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Was previously at Food X, where he developed a reputation for being problematic. Now runs a new accelerator in Singapore and NY. He comes across and very helpful and well meaning until it comes to the crunch -- then his true colors show. Bullying, disrespectful and spiteful if he doesn't get his own way in negotiations. More focused on his own publicity and making himself look good to LPs, than actually supporting the companies in his portfolio.
Was previously at Food X, where he developed a reputation for being problematic. Now runs a new accelerator in Singapore and NY. He comes across and very helpful and well meaning until it comes to the crunch -- then his true colors show. Bullying, disrespectful and spiteful if he doesn't get his own way in negotiations. More focused on his own publicity and making himself look good to LPs, than actually supporting the companies in his portfolio.
Was previously at Food X, where he developed a reputation for being problematic. Now runs a new accelerator in Singapore and NY. He comes across and very helpful and well meaning until it comes to the crunch -- then his true colors show. Bullying, disrespectful and spiteful if he doesn't get his own way in negotiations. More focused on his own publicity and making himself look good to LPs, than actually supporting the companies in his portfolio.
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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Her strength is really in connecting with entrepreneurs. Her philosophy on the future of work is beyond fascinating!
Her strength is really in connecting with entrepreneurs. Her philosophy on the future of work is beyond fascinating!
Her strength is really in connecting with entrepreneurs. Her philosophy on the future of work is beyond fascinating!
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 had a pretty rough experience with Naomi when we met with her. She didn't really understand our space or what we were doing, and it felt like we were wasting her time even though Menlo reached out to us.
We had a pretty rough experience with Naomi when we met with her. She didn't really understand our space or what we were doing, and it felt like we were wasting her time even though Menlo reached out to us.
We had a pretty rough experience with Naomi when we met with her. She didn't really understand our space or what we were doing, and it felt like we were wasting her time even though Menlo reached out to us.
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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Wendy is a really nice person, and our first few meetings went well. She is upbeat, a good listener, and took an interest in the business. Unfortunately, she then strung us along for many, many months. There was always one. more. thing. for her to look into. She would make a commitment to get back to us, miss the deadline, then not respond to messages for several weeks until I caught her on the phone. There was always an excuse about being "busy" and then excitement and promises. Then the cycle would repeat itself. Stringing along a founder is such a weak and thoughtless thing to do. Obviously, I don't recommend Wendy or Vocap Ventures.
Wendy is a really nice person, and our first few meetings went well. She is upbeat, a good listener, and took an interest in the business. Unfortunately, she then strung us along for many, many months. There was always one. more. thing. for her to look into. She would make a commitment to get back to us, miss the deadline, then not respond to messages for several weeks until I caught her on the phone. There was always an excuse about being "busy" and then excitement and promises. Then the cycle would repeat itself. Stringing along a founder is such a weak and thoughtless thing to do. Obviously, I don't recommend Wendy or Vocap Ventures.
Wendy is a really nice person, and our first few meetings went well. She is upbeat, a good listener, and took an interest in the business. Unfortunately, she then strung us along for many, many months. There was always one. more. thing. for her to look into. She would make a commitment to get back to us, miss the deadline, then not respond to messages for several weeks until I caught her on the phone. There was always an excuse about being "busy" and then excitement and promises. Then the cycle would repeat itself. Stringing along a founder is such a weak and thoughtless thing to do. Obviously, I don't recommend Wendy or Vocap Ventures.
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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A great investor. First Momentum is rather young and new. But, they growing from a student-run fund to a fully fledged VC investor. Thus, you can expect drive, enthusiasm, and diligence. Compared with some of the "old" Dinosaurs the guys from First Momentum were the most prepared and informed.
A great investor. First Momentum is rather young and new. But, they growing from a student-run fund to a fully fledged VC investor. Thus, you can expect drive, enthusiasm, and diligence. Compared with some of the "old" Dinosaurs the guys from First Momentum were the most prepared and informed.
A great investor. First Momentum is rather young and new. But, they growing from a student-run fund to a fully fledged VC investor. Thus, you can expect drive, enthusiasm, and diligence. Compared with some of the "old" Dinosaurs the guys from First Momentum were the most prepared and informed.
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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She's who I'd describe as an enterprise SaaS queen? She literally founded the world's largest SaaS conference (SaaStr) and has put together the best operators together for her fund. One of the most well-connected humans. Great person.
She's who I'd describe as an enterprise SaaS queen? She literally founded the world's largest SaaS conference (SaaStr) and has put together the best operators together for her fund. One of the most well-connected humans. Great person.
She's who I'd describe as an enterprise SaaS queen? She literally founded the world's largest SaaS conference (SaaStr) and has put together the best operators together for her fund. One of the most well-connected humans. Great person.
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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Niko is super approachable, personable, easy to talk to. Very transparent. He speaks his mind.
Niko is super approachable, personable, easy to talk to. Very transparent. He speaks his mind.
Niko is super approachable, personable, easy to talk to. Very transparent. He speaks his mind.
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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Dave is kind, thoughtful, patient, and helpful. In my opinion he is the perfect early stage investor. I worked with him first when he was at Steadfast and now that he is working on his own I am excited to collaborate with him again. As Dave has grown in his own career he's done an incredible job of staying close to founders and funding them a second time or cultivating new founders out of rising talent. He has a clear thesis and does a good job of staying focused on it, so I would make sure that you understand what that is before meeting with him.
Dave is kind, thoughtful, patient, and helpful. In my opinion he is the perfect early stage investor. I worked with him first when he was at Steadfast and now that he is working on his own I am excited to collaborate with him again. As Dave has grown in his own career he's done an incredible job of staying close to founders and funding them a second time or cultivating new founders out of rising talent. He has a clear thesis and does a good job of staying focused on it, so I would make sure that you understand what that is before meeting with him.
Dave is kind, thoughtful, patient, and helpful. In my opinion he is the perfect early stage investor. I worked with him first when he was at Steadfast and now that he is working on his own I am excited to collaborate with him again. As Dave has grown in his own career he's done an incredible job of staying close to founders and funding them a second time or cultivating new founders out of rising talent. He has a clear thesis and does a good job of staying focused on it, so I would make sure that you understand what that is before meeting with 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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We met with Fitz Gate early in our company history and they were perfectly reasonable, however, we found their process to be slow (especially compared to their check size). We met new investors and completed our round from better known / larger investors in less time than it took them to progress between meetings. We met them when they were still quite new so this may have improved as they've become more experienced. My general sense was that there was a disconnect between their expectations of company maturity and their (small) check size.
We met with Fitz Gate early in our company history and they were perfectly reasonable, however, we found their process to be slow (especially compared to their check size). We met new investors and completed our round from better known / larger investors in less time than it took them to progress between meetings. We met them when they were still quite new so this may have improved as they've become more experienced. My general sense was that there was a disconnect between their expectations of company maturity and their (small) check size.
We met with Fitz Gate early in our company history and they were perfectly reasonable, however, we found their process to be slow (especially compared to their check size). We met new investors and completed our round from better known / larger investors in less time than it took them to progress between meetings. We met them when they were still quite new so this may have improved as they've become more experienced. My general sense was that there was a disconnect between their expectations of company maturity and their (small) check size.
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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The one investor in the valley that will always be on your side.
The one investor in the valley that will always be on your side.
The one investor in the valley that will always be on your side.
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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