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Patrick is a great investor and person. He's sharp, down to earth, works incredibly hard, is always willing to help, and has contributed immensely to our company as we've grown. Highly recommend him.
Patrick is a great investor and person. He's sharp, down to earth, works incredibly hard, is always willing to help, and has contributed immensely to our company as we've grown. Highly recommend him.
Patrick is a great investor and person. He's sharp, down to earth, works incredibly hard, is always willing to help, and has contributed immensely to our company as we've grown. Highly recommend him.
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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John runs the Seattle Angel Conference. It is an annual "fund" where newly minted angel investors are supposed to learn the angel investing process. John can be a gruff guy, but he means well. The trouble is the Fund itself. It is unpredictable, disorganized, and there is zero ability for the entrepreneur to know if they are a fit for the fund because there is not a consistent thesis. They run a pitch competition of all of the companies as their means to determine who to fund. They also require a $100 application fee. This means that a company can apply multiple years in a row with wildly different results. John does not manage this mess well, which is unfortunate for the companies paying to play. One on one John knows his stuff and is willing to make introductions, but when he convinces you to do the fund competition, it sours the impression, quite often. The fund may be good for new angels and it has value there, but now that they have opened it virtually to companies from all over, it has made it a bigger circus with less value to the Seattle local companies than before. Only the most connected companies stand a chance because a large part of the pitch competition is a popularity contest to get angels to support you.
John runs the Seattle Angel Conference. It is an annual "fund" where newly minted angel investors are supposed to learn the angel investing process. John can be a gruff guy, but he means well. The trouble is the Fund itself. It is unpredictable, disorganized, and there is zero ability for the entrepreneur to know if they are a fit for the fund because there is not a consistent thesis. They run a pitch competition of all of the companies as their means to determine who to fund. They also require a $100 application fee. This means that a company can apply multiple years in a row with wildly different results. John does not manage this mess well, which is unfortunate for the companies paying to play. One on one John knows his stuff and is willing to make introductions, but when he convinces you to do the fund competition, it sours the impression, quite often. The fund may be good for new angels and it has value there, but now that they have opened it virtually to companies from all over, it has made it a bigger circus with less value to the Seattle local companies than before. Only the most connected companies stand a chance because a large part of the pitch competition is a popularity contest to get angels to support you.
John runs the Seattle Angel Conference. It is an annual "fund" where newly minted angel investors are supposed to learn the angel investing process. John can be a gruff guy, but he means well. The trouble is the Fund itself. It is unpredictable, disorganized, and there is zero ability for the entrepreneur to know if they are a fit for the fund because there is not a consistent thesis. They run a pitch competition of all of the companies as their means to determine who to fund. They also require a $100 application fee. This means that a company can apply multiple years in a row with wildly different results. John does not manage this mess well, which is unfortunate for the companies paying to play. One on one John knows his stuff and is willing to make introductions, but when he convinces you to do the fund competition, it sours the impression, quite often. The fund may be good for new angels and it has value there, but now that they have opened it virtually to companies from all over, it has made it a bigger circus with less value to the Seattle local companies than before. Only the most connected companies stand a chance because a large part of the pitch competition is a popularity contest to get angels to support you.
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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Cristina has been an absolute pleasure from the start of working together, and I feel lucky to have her as an investor I get to build with. She is not only an incredible support for difficult issues, but she has been extremely helpful with providing guidance and feedback throughout. However, what has stood out to me most is her ability to provide concrete and actionable advice with empathy and honesty. I can tell she is truly engaged and understanding of my experience, and if not, she will ask to try to understand before offering guidance. She has become a mentor and coach as I navigate through next steps of growth, both for myself as a founder and for my business, in ways beyond what I would have ever imagined from a VC. I not only feel like I can trust her with anything, I feel as though I can learn a lot from her too. Backing up her incredible advice, Cristina comes bearing an extremely impressive background in design and business strategy, yet you can tell she is constantly building on top of her experience and constantly open to learning more. I truly feel so lucky to have met, and now work with, Cristina. I highly recommend that anyone who has an opportunity to do so run towards it, and fast.
Cristina has been an absolute pleasure from the start of working together, and I feel lucky to have her as an investor I get to build with. She is not only an incredible support for difficult issues, but she has been extremely helpful with providing guidance and feedback throughout. However, what has stood out to me most is her ability to provide concrete and actionable advice with empathy and honesty. I can tell she is truly engaged and understanding of my experience, and if not, she will ask to try to understand before offering guidance. She has become a mentor and coach as I navigate through next steps of growth, both for myself as a founder and for my business, in ways beyond what I would have ever imagined from a VC. I not only feel like I can trust her with anything, I feel as though I can learn a lot from her too. Backing up her incredible advice, Cristina comes bearing an extremely impressive background in design and business strategy, yet you can tell she is constantly building on top of her experience and constantly open to learning more. I truly feel so lucky to have met, and now work with, Cristina. I highly recommend that anyone who has an opportunity to do so run towards it, and fast.
Cristina has been an absolute pleasure from the start of working together, and I feel lucky to have her as an investor I get to build with. She is not only an incredible support for difficult issues, but she has been extremely helpful with providing guidance and feedback throughout. However, what has stood out to me most is her ability to provide concrete and actionable advice with empathy and honesty. I can tell she is truly engaged and understanding of my experience, and if not, she will ask to try to understand before offering guidance. She has become a mentor and coach as I navigate through next steps of growth, both for myself as a founder and for my business, in ways beyond what I would have ever imagined from a VC. I not only feel like I can trust her with anything, I feel as though I can learn a lot from her too. Backing up her incredible advice, Cristina comes bearing an extremely impressive background in design and business strategy, yet you can tell she is constantly building on top of her experience and constantly open to learning more. I truly feel so lucky to have met, and now work with, Cristina. I highly recommend that anyone who has an opportunity to do so run towards it, and fast.
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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Alan ran a quick process with us and let us know he was in same day. Since then, he’s been the one investor who has been a value add any and every time we ask or share our company updates. He’s helped us with fundraising strategy, intros, company ops and much more. Feel very grateful that he’s on the journey with us and would recc. Founders have him on their cap table!
Alan ran a quick process with us and let us know he was in same day. Since then, he’s been the one investor who has been a value add any and every time we ask or share our company updates. He’s helped us with fundraising strategy, intros, company ops and much more. Feel very grateful that he’s on the journey with us and would recc. Founders have him on their cap table!
Alan ran a quick process with us and let us know he was in same day. Since then, he’s been the one investor who has been a value add any and every time we ask or share our company updates. He’s helped us with fundraising strategy, intros, company ops and much more. Feel very grateful that he’s on the journey with us and would recc. Founders have him on their cap table!
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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Super engaged and incredibly helpful. Works tirelessly to improve the startup' health and growth.
Super engaged and incredibly helpful. Works tirelessly to improve the startup' health and growth.
Super engaged and incredibly helpful. Works tirelessly to improve the startup' health and growth.
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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I moved ~5 other pitches to try to be fresh as I'd had several positive and helpful meetings with FRC and wanted to be fresh. Then he rescheduled the day before, where I had now had 5 pitches before a late evening pitch with him. Then was 10 mins late for our meeting. Took it while travelling. No video. And clearly hadn't prepared. Struggled to understand the problem. Was super patronizing. Genuinely, most disappointing meeting of our last raise.
I moved ~5 other pitches to try to be fresh as I'd had several positive and helpful meetings with FRC and wanted to be fresh. Then he rescheduled the day before, where I had now had 5 pitches before a late evening pitch with him. Then was 10 mins late for our meeting. Took it while travelling. No video. And clearly hadn't prepared. Struggled to understand the problem. Was super patronizing. Genuinely, most disappointing meeting of our last raise.
I moved ~5 other pitches to try to be fresh as I'd had several positive and helpful meetings with FRC and wanted to be fresh. Then he rescheduled the day before, where I had now had 5 pitches before a late evening pitch with him. Then was 10 mins late for our meeting. Took it while travelling. No video. And clearly hadn't prepared. Struggled to understand the problem. Was super patronizing. Genuinely, most disappointing meeting of our last raise.
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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I've met with Bennett and other members of the Andreesen team about 7 times now, and I've been thoroughly impressed with him in every aspect. Bennett is incredibly approachable, empathetic and takes a keen interest to really understand the nuances of the company vs the superficial vanity metrics that so many investors fixate on. While they didn't invest in our round, working with him was one of the best experiences I've had to date with a VC.
I've met with Bennett and other members of the Andreesen team about 7 times now, and I've been thoroughly impressed with him in every aspect. Bennett is incredibly approachable, empathetic and takes a keen interest to really understand the nuances of the company vs the superficial vanity metrics that so many investors fixate on. While they didn't invest in our round, working with him was one of the best experiences I've had to date with a VC.
I've met with Bennett and other members of the Andreesen team about 7 times now, and I've been thoroughly impressed with him in every aspect. Bennett is incredibly approachable, empathetic and takes a keen interest to really understand the nuances of the company vs the superficial vanity metrics that so many investors fixate on. While they didn't invest in our round, working with him was one of the best experiences I've had to date with a VC.
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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Potentially a bit shy to talk about his background at AND1 and the fashion / consumer / entertainment space. Low energy which is surprising.
Potentially a bit shy to talk about his background at AND1 and the fashion / consumer / entertainment space. Low energy which is surprising.
Potentially a bit shy to talk about his background at AND1 and the fashion / consumer / entertainment space. Low energy which is surprising.
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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Multiple meetings with dive on company and business model, followed up several times for an answer yes / no (CCd his associate), did not even provide a response after multiple emails. Lack of respect for founder's time, stay the F away.
Multiple meetings with dive on company and business model, followed up several times for an answer yes / no (CCd his associate), did not even provide a response after multiple emails. Lack of respect for founder's time, stay the F away.
Multiple meetings with dive on company and business model, followed up several times for an answer yes / no (CCd his associate), did not even provide a response after multiple emails. Lack of respect for founder's time, stay the F 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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In her arrogance missed learning about a huge emerging market.. if only she had let us finish and not shared her opinion too soon and shared her ignorance...
In her arrogance missed learning about a huge emerging market.. if only she had let us finish and not shared her opinion too soon and shared her ignorance...
In her arrogance missed learning about a huge emerging market.. if only she had let us finish and not shared her opinion too soon and shared her ignorance...
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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