New York Comes to Silicon Valley

Look to recent funding deals for Ning and Slide to see evidence that Wall Street may be cutting out the middlemanventure capitalists

The relationship between the venture capitalists of Sand Hill Road and the securities firms and power investors of Wall Street has long been a cozy one. VCs hoping for a return on their investments will need banks eventually, while Wall Street needs VCs to nurture the most promising startups until they're ready to go public.

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