By Richard Brandt, Thomas Weisel, Lance Armstrong
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"Thom Weisel’s occupation has been outstanding. In series he has outfitted winning funding banking and learn organizations. that might be adequate, yet he has additionally revitalized the U.S. Ski workforce, subsidized and encouraged the profitable journey de France biking crew, inspired Lance Armstrong to turn into a world-class competitor back after his conflict with melanoma, financially and spiritually empowered the Empower the USA imagine tank, and assembled a world-class modern artwork assortment. you can't do all this with no need unparalleled strength, uncanny imaginative and prescient, striking management traits and notable instinct. This ebook tells Thom’s tale and contains a few of his personal insightful idea items. In Capital Instincts, you'll research much approximately administration, motivation, management and the certain features of humanity which are the substance of greatness." –Byron R. Wien handling Director Morgan Stanley
"Serial successes are infrequent. those who span Silicon Valley and Wall highway, smooth artwork, Olympic ski racing, and the journey de France, rarer nonetheless. No, Capital Instincts: existence as an Entrepreneur, Financier, and Athlete isn’t a unique. however it is a mystery. Richard Brandt isn’t Robert Ludlum, yet he’ll have you ever having fun with turning pages simply as a lot. And Thom Weisel isn’t Jason Bourne, yet he strikes approximately as speedy and covers extra territory. a desirable strength, a awesome mix of power and concentration, of expertise and intuition for markets and folks, of guts and force, he has lit up the worlds of finance, paintings and activities for many years. half biography, half company historical past, half Weisel’s personal perspectives on matters from administration, funding banking and entrepreneurship to the web bubble/bust and fiscal destiny, Capital Instincts is just riveting. greater than a needs to read–a pleasant learn to boot. And with Weisel going robust, i will infrequently stay up for the sequel." –Michael J. Boskin T.M. Friedman Professor of Economics and Hoover establishment Senior Fellow Stanford collage
"Thom Weisel and Richard Brandt have produced a simple interpreting historical past that are meant to be incorporated in each enterprise learn application. management classes in activities and finance laced with real-life studies. i discovered myself remembering contemporary headlines as Thom tells the interior story." –Harvey W. Schiller President & CEO US Operations Assante Corp
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Weisel is really at home with businessmen like these. “Weisel is afraid of nothing,” says Wynn. “He’s a bull. ” None of Weisel’s friends would be surprised to hear this story. “When things get tough, you can always count on Thom to get tougher,” says Kip Hagopian, a venture capitalist who has known Weisel for decades. ” But ask Weisel about skiing with Wynn and playing cards, and he describes a different day on the same trip: “We were skiing in the Monashees, but the wind was blowing so hard that we couldn’t get out of the helicopter.
The one thing that almost all friends agree on is that he is one tough SOB. He thrives on adversity. 13 14 CAPITAL INSTINCTS One of the primary ingredients contributing to his success is the fact that he enjoys taking on tasks that most people feel to be absurdly difficult, and often succeeds at them. Weisel looks like a former athlete, which he is, although the pressures of creating a brand-new company have cut dramatically into his time for exercise and training over the last several years, adding a few pounds to his frame.
He joined a fraternity and partied with his fraternity brothers, many of whom went on to become prominent businessmen themselves. Weisel finally felt like he fit in. He could do as he pleased without the disapproving scorn of his father. They worked out in the gym and ran the stadium stairs and track on a regular basis. They rode motorcycles all over the hills of Palo Alto. They would strap pistols to their belts and shoot at targets among the apple groves near Stanford. One favorite target-shooting spot was later paved over and turned into Sand Hill Road, now the home of Silicon Valley’s most prestigious venture capital firms and one of the most expensive pieces of business real estate in the world.