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Inside Investing

Ever wonder what goes on behind the doors of a venture capital firm?

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This story appears in the September 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

In retrospect, the way author Randall E. Stross gained intimate access to one of the country's leading venture capital firms is quite fitting.

"It all started in a gym. My third grader and one of the Benchmark Capital partners' third graders were on a basketball team together, and the two dads were co-coaches. That's how I got my introduction. And like an entrepreneur, I couldn't have gotten in without an introduction," says Stross about his entrée into a world where the practitioners deliberately shroud their activities.

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