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

By Cynthia E. Griffin

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In retrospect, the way author Randall E. Stross gained intimateaccess to one of the country's leading venture capital firms isquite fitting.

"It all started in a gym. My third grader and one of theBenchmark Capital partners' third graders were on a basketballteam together, and the two dads were co-coaches. That's how Igot my introduction. And like an entrepreneur, I couldn't havegotten in without an introduction," says Stross about hisentrée into a world where the practitioners deliberatelyshroud their activities.

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