How America Lost A TV Repairman

When Tom Perkins, co-founder of Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, was at school he wanted to grow up and become  a TV repairman.

One of his jobs while at school was assembling TV sets from kits, Perkins recalls in his book Valley Boy.

‘My kit worked better than others’ and upon graduation I planned to make a career as a TV repairman,” writes Perkins.

However Perkins’ physics master thought he should go to college and spoke to Perkins’ parents about it, even persuading Perkins’ Dad to stump up $200 towards the cost of the course.

Perkins won scholarships at both Harvard and MIT. On the day of his graduation from MIT, Perkins’ father asked for his $200 back

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