I get quite a few blog readers and inquiries from Answers I post on LinkedIn. Today for the second time on LinkedIn (that I have seen) Ann Winblad, a founding Partner at the San Francisco venture capital firm Hummer Winblad, provided an answer in the Venture Capital section of Answers. Hummer Winblad is one of the oldest venture capital firms in California (1989) and has a long history of successfully specializing and investing in software.
With Facebook opening up its platform much criticism has been directed at LinkedIn for being clunky. I could not find Ms. Winblad on Facebook but she appears with some regularity to answer questions on LinkedIn. If you don't want to try and connect with her through LinkedIn, Will Price--one of her associates at Hummer Winblad--writes an excellent blog. Will also is good about responding to email.
Note: Best to have already planned to move to California if Hummer Winblad shows any interest in your early stage software company. I don't see a lot of companies far from California in the portfolio.