Proving Ground: A Memoir is an inspiring new book that traces an African American-owned high-tech business from dream to basement startup to multimillion-dollar international success.
In 1983, David Tarver walked away from a promising career at Bell Telephone Laboratories, the world's leading electronics research and development lab, to start a business from scratch in his basement. He managed to persuade two colleagues to join him in that risky venture and, together, they overcame obstacles related to race, technology and business. Tarver and his cofounders designed, engineered and manufactured sophisticated telecommunications test instruments and built a worldwide market for them.
Twelve years after starting the company, Tarver and his colleagues sold Telecom Analysis Systems for $30 million. Notably, they achieved this success without the help of angel investors, venture capital, government grants or minority business development programs. In Proving Ground, Tarver conveys an understanding of the entrepreneur's journey that will empower readers to overcome their own obstacles and achieve success now and in the future.