FIRST ROUND

With Google about to go public, yielding mind-blowing profits for its venture backers, you'd think the search engine would be kinder to the VC industry.

And yet, a recent random Google search on the phrase ‘venture capital’ turned up an ad for The Anti-Venture Capital Guide, $29.95.

The ad links to a website that bills itself as the ‘No Screw Zone for Entrepreneurs.’ The, ahem, 16-page ‘Special Report’ promises to reveal ‘how not to get taken advantage of by venture capitalists and lose your company to them’ as well as how VCs ‘win ultra low valuations and oust the founder.’

‘A fool and his company are soon parted,’ the site warns. Of course, the kind of fool who would buy this report may already be well beyond hope.