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May 20, 2005

A tech VC calls it quits

Howard Anderson's article in Technology Review magazine on why he belives the VC business - at least, the IT-focused part - is no longer a great one is attracting a lot of attention and comments.
Venture capitalists view themselves as pragmatists, but if they think the dynamics of the business haven't changed, they're as self-deluding as the next person.

Ever wonder what we did for a living in early-stage venture funding? I bet you think we spent the day searching for the next insanely great company. But we spent most of our lives in endless meetings with people who were lying to us: scientists who swore that their patents were solid and entrepreneurs who insisted that they had no competition. We lied right back at them: said our money was different.

That was the old way, and it was tons of fun, and we all made too much money. I'll miss it. But now the markets are too rational, and the returns are too small and uncertain. So, time to leave.

Arun Natarajan is the Editor of TSJ Media, which tracks venture capital activity in India and Indian-founded companies worldwide. View sample issues of TSJ Media's Venture Intelligence India newsletters and reports.