Career Development: Father and Son

Gary Morgenthaler and David Morgenthaler, Morgenthaler Ventures

David introduces Gary, his son, as educationally handicapped because he attended Harvard, rather than Stanford. Realizing the mistake after graduation, Gary moved to California and took a job in research in the computer science department at Stanford. He soon moved on to jobs as a system programmer and as a McKenzie consultant. Morgenthaler is not a family firm and initially they were adamantly against the idea of hiring a family member, but Gary was hired after he received an offer from a competitor. Gary explains that the firm's greed had overcome [its] objection to nepotism.