“local dining hotspot for venture capitalists”
A restaurant in Silicon Valley may very well be a sign of better economic times ahead. It's called Buck's, where big deals have been discussed and made since the '90s, riding the tide of rising Internet fortunes.According to owner Jamis MacNiven, there's an impressive list of deal-making history at Buck's."Hotmail was founded here," he says. "Netscape had their early meetings in the back room; Tesla was founded here; PayPal got funded here."And Yahoo, according to MacNiven, was turned down during a meeting at Buck's. The restaurant is just miles from Sand Hill Road, site of the nation's largest aggregation of venture capital firms.Last year, after the economic downturn, business at Buck's was down. Now, all the tables are filled, and lines form during breakfast hours."It's after 9 a.m.," MacNiven says, "and we're still full, which is good for us. Everybody seems to be back."When you pull up in front of Buck's in the rural but very rich village of Woodside, Calif., there's nothing to suggest that this is one of the most important business venues in the country. A small white sign on an unassuming one-story, redwood building is all that announces the place.Inside, the story is different. Many tables bristle with laptops and iPhones. That's appropriate, MacNiven says, because Buck's became one of the first public WiFi hotspots in the nation in the late 1990s. The restaurant had already become a hotspot for venture capitalists to do business in a friendly atmosphere. - NPR
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