Michael Moritz

(Sir Michael Jonathan Moritz)

Michael Moritz
Michael Moritz
  • Born: September 12, 1954
  • Nationality: Welsh
  • Profession: Partner At Sequoia Capital

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Sir Michael Jonathan Moritz KBE is a British venture capitalist who was born in Wales. Moritz works for Sequoia Capital and is a philanthropist and author of the first history of Apple Inc., The Little Kingdom, and of Going for Broke: Lee Iacocca's Battle to Save Chrysler. Previously, Moritz was a staff writer at Time magazine and a member of the board of directors of Google. He studied at the University of Oxford and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and went on to found Technologic Partners before becoming a venture capitalist in the 1980s. Moritz was named as the No. 1 venture capitalist on the Forbes Midas List in 2006 and 2007.

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I think the state’s role in the evolution of technology is best aimed at fueling adventures of the mind into the impossible reaches. That is very long range, and it’s the sort of thing that almost no companies have the wherewithal to contemplate. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
All you need do is listen to very smart people and sift out the ideas that are unworthy or implausible, and I wouldn't pretend for a moment that I hadn't made lots of mistakes and there are companies, perhaps, that we had been investors in.
History shows that there is no more potent engine for reform than the passion of voters who feel betrayed by the politicians they hoped would do the right thing. History
I think overall it is better for businesses to stay private because you have more latitude, more freedom. Freedom & Liberty
I think the notion of retirement is just a dreadful, dreadful idea and I hope I never have to do that. Hope
It's obviously unfair to paint with a broad brush here, but the germ of an idea for a breakthrough in technology doesn't come out of a business school curriculum. It comes out of a laboratory or a math lecture or a physics tutorial. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
My undergraduate degree was in history, and I wish I had been smart enough to really excel at maths, physics, chemistry or biology because... the voyagers and adventurers and real contributors - that's where they come from. History
There's nothing more invigorating than being deeply involved with a small company and a young team of founders out to do something incredibly special.