1. John Doerr: The salesman for nerds
I’ve always thought of John Doerr as a salesmen for nerds. And Doerr always looks at the big picture — I remember him talking about how the browser was going to be important again, well before Firefox emerged.
2. Gates convinces Jobs to give him 3 pre-release Macs
Video: Pirates of Silicon Valley
Watch how Gates manipulates Jobs hatred of IBM to get his way at 6:45.
Every entrepreneur should see Pirates of Silicon Valley. This made-for-TV movie from 1999 is amazingly well-done. It’s a dramatization of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak starting Apple; Bill Gates and Paul Allen starting Microsoft; and how Jobs and Gates collided.
The script and acting ring true. Wozniak writes that “the personalities were very accurately portrayed.” Steve Jobs actually invited Noah Wyle, the actor who portrays Jobs, to impersonate him at Macworld. And the negotiations are pretty realistic.
Watch the clip above and rent the movie if you like it — it’s cheesy but good.
3. This Week in Venture Capital with Jason Calacanis
This Week in Venture Capital is a combination of startup analysis and startup advice from Jason Calacanis’ burgeoning ThisWeekIn empire. Mark Suster is the host. Jump to 33:05 for a solid block of startup advice on:
- Your deck getting in the wrong hands @ 33:05.
- If this is your first time raising angel money… @ 38:13.
- “VCs—when we fund raise—never ever are raising money. We’re pre-marketing until the round’s closed.” – Mark Suster @ 44:34