Desperate entrepreneurs

Teri Hatcher, star of the TV drama Desperate Housewives, loves her some JimmyJane products, calling the adult toy maker “forward thinking.”

This is according to a note Hatcher sent to the San Francisco-based startup, which is backed by individual partners of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (including Tim Draper), U.S. Venture Partners and Draper Richards.

JimmyJane is using the handwritten note to drum up interest in its $2.5 million Series C financing. The 42-year-old, twice-divorced Hatcher—who was born and raised in Silicon Valley—was so impressed by the company’s products that she said she can’t wait until it releases its line of intimate oils.

In her note to JimmyJane spokeswoman Kassie Benham, Hatcher wrote: “You have great forward-thinking products. Any time you want to send anything, I would love it.”

JimmyJane founder Ethan Imboden previously told VCJ that raising money for the startup hasn’t been easy. “I can’t even tell you what a challenge it was to get people to understand what we were doing,” he said.

Moritz ahead of his time

Time Magazine might not consider President Bush to be one of the world’s 100 most influential people, but it does give props to Mike Moritz of Sequoia Capital. We wonder if the magazine’s editors remembered that Moritz worked as a Time reporter in the 1980s before becoming a VC.

The profile of Moritz was written by Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, whose board Moritz recently stepped down from. Schmidt begins his glowing praise of Moritz by saying that “Many people see Mike as a loner. I think it’s because he’s ahead of everyone else.”

Moritz was one of two PE professionals to make Time’s list. The other was Steve Schwarzman, co-founder and CEO of The Blackstone Group.

Out to lunch … and breakfast

As an entrepreneur-turned-VC, I’ve always stuck to my entrepreneur roots. Now I get remarks like, ‘I see you’re going for the standard VC breakfast of granola, yogurt and fruit.’

David Feinleib, Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures

Mohr Davidow Ventures Partner David Feinleib loves to eat. So when entrepreneurs ask him out to breakfast, lunch or dinner, he always says yes.

Feinleib, however, recently found himself eating three lunches in one day. On another day, he was at Menlo Park, Calif.’s Café Borrone for breakfast at 7:30 a.m., followed by a meal at the Sundeck on Sand Hill Road at 8:30 a.m.

Apparently, no damage is being done to his waistline. The advice he gives to readers of his blog ( Don’t order from the menu, ask for half plates, stay clear of bread, stick to salads and fruit, and drinks lots of water.

The downside to healthier eating is that it’s “killing my reputation,” Feinleib says. “As an entrepreneur-turned-VC, I’ve always stuck to my entrepreneur roots. Now I get remarks like, ‘I see you’re going for the standard VC breakfast of granola, yogurt and fruit.’”

Doerr’s wishful thinking

Wall Street may favor Barack Obama as a 2008 presidential candidate, but some VCs are still holding out hope for Al Gore.

Kleiner PerkinsJohn Doerr—who introduced Gore to the Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association conference in Silicon Valley last month—called the former VP “the most popular unannounced candidate for president of the United States.” Doerr also got the attention of the audience when he hinted that Gore “has a very special announcement to make tonight.”

But the former veep was not throwing his hat in the ring, saying, “I’m not a candidate, John.” He spent the next hour lecturing the audience about global warming, which he called the “the ultimate crisis.”

Gore has strong ties to Silicon Valley as a member of Apple’s board, an unofficial advisor to Google’s senior management, and as co-founder and president of San Francisco-based cable network Current TV.