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Founders, don't take the meeting, just don't. Unless you want to be gaslighted by people who don't understand VC or entreprenuership (or even seem to really care about it.) Jarrid is interesting. I think he means well, he just seems to be caught up in the hype. He seems very intelligent, but investing doesn't suit him or his colleagues well. I am not even sure why an LP would give this group money. I get it that they're a new firm, but they are hyper-disorganized, and all over the place, and the founder will pay for it. They are more concerned with a Hollywood pursuit; the "lights, camera, action", their fashion, and the likes on social media than they are the fund, and truly serving founders. The entire team needs to practice more humility, and realize they too have much, much further to go. A $40M fund is bread crumbs, don't get so caught up in the hype, and lose focus. Founders, RUN. LPs, RUN.
Founders, don't take the meeting, just don't. Unless you want to be gaslighted by people who don't understand VC or entreprenuership (or even seem to really care about it.) Jarrid is interesting. I think he means well, he just seems to be caught up in the hype. He seems very intelligent, but investing doesn't suit him or his colleagues well. I am not even sure why an LP would give this group money. I get it that they're a new firm, but they are hyper-disorganized, and all over the place, and the founder will pay for it. They are more concerned with a Hollywood pursuit; the "lights, camera, action", their fashion, and the likes on social media than they are the fund, and truly serving founders. The entire team needs to practice more humility, and realize they too have much, much further to go. A $40M fund is bread crumbs, don't get so caught up in the hype, and lose focus. Founders, RUN. LPs, RUN.
Founders, don't take the meeting, just don't. Unless you want to be gaslighted by people who don't understand VC or entreprenuership (or even seem to really care about it.) Jarrid is interesting. I think he means well, he just seems to be caught up in the hype. He seems very intelligent, but investing doesn't suit him or his colleagues well. I am not even sure why an LP would give this group money. I get it that they're a new firm, but they are hyper-disorganized, and all over the place, and the founder will pay for it. They are more concerned with a Hollywood pursuit; the "lights, camera, action", their fashion, and the likes on social media than they are the fund, and truly serving founders. The entire team needs to practice more humility, and realize they too have much, much further to go. A $40M fund is bread crumbs, don't get so caught up in the hype, and lose focus. Founders, RUN. LPs, RUN.
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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Paul's fund invests in stages later than where we currently are. Even knowing that Paul has been a great sounding board for me and provided great insights and critiques on our deck etc.
Paul's fund invests in stages later than where we currently are. Even knowing that Paul has been a great sounding board for me and provided great insights and critiques on our deck etc.
Paul's fund invests in stages later than where we currently are. Even knowing that Paul has been a great sounding board for me and provided great insights and critiques on our deck etc.
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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Paul and Azure are pretty "typical" investors but I mean that in a good way. They allow a ton of freedom while still being outcome oriented. Prompt to respond. Straight shooters.
Paul and Azure are pretty "typical" investors but I mean that in a good way. They allow a ton of freedom while still being outcome oriented. Prompt to respond. Straight shooters.
Paul and Azure are pretty "typical" investors but I mean that in a good way. They allow a ton of freedom while still being outcome oriented. Prompt to respond. Straight shooters.
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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Pano Anthos is just an awful investor silly because he thinks investors are gods who control entrepreneurs like us. We got funding from him and oh boy, this person hasn't helped us even a single bit. Not at all responsive and his talking tone is as if he has bought me. Luckily, I was able to steer the company to safe harbor on my own. But I would never recommend anyone taking funding from him or XRC Labs. He simply wants to be the next Paul Graham and he is failing miserably at that.
Pano Anthos is just an awful investor silly because he thinks investors are gods who control entrepreneurs like us. We got funding from him and oh boy, this person hasn't helped us even a single bit. Not at all responsive and his talking tone is as if he has bought me. Luckily, I was able to steer the company to safe harbor on my own. But I would never recommend anyone taking funding from him or XRC Labs. He simply wants to be the next Paul Graham and he is failing miserably at that.
Pano Anthos is just an awful investor silly because he thinks investors are gods who control entrepreneurs like us. We got funding from him and oh boy, this person hasn't helped us even a single bit. Not at all responsive and his talking tone is as if he has bought me. Luckily, I was able to steer the company to safe harbor on my own. But I would never recommend anyone taking funding from him or XRC Labs. He simply wants to be the next Paul Graham and he is failing miserably at that.
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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Chris is a terrific guy. Accessible, Honest and Guides entrepreneurs. Would love to have him on the board.
Chris is a terrific guy. Accessible, Honest and Guides entrepreneurs. Would love to have him on the board.
Chris is a terrific guy. Accessible, Honest and Guides entrepreneurs. Would love to have him on the board.
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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Mark is definitely a SaaS operator and a SaaS founder's best friend. His experience having co-founded several companies in the past allows him to stand out in terms of his empathy towards founders. More than 'value add', his emotional support, patience, and understanding his unparalleled.
Mark is definitely a SaaS operator and a SaaS founder's best friend. His experience having co-founded several companies in the past allows him to stand out in terms of his empathy towards founders. More than 'value add', his emotional support, patience, and understanding his unparalleled.
Mark is definitely a SaaS operator and a SaaS founder's best friend. His experience having co-founded several companies in the past allows him to stand out in terms of his empathy towards founders. More than 'value add', his emotional support, patience, and understanding his unparalleled.
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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Parker met with us a few times and was quite helpful initially, but then, in the middle of conversations/negotiations, ghosted us with no explanation/no response. Was really weird, because he was pretty generous with his time before that. Incredibly confusing situation.
Parker met with us a few times and was quite helpful initially, but then, in the middle of conversations/negotiations, ghosted us with no explanation/no response. Was really weird, because he was pretty generous with his time before that. Incredibly confusing situation.
Parker met with us a few times and was quite helpful initially, but then, in the middle of conversations/negotiations, ghosted us with no explanation/no response. Was really weird, because he was pretty generous with his time before that. Incredibly confusing situation.
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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0

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I've known Tom for years, and he's one of the most singularly self-interested, self-aggrandizing, and decidedly unhelpful investors in the US or Europe. In each of roles, current and prior, he's only ever been interested in Tom. Pick another partner at GV, or look elsewhere for capital.
I've known Tom for years, and he's one of the most singularly self-interested, self-aggrandizing, and decidedly unhelpful investors in the US or Europe. In each of roles, current and prior, he's only ever been interested in Tom. Pick another partner at GV, or look elsewhere for capital.
I've known Tom for years, and he's one of the most singularly self-interested, self-aggrandizing, and decidedly unhelpful investors in the US or Europe. In each of roles, current and prior, he's only ever been interested in Tom. Pick another partner at GV, or look elsewhere for capital.
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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0

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Ali is one of the hardest working investors I've ever met. Every company that enters her portfolio becomes a part of her family and she will go to war for her founders and move mountains.
Ali is one of the hardest working investors I've ever met. Every company that enters her portfolio becomes a part of her family and she will go to war for her founders and move mountains.
Ali is one of the hardest working investors I've ever met. Every company that enters her portfolio becomes a part of her family and she will go to war for her founders and move mountains.
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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0

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We met with Rashmi at the urging of our lead investor, as they felt that M12 (where she was at the time) could add substantial strategic value to our round. She was 18 minutes late to our first meeting and clearly had done zero research on us or our company (which is OK-ish for a first meeting). She asked some smart questions and seemed interested. She committed to getting input from the relevant teams inside of Microsoft and passing that info back to us - good or bad. She also committed to a followup meeting 2 weeks later. When the time for that meeting came (and we drove down to Sunnyvale for it), she wasn't even in the office that day. We met with her associate, who had no idea about any previous meeting, nor any info from Microsoft. We got an apology email the next day and a promise that she would follow up -- she never did, and neither did we. She ended up leaving M12 not too long after, so maybe the problem wasn't really with her, but the whole experience was pretty crappy.
We met with Rashmi at the urging of our lead investor, as they felt that M12 (where she was at the time) could add substantial strategic value to our round. She was 18 minutes late to our first meeting and clearly had done zero research on us or our company (which is OK-ish for a first meeting). She asked some smart questions and seemed interested. She committed to getting input from the relevant teams inside of Microsoft and passing that info back to us - good or bad. She also committed to a followup meeting 2 weeks later. When the time for that meeting came (and we drove down to Sunnyvale for it), she wasn't even in the office that day. We met with her associate, who had no idea about any previous meeting, nor any info from Microsoft. We got an apology email the next day and a promise that she would follow up -- she never did, and neither did we. She ended up leaving M12 not too long after, so maybe the problem wasn't really with her, but the whole experience was pretty crappy.
We met with Rashmi at the urging of our lead investor, as they felt that M12 (where she was at the time) could add substantial strategic value to our round. She was 18 minutes late to our first meeting and clearly had done zero research on us or our company (which is OK-ish for a first meeting). She asked some smart questions and seemed interested. She committed to getting input from the relevant teams inside of Microsoft and passing that info back to us - good or bad. She also committed to a followup meeting 2 weeks later. When the time for that meeting came (and we drove down to Sunnyvale for it), she wasn't even in the office that day. We met with her associate, who had no idea about any previous meeting, nor any info from Microsoft. We got an apology email the next day and a promise that she would follow up -- she never did, and neither did we. She ended up leaving M12 not too long after, so maybe the problem wasn't really with her, but the whole experience was pretty crappy.
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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0

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