Contrary to your recent article, "Neural Network Startups Proliferate Across The U.S." (The Scientist, October 17, page 1), in which you state that these companies are "the latest darlings of venture capitalists," I have found venture capitalists to be remarkably unenthusiastic about funding neural network startup companies - and am having a fiendishly hard time finding anyone who will back my company. As a result, my wife and I are continuing to dig deeper into our own pockets to stay in the game. (Last Christmas I gave her only a ball of twine - and it was on sale, and I expect to do the same this year as well.)

Please note that my company is not now a neural network startup; rather, it is probably just the first in the latest round of interest in neural networks to leave the field as their primary business. However, we...

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