Brad Feld has posted on our dinner conversation Thursday night at the Return Path offsite.
Specifically, we debated the difference between shyster and shylock.
Brad took out his Sidekick, went to Wikipedia, and we solved the problem pretty quickly and got an education in Shakespeare to boot.
My conclusion – VCs are shylocks who do tend to extract their "pound of flesh". Some are also shysters, but not all of us hopefully.