Silicon Valley VC pioneer, Sequoia founder Don Valentine dies aged 87

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Venture capital elder statesman Don Valentine, who founded industry giant Sequoia Capital has died aged 87.

A tribute from Sequoia, which he launched as a $3m venture capital firm in 1974, praised Valentine as “one of the generation of leaders who forged Silicon Valley”.

The firm said Valentine was Sequoia’s driving force and central figure until the mid-1990s, having been heavily involved in forming companies including Cisco Systems, Oracle and Microchip Technology.

He handed over leadership at the firm in 1996 to partners Doug Leone and Michael Moritz.

Valentine is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rachel, his children Christian, Mark and Hilary, and his seven grandchildren.

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