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Katelin was the best person on my cap table, hands down. Not only does she go to bat for you as a company, even putting her own motives aside as an investor to act in your best interests, she also cares about the founders to an extent that I've never seen any other investor before. She genuinely wants her founders to be successful in every way, including supporting their mental health and personal fulfillment. She also has very strategic and thoughtful advice for handling the day-to-day challenges of running a startup (from hiring to co-founders to investors etc). She is an amazing investor, mentor, and friend. If you have the opportunity to work with her or the 776 team in general, absolutely take it! It will be the best decision you make for your company.
Katelin was the best person on my cap table, hands down. Not only does she go to bat for you as a company, even putting her own motives aside as an investor to act in your best interests, she also cares about the founders to an extent that I've never seen any other investor before. She genuinely wants her founders to be successful in every way, including supporting their mental health and personal fulfillment. She also has very strategic and thoughtful advice for handling the day-to-day challenges of running a startup (from hiring to co-founders to investors etc). She is an amazing investor, mentor, and friend. If you have the opportunity to work with her or the 776 team in general, absolutely take it! It will be the best decision you make for your company.
Katelin was the best person on my cap table, hands down. Not only does she go to bat for you as a company, even putting her own motives aside as an investor to act in your best interests, she also cares about the founders to an extent that I've never seen any other investor before. She genuinely wants her founders to be successful in every way, including supporting their mental health and personal fulfillment. She also has very strategic and thoughtful advice for handling the day-to-day challenges of running a startup (from hiring to co-founders to investors etc). She is an amazing investor, mentor, and friend. If you have the opportunity to work with her or the 776 team in general, absolutely take it! It will be the best decision you make 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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Katelin, like all of the 10's on VC Guide, is incredibly smart, generous with her time, and proactive about ways she can help. However, what really sets Katelin apart is that she is an absolute pro in the areas you rarely hear VC's talk about, but every CEO loses sleep over: People Operations. Before I became an entrepreneur, I don't think I appreciated how challenging HR issues can be, and if you are fortunate enough to really scale a team at your startup, you quickly realize just how complicated people ops can be. Since the start of the pandemic, Katelin has single-handedly gotten our company over what felt like impossible hurdles — layoffs, firings, compensation changes, employee mediation, executive coaching, and more. We're now doing better than ever, and I can honestly say that we may not have made it out of the first year of the pandemic without Katelin. Alexis is obviously a very big name (and we love him too), but everybody who knows Katelin knows that she's the secret weapon at 776, but won't be for long.
Katelin, like all of the 10's on VC Guide, is incredibly smart, generous with her time, and proactive about ways she can help. However, what really sets Katelin apart is that she is an absolute pro in the areas you rarely hear VC's talk about, but every CEO loses sleep over: People Operations. Before I became an entrepreneur, I don't think I appreciated how challenging HR issues can be, and if you are fortunate enough to really scale a team at your startup, you quickly realize just how complicated people ops can be. Since the start of the pandemic, Katelin has single-handedly gotten our company over what felt like impossible hurdles — layoffs, firings, compensation changes, employee mediation, executive coaching, and more. We're now doing better than ever, and I can honestly say that we may not have made it out of the first year of the pandemic without Katelin. Alexis is obviously a very big name (and we love him too), but everybody who knows Katelin knows that she's the secret weapon at 776, but won't be for long.
Katelin, like all of the 10's on VC Guide, is incredibly smart, generous with her time, and proactive about ways she can help. However, what really sets Katelin apart is that she is an absolute pro in the areas you rarely hear VC's talk about, but every CEO loses sleep over: People Operations. Before I became an entrepreneur, I don't think I appreciated how challenging HR issues can be, and if you are fortunate enough to really scale a team at your startup, you quickly realize just how complicated people ops can be. Since the start of the pandemic, Katelin has single-handedly gotten our company over what felt like impossible hurdles — layoffs, firings, compensation changes, employee mediation, executive coaching, and more. We're now doing better than ever, and I can honestly say that we may not have made it out of the first year of the pandemic without Katelin. Alexis is obviously a very big name (and we love him too), but everybody who knows Katelin knows that she's the secret weapon at 776, but won't be for long.
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 were finalists at NMV twice. The first time around, we were told by their (white) investment manager, Wes Panek, that our community demographics weren't diverse enough even though they are dramatically better than the TV industry and essentially inline with society. When we asked - ok, so how diverse should we be? They said, great question but we don't have an answer for you. The second time around, they specifically reached out to us to request that we apply, named us a finalist, and then didn't schedule our investment interview. When we followed up several times asking what happened, they completely ghosted us. And then in their eventual investment decisions, named companies who weren't finalists. One assumes inscrutable and opaque decisions from the broader VC community. Such is life. But this place, which traffics in idealism and claims to want to improve the startup landscape, doesn't meet its own standards. Don't waste your time on this place.
We were finalists at NMV twice. The first time around, we were told by their (white) investment manager, Wes Panek, that our community demographics weren't diverse enough even though they are dramatically better than the TV industry and essentially inline with society. When we asked - ok, so how diverse should we be? They said, great question but we don't have an answer for you. The second time around, they specifically reached out to us to request that we apply, named us a finalist, and then didn't schedule our investment interview. When we followed up several times asking what happened, they completely ghosted us. And then in their eventual investment decisions, named companies who weren't finalists. One assumes inscrutable and opaque decisions from the broader VC community. Such is life. But this place, which traffics in idealism and claims to want to improve the startup landscape, doesn't meet its own standards. Don't waste your time on this place.
We were finalists at NMV twice. The first time around, we were told by their (white) investment manager, Wes Panek, that our community demographics weren't diverse enough even though they are dramatically better than the TV industry and essentially inline with society. When we asked - ok, so how diverse should we be? They said, great question but we don't have an answer for you. The second time around, they specifically reached out to us to request that we apply, named us a finalist, and then didn't schedule our investment interview. When we followed up several times asking what happened, they completely ghosted us. And then in their eventual investment decisions, named companies who weren't finalists. One assumes inscrutable and opaque decisions from the broader VC community. Such is life. But this place, which traffics in idealism and claims to want to improve the startup landscape, doesn't meet its own standards. Don't waste your time on this place.
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 worked with Allison for 7 years now and have experienced her range of capabilities as our business has grown. Allison keenly understands when to "roll up her sleeves" to help solve a problem, when and how to leverage her network, when to step aside and when to just be a friend to listen. Allison's passion and energy comes through in every interaction. She is one of the first early stage investors I will go to when I start my next company.
I've worked with Allison for 7 years now and have experienced her range of capabilities as our business has grown. Allison keenly understands when to "roll up her sleeves" to help solve a problem, when and how to leverage her network, when to step aside and when to just be a friend to listen. Allison's passion and energy comes through in every interaction. She is one of the first early stage investors I will go to when I start my next company.
I've worked with Allison for 7 years now and have experienced her range of capabilities as our business has grown. Allison keenly understands when to "roll up her sleeves" to help solve a problem, when and how to leverage her network, when to step aside and when to just be a friend to listen. Allison's passion and energy comes through in every interaction. She is one of the first early stage investors I will go to when I start my next 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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Vlad is one of our favorite investors and we recommend him to every other founder we encounter. He's responsive, goes to bat for his companies, is engaged with product development giving amazing feedback and constantly plugging our product and our company every chance he gets to prospective hires, users, and other investors. I'd go to Secocha and Vlad time and time again for any venture I start, he's truly like a teammate and any founder would be lucky to have him on their cap table.
Vlad is one of our favorite investors and we recommend him to every other founder we encounter. He's responsive, goes to bat for his companies, is engaged with product development giving amazing feedback and constantly plugging our product and our company every chance he gets to prospective hires, users, and other investors. I'd go to Secocha and Vlad time and time again for any venture I start, he's truly like a teammate and any founder would be lucky to have him on their cap table.
Vlad is one of our favorite investors and we recommend him to every other founder we encounter. He's responsive, goes to bat for his companies, is engaged with product development giving amazing feedback and constantly plugging our product and our company every chance he gets to prospective hires, users, and other investors. I'd go to Secocha and Vlad time and time again for any venture I start, he's truly like a teammate and any founder would be lucky to 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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We raised a small angel cheque from Mark via warm intro. Through the life of the company, he neither reached out nor responded to any messages or updates from the company.
We raised a small angel cheque from Mark via warm intro. Through the life of the company, he neither reached out nor responded to any messages or updates from the company.
We raised a small angel cheque from Mark via warm intro. Through the life of the company, he neither reached out nor responded to any messages or updates from the 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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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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