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If you want to get a VC's attention, you need to make a stronger statement than that. Here's how.

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This story appears in the July 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

An entrepreneur seeking venture capital can feel like a knight on horseback, looking longingly across the moat at the gleaming spires of the VC's "castle" beyond. How do you bridge that gap and actually get inside the castle walls, where the money is? Here, my shortlist of tips to get a venture capitalist's attention:

1. Get an introduction by a partner-level lawyer. He or she should work at a firm that does a lot of VC financing work. Best-case e-mail/ voice mail: "This is the most interesting company I've seen in my 20 years of legal work for startups." Venture capitalists dream about calls like this.

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