By Irina Yuen
Wharton Entrepreneurship held an on-campus screening last month of the documentary film ‘Something Ventured,’at Wharton | San Francisco that was hosted by Ashmeet Sidana (WG’03), General Partner, Foundation Capital. The documentary tells the story of the creation of the venture industry and how it went on to become the “single greatest engine of innovation and economic growth in the 20th century.” The movie was conceived by Paul Holland, General Partner, Foundation Capital, co-produced by Mr. Holland and Molly Davis of Rainmaker Communications, and directed by Emmy-Award-winning filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine.
Ashmeet Sidana, hosted the evening and led a pre- and post-screening discussion. “Who was the first venture capitalist?” Sidana asked the audience before the screening began. Responses included Queen Isabella, and from there the discussion turned to American Research and Development Corporation (ARDC), founded in 1946 by George Doriot, the “Father of Venture Capitalism”. The movie is a must-see for anyone who is interested in learning the history of Silicon Valley and how it has become one of the great innovation engines in modern times. Ashmeet engaged the audience in a thought-provoking discussion before and after the film. The conversation included his insights about current trends in the venture capital industry and the evolving relationship between venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.
Thank you, Ashmeet, for a memorable evening!