I just finished reading through Guy's new blog "let the good times roll." This is an obvious one to suscribe to if you are, or aspire to be, in the software game. Actually, for anyone considering or already in a startup - just subscribe. I've know Guy for a really long time, though not that well, but like many in our industry I've read all his books and seen him speak several times and feel like I know him. The most recent book titled "art of the start" is a fun, quick and informative read. Get it.
Two of his first posts are funny and informative as one would expect. There is one about PowerPoint pitches for investors and his most recent post titled "top ten lies of venture capitalists" is a good one. It seems like I've personally experienced them all - numerous times - over the past 20 years. That said I have also raised several million dollars for several businesses and often the first meeting with a VC is a "no." Relentless persistence is the name of the game in my view UNLESS you happen to have a business in a "white hot" sector that has already caught the attention of the hopelessly lemming like VC community. Several VCs passed on eBay. Nearly 100 anti-spam companies were minted. Go figure.