The idea keeps coming up: “How can I find investors who won’t take control?” And the variation on that theme, “Where do I find investors who won’t want to take a majority stake in my new business?

And that is basically wanting to go into business with stupid people. Not a good idea.

The question you should be asking is more along the lines of: Where and how can I find investors who will work with me as partners, listen to me and give me a hearing but tell me when they think I’m making a mistake, contribute to building my company, and be compatible with my life style and work style.

If you think I’m kidding, click here for the LinkedIn question and the answers to it.

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Tim Berry is the founder and chairman of Palo Alto Software and Follow him on Twitter @Timberry.