September 20, 2009 |
In what would have been an unaccustomed move for a Silicon Valley venture capitalist not too long ago, Alan Salzman recently flew to Copenhagen to attend a conference on climate change and schmooze government policymakers. His mission: Explain the role of venture capitalists and their green-tech start-ups in cleaning up the environment. "All aspects of clean tech bump up against government regulations," said Salzman, whose firm, VantagePoint Venture Partners, has funded such high-profile firms as electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. and solar power plant developer BrightSource Energy Inc. A few years ago, venture capitalists rarely ventured too far from Sand Hill Road, a stretch of low-slung office parks nestled among redwood trees in the hills above Stanford University that is home to some of the world's biggest venture firms.
February 15, 2009 |
For cartoonists of a certain age, it used to be so simple. There was us, and there were the pigs: crony capitalists, clueless chauvinists and head-banging cops. For the capitalists, like Pat Oliphant's sloppy bankers or John Sherffius' morphing Wall Street icon, the symbol is making a comeback, not that it ever went away. As Steve Breen demonstrates, bacon-bearing politicos have been the place-holders for the unflattering visual sobriquet for years. Pork chops anyone? -- Joel Pett
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1994
Re "U.S. Firms 'Work' for China Workers," World Report, July 19: We at the Federation for a Democratic China, a worldwide organization, firmly believe that international business interests can be induced to contribute positively to China's democratization--a win-win situation on a long-term basis. A good place to start is a code of conduct to prevent them from being vulture capitalists. R. T. HUANG Los Angeles
September 1, 1985
Under capitalism, the average citizen enjoys more freedom and greater happiness than under any other economic system. Therefore, I have been a longtime advocate of the establishment of the Saturday before Labor Day as a national holiday, Capital Day. I believe that competition is our healthy way of cleaning up non-competitive firms, which do not provide consumer products at good prices. Success in our economic system is not guaranteed, as many entrepreneurs try several ventures before they succeed.
August 19, 2004
Re "Truth Is, We Need More Goldwaters," Commentary, Aug. 16: Pete Hamill should know that those of us who miss Barry Goldwater are large in number, represent many shades of political opinion and long for elected leaders who give citizens the respect of telling them the truth. For us Republicans who still remember our party's environmental legacy, Goldwater is a genuine hero. Goldwater was a deeply patriotic man who understood in his bones that conservation of America's great natural heritage is truly conservative, unlike the mob of shouting pundits, crony capitalists and spin-doctoring buffoons whose twisted ideology brands protection of our air, water and land as radical.
August 6, 1986
Rosscomp Corp. said it has suspended operations while executives negotiate with creditors and prospective buyers to determine whether the company will survive. The ailing Santa Ana computer parts maker said it received from creditors a second notice of default for non-payment of more than $100,000 in interest and principal on $938,000, two-year convertible subordinated notes.