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You, too, can meet a venture capitalist. Bain Capital Ventures, with $1.5 billion under management and early-stage investments in companies like LinkedIn, Staples and DoubleClick, is reaching out to the masses.

On Wednesday, the venture capital affiliate of the private equity firm Bain Capital opened  a virtual center connecting entrepreneurs with like-minded individuals and its network of industry experts. The Bain Capital Ventures Innovation Center, leveraging social networks on Facebook and LinkedIn, may seem like just another network for entrepreneurs. But it is providing regular public access like no other major venture capital firm has before, mainly to help entrepreneurs refine their business ideas.

Each Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. Eastern time, entrepreneurs can meet with at least one Bain Capital Ventures staff member (principal, managing director or associate) for 15 to 20 minutes at Bain Capital Ventures’ Boston office or at the Venture Cafe in Cambridge, Mass. Some of 33 managing directors, principals and associates will rotate each week into the office hours.

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Author: Susanna G. Kim