(Bloomberg) -- Last month, Scott Darling, president of Dell Technologies' venture arm, sent four emails to his new chief executive officer over the course of an hour. He didn't wait long for responses. After each message, Michael Dell responded within about five minutes, and by about 11:30 p.m. the last communication on new investments was wrapped up.

"Speed matters," said Darling, who led venture capital at EMC's venture arm before its acquisition by Dell in September. "He completely gets entrepreneurship."

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