As the company’s senior parts buyer and planner, Debra Pelsma faced demands on her time that were as insatiable as the demand for Grand Junction’s products. Charney, then 47, was already a notable figure in Silicon Valley.
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“He was so optimistic, so sincere, so genuine,” she says.
“I decided I’d follow him anywhere.” Charney is “the kind of guy people walk through walls for,” confirms Kathryn Gould, one of Silicon Valley’s top-producing female venture capitalists and the lead investor in Grand Junction. As the company got bigger, the turf battles got more ferocious, and he just didn’t want to fight. “I walked into [CEO] Bill Krause’s office and said, ‘I’m going to retire.’ He said, ‘Should I try to keep you? We’d been together a long time.”Charney shed 3Com – but he couldn’t shake the entrepreneurial bug.
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The company had moved from a shabby warehouse in the drive-by town of Union City to a respectable building in Fremont. “He understood that I was getting wrapped up in it. It was the price of a dream, a part of the equation.”At the center of the equation – weaving the dream – was Howard Charney.
But after 10 years there, after having fun at almost every big job in the company, he had started having less fun – and walked away. His voice is full yet gentle, like the rocking of a boat.
Pelsma, then 42, met Charney in the summer of 1993 and immediately became a disciple.
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