Great lead by James Maguire:
I’m in the lobby of the San Francisco office of Benchmark Capital, the venture capital firm, and the lobby guard is speaking to me in apologetic tones. He says he’s sorry he had to so carefully inspect me before allowing me on the elevator. He had checked my name on the visitor list, peered at my ID, given me the once over.
The problem, he explains, is that people walk in and want to give their pitch for a startup. Benchmark – the firm’s $6.7 million investment in eBay in 1997 earned it $5 billion by 1999 – inspires plenty of dreamers with business plans. http://www.datamation.com/cloud-computing/marten-mickoss-challenge-1.html