Sequoia Capital spent last week presenting to the private equity investment community and warning about how difficult it would be for fund managers hoping to raise money to invest in businesses. Turns out that raising capital for a new fund was not so hard for Sequoia as they announced that they had $980 million for their new fund. John Loewen says, "Not bad for such trying times. Much of that money is earmarked for BRIC countries but I would not be too quick to write off the Americans. Remember back in the 80's Japan Inc was supposed to take over the world."