The Art of War:
s Guide to Raising Money in the Battleﬁelds of the Silicon Valley
© copyright 2011 Steve Newcomb all rights reserved
I am Steve Newcomb. I am most commonlyknown as the founder of Powerset, which isnow the Microsoft Bing search engine. I havebeen part of building 12 other startups andnone of my startups have ever failed. Manythings deﬁne me, but above all else is myendless appetite to learn and to discover newthings.
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I am a man, 41 yearsold with some brownhair that seems tohave its own agenda.I stand 6 foot 1.5inches, but I'mconvinced I haveshrunk at least 1/4inch.Sometimes I havefacial hair,sometimes I don't, itseems to depend onhow close or how farI am away from beingin the Caribbean.
I live in South Berkeley in a normal house. I'llwork anywhere I can get to the Inter-tubes orany place where I can meet someoneinteresting. I particularly like coffee shops, butI usually don
t order coffee. I love iced tea, it ismy elixir of choice (only with Splenda ofcourse).
There are far too few entrepreneurs that stoplong enough to share their stories andknowledge. If just a few of us stop to take thetime to write down what we have learned sothat we could pass it on, we would make thepaths for future entrepreneurs just a little biteasier to blaze.The essays that I write are for thebeneﬁt of founders of startups.My intent is to offer a nobullshit approach toadvising people. I try toalways include lessonslearned from myexperiences in creatingmy companies. If youare a ﬁrst timefounder, orconsideringbecoming one, I hopethat my essays cangive you raw insightinto what it was likefor me. And while Idon
t think that myexperiences could everrepresent all of theknowledge necessary tobecome a great founder, Ido think that I have a fewnuggets of uncommonand perhaps uniqueinsights.