Buck's of Woodside

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Buck's of Woodside
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Restaurant information
Established 1991
Current owner(s) Jamis MacNiven
Food type traditional American
Street address 3062 Woodside Rd.
City Woodside, California
Website buckswoodside.com

Coordinates: 37°25′46.8″N 122°15′18.4″W / 37.429667°N 122.255111°W / 37.429667; -122.255111

Bar at Buck's of Woodside

Buck's of Woodside is a restaurant in Woodside, California, that has gained fame as a meeting place for venture capitalists and tech entrepreneurs. Like nearby Sand Hill Road, Buck's has become a fixture of Silicon Valley.[1]

About[edit]

Owner Jamis MacNiven left his career in construction to open the restaurant in 1991. Unhappy with local restaurants, MacNiven decided to create his own.[2] By 1995, when the dot-com boom began, word of mouth spread that Buck's was a hotspot for Silicon Valley's most powerful.[1]

The restaurant is close to both Sand Hill Road—home to the majority of Silicon Valley's venture capitalists—and Stanford University.[3] Netscape, PayPal, Hotmail and Tesla Motors are among the companies whose entrepreneurs held early meetings at Buck's.[4]

"Breakfast at Buck's" is the title of the introduction of the book, The Startup Game: Inside the Partnership between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs, by venture capitalist Bill Draper.[5]

In 2003, Forbes magazine named Buck's one of its top business restaurants.[6]

The interior of Buck's features colorful decor, including cowboy boots, a talking buffalo head, a model of the Statue of Liberty wearing a sombrero, and a stuffed alligator.[7][8]

According to MacNiven, Steve Jobs is one of the few Silicon Valley icons who never set foot in his restaurant; MacNiven and the Apple co-founder had a falling out in the 1980s after Jobs hired him to remodel his house.[1] Buck's nevertheless has a rare photo of Jobs, wearing a set of Groucho glasses, on display.[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Forrest, Conner (July 4, 2014). "How Buck's of Woodside became the 'Cheers' of Silicon Valley". Tech Republic. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ Dickinson, Boonsri (February 8, 2012). "Millions Of Dollars In Wealth Were Created At This Silicon Valley Cafe". Business Insider. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Checking A Tech Bellwether: Buck's Restaurant". NPR. August 2, 2010. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ Jung, Carolyn (May 18, 2014). "Where the tech deals are made". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Buck's of Woodside". Wall Street Journal. November 17, 2011. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Best Business Restaurants 2003". Forbes. September 24, 2003. 
  7. ^ Morse, Rob (December 6, 2000). "You Want Microchips With That? / Where Silicon Valley's elite meet to eat". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ Wu, Olivia (July 19, 2002). "The good, the bad and the plenty at Buck's / From wacky decor to servings, excess has its ups, downs". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  9. ^ Brownlee, John (January 26, 2013). "Nose Jobs: The Story Behind The Most Incredible Steve Jobs Photo You've Never Seen [Feature]". CultofMac.com. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 

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