Something Ventured: A New Documentary on VCs and Silicon Valley

Just saw an interview with the producers of a film being premiered at SXSW called “Something Ventured.” For those who support entrepreneurs as builders of the future, the film sounds great. I am excited for it to come to my neck of the woods (DC) — where understanding of entrepreneurship is low. From Michael Cieply of the New York Times:

The film, “Something Ventured,” is a frankly admiring look at those who went out on a limb to back upstarts like Atari, Cisco Systems, Genentech and Apple.

How the documentary fares may help tell whether a society that has been leery of big business since the financial collapse of 2008 is ready to soar with the entrepreneurs once again.

“This film is one of the green shoots after a long winter,” said Paul Holland, an executive producer of “Something Ventured.” Mr. Holland, who is a partner at the venture firm Foundation Capital, spent years developing the film with fellow producers and the directors Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine, who made the dance documentary “Ballets Russes.”

The idea, said Mr. Holland, was to create what Mr. Geller termed “ ‘Reds’ for capitalism.”“Reds,” a paean to old Bolsheviks, was directed by Warren Beatty and received 12 Oscar nominations in 1982.

The stories in “Something Ventured” are told by and about a clutch of investors and innovators whose encounters in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s made Silicon Valley and its environs a hotbed of technological change, business growth and job and wealth creation.

One potential danger of this movie is that it pushes more folks to believe in the VC, high tech model of entrepreneurship.  Service, product, retail and other types of firms do grow dramatically and usually use human creativity more than technology and capital in order to achieve their growth and impact.

Any one seen it yet down at SXSW? I will share my thoughts when I see it.

via ‘Something Ventured,’ a Love Story About Capitalism – NYTimes.com.

2 thoughts on “Something Ventured: A New Documentary on VCs and Silicon Valley

  1. Palo Alto International Film Festival

    Awesome article on Something Ventured!

    We recently conducted and blogged an interview with directors Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine. They talk about how they got an interview with Sandy Lerner, who co-founded Cisco!

    Check it out! http://paiff.net/blog/?p=206

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