Considering most of the guys on this list started their respective firms before the widespread adoption of the internet, I think it’s pretty cool to think about how this stuff was documented. In many cases, some of the details are much more intimate as a result of being recounted in a more informal fashion.
Don Valentine (founder of Sequoia Capital) doesn’t keep a blog or have a Facebook page, but he did sit down and orally recount much of his history, which is documented in these archives. It’s a fascinating read (both from a personal and a professional perspective) if you have the time to look through some of it.
Here’s a fun excerpt from his interview:
Valentine: I don’t believe in business school.
Valentine: We have people here at Sequoia who went to business school, but most of the primary partners here have not gone to business school. Or said differently, and this is a true story, when asked where I went to business school, I said, “Fairchild Semiconductor.” And the people said, “We’ve never heard of it.” I was talking to people who thought that if you didn’t go to Harvard Business School you could never learn how to manage money. And my rejoinder was I was not interested in learning how to raise money; I was interested in building great companies, and I didn’t have to go Harvard Business School to build great companies.
Check out the full archives of interviews here.