Posts Tagged ‘French Library’

New Amazon Review: “Creative Capital is a Must Read If You’re In Business Today”

October 20, 2009

Check out a new customer review of Creative Capital, just published on Amazon.com.

Creative Capital is a Must Read If You’re In Business Today
By Carole Gunst “loves to read” (Boston, MA)

Spencer Ante has done a wonderful job writing the life story of General Georges Doriot, respected Harvard Business School professor, military general, and the father of venture capital. I had the good fortune to hear Spencer, who also writes on business for Business Week magazine, speak about Doriot’s story at the French Library in Boston before I started reading the book. His stories about the man who was so influential for U.S. business were fascinating. Here are a few of Doriot’s quotes that he pulled from the book to share with us:

* “A real courageous man is a man who does something when no one is watching him.”
* “If information is to be exchanged over whiskey, let us get rather than give it.”
* “You will get no where if you do not inspire people.”
* “Always remember that someone somewhere is making a product that wil make your product obsolete.”

From the stories about Doriot’s early introduction to entrepreneurship as the son of a Peugot engineer, to Doriot’s entry into Harvard Business School, to the importance he played with R&D during World War II which taught him how to become a venture capitalist to the part he played in the starting up of Digital Equipment Corporation, this book remains fascinating.

If you are in business today or would like to be, this is a must read from a great writer about a visionary business thinker. I think you’ll agree that Doriot really pioneered the transition of U.S. business to an economy built on entrepreneurship an innovation.

Wicked Cool Recap: Boston Book Tour Pics

September 27, 2009

Big ups to Boston. Thanks to the hospitality of the Boston French Library and the local office of the pr firm Financial Dynamics, I spent three days this week in Boston giving book talks to several groups.

Each talk was a lot of fun but the most special event happened on the evening of Thursday Sep. 24, the 110th anniversary of Georges Doriot’s birth, when I addressed about 40 friends and associates of Doriot in his old townhouse on Beacon Hill. Many thanks to Jim and Cathy Stone for hosting the event at the house, which they bought from Doriot’s estate soon after he passed away in 1987. As you will see from these photos, the house is a unique and sparkling gem.


Spencer Ante, Library Chairman Gerard Mouflett and Library Executive Director Catheline van den Branden


Guests mingling in the downstairs dining room


Jim Stone welcomes guests to his home in the second floor library


Spencer Ante giving a talk about Creative Capital


Guests listening to my talk. The Stones did not rearrange their furniture so the setting was very intimate.


The ARD Men: Francis Hughes, John Shane and James Morgan


VIew from second floor balcony overlooking the dining room


Digital Equipment’s first salesman, Ted Johnson, and current ARD head Francis Hughes

Wicked Cool: Come See Me Speak in Boston Next Week

September 17, 2009

Next week, the Spencer Ante book tour is coming to Boston for three special events.

1. I have helped to organize a great panel on Sep. 23 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm being hosted by Financial Dynamics. The timely topic of the panel: What Will Drive the Next Wave of Growth?

Edward J. Reilly, Chief Executive Officer of FD Americas is the host, & Scott Kirsner, Innovation Economy Columnist at the Boston Globe will be moderating the panel at the Taj Hotel.

The panel will discuss the collaborative role of venture capital, start-ups, the legal community, and academia in innovation, job creation and entrepreneurship. Cocktails and appetizers will be served afterwards.

Scott Kirsner will moderate a distinguished panel of experts including:

* Spencer Ante, Associate Editor at BusinessWeek and author of Creative Capital: Georges Doriot and the Birth of Venture Capital
* Bob Davis, General Partner, Highland Capital Partners
* Ed Goldfinger, Chief Financial Officer, Zipcar
* Richard Bergin, PhD, Managing Director, FTI Consulting
* Andy Goldfarb, Executive Managing Director Co-Founder, Globespan Capital Partners

2. On Sep. 24, I am giving a talk at the former home of Georges Doriot, a drop-dead gorgeous Beacon Hill townhouse now owned by Jim and Cathy Stone. I am really excited about this talk as well since a lot of the Doriot friends and family will be in attendance. This is a private event.

3. Last stop is the morning of Sep. 25 at the Boston French Library, a wonderful institution created by Georges and Edna Doriot. This event is open to the public. I will be giving a talk about the legacy of Doriot and why he remains a very relevant figure for today’s turbulent times. Tickets are $20 for members, and $30 for non-members. Click here for more info on the event.

Edna Allen Doriot’s New York Times Obit

January 6, 2008

Here’s a link to the New York Times obituary of Georges Doriot’s life-long wife, Edna Allen Doriot. It was published on July 9, 1978. Edna, 77 when she passed away from lymphoma, was a force in her own right, receiving many honors during her life, including the Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor. (The Doriots are one of the few couples in the world to have been awarded with a Legion of Honor–for his service during World War II Georges was named a Commander of the Legion on August 6, 1954.)

The obit notes Edna’s contribution to the French Library in Boston, of which she was president: “Since 1947, she helped to develop the French Library . . from 400 volumes to more than 40,000. It now serves American schools and colleges and is visited by ambassadors, Cabinet members and scholars from around the world.”

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