I try to focus on areas in which I have either some prior investing experience, or preferably, operating experience, and thus some intuition.
During my years as an irreverent entrepreneur, I often wondered what went on "in those little VC brains." Therefore as a venture investor, I try to be honest and transparent about what I'm trying to accomplish, respect entrepreneurs' time by working hard, doing my homework, and openly discussing the merits of ideas, teams or strategies, not only as a means of active learning, but as a foundation for long term relationships.
Salil is a great leader, entrepreneur, and investor. A rare mix of technical ability plus business and financial savvy. He's very patient, has high integrity, and is a deep thinker with great instincts. Anyone lucky enough to work with Salil will have their odds of success improved tremendously.