VCs Go Back to the Future

It's not that funding is unobtainable, just that entrepreneurs must pitch harder and settle for less -- particularly Web-related startups

Former RealNetworks' (RNWK ) executive Sujal Patel's timing could not have been worse. Just as venture capitalists began turning off the money flow to Internet startups in 2000, Patel came up with the idea for a new company based on an opportunity he had spotted in data storage.

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