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Was intro'd to David and had one phone call. He's clearly sharp and active in the space; however he seemed to jump to some very strong convictions about our business very, very quickly on the call. He was also pretty distracted during the call (which happens) so it was hard to sort of really feel like we were making progress through any of his objections. Overall a fine conversation but not one that I would prioritize for another founder.
Was intro'd to David and had one phone call. He's clearly sharp and active in the space; however he seemed to jump to some very strong convictions about our business very, very quickly on the call. He was also pretty distracted during the call (which happens) so it was hard to sort of really feel like we were making progress through any of his objections. Overall a fine conversation but not one that I would prioritize for another founder.
Was intro'd to David and had one phone call. He's clearly sharp and active in the space; however he seemed to jump to some very strong convictions about our business very, very quickly on the call. He was also pretty distracted during the call (which happens) so it was hard to sort of really feel like we were making progress through any of his objections. Overall a fine conversation but not one that I would prioritize for another founder.
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 arrogant and don't listen to anything of what you're saying. Seems like the Greek version of Donald Trump.
Very arrogant and don't listen to anything of what you're saying. Seems like the Greek version of Donald Trump.
Very arrogant and don't listen to anything of what you're saying. Seems like the Greek version of Donald Trump.
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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This one meeting was the worst meeting and only bad meeting out of many. We found it to be quite insincere, was late to the meeting, ate during the meeting and rushed off after the conclusion of the meeting. We presented a deck that had been proven and praised previously but in this meeting the focus was about the deck graphics and not on the substance of the opportunity presented. We can accept a bad meeting if it is due to our performance but a bad meeting because of the insincerity of the VC principal is in poor taste.
This one meeting was the worst meeting and only bad meeting out of many. We found it to be quite insincere, was late to the meeting, ate during the meeting and rushed off after the conclusion of the meeting. We presented a deck that had been proven and praised previously but in this meeting the focus was about the deck graphics and not on the substance of the opportunity presented. We can accept a bad meeting if it is due to our performance but a bad meeting because of the insincerity of the VC principal is in poor taste.
This one meeting was the worst meeting and only bad meeting out of many. We found it to be quite insincere, was late to the meeting, ate during the meeting and rushed off after the conclusion of the meeting. We presented a deck that had been proven and praised previously but in this meeting the focus was about the deck graphics and not on the substance of the opportunity presented. We can accept a bad meeting if it is due to our performance but a bad meeting because of the insincerity of the VC principal is in poor taste.
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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Met Ryan at the recommendation of one of his portfolio founders. Given the warm review I was excited. Came off as corporate. Pretty big ego given very tiny checks and forcing people through an accelerator. Prescriptively named regulations as huge blockers for us without any understanding of the regulations themselves. Wasn't able to engage in a discussion about the actual details. Overall big red flag given regulations and industry expertise that was supposed to be their specialty. We opted to not move forward with them and went on to raise multiple rounds from Tier 1 funds.
Met Ryan at the recommendation of one of his portfolio founders. Given the warm review I was excited. Came off as corporate. Pretty big ego given very tiny checks and forcing people through an accelerator. Prescriptively named regulations as huge blockers for us without any understanding of the regulations themselves. Wasn't able to engage in a discussion about the actual details. Overall big red flag given regulations and industry expertise that was supposed to be their specialty. We opted to not move forward with them and went on to raise multiple rounds from Tier 1 funds.
Met Ryan at the recommendation of one of his portfolio founders. Given the warm review I was excited. Came off as corporate. Pretty big ego given very tiny checks and forcing people through an accelerator. Prescriptively named regulations as huge blockers for us without any understanding of the regulations themselves. Wasn't able to engage in a discussion about the actual details. Overall big red flag given regulations and industry expertise that was supposed to be their specialty. We opted to not move forward with them and went on to raise multiple rounds from Tier 1 funds.
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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Leo is incredibly special: deeply kind and thoughtful. He didn't invest and yet he's still been immensely supportive ever since. He gave us genuine feedback (rare!) and has helped us navigate thorny situation situations, even when there wasn't anything in it for him. He's kind in a way that exudes psychological safety — the most precious thing you can have as a founder. I've kicked myself ever since I blew the partner meeting. 😢 The first year is though and it's crazy how important it was to have investors that can support you in your hardest moments — anybody would be lucky to have him on your cap table.
Leo is incredibly special: deeply kind and thoughtful. He didn't invest and yet he's still been immensely supportive ever since. He gave us genuine feedback (rare!) and has helped us navigate thorny situation situations, even when there wasn't anything in it for him. He's kind in a way that exudes psychological safety — the most precious thing you can have as a founder. I've kicked myself ever since I blew the partner meeting. 😢 The first year is though and it's crazy how important it was to have investors that can support you in your hardest moments — anybody would be lucky to have him on your cap table.
Leo is incredibly special: deeply kind and thoughtful. He didn't invest and yet he's still been immensely supportive ever since. He gave us genuine feedback (rare!) and has helped us navigate thorny situation situations, even when there wasn't anything in it for him. He's kind in a way that exudes psychological safety — the most precious thing you can have as a founder. I've kicked myself ever since I blew the partner meeting. 😢 The first year is though and it's crazy how important it was to have investors that can support you in your hardest moments — anybody would be lucky to have him on your 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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VentureSouth has done an excellent job of coaching our company in the transition from pre-seed angel and debt financing through our first equity round, ensuring that our cap table and operating structure are mutually beneficial for both the investors and our business. There is a strong willingness to help, coach, challenge, etc. to ensure the best outcome for all parties. We continue to work with VentureSouth for follow on funding rounds. They also do a great job of leveraging the SC high growth angel investor tax credit for their investors, which in-turn increases size of funding rounds.
VentureSouth has done an excellent job of coaching our company in the transition from pre-seed angel and debt financing through our first equity round, ensuring that our cap table and operating structure are mutually beneficial for both the investors and our business. There is a strong willingness to help, coach, challenge, etc. to ensure the best outcome for all parties. We continue to work with VentureSouth for follow on funding rounds. They also do a great job of leveraging the SC high growth angel investor tax credit for their investors, which in-turn increases size of funding rounds.
VentureSouth has done an excellent job of coaching our company in the transition from pre-seed angel and debt financing through our first equity round, ensuring that our cap table and operating structure are mutually beneficial for both the investors and our business. There is a strong willingness to help, coach, challenge, etc. to ensure the best outcome for all parties. We continue to work with VentureSouth for follow on funding rounds. They also do a great job of leveraging the SC high growth angel investor tax credit for their investors, which in-turn increases size of funding rounds.
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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Matt really took the time to understand our business, which isn't something we've come across much. He also made introductions with other firms and really did keep in touch.
Matt really took the time to understand our business, which isn't something we've come across much. He also made introductions with other firms and really did keep in touch.
Matt really took the time to understand our business, which isn't something we've come across much. He also made introductions with other firms and really did keep in touch.
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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There are two major things that stand out about Steven. One, he displays an incredible level of intelectual honesty. It isn't often that you will find a VC willing to admit that they misjudged the size or growth curve of a market they made several thematic bets in, including your own company! While our startup has been successful, there were variables we both got wrong associated with our market that have held the company back, and made Steven's investment less valuable. Instead of blaming the company for getting it wrong, his intelectual honesty regarding his own view was grossly apparent in several difficult conversations about the direction of the company. Two, Steven is one of the best people to work with from a personal standpoint. He is always interested in how YOU are doing, he's empathetic, and always has the time to talk through those big philosophical decisions. I remember very specifically having the difficult conversation with Steven about the long term trajectory of our company being limited and our desire to sell. I personally apologized to him for his return not being greater, and the only thing he said to me was, "what are you thinking about starting next, please come to me first so that we can fund whatever it is."
There are two major things that stand out about Steven. One, he displays an incredible level of intelectual honesty. It isn't often that you will find a VC willing to admit that they misjudged the size or growth curve of a market they made several thematic bets in, including your own company! While our startup has been successful, there were variables we both got wrong associated with our market that have held the company back, and made Steven's investment less valuable. Instead of blaming the company for getting it wrong, his intelectual honesty regarding his own view was grossly apparent in several difficult conversations about the direction of the company. Two, Steven is one of the best people to work with from a personal standpoint. He is always interested in how YOU are doing, he's empathetic, and always has the time to talk through those big philosophical decisions. I remember very specifically having the difficult conversation with Steven about the long term trajectory of our company being limited and our desire to sell. I personally apologized to him for his return not being greater, and the only thing he said to me was, "what are you thinking about starting next, please come to me first so that we can fund whatever it is."
There are two major things that stand out about Steven. One, he displays an incredible level of intelectual honesty. It isn't often that you will find a VC willing to admit that they misjudged the size or growth curve of a market they made several thematic bets in, including your own company! While our startup has been successful, there were variables we both got wrong associated with our market that have held the company back, and made Steven's investment less valuable. Instead of blaming the company for getting it wrong, his intelectual honesty regarding his own view was grossly apparent in several difficult conversations about the direction of the company. Two, Steven is one of the best people to work with from a personal standpoint. He is always interested in how YOU are doing, he's empathetic, and always has the time to talk through those big philosophical decisions. I remember very specifically having the difficult conversation with Steven about the long term trajectory of our company being limited and our desire to sell. I personally apologized to him for his return not being greater, and the only thing he said to me was, "what are you thinking about starting next, please come to me first so that we can fund whatever it is."
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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Ammar is a phenomenal investor and really great guy. They were very transparent throughout the diligence process and were very respectful of founder's timeline. They ended up investing and have been an amazing resource for us since day 1. Ammar has actively touched base with us to see how they could help and has introduced us to not only other investors, but other operational stars that can help scale out the company. On top of that, whenever I reach out to Ammar I get a timely and well-thought out response. Definitely one of the best experiences I've had with an investor.
Ammar is a phenomenal investor and really great guy. They were very transparent throughout the diligence process and were very respectful of founder's timeline. They ended up investing and have been an amazing resource for us since day 1. Ammar has actively touched base with us to see how they could help and has introduced us to not only other investors, but other operational stars that can help scale out the company. On top of that, whenever I reach out to Ammar I get a timely and well-thought out response. Definitely one of the best experiences I've had with an investor.
Ammar is a phenomenal investor and really great guy. They were very transparent throughout the diligence process and were very respectful of founder's timeline. They ended up investing and have been an amazing resource for us since day 1. Ammar has actively touched base with us to see how they could help and has introduced us to not only other investors, but other operational stars that can help scale out the company. On top of that, whenever I reach out to Ammar I get a timely and well-thought out response. Definitely one of the best experiences I've had with an investor.
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 find that Charlotte has a severe lack of depth and insightfullness when it comes to assessing business models, possibly because of her prior background working at a mega fund. Some of the best investors learn how to ask the right questions, dig into the fundamental question of why this business should exist, and help founders understand the logic behind each investment decision. Charlotte didn't exhibit any of those characters - which is extremely unfortunate for such a bright person. From other founders, I found that Charlotte functions more as a startup screener and data collector than an investor since there is no check writing power and seldom influence ability. She tends to hit founders up multiple time really to collect metrics and use it for other purposes instead of investment. If I was on the receiving end. I would be very aware.
I find that Charlotte has a severe lack of depth and insightfullness when it comes to assessing business models, possibly because of her prior background working at a mega fund. Some of the best investors learn how to ask the right questions, dig into the fundamental question of why this business should exist, and help founders understand the logic behind each investment decision. Charlotte didn't exhibit any of those characters - which is extremely unfortunate for such a bright person. From other founders, I found that Charlotte functions more as a startup screener and data collector than an investor since there is no check writing power and seldom influence ability. She tends to hit founders up multiple time really to collect metrics and use it for other purposes instead of investment. If I was on the receiving end. I would be very aware.
I find that Charlotte has a severe lack of depth and insightfullness when it comes to assessing business models, possibly because of her prior background working at a mega fund. Some of the best investors learn how to ask the right questions, dig into the fundamental question of why this business should exist, and help founders understand the logic behind each investment decision. Charlotte didn't exhibit any of those characters - which is extremely unfortunate for such a bright person. From other founders, I found that Charlotte functions more as a startup screener and data collector than an investor since there is no check writing power and seldom influence ability. She tends to hit founders up multiple time really to collect metrics and use it for other purposes instead of investment. If I was on the receiving end. I would be very aware.
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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