Arthur Rock: The Best Long-Ball Hitter Around

When the San Francisco Giants play in windy Candlestick Park, a man with owlish spectacles, tight lips, an aquiline nose and a stern gaze usually sits in a front-row seat, 70 ft. from home plate. Arthur Rock, 57, has been a Giants fan for 25 years, watching batters try to sort curve balls from sliders and change-ups from screwballs. Since the late 1950s. Rock has been carefully scrutinizing pitches of another kind—start-up bids by young technology companies—and when he goes for one of these, he rarely misses. Says San Francisco Venture Capitalist Thomas Perkins:...

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