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Early Days of VC screened at DC area Film Festival

on October 31, 2011

Washington DC-area residents get a chance to see a new film that looks to the beginnings of the venture capital industry this coming weekend. ‘Something Ventured: Risk, Reward and the Original Venture Capitalists’ is being shown next Saturday as part of the Alexandria Film Festival in Northern Virginia. The story is told through the voices of legendary investors and visionary entrepreneurs who sped the growth of firms like Intel, Apple, Cisco, Atari, Genentech, Tandem and others.

Beginning in the late 1950's, this small group of high rollers fostered a one‐of‐a‐kind business culture that encouraged extraordinary risk and made possible unprecedented rewards. They laid the groundwork for America's start‐up economy, providing not just the capital but the guidance to allow seedling companies to reach their full potential. Our lives would be dramatically different without the contributions that these venture capitalists made to the creation of PCs, the Internet and lifesaving drugs.

“Wouldn’t it be great if you could make money and change the world for the better at the same time,” says Tom Perkins, founder of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in the film.

That sentiment fits well with that of Global Entrepreneurship Week and is why Jonathan Ortmans, the president of Global Entrepreneurship Week, will be on hand to introduce the film on Saturday Masonic Memorial Theater at 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 5th.

For those interested in viewing the film, tickets are available for $10.

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