Venture Capitalist: The Man with the Money

If you want Eric Chin to be your venture capitalist, you have to pass the beer test. It is a gauge of how cool he thinks you are. "I ask the following: 'Is this someone I want to hang out and have beers with after work and pass up spending time with my wife?' I'm going to be an active investor. So I'd better get along with you and respect you."

At 31 Chin is about to make partner at Information Technology Ventures, a small but rising Palo Alto VC firm. Chin handles the firm's portfolio of seven Internet companies and...

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