The Oral History Center at UC Berkeley

The Oral History Center (OHC), a division of The Bancroft Library, documents the history of California, the nation, and the interconnected global arena. OHC produces carefully researched, audio/video-recorded and transcribed oral histories and interpretative historical materials for the widest possible use.

OHC has carried out interviews in a variety of major subject areas, including but not limited to: politics and government; business and labor; social and community history; science, medicine, and technology; and venture capital.

Early Bay Area Venture Capitalists: Shaping the Business and Industrial Landscape” documents through videotaped interviews with the first generation of venture capitalists, the origins and evolution of the venture capital industry in California during the 1960s and 1970s.

The project explores and explains through the words of participants how venture capital originated in the Bay Area, its intersection with national legislation and policy, the significance of its location, and its role in creating the electronics and biotechnology industries in California.

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10,000+

high-growth startups—across all 50 states and DC—raised venture funding in 2019 to build and grow their businesses.

42%

of all U.S. IPOs from 1974 to 2015 were venture-backed companies, representing 63% of the market capitalization and 85% of R&D.

2.9 million

is the average net jobs created annually between 1980 and 2010 by high-growth startups, which account for ~50% of gross jobs created in the U.S.

1,300+

U.S. venture firms are active today, managing an aggregate of $444 billion in assets.