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June 15, 2017
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How Donor Courtship in Silicon Valley Looks Nothing Like Traditional Fundraising

Noah Berger for UC Berkeley

Tech entrepreneur Kevin Chou and his wife, physician Connie Chen, donated $15 million to the University of California at Berkeley's business school after Mr. Chou, an alumnus who signed on to a campus pledge program, sold the bulk of his mobile-gaming company last year.

Veteran Silicon Valley executive and business mentor Nicholas Zaldastani has seen it happen many times. Start-up companies get sold or go public, and the founders are besieged by people who want to help them spend their new wealth.

The rush of...

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