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A Brief History of
US Venture Capital
• first VC funds: ARDC, JH Whitney (1946)
• SBICs / Small Business Investment Act (US, 1958)
• Shockley -> “Traitorous Eight” -> Fairchild (1958) -> Intel (1968)
• Sutter Hill (1964), Venrock (1969), Kleiner, Sequoia (1972)
• ERISA laws + “prudent man rule” (1974, 1978)
• Pension Funds in VCs: $39M (1977) -> $570M (1978) -> $4B (1989)
• Tech Explosion: 80’s, 90’s, 00’s
• Microsoft (1975), Apple (1976), Oracle (1977), Sun (1982), Cisco
(1984), Amazon (1994), eBay (1995), Yahoo (1995), Google (1998),
PayPal (1998), LinkedIn (2002), Facebook (2004), Twitter (2006)

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A Brief History of US Venture Capital • first VC funds: ARDC, JH Whitney (1946) • SBICs / Small Business Investment Act (US, 1958) • Shockley -> “Traitorous Eight” -> Fairchild (1958) -> Intel (1968) • Sutter Hill (1964), Venrock (1969), Kleiner, Sequoia (1972) • ERISA laws + “prudent man rule” (1974, 1978) • Pension Funds in VCs: $39M (1977) -> $570M (1978) -> $4B (1989) • Tech Explosion: 80’s, 90’s, 00’s • Microsoft (1975), Apple (1976), Oracle (1977), Sun (1982), Cisco (1984), Amazon (1994), eBay (1995), Yahoo (1995), Google (1998), PayPal (1998), LinkedIn (2002), Facebook (2004), Twitter (2006)

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