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You may not have heard of Andre, but you soon will. He was our first institutional check. He believed when many others didn't; not only in your vision but also in you as a person. He has an amazing network and helped close top quartile VCs (e.g., Midas list investors) in our subsequent rounds. He's also a great person to talk to on a personal level and his humor can turn any sour situation into something sweet. If you have the chance to work with Andre, don't hesitate!
You may not have heard of Andre, but you soon will. He was our first institutional check. He believed when many others didn't; not only in your vision but also in you as a person. He has an amazing network and helped close top quartile VCs (e.g., Midas list investors) in our subsequent rounds. He's also a great person to talk to on a personal level and his humor can turn any sour situation into something sweet. If you have the chance to work with Andre, don't hesitate!
You may not have heard of Andre, but you soon will. He was our first institutional check. He believed when many others didn't; not only in your vision but also in you as a person. He has an amazing network and helped close top quartile VCs (e.g., Midas list investors) in our subsequent rounds. He's also a great person to talk to on a personal level and his humor can turn any sour situation into something sweet. If you have the chance to work with Andre, don't hesitate!
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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Jesse and IA Ventures led my Seed round. I recommend them to any other founder as they are a strong, no-BS group who generally make life easy for founders without adding much overhead. They are also high conviction, decisive, and responsive which are all great. The good: Jesse is very intelligent and strategic. He understands tech and is helpful in conceptualizing. I have had many discussions with him which helped me reframe the positioning of an important part of the company. Both him and IA have also been supportive and positive. Finally, they are extremely well respected in the investor community. They have been generally able to connect us to many other top funds. The bad: IA is not well known outside of the investor community yet. This means that the brand is not too helpful in recruiting (I tend to mention their portfolios to try to raise their awareness) or with customers. They also don't have much of a platform -- their help with introductions to potential recruits or customers has been minimal. They are also a very "east coast" fund. Sometimes not as visionary (which can be good or bad) as the folks on the west coast. Jesse is also a career investor and has never been an operator. This means that his intuition is often somewhat theoretical, e.g., around sales. Overall, I'm a fan. While there are a number of things I wish Jesse and IA would do better around company support, their high intelligence, conviction, reputation among investors, and ability to be involved yet not being annoying has been good. I recommend the fund and Jesse.
Jesse and IA Ventures led my Seed round. I recommend them to any other founder as they are a strong, no-BS group who generally make life easy for founders without adding much overhead. They are also high conviction, decisive, and responsive which are all great. The good: Jesse is very intelligent and strategic. He understands tech and is helpful in conceptualizing. I have had many discussions with him which helped me reframe the positioning of an important part of the company. Both him and IA have also been supportive and positive. Finally, they are extremely well respected in the investor community. They have been generally able to connect us to many other top funds. The bad: IA is not well known outside of the investor community yet. This means that the brand is not too helpful in recruiting (I tend to mention their portfolios to try to raise their awareness) or with customers. They also don't have much of a platform -- their help with introductions to potential recruits or customers has been minimal. They are also a very "east coast" fund. Sometimes not as visionary (which can be good or bad) as the folks on the west coast. Jesse is also a career investor and has never been an operator. This means that his intuition is often somewhat theoretical, e.g., around sales. Overall, I'm a fan. While there are a number of things I wish Jesse and IA would do better around company support, their high intelligence, conviction, reputation among investors, and ability to be involved yet not being annoying has been good. I recommend the fund and Jesse.
Jesse and IA Ventures led my Seed round. I recommend them to any other founder as they are a strong, no-BS group who generally make life easy for founders without adding much overhead. They are also high conviction, decisive, and responsive which are all great. The good: Jesse is very intelligent and strategic. He understands tech and is helpful in conceptualizing. I have had many discussions with him which helped me reframe the positioning of an important part of the company. Both him and IA have also been supportive and positive. Finally, they are extremely well respected in the investor community. They have been generally able to connect us to many other top funds. The bad: IA is not well known outside of the investor community yet. This means that the brand is not too helpful in recruiting (I tend to mention their portfolios to try to raise their awareness) or with customers. They also don't have much of a platform -- their help with introductions to potential recruits or customers has been minimal. They are also a very "east coast" fund. Sometimes not as visionary (which can be good or bad) as the folks on the west coast. Jesse is also a career investor and has never been an operator. This means that his intuition is often somewhat theoretical, e.g., around sales. Overall, I'm a fan. While there are a number of things I wish Jesse and IA would do better around company support, their high intelligence, conviction, reputation among investors, and ability to be involved yet not being annoying has been good. I recommend the fund and Jesse.
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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Very sharp. Very easy to talk to. Good conversation
Very sharp. Very easy to talk to. Good conversation
Very sharp. Very easy to talk to. Good conversation
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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Kirby has been a great investor in our seed round. I've had a number of meetings with him and walk away from each one having learned something. He's been a great evangelist for our product and has been helpful in recruiting as well.
Kirby has been a great investor in our seed round. I've had a number of meetings with him and walk away from each one having learned something. He's been a great evangelist for our product and has been helpful in recruiting as well.
Kirby has been a great investor in our seed round. I've had a number of meetings with him and walk away from each one having learned something. He's been a great evangelist for our product and has been helpful in recruiting as well.
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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Got trolled by him and another VC
Got trolled by him and another VC
Got trolled by him and another 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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Serik is one of the kindest, most giving VCs I've ever known or worked with. Most VCs, when trying to get into a deal, will spend some effort trying to help in some way that you ask them, but it's usually pretty time-boxed and fleeting. Serik cold-emailed us, and just liked what we were doing. Over more than the next year, he continued to help us with so many things, especially incredibly helpful introductions into other firms--honestly the best introductions and the best follow-up meetings we've ever had from VC introductions into other firms.
Serik is one of the kindest, most giving VCs I've ever known or worked with. Most VCs, when trying to get into a deal, will spend some effort trying to help in some way that you ask them, but it's usually pretty time-boxed and fleeting. Serik cold-emailed us, and just liked what we were doing. Over more than the next year, he continued to help us with so many things, especially incredibly helpful introductions into other firms--honestly the best introductions and the best follow-up meetings we've ever had from VC introductions into other firms.
Serik is one of the kindest, most giving VCs I've ever known or worked with. Most VCs, when trying to get into a deal, will spend some effort trying to help in some way that you ask them, but it's usually pretty time-boxed and fleeting. Serik cold-emailed us, and just liked what we were doing. Over more than the next year, he continued to help us with so many things, especially incredibly helpful introductions into other firms--honestly the best introductions and the best follow-up meetings we've ever had from VC introductions into other firms.
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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Scott is like a breath of fresh air in a whirlwind of bullshit that most VCs spin. He has a direct approach, knows exactly where he excels (sales, pricing, gtm) and what is limitations are (deep tech). He is deeply knowledgable about the space, has incredible connections, and makes sure that he's always at hand to help you without ever meddling in the day-to-day affairs of the startup. In addition to that, he works extremely well with other investors and has managed to create more value out of those partnerships for our startup. Highly recommended.
Scott is like a breath of fresh air in a whirlwind of bullshit that most VCs spin. He has a direct approach, knows exactly where he excels (sales, pricing, gtm) and what is limitations are (deep tech). He is deeply knowledgable about the space, has incredible connections, and makes sure that he's always at hand to help you without ever meddling in the day-to-day affairs of the startup. In addition to that, he works extremely well with other investors and has managed to create more value out of those partnerships for our startup. Highly recommended.
Scott is like a breath of fresh air in a whirlwind of bullshit that most VCs spin. He has a direct approach, knows exactly where he excels (sales, pricing, gtm) and what is limitations are (deep tech). He is deeply knowledgable about the space, has incredible connections, and makes sure that he's always at hand to help you without ever meddling in the day-to-day affairs of the startup. In addition to that, he works extremely well with other investors and has managed to create more value out of those partnerships for our startup. Highly recommended.
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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Wasn't the most organized with scheduling. Missed a meeting because he didn't reschedule the calendar invite he sent
Wasn't the most organized with scheduling. Missed a meeting because he didn't reschedule the calendar invite he sent
Wasn't the most organized with scheduling. Missed a meeting because he didn't reschedule the calendar invite he sent
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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Lukewarm. Offered to make connections but did not follow up. Seems very eager and interested during the calls but no real advice or info offered that could be useful. Hard to see value for founders.
Lukewarm. Offered to make connections but did not follow up. Seems very eager and interested during the calls but no real advice or info offered that could be useful. Hard to see value for founders.
Lukewarm. Offered to make connections but did not follow up. Seems very eager and interested during the calls but no real advice or info offered that could be useful. Hard to see value for founders.
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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Lesa is an excellent investor. She brings legitimate enthusiasm and compassion along with a robust network. We went through the Techstars program that she is MD, and benefitted tremendously. Has vowed not to invest in white male founders anymore.
Lesa is an excellent investor. She brings legitimate enthusiasm and compassion along with a robust network. We went through the Techstars program that she is MD, and benefitted tremendously. Has vowed not to invest in white male founders anymore.
Lesa is an excellent investor. She brings legitimate enthusiasm and compassion along with a robust network. We went through the Techstars program that she is MD, and benefitted tremendously. Has vowed not to invest in white male founders anymore.
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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