Mine's Bigger: Tom Perkins and the Making of the Greatest Sailing Machine Ever Built

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Tom Perkins, the venture capitalist behind such companies as Google, Genentech, Amazon, and AOL, doesn't do things halfway. When he collected vintage cars, for instance, he had the world's largest collection of Bugatti automobiles. And when he decided to pursue a lifelong dream and build a sailing yacht, he went the whole nine yards: He decided it would be the world's largest yacht - big enough to fit Noah's Ark on its deck. He wanted it to sail at a record 26 knots, under unprecedented physical forces. And, he thought, having built this marine wonder, why not use it to try to smash the 155-year-old world sailing record from New York to San Francisco around Cape Horn? Thus the Maltese Falcon - the largest private sailing vessel ever constructed - was born. More than just the story of the boat, "The Falcon" is a broader profile of the combination of ambition, recklessness, bravado, and achievements of a 21st century entrepreneur and his time.

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David Kaplan is a senior editor at Newsweek, responsible for the magazine's Enterprise section. He is the author of The Silicon Boys (1999), a bestseller that was translated into six languages, and The Accidental President (2001). He appears frequently on both TV and radio.

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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2007. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 226 x 163 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Tom Perkins had a dream. It wasn t to get rich, acquire power, or marry into fame. As the man most responsible for creating Silicon Valley, he had done all that. His venture-capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, remains the most celebrated money machine since the Medicis. He d helped found Genentech and fund Google. And in 2006 his resignation from the Hewlett-Packard board triggered the revelation of a spying scandal that dominated the front pages. Along the way, he also managed to get himself convicted of manslaughter in France and become Danielle Steel s Husband No. 5. No, as he hit his seventies, Perkins wanted to create the biggest, fastest, riskiest, highest-tech, most self-indulgent sailboat ever--the perfect yacht. His fantasy would be a modern clipper ship--as long as a football field, forty-two feet wide, with three masts each rising twenty stories toward the heavens. This $130 million square-rigger--The Maltese Falcon--would evoke the era of magnificent vessels that raced across the oceans in the nineteenth century. But the Falcon is more than a tribute to the past. Gone are all the deckhands to climb the yardarms. Gone is the intricate rigging that helped give the square-riggers of yore their impressive look. Instead, the Falcon s giant carbon-fiber masts are entirely freestanding and rotate by computer. The bridge looks like something out of Star Trek. And the fifteen huge sails unfurl at the touch of a screen. In short, this is a revolutionary machine--the most significant advance in sailing in 150 years. With keen storytelling and biting wit, Newsweek s David A. Kaplan takes us behind the scenes of an extraordinary project and inside the mind of a larger-than-life character. We discover why any sane man would gamble a sizeable chunk of his net worth on a boat; we meet the cast of engineers who conspired with him; and we learn about the other two monumental yachts just built by gazillionaires that Perkins is ever eyeing. In a battle of egos on the high seas, Perkins loves to preen, Mine s better! Mine s Bigger! On the Falcon s climactic maiden voyage across the Mediterranean--sixteen hundred nautical miles from Istanbul to Malta to the Riviera--we revel with Perkins as his creation surges along at record-breaking speeds. This is the biography of a remarkable boat and the man who built it. More than a tale of technology, Mine s Bigger is a profile of ambition, hubris, and the imagination of a legendary entrepreneur. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780061227943

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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2007. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 226 x 163 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Tom Perkins had a dream. It wasn t to get rich, acquire power, or marry into fame. As the man most responsible for creating Silicon Valley, he had done all that. His venture-capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, remains the most celebrated money machine since the Medicis. He d helped found Genentech and fund Google. And in 2006 his resignation from the Hewlett-Packard board triggered the revelation of a spying scandal that dominated the front pages. Along the way, he also managed to get himself convicted of manslaughter in France and become Danielle Steel s Husband No. 5. No, as he hit his seventies, Perkins wanted to create the biggest, fastest, riskiest, highest-tech, most self-indulgent sailboat ever--the perfect yacht. His fantasy would be a modern clipper ship--as long as a football field, forty-two feet wide, with three masts each rising twenty stories toward the heavens. This $130 million square-rigger--The Maltese Falcon--would evoke the era of magnificent vessels that raced across the oceans in the nineteenth century. But the Falcon is more than a tribute to the past. Gone are all the deckhands to climb the yardarms. Gone is the intricate rigging that helped give the square-riggers of yore their impressive look. Instead, the Falcon s giant carbon-fiber masts are entirely freestanding and rotate by computer. The bridge looks like something out of Star Trek. And the fifteen huge sails unfurl at the touch of a screen. In short, this is a revolutionary machine--the most significant advance in sailing in 150 years. With keen storytelling and biting wit, Newsweek s David A. Kaplan takes us behind the scenes of an extraordinary project and inside the mind of a larger-than-life character. We discover why any sane man would gamble a sizeable chunk of his net worth on a boat; we meet the cast of engineers who conspired with him; and we learn about the other two monumental yachts just built by gazillionaires that Perkins is ever eyeing. In a battle of egos on the high seas, Perkins loves to preen, Mine s better! Mine s Bigger! On the Falcon s climactic maiden voyage across the Mediterranean--sixteen hundred nautical miles from Istanbul to Malta to the Riviera--we revel with Perkins as his creation surges along at record-breaking speeds. This is the biography of a remarkable boat and the man who built it. More than a tale of technology, Mine s Bigger is a profile of ambition, hubris, and the imagination of a legendary entrepreneur. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780061227943

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