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Making the American CenturyEssays on the Political Culture of Twentieth Century America$
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Bruce J. Schulman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199845392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199845392.001.0001

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The First Venture Capital Firm in Silicon Valley

The First Venture Capital Firm in Silicon Valley

Draper, Gaither & Anderson

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(p.155) 9 The First Venture Capital Firm in Silicon Valley
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Making the American Century
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Leslie Berlin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199845392.003.0010

Several essential elements of today’s multi-trillion-dollar global venture capital industry can be traced to a small, almost entirely unknown firm called Draper, Gaither & Anderson, launched in August, 1959, in Palo Alto, California. In existence for only seven years, the firm left a substantial legacy, establishing practices that would become industry standards and launching the careers of several young men who would go on to play key roles in the venture capital industry. Draper, Gaither & Anderson also offers a new perspective that ties Silicon Valley more closely to established East Coast institutions than is often recognized. The venture capital company’s founders were not young men tinkering in garages, but elites who brought East Coast funding and business practices, as well as strong military ties, into the service of western entrepreneurs.

Keywords:   Draper Gather & Anderson, Silicon Valley, venture capital, military-industrial complex

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