Don Valentine and Sequoia Capital

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G. Felda Hardymon, Tom Nicholas, Liz Kind
Harvard Business School ()

Don Valentine participated in the initiation of two important milestones: the birth of the silicon chip and the development of the venture capital industry. From his humble beginnings, Valentine became a legendary salesman at Fairchild Semiconductor and National Semiconductor before founding Sequoia Capital in 1972. Valentine liked to place high-risk bets with unknown entrepreneurs in markets where he saw great potential. Unlike other venture capitalists of the time who focused on finding great entrepreneurs or innovative technology, Valentine took a different approach. He focused primarily on the size of the potential market.

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