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There was a line up of slick and expensive cars on Sand Hill Road to turn into the street that housed the venerable Silicon Valley VC institution, August Capital. A crew of valet parking guys dressed in white ran up to each car to whisk them away while the crowd filtered into the expansive patio at August Capital to rub shoulders with the rich, the very rich and the soon-to-be-rich. Scanning the name cards, it seemed that every VC firm was represented and judging from the aura of money during the mingling, I think I was probably one of the poorest peeps there.
I saw VCs like Tim Draper from DFJ, Naren Gupta of Nexus (and plenty of others),and my tomodachi Howard Hartenbaum of August, plus entrepreneurs such as Gunnar Piening of Swoopo (one of August Capital’s portfolio companies), Josh Steinitz and John Monson of NileGuide (Howard invested while at Draper Richards), Gannon Hall of Kyte.tv and plenty of others. There was great food, great wine and great conversations. Hope I get invited next year too!
Been thinking about getting your hands on that brand-spanking new Nintendo DSi that’s shipping this weekend ? Or how about replacing that fridge that keeps fritzing? Is it time to get a new bling watch? If you’ve got the patience and smarts to do a bit of homework and build your strategy, you could well land an incredible deal on brand-name, brand-new consumer goods at an average of 65% off MSRP at Swoopo. And while you score on Swoopo, Swoopo has scored funding with venerable August Capital, the venture capital firm behind such behemoths as Microsoft, Intuit, Seagate, Sun and Symantec.