I started covering venture capital in Silicon Valley in mid-2000, about the time VCs were sweeping their dotcom habits under the rug. I remember doing meet-and-greets with firms up and down Sand Hill Road much of the next year and hearing a lot of, "Well, we never did too many dot com deals, unlike some of our brethren." To hear these guys talk, that whole frenzy was funded by venture capitalists from another planet.
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