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An Evening with Legendary Venture Capitalist Arthur Rock

Arthur Rock (born August 19, 1926) is an American businessman and investor. Based in Silicon Valley, California, he was an early investor in major technology firms such as Intel, Apple Computer, Scientific Data Systems and Teledyne.[1]

Early life[]

Rock was born and raised in Rochester, New York, in a Jewish family.[2][3][4] He was an only child and his father owned a small candy store where Rock worked as a youth.[4] He joined the U.S. Army during World War II but the war ended before he was deployed.[4] He then went to college on the G.I. Bill.[4] He graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration from Syracuse University in 1948 and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1951.[5]


Rock started his career in 1951 as a securities analyst in New York City, and then joined the corporate finance department of Hayden, Stone & Company in New York, where he focused on raising money for small high-technology companies.[6] In 1957, when the "traitorous eight" left Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory, Rock was the one who helped them find a place to go: he convinced Sherman Fairchild to start Fairchild Semiconductor.[7]

In 1961, he moved to California. Along with Thomas J. Davis, Jr., he formed the San Francisco venture capital firm Davis & Rock.[8]

Rock joined the Apple Board of Directors in 1978 and was on the board when it voted to oust Steve Jobs in 1985. Rock stepped down from the board in August 1993.[9][10]

In 2003, Rock donated $25 million to the Harvard Business School to establish the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship.[6]


Personal life[]

He is married to lawyer Toni Rembe.[12] Together with his wife, Rock has been a supporter of Teach For America. The organization's annual Social Innovation Award is named in their honor.[13]

Media portrayals[]

Rock was portrayed by actor J. K. Simmons in the 2013 film dramatization Jobs.[14]


  1. Archived copy. Archived from the original on 2019-04-12. Retrieved on 2018-04-02.
  2. Among America’s Mega- Donors, Many Jews, but Few Gifts to Jews. Jewish Telegraph Agency (February 24, 2004). Archived from the original on July 5, 2018.
  3. An Evening with Legendary Venture Capitalist Arthur Rock by the Computer History Museum, YouTube. 2007-12-06.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Harvard Business School: "ARTHUR ROCK" (PDF). Archived September 24, 2015.
  5. Interview with Rob Walker, The Silicon Genesis Project. Archived 2003-08-11.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Harvard Business School Receives $25 Million from Venture Capitalist Arthur Rock", Harvard Business School, 2003-01-31. Retrieved on 2007-05-07. 
  7. Arthur Rock. HBS Bulletin Online. Archived from the original on 3 June 2007. Retrieved on 2007-05-07.
  8. Arthur Rock: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek. Archived from the original on 4 June 2013. Retrieved on 6 November 2012.
  9. Arthur Rock. Harvard Business School. Retrieved on 2018-04-02.
  10. Arthur Rock leaves Apple Computer board, Telecom.paper. 1993-08-06.
  11. Golden Plate Awardees of the American Academy of Achievement. American Academy of Achievement.
  12. "Stanford Launches the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance", Business Wire, 6 March 2006. Retrieved on 1 May 2011. 
  13. The Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Social Innovation Award (en). Teach For America. Archived from the original on 2020-02-06. Retrieved on 2020-02-06.
  14. Jobs (2013): Full Cast & Crew, Internet Movie Database. Accessed 2022-10-06.

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