Alsop lands a big one

Stewart Alsop landed the big one. No, he and his partner, Gilman Louie, haven’t reeled in their first fund for Alsop Louie Partners. The fly fisherman landed a huge rainbow trout. He was in New Zealand on business when he caught the seven-pound fish on a weekend jaunt on the Tongariro River on the north island.

The former journalist and ex-New Enterprise Associates general partner is raising a $75 million early stage tech fund with former In-Q-Tel CEO Louie. When VCJ asked him if the fund had held its first close, Aslop responded via email: “Now, fish… That’s something I can talk about until the world experiences its last close! … Feel free to publish [the fish photo] in a newsletter, but I’m not sure I should be admitting that I was fishing in the middle of fundraising.”

To be fair, Alsop hasn’t been playing hooky from the fund-raising circuit. He was in New Zealand because he was invited by the government to give a speech to Kiwi entrepreneurs.