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For every early stage startup out there, you need to have Pranavi on your cap table or radar at the very least. She goes to war for her founders and constantly (and I mean 24/7) works in the best interest of you and your company. She's a rare breed of brilliant, humble and driven that makes her one of the most valuable investors you can have on your cap table. She's come in on two of our rounds and her impact has gone beyond what we could have dreamed of.
For every early stage startup out there, you need to have Pranavi on your cap table or radar at the very least. She goes to war for her founders and constantly (and I mean 24/7) works in the best interest of you and your company. She's a rare breed of brilliant, humble and driven that makes her one of the most valuable investors you can have on your cap table. She's come in on two of our rounds and her impact has gone beyond what we could have dreamed of.
For every early stage startup out there, you need to have Pranavi on your cap table or radar at the very least. She goes to war for her founders and constantly (and I mean 24/7) works in the best interest of you and your company. She's a rare breed of brilliant, humble and driven that makes her one of the most valuable investors you can have on your cap table. She's come in on two of our rounds and her impact has gone beyond what we could have dreamed of.
Verified Investor Response:
Helps Founders:
10/10
Saves & Gives Founders Money:
Yes!
Needs to be Profitable?
Nope!
Is This For Real?
13/10
Founder Guarantee?
Nope!
Fees?
Unlimited cards. Zero fees.
Spend Control & Transparency?
13/10
Built to Save Founders Monay?
Yes!
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CC is one of the most special investors I have ever met. Even though she has not invested in us, she has made the most recruiting introductions so far. She is the most well connected person among high-potential designers, PMs and engineers -- probably given her positive attitude and background at MSFT, FB and Stanford GSB. I really do appreciate CC as a human being and am grateful for all the help so far!
CC is one of the most special investors I have ever met. Even though she has not invested in us, she has made the most recruiting introductions so far. She is the most well connected person among high-potential designers, PMs and engineers -- probably given her positive attitude and background at MSFT, FB and Stanford GSB. I really do appreciate CC as a human being and am grateful for all the help so far!
CC is one of the most special investors I have ever met. Even though she has not invested in us, she has made the most recruiting introductions so far. She is the most well connected person among high-potential designers, PMs and engineers -- probably given her positive attitude and background at MSFT, FB and Stanford GSB. I really do appreciate CC as a human being and am grateful for all the help so far!
Verified Investor Response:
Helps Founders:
10/10
Saves & Gives Founders Money:
Yes!
Needs to be Profitable?
Nope!
Is This For Real?
13/10
Founder Guarantee?
Nope!
Fees?
Unlimited cards. Zero fees.
Spend Control & Transparency?
13/10
Built to Save Founders Monay?
Yes!
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Carlos is one of the best early stage investors in Europe, arguably the world. He is empathetic, with no BS, good advice. He's able to pick the best teams and support them through the challenges and opportunities of being an early stage company.
Carlos is one of the best early stage investors in Europe, arguably the world. He is empathetic, with no BS, good advice. He's able to pick the best teams and support them through the challenges and opportunities of being an early stage company.
Carlos is one of the best early stage investors in Europe, arguably the world. He is empathetic, with no BS, good advice. He's able to pick the best teams and support them through the challenges and opportunities of being an early stage company.
Verified Investor Response:
Helps Founders:
10/10
Saves & Gives Founders Money:
Yes!
Needs to be Profitable?
Nope!
Is This For Real?
13/10
Founder Guarantee?
Nope!
Fees?
Unlimited cards. Zero fees.
Spend Control & Transparency?
13/10
Built to Save Founders Monay?
Yes!
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Pejman is the real deal and still works as hard as anyone for his portfolio even with all of his success. He is very high conviction and understands what is important at early stage. Pejman has a strong reputation among investors so his introductions were incredibly valuable during fundraising. Pear overall is a high integrity firm and very easy to work with, no sharp elbows or process bullshit.
Pejman is the real deal and still works as hard as anyone for his portfolio even with all of his success. He is very high conviction and understands what is important at early stage. Pejman has a strong reputation among investors so his introductions were incredibly valuable during fundraising. Pear overall is a high integrity firm and very easy to work with, no sharp elbows or process bullshit.
Pejman is the real deal and still works as hard as anyone for his portfolio even with all of his success. He is very high conviction and understands what is important at early stage. Pejman has a strong reputation among investors so his introductions were incredibly valuable during fundraising. Pear overall is a high integrity firm and very easy to work with, no sharp elbows or process bullshit.
Verified Investor Response:
Helps Founders:
10/10
Saves & Gives Founders Money:
Yes!
Needs to be Profitable?
Nope!
Is This For Real?
13/10
Founder Guarantee?
Nope!
Fees?
Unlimited cards. Zero fees.
Spend Control & Transparency?
13/10
Built to Save Founders Monay?
Yes!
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We allowed Canaan to join our pre-seed round, because as a young company having the Canaan name attached seemed worthwhile. Even though it was a very small check, Laura promised to be involved, deploy pro-rata rights, be helpful, make introductions, look at our seed round, and Series A seriously, and actually give us the time of day. Instead after the pre-seed funds were wired, Laura ghosted us with every single ask. Laura did not give us the time of day for the seed round, or Series A capital raise. She did not deploy pro-rata in the seed, and refused to even take a pitch for the Series A. The business has significant traction, raised a Seed from a Tier 1 fund, and has multiple Tier 1 funds circling the Series A. Our team is more confused than anything by Laura's rather bizarre behavior. Having Laura or Canaan on your cap table is not worth it, they add no value, the name means nothing, and Laura is a ghost that doesn't give you the time of day. They are not founder friendly, nor do they care about founders they invest in. Waste of time. Stay away.
We allowed Canaan to join our pre-seed round, because as a young company having the Canaan name attached seemed worthwhile. Even though it was a very small check, Laura promised to be involved, deploy pro-rata rights, be helpful, make introductions, look at our seed round, and Series A seriously, and actually give us the time of day. Instead after the pre-seed funds were wired, Laura ghosted us with every single ask. Laura did not give us the time of day for the seed round, or Series A capital raise. She did not deploy pro-rata in the seed, and refused to even take a pitch for the Series A. The business has significant traction, raised a Seed from a Tier 1 fund, and has multiple Tier 1 funds circling the Series A. Our team is more confused than anything by Laura's rather bizarre behavior. Having Laura or Canaan on your cap table is not worth it, they add no value, the name means nothing, and Laura is a ghost that doesn't give you the time of day. They are not founder friendly, nor do they care about founders they invest in. Waste of time. Stay away.
We allowed Canaan to join our pre-seed round, because as a young company having the Canaan name attached seemed worthwhile. Even though it was a very small check, Laura promised to be involved, deploy pro-rata rights, be helpful, make introductions, look at our seed round, and Series A seriously, and actually give us the time of day. Instead after the pre-seed funds were wired, Laura ghosted us with every single ask. Laura did not give us the time of day for the seed round, or Series A capital raise. She did not deploy pro-rata in the seed, and refused to even take a pitch for the Series A. The business has significant traction, raised a Seed from a Tier 1 fund, and has multiple Tier 1 funds circling the Series A. Our team is more confused than anything by Laura's rather bizarre behavior. Having Laura or Canaan on your cap table is not worth it, they add no value, the name means nothing, and Laura is a ghost that doesn't give you the time of day. They are not founder friendly, nor do they care about founders they invest in. Waste of time. Stay away.
Verified Investor Response:
Helps Founders:
10/10
Saves & Gives Founders Money:
Yes!
Needs to be Profitable?
Nope!
Is This For Real?
13/10
Founder Guarantee?
Nope!
Fees?
Unlimited cards. Zero fees.
Spend Control & Transparency?
13/10
Built to Save Founders Monay?
Yes!
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so untrustworthy!!! We pitched Tony at Petri a few times and he shared our deck with a competitor and completely ghosted us at the end. seems like an investor who cares more about their twitter persona than actual customer service. Recommend to all bio founders to avoid him
so untrustworthy!!! We pitched Tony at Petri a few times and he shared our deck with a competitor and completely ghosted us at the end. seems like an investor who cares more about their twitter persona than actual customer service. Recommend to all bio founders to avoid him
so untrustworthy!!! We pitched Tony at Petri a few times and he shared our deck with a competitor and completely ghosted us at the end. seems like an investor who cares more about their twitter persona than actual customer service. Recommend to all bio founders to avoid him
Verified Investor Response:
I am truly sorry, I would never want to leave someone feeling this way. Could you reach out to me so that we can talk about this?
Helps Founders:
10/10
Saves & Gives Founders Money:
Yes!
Needs to be Profitable?
Nope!
Is This For Real?
13/10
Founder Guarantee?
Nope!
Fees?
Unlimited cards. Zero fees.
Spend Control & Transparency?
13/10
Built to Save Founders Monay?
Yes!
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Among the best people I know. Can't recommend more highly.
Among the best people I know. Can't recommend more highly.
Among the best people I know. Can't recommend more highly.
Verified Investor Response:
Helps Founders:
10/10
Saves & Gives Founders Money:
Yes!
Needs to be Profitable?
Nope!
Is This For Real?
13/10
Founder Guarantee?
Nope!
Fees?
Unlimited cards. Zero fees.
Spend Control & Transparency?
13/10
Built to Save Founders Monay?
Yes!
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TX led our first round (a $1M pre-seed) and was the key person in making our second two (a $5M seed and $15M series A) happen. When we first met I liked him but didn't really know what to expect — he's a buttoned-up guy and seemed like a typical VC. In working with him, though, I've been just blown away: he's the hardest-working person I know and went to bat for us in SUCH a big way at every stage: quarterbacked our funding rounds, arranged venture debt on amazing terms, closed key hires, etc. When I told him I wanted to have kids before long he encouraged me to sell some shares in secondary so we could afford it and helped me negotiate to make it happen. When I thought we might need to haircut Fika's pro rata to get a great investor at Seed, TX was *incredibly* kind about it and volunteered to do it (while smaller investors were jerks). Every Series A investor in America seems to know and love him (I've had partners at a16z/Sequoia/etc. sing his praises) and he's also just a wonderful guy on a persona level. Absolutely could not recommend more highly.
TX led our first round (a $1M pre-seed) and was the key person in making our second two (a $5M seed and $15M series A) happen. When we first met I liked him but didn't really know what to expect — he's a buttoned-up guy and seemed like a typical VC. In working with him, though, I've been just blown away: he's the hardest-working person I know and went to bat for us in SUCH a big way at every stage: quarterbacked our funding rounds, arranged venture debt on amazing terms, closed key hires, etc. When I told him I wanted to have kids before long he encouraged me to sell some shares in secondary so we could afford it and helped me negotiate to make it happen. When I thought we might need to haircut Fika's pro rata to get a great investor at Seed, TX was *incredibly* kind about it and volunteered to do it (while smaller investors were jerks). Every Series A investor in America seems to know and love him (I've had partners at a16z/Sequoia/etc. sing his praises) and he's also just a wonderful guy on a persona level. Absolutely could not recommend more highly.
TX led our first round (a $1M pre-seed) and was the key person in making our second two (a $5M seed and $15M series A) happen. When we first met I liked him but didn't really know what to expect — he's a buttoned-up guy and seemed like a typical VC. In working with him, though, I've been just blown away: he's the hardest-working person I know and went to bat for us in SUCH a big way at every stage: quarterbacked our funding rounds, arranged venture debt on amazing terms, closed key hires, etc. When I told him I wanted to have kids before long he encouraged me to sell some shares in secondary so we could afford it and helped me negotiate to make it happen. When I thought we might need to haircut Fika's pro rata to get a great investor at Seed, TX was *incredibly* kind about it and volunteered to do it (while smaller investors were jerks). Every Series A investor in America seems to know and love him (I've had partners at a16z/Sequoia/etc. sing his praises) and he's also just a wonderful guy on a persona level. Absolutely could not recommend more highly.
Verified Investor Response:
Helps Founders:
10/10
Saves & Gives Founders Money:
Yes!
Needs to be Profitable?
Nope!
Is This For Real?
13/10
Founder Guarantee?
Nope!
Fees?
Unlimited cards. Zero fees.
Spend Control & Transparency?
13/10
Built to Save Founders Monay?
Yes!
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Playfair had a strong intake process via Jeevan (Associate) and Khushi (Analyst), whose insightful two-way dialogue distinguished Playfair as a potential partner. However, the investment committee session with Chris’s partners was a one-way dialogue, in which the founders (including an English-as-a-second-language founder) were ‘grilled’ instead of productively engaged. The rejection email from Chris offered no constructive feedback and included a blunt statement that the session was “a little odd”. When we asked him to expand constructively, Chris stated that we appeared to lack enthusiasm in the final segment of the 3-hour Zoom session, and that we inquired too much about Fede (Playfair’s founder and sole LP). While this may not be everyone’s experience, we did arrive at these four conclusions: (a) Chris and his partners on the IC may not have figured out yet how to productively engage companies in a virtual setting; (b) Playfair’s stated decision-making process is dependent upon emotional impressions instead of business fundamentals, which is inconsistent with its ‘institutional’ branding; (c) the founder and sole LP of Playfair is unavailable or off-limits to founders doing their own due diligence; and (d) Chris’s feedback demonstrated an arrogance and/or unintentional lack of care for Playfair’s reputation, and stands in contrast to the professional communication standard of other funds and more junior members of Playfair. These conclusions are in conflict with Chris’s public advice for startups, particularly around founder due diligence and relationship building: https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrissmith1/2021/04/27/5-ways-to-avoid-buyers-remorse-when-raising-venture-capital/?sh=5a4786e64253. We ultimately closed the round, and with hindsight, Playfair was the least constructive engagement in the investment process. Chris’s communication standard, as the current leader of the fund, causes us to recommend that founders focus on raising elsewhere to make best use of time (~6 hours of meetings, ~4 hours of research, plus private data sharing). If strong investor communication is a priority, you will find a better partner for your company.
Playfair had a strong intake process via Jeevan (Associate) and Khushi (Analyst), whose insightful two-way dialogue distinguished Playfair as a potential partner. However, the investment committee session with Chris’s partners was a one-way dialogue, in which the founders (including an English-as-a-second-language founder) were ‘grilled’ instead of productively engaged. The rejection email from Chris offered no constructive feedback and included a blunt statement that the session was “a little odd”. When we asked him to expand constructively, Chris stated that we appeared to lack enthusiasm in the final segment of the 3-hour Zoom session, and that we inquired too much about Fede (Playfair’s founder and sole LP). While this may not be everyone’s experience, we did arrive at these four conclusions: (a) Chris and his partners on the IC may not have figured out yet how to productively engage companies in a virtual setting; (b) Playfair’s stated decision-making process is dependent upon emotional impressions instead of business fundamentals, which is inconsistent with its ‘institutional’ branding; (c) the founder and sole LP of Playfair is unavailable or off-limits to founders doing their own due diligence; and (d) Chris’s feedback demonstrated an arrogance and/or unintentional lack of care for Playfair’s reputation, and stands in contrast to the professional communication standard of other funds and more junior members of Playfair. These conclusions are in conflict with Chris’s public advice for startups, particularly around founder due diligence and relationship building: https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrissmith1/2021/04/27/5-ways-to-avoid-buyers-remorse-when-raising-venture-capital/?sh=5a4786e64253. We ultimately closed the round, and with hindsight, Playfair was the least constructive engagement in the investment process. Chris’s communication standard, as the current leader of the fund, causes us to recommend that founders focus on raising elsewhere to make best use of time (~6 hours of meetings, ~4 hours of research, plus private data sharing). If strong investor communication is a priority, you will find a better partner for your company.
Playfair had a strong intake process via Jeevan (Associate) and Khushi (Analyst), whose insightful two-way dialogue distinguished Playfair as a potential partner. However, the investment committee session with Chris’s partners was a one-way dialogue, in which the founders (including an English-as-a-second-language founder) were ‘grilled’ instead of productively engaged. The rejection email from Chris offered no constructive feedback and included a blunt statement that the session was “a little odd”. When we asked him to expand constructively, Chris stated that we appeared to lack enthusiasm in the final segment of the 3-hour Zoom session, and that we inquired too much about Fede (Playfair’s founder and sole LP). While this may not be everyone’s experience, we did arrive at these four conclusions: (a) Chris and his partners on the IC may not have figured out yet how to productively engage companies in a virtual setting; (b) Playfair’s stated decision-making process is dependent upon emotional impressions instead of business fundamentals, which is inconsistent with its ‘institutional’ branding; (c) the founder and sole LP of Playfair is unavailable or off-limits to founders doing their own due diligence; and (d) Chris’s feedback demonstrated an arrogance and/or unintentional lack of care for Playfair’s reputation, and stands in contrast to the professional communication standard of other funds and more junior members of Playfair. These conclusions are in conflict with Chris’s public advice for startups, particularly around founder due diligence and relationship building: https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrissmith1/2021/04/27/5-ways-to-avoid-buyers-remorse-when-raising-venture-capital/?sh=5a4786e64253. We ultimately closed the round, and with hindsight, Playfair was the least constructive engagement in the investment process. Chris’s communication standard, as the current leader of the fund, causes us to recommend that founders focus on raising elsewhere to make best use of time (~6 hours of meetings, ~4 hours of research, plus private data sharing). If strong investor communication is a priority, you will find a better partner for your company.
Verified Investor Response:
Helps Founders:
10/10
Saves & Gives Founders Money:
Yes!
Needs to be Profitable?
Nope!
Is This For Real?
13/10
Founder Guarantee?
Nope!
Fees?
Unlimited cards. Zero fees.
Spend Control & Transparency?
13/10
Built to Save Founders Monay?
Yes!
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Wants lots of meetings but never commits to anything. Never has any objections to our company just seems like he wants to hang out with us but not actually invest. Seems like a 1st time investor.
Wants lots of meetings but never commits to anything. Never has any objections to our company just seems like he wants to hang out with us but not actually invest. Seems like a 1st time investor.
Wants lots of meetings but never commits to anything. Never has any objections to our company just seems like he wants to hang out with us but not actually invest. Seems like a 1st time investor.
Verified Investor Response:
Helps Founders:
10/10
Saves & Gives Founders Money:
Yes!
Needs to be Profitable?
Nope!
Is This For Real?
13/10
Founder Guarantee?
Nope!
Fees?
Unlimited cards. Zero fees.
Spend Control & Transparency?
13/10
Built to Save Founders Monay?
Yes!
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