Connecting geeks and capitalists

How do you connect geeks with capitalists?

This week I had two people contact me to ask separate but related questions. One was a developer in search of a business person to help raise money and exploit his technology. The other was a business person with an idea but no one to build it for him. I had no idea where to send them.

It's actually similar to a problem that I've long had. I've wanted to start a company for a long time, but I don't know many developers that I could go to in order to build out the ideas that I've had. Venture capitalists will fund the idea of an established entrepreneur with a track record of success, but most need to have something to demonstrate before getting the ear (and cash) of a VC.

Anyone know of a good place to connect "PhDs" and "MBAs"? In Silicon Valley, they're often one and the same, but most people aren't gifted with equal talents in business savvy and development prowess. How to connect the two worlds?

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