Fireside Chat: Money and passion

August 7, 2009 | building43

Two of Silicon Valley’s most successful venture capitalists say even the best ideas can be worthless without passion.

In the concluding session of Revenue Bootcamp, two money men – Mike Moritz, Sequoia Capital and Paul Graham, Y Combinator – sat down with Guy Kawasaki, managing director, Garage Technology Ventures to discuss the realities of venture capital funding in the technology industry – and the passion needed to succeed.

The day-long Revenue Bootcamp held July 10, 2009, on the Microsoft campus in Mountain View, Calif., brought together some top-notch experts to share tips, hints, lessons and advice about how to increase traffic with Search Engine Optimization, Search Engine Marketing and face-to-face meetings.

This video, “Fireside chat,” is the last in a series recorded during the one-day conference organized by Kawasaki.

All of the videos will remain available on

Here are some important links mentioned in this video:

The Rackspace Cloud was one sponsor for the event.

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wqw October 30, 2009 at 2:20 pm


carrie myers October 14, 2009 at 7:44 pm

why didn’t Guy ask Moritz about the Friendster failure, how Mike advised them not to sell to Google?

carrie myers October 14, 2009 at 7:33 pm

I’ve met with Guy and he came across as arrogant and self absorbed

Mike Fisher October 5, 2009 at 9:01 am

My experience with VC’s is limited to the East Coast.  Their stated goals were radically different than these guys.  The did NOT want to fund young people (meaning someone with less than 15 years of professional experience).  Each and every one of them wanted validated business opportunities with proven technologies (exactly what was mocked at the start of this video).  Perhaps this is why East Coast start-up investing pales to that on the West Coast.  The corporate culture difference is painfully clear.  This conversation was very interesting from my perspective.

Deborah Johnson October 4, 2009 at 3:22 am

What if your representing a company that is a slam dunk but the ceo sucks and wants out; will a vc come in and build the team.

purposeinc - dk October 3, 2009 at 2:10 am

Focus and intensity. :) Yep, that’s it!

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