Tom Perkins
Tom Perkins
Thomas James Perkins is an American businessman, capitalist, and was one of the founders of leading venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
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Silicon Valley Venture Capital Pioneer Tom Perkins Dies At 84
NPR - 9 months
Long before the boom of the California tech scene, Perkins in 1972 co-founded a prominent venture capital firm in 1972, and used a new approach to investment.
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Tom Perkins Says the Rich Should Get More Votes in Elections - TIME
Google News - about 3 years
CNN Tom Perkins Says the Rich Should Get More Votes in Elections TIME Venture capitalist Tom Perkins is interviewed in his office in San Francisco, California September 12, 2011. Perkins is a co-founder of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins and the backer of companies ranging from Genentech to Google. Email · Print; Share. So rich, so wrongNew York Daily News Tom Perkins sorry for 'Kristallnacht' jab, but stays feistySan Francisco Chronicle Investor Tom Perkins says progressive taxation 'persecutes' the richReuters UPI.com all 105 news articles »
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Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points - Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
The Huffington Post - about 3 years
John Boehner has a song in his heart. That song is "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah," which he was heard quoting from as he was busy passing a clean debt ceiling bill in his House. He followed up with another lyric from the tune: "Plenty of sunshine coming my way." Mr. Boehner is, of course, being amusingly ironic. He does not, in fact, have a song in his heart, and he is not looking for beams of sunshine heading his way from his fellow Republicans. Boehner passed the clean debt ceiling bill with 193 Democratic votes and only 28 Republican votes, after all. He ignored the self-imposed "Hastert Rule," surprisingly early in the legislative fight -- two whole weeks before the crisis was scheduled to hit. He did so because the Tea Party faction in his party informed him that he didn't even have the votes for the usual round of hostage-taking -- Republicans, on their own, couldn't pass any bill. Boehner, realizing the futility of his position, then gave President Obama exactly what he a ...
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Investor Tom Perkins says progressive taxation 'persecutes' the rich
Reuters.com - about 3 years
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tom Perkins, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist who compared the plight of the wealthiest Americans to Jews in Nazi Germany, offered up a provocative new idea on what the rich deserve: more votes in public elections for every dollar they pay in taxes.
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UPDATE 1-Investor Tom Perkins says progressive taxation 'persecutes' the rich
Reuters.com - about 3 years
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Tom Perkins, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist who compared the plight of the wealthiest Americans to Jews in Nazi Germany, offered up a provocative new idea on...
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Crunchies bestowed to tech innovators as critics protest
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
There were sequins, celebrities and, yes, even sex jokes at the seventh annual Crunchies Awards on Monday evening, but it was also a moment for an industry facing growing criticism to take a serious look at itself. Benito Santiago, 63, beat a drum while protesters handed out fake awards (outspoken venture capitalist Tom Perkins won the "diarrhea of the mouth" award, for instance). Conway and Preston-Werner's battle cry - which kicked off the show after a zippy musical number by actress Spencer Rose - seemed indicative of an increasing awareness of criticism that the industry is too self-involved. 'Oscars for nerds'Nadia Ghassemi, a Google employee in a black-and-white H&M frock, was hoping to catch a glimpse of tech celebs Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com and Marissa Mayer of Yahoo before the evening's end. "A lot of tech companies have revenue, but their profit margin is razor thin," he said, before listing his company's charitable policies. Outside, the protesters had started chanti ...
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Billionaire Wilbur Ross Declares 'The 1 Percent Is Being Picked On'
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Take heart, downtrodden rich people of America: Another famous rich guy has heard your cries of persecution and is joining the small but growing 1st Percent Defense Brigade. Billionaire bottom-feeder Wilbur Ross on Tuesday declared that "the 1 percent is being picked on for political reasons" and that poor people should stop their gripin' and get themselves an education if they ever want to stop being part of the 99 percent. "Education is the way that people get out of the ghetto and into, if not the 1 percent, something close to it," Ross wealthsplained in an interview with Bloomberg TV, which is fast becoming the house organ for aggrieved rich guys (and not just the rich guy whose name is in the title). Ross pledged his allegiance to another billionaire, the gnome king Sam Zell, who last week told Bloomberg TV that the 1 percent are "being pummeled because it’s politically convenient to do so" and because the poors are simply incapable of working as hard as the rich, leaving th ...
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The Inequality Debate Heats Up!
Huffington Post - about 3 years
What started out as a slogan that surfaced at the height of the Occupy movement -- the 1 percent vs the 99 percent -- has morphed into the hotly debated issue of inequality, especially income inequality. Across a broad spectrum ranging from Pope Francis to billionaire Tom Perkins, a variety of reflections, analysis, explanation and apologies have been offered. The executive director of the International Monetary Fund, Ms. Christine Lagarde, entered the conversation at the macroeconomic level when she stated recently at Davos, "The gap has been widening tremendously, particularly over the last ten years and it has widened in all corners. You look at the U.S. economy. You look at the Brazilian economy. You look at some of the developing countries although to a lesser degree, but it does... that inequality has expanded." In the Richard Dimbleby Lecture in London she offered a more extensive analysis: "Let me be frank: in the past, economists have underestimated the importance of ineq ...
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Crybabies of the 1 percent: Spoiled rich kids, Tom Perkins and the real affluenza (Paul Campos/Salon)
Memeorandum - about 3 years
Paul Campos / Salon: Crybabies of the 1 percent: Spoiled rich kids, Tom Perkins and the real affluenza  —  The rich's real “disease” is failing to get that their privileges come at a price: our contempt  —  More than half a century ago, “West Side Story” satirized the idea that what was then known as juvenile delinquency …
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The Week to Week News Quiz for 2/7/14
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Take your eyes off the Sochi Olympics long enough to take our Week to Week news quiz and test your current affairs skills. Here are some random but real hints: He could have worked harder at the Tribune Company; let's just skip the kilt jokes; she was rushed into politics; and they probably figured the Great Wall already takes care of that. 1. Turkish special forces put an end to a hijacking. Where did the hijacker want the plane to go? a. Athens, Greece b. Tel Aviv, Israel c. The Olympics in Sochi, Russia d. New York City 2. Who said "The 1 percent work harder; the 1 percent are much bigger factors in all forms of our society"? a. Venture capitalist Tom Perkins b. Billionaire real estate mogul Sam Zell c. Conservative TV personality Megyn Kelly d. Ralph Nader 3. According to new polls, what GOP leader is currently trailing his Democratic challenger by four points? a. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell b. House Speaker John Boehner c. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarth ...
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What New York Can Learn From the Silicon Valley Bus Protests
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Until a well-known member of Silicon Valley compared the bus protesters to Nazi Germany, the issue of tech commuter buses had flown below radar. But after those explosive statements, which Tom Perkins has since retracted, media sat up and paid attention. There's been a growing Tale of Two Cities narrative in Silicon Valley, as highly paid computer workers shuttle from their homes to tech campuses, with their catered meals, free dry cleaning, and generous salaries. And, as New York's new mayor begins to act on his campaign pledge to address income inequity, it would be easy to look west and make a tech comparison. But that would be very much the wrong thing to do. For the past two years, I have had the honor to serve as New York's first entrepreneur at large -- a role that was created when leadership at New York's Economic Development Corp. determined that they didn't have a clear handle on what it would take to attract and retain tech startups in the city. My responsibility in ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tom Perkins
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 79
    Perkins was featured in the documentary film Something Ventured which premiered in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details In 1984, Perkins wrote and published a first hand account on the World Class collection of his pre-WWII classic car collection, titled Classic SUPERCHARGED Sports Cars (ISBN 0-9612268-0-3). This is a personal account of the handling and "simultaneously exciting and exasperating" characteristics of his collection of supercharged Bugattis, Mercedes, Alfas, one Squire, and his Duesenberg Type SJ.
  • 2009
    Age 77
    Perkins sold the yacht for £60million in July 2009.
    More Details Hide Details He has houses in Belvedere, Marin County, California, and spends about two months a year at Plumpton Place, his Elizabethan mansion in East Sussex, England, which once belonged to the Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.
  • 2007
    Age 75
    An account of Perkins' building of The Maltese Falcon – Mine's Bigger: The Extraordinary Tale of the World's Greatest Sailboat and the Silicon Valley Tycoon Who Built It by Newsweek's David A. Kaplan – was published in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The book in 2008 won the Gerald Loeb Award for best business book of the year.
    In November 2007, Perkins published a memoir, Valley Boy: The Education of Tom Perkins. (ISBN 1-59-240313-1) Perkins discussed the book, his time at HP, and his sailboat with Leslie Stahl on 60 Minutes in September 2007.
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    As of 2007 Perkins sits on the board of directors of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, where he serves with Viet D. Dinh. Dinh represented Perkins in the HP board affair. In July, 2011, Dinh and fellow News Corp. board member Joel Klein took over the investigation of the News of the World phone hacking affair and related Corporation issues.
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  • 2006
    Age 74
    In July 2006, he formally launched his 289-foot sailing yacht named The Maltese Falcon, at the time the world's largest privately owned sailing yacht.
    More Details Hide Details The yacht was listed for sale in 2006 on Yachtworld.com, the asking price being €99,000,000 with engine hours listed at 1,890 hours.
    At the May 18, 2006 board meeting, Dr. Keyworth admitted to leaking information but refused to resign after the board passed a resolution calling for his resignation.
    More Details Hide Details HP's board decided on August 31, 2006 to not renominate Dr. Keyworth for another term as director. The SEC and the State of California have both begun inquiries into the methods used by HP to investigate its directors.
    Perkins resigned from HP's board on May 18, 2006, over the actions taken by the board's chair, Patricia C. Dunn, to ferret out the board-level source of media leaks using methods Perkins considered unethical and possibly illegal.
    More Details Hide Details HP gave no cause in the SEC-required 8-K filing, and according to Perkins refused to amend the filing to indicate his reasons for resigning. In response, Perkins disclosed his reasons publicly, triggering an SEC investigation and significant media interest into HP's leak-finding activities. Perkins's residential phone records were obtained through a method known as pretexting. AT&T confirmed that someone pretended to be Perkins, using his phone number and his Social Security Number. HP confirmed that the investigative firm they hired used pretexting to obtain information on the call records of the directors. HP's investigation found that Dr. George Keyworth II was the source of several leaks.
    In January 2006, Perkins published his first romance novel, Sex and the Single Zillionaire, (ISBN 0-06-085167-8) which he dedicated to Steel.
    More Details Hide Details The plot of the book is based on a reality TV idea which was pitched to Perkins, where he would date a series of women and choose one to marry. He claims that "no 'ghost' did the writing." Proceeds from the book will be donated to Harvard University.
  • 1999
    Age 67
    They separated in August 1999 and were later amicably divorced.
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  • 1996
    Age 64
    In 1996, Perkins was convicted in France of involuntary manslaughter arising from a yacht-racing collision, forcing him to pay a $10,000 fine.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1976
    Age 44
    Perkins was also chairman of Genentech from 1976 until 1990 when it merged with Roche Holding Ltd.
    More Details Hide Details During the HP/Compaq merger fight in 2001, Perkins was a member of the Compaq board and an outspoken supporter of the merger. He joined the HP Board of Directors in the merger, retired, and officially rejoined the HP board days before Carly Fiorina was fired from her posts as chairman and chief executive officer of HP.
  • 1974
    Age 42
    He served as the only chairman of Tandem Computers, from its founding in 1974 until its 1997 merger with Compaq.
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  • 1973
    Age 41
    In 1973, with Eugene Kleiner, he founded Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, one of the first Sand Hill Road venture capital firms.
    More Details Hide Details Later, Frank Caufield and Brook Byers joined the firm, eventually becoming named partners. Perkins served as a director of Applied Materials, Compaq, Corning Glass, Genentech, Hewlett-Packard, and Philips Electronics.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1963
    Age 31
    In 1963, he was invited by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard to become the administrative head of the research department at Hewlett-Packard.
    More Details Hide Details He was the first general manager of HP's computer divisions, credited with helping shepherd HP's entry into the minicomputer business. During the 1960s, he also started University Laboratories, which was later merged into Spectra-Physics.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1957
    Age 25
    He earned an MBA from Harvard in 1957.
    More Details Hide Details While attending MIT, Perkins joined the Delta Upsilon Fraternity.
  • 1953
    Age 21
    Perkins received a B.S. in EECS (course 6) from MIT in 1953.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1932
    Age 0
    Born in 1932.
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