Over the years I have met many venture capitalists starting at age 12 years old. No, at the time I was not looking for funding, I had started an aircraft washing service out at the airport using a small pressure washer, box with a trailer towed behind a golf cart. I was cleaning their aircraft.
Boy I must say as a young child I was often treated very good and very poorly by people. Some took advantage of me, others helped nurture my future business career. The ratio as 10 nice people who explained business to me and helped me by giving me business and I returned the favor by doing excellent work, on-time and at extremely competitive prices.
Of the mean folks they were two types of people. Newly Rich, hot shots and most of them were attorneys, temporary wealthy individuals, trust fund babies and venture capitalists. Some of the venture capitalists were nice, but so arrogant, the rest were jerks with unearned arrogance, nevertheless I took their money, for the aircraft cleaning and learned a lot about humans.
Although I never used venture capitalist money to build my empire, I have some advice for you. No matter how much they piss you off or act like asses. Smile and be cordial if you are looking for funding. Do not tell them what you really think of their unearned arrogance or sexual preferences. Trust me in the long-run you will be better off with their networks of friends than without, even if you never take a dollar from these vulture capitalists. Consider this in 2006.