Even when I was in college, I was really infatuated with what I romantically thought being a VC was like. So much so, I remember trying to get a summer internship at a VC firms. I mailed letters to every single top VC and every single partner, describing who I was: I have this undergrad in double E [electrical engineering], I’ve done all this cool stuff in telecommunications, I’m a relatively good programmer. Is there an interesting opportunity for me to help you? Apprentice you? I don’t want to get paid.
Everyone said no. Meaning, they didn’t even respond to my mail, except two people. They probably don’t even know this to this day.
I got a really nice, thoughtful, letter from Vinod Khosla, and a really nice, thoughtful, letter from John Doerr. The only thing I regret is not having kept those letters.