VC's rarely "get it". they are looking for something that will make your product "unique" (they love that word) for as long as possible. what most of them don't realise is there's no such thing anymore. one VC ceo i met with a while ago told me the idea i was pitching was no good. i asked him what prior investments he had made that he considered to be "good and unique". his answer? encryption software. (he called it "enscryption"). being less than stupid about IT security, i laughed in his face. the fact of the matter is - if they don't get it, they're not the partners you're looking for. that's probably not what you wanted to hear, but it is my experience.
kudos on your election to the gnome foundation. i feel confident that gnome will remain unspoiled by commercial interests (cough*sun*cough) with people like you to help steer the project in the right direction. 8^)
i was watching A Current Affair last night and was disgusted by what i saw. the host was interviewing an american personality (i think his name was something ritter) regarding the elections. one of the questions the host asked was something like "and what about nader?" and the response was (i quote) "he's just an angry man who has cost gore the election".
now, for starters, people have every right to vote for who they like - regardless of whether there are two candidates who the race will likely be between. second of all, it was obvious the race would be close. imho, it is Gore who might lose Gore the election. people who voted for ralph obviously feel that he has something important to contribute to the country - and al doesn't. maybe if the vp had realised this and addressed some of the issues the nader did, he wouldn't be scrounging for votes in florida, regardless of the usability of the electoral cards. (which was pretty pathetic).