Catalog Number

102714335

Type

Moving image

Date

2011-07-22

Participants

Dennis, Eric, Videographer
Hollar, John C., Interviewer
Perkins, Thomas, Interviewee

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

San Francisco, California

Duration

1:41:27

Format

MOV

Copyright Holder

Computer History Museum

Description

Thomas J. Perkins co-founded the legendary Silicon Valley venture capital firm of Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB) with Eugene Kleiner in 1973 after a decade-long career at Hewlett-Packard. Together with his KPCB partners, Perkins led one of the most successful long-term venture investing strategies in the history of Silicon Valley. Two of the earliest venture investments that Perkins led—Tandem Computers and Genentech—went on to be game-changing developers of technology in the earliest days of system and high-performance computing.

A number of oral histories of Perkins are available on the Internet, including a long interview done by the University of California at Berkeley. This three-hour oral history conducted in 2011 focuses on Perkins’ upbringing, education, mentors, early professional experience at Hewlett-Packard and transition to venture investing. It also covers his investment philosophy and a number of personal stories of entrepreneurs with whom he had particularly close business relationships.

Category

Oral history

Subject

Kleiner Perkins; Caufield; Byers, Tom; Venture Capital; Tandem Computer; Genentech; Hewlett-Packard; HP; Sand Hill Road

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Lot Number

X6219.2012
 

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102714336 Perkins, Thomas J. oral history