In 1987, Jerry Kaplan embarked on every aspiring entrepreneur's dream--he formed his own company. Startup is Kaplan's riveting and insightful story about what it takes to create and maintain a company in he computer industry--and how to handle its remains when the world is not ready to accept what it proposes. This is both an inspiring personal ...
In 1987, Jerry Kaplan embarked on every aspiring entrepreneur's dream--he formed his own company. Startup is Kaplan's riveting and insightful story about what it takes to create and maintain a company in he computer industry--and how to handle its remains when the world is not ready to accept what it proposes. This is both an inspiring personal account and a thrilling adventure story of what goes on behind the world of the computer screen.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-09-23 Entrepreneur Kaplan describes the tribulations he faced while forming his own company in the computer industry. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1995-03-27 Kaplan founded GO Corp. in 1987 to develop a pen-based portable computer. He lost control of the company to an investor group that included AT&T in late 1993 after spending nearly $75 million in a failed effort to create a marketable product, and GO's successor company was closed down by AT&T in July 1994. What separates Kaplan's tale from other start-up stories is the insight he provides about dealing with two of America's largest computer companiesæIBM and Microsoft. Kaplan negotiated with layers of IBM bureaucracy to get the company to invest tens of millions of dollars in GO, and yet with the downsizing that rocked IBM, Kaplan doubted whether anyone remaining at IBM knew or cared about its GO involvement. GO's relationship with Microsoft evolved from a potential partnership to a fierce competition. As the two companies became more competitive, the pressure Microsoft exerted on the industry to support its own pen-based efforts over those of GO makes one think that federal judge Stanley Sporkin is right in trying to reopen the antitrust investigation of the software powerhouse. Readers interested in entrepreneurial adventurism will find Kaplan's tale entertaining, but the book will appeal most to those familiar with the computer industry. (May)
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