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Arthur Rock (born August 19, 1926) is an Americanmarker venture capitalist of Silicon Valleymarker, Californiamarker. He was an early investor in major firms including Intelmarker, Apple Computermarker, Scientific Data Systems and Teledyne.

He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in business administration from Syracuse Universitymarker in 1948 and earned an MBA from Harvard Business Schoolmarker in 1951.

Rock started his career in 1951 as a security analyst in New York City, and then joined the corporate finance department of Hayden, Stone & Company, where he focused on raising money for small high-technology companies.

After graduating from Harvard, he worked as an investment banker in New Yorkmarker. In 1957, when the Traitorous Eight left Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory, Rock was the one who helped them find Sherman Fairchild to start Fairchild Semiconductor.

In 1961, he moved to California. Along with Thomas J. Davis, Jr., formed the San Franciscomarker venture capital firm Davis & Rock. In 2003, Rock donated $25 million to the Harvard Business Schoolmarker to establish the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship.


  1. Interview with Rob Walker on November 12, 2002 as part of The Silicon Genesis Project with Stanford University

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