Benchmark's Venture Capitalists Take The Valley By Storm

The young firm aims to out-venture Kleiner Perkins

Atop the desk of venture capitalist Robert C. Kagle sits a miniature plastic computer cracked in half. A cheap wooden plaque above it bears the inscription: The Broken Computer Award--Profits So Huge that they Broke the Computer. At first blush, you might dismiss the dubious honor bestowed on Kagle by colleagues at his Silicon Valley venture firm as little more than a gag.

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