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Enjoyable pitch meeting, very friendly guy. Asked intelligent questions (clearly had prepped) and gave the most crystal clear response when passing. Good guy and hope to pitch him again at the next round.
Enjoyable pitch meeting, very friendly guy. Asked intelligent questions (clearly had prepped) and gave the most crystal clear response when passing. Good guy and hope to pitch him again at the next round.
Enjoyable pitch meeting, very friendly guy. Asked intelligent questions (clearly had prepped) and gave the most crystal clear response when passing. Good guy and hope to pitch him again at the next round.
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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Sven is very technical and was able to evaluate our super hardcore/deep-tech technology. We had a founder-friendly lead Series A term-sheet in our hand within two weeks of our initial meeting with Sven. If you manage to get the thumbs up from Sven (which is no easy task!), you have Vinod Khosla's full attention.
Sven is very technical and was able to evaluate our super hardcore/deep-tech technology. We had a founder-friendly lead Series A term-sheet in our hand within two weeks of our initial meeting with Sven. If you manage to get the thumbs up from Sven (which is no easy task!), you have Vinod Khosla's full attention.
Sven is very technical and was able to evaluate our super hardcore/deep-tech technology. We had a founder-friendly lead Series A term-sheet in our hand within two weeks of our initial meeting with Sven. If you manage to get the thumbs up from Sven (which is no easy task!), you have Vinod Khosla's full attention.
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 bit intimidating to talk to and someone who cares about the formalities. But will vouch heavy for those in her circle.
A bit intimidating to talk to and someone who cares about the formalities. But will vouch heavy for those in her circle.
A bit intimidating to talk to and someone who cares about the formalities. But will vouch heavy for those in her circle.
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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Jeff is one of the founders of Redpoint Ventures. He's also a very damaging, manipulative and passively agressive investor, who'll be operating behind your back and conspiring to elevate his agenda over any other priority of the company. Recommend doing a serious and independent due diligence before accepting money.
Jeff is one of the founders of Redpoint Ventures. He's also a very damaging, manipulative and passively agressive investor, who'll be operating behind your back and conspiring to elevate his agenda over any other priority of the company. Recommend doing a serious and independent due diligence before accepting money.
Jeff is one of the founders of Redpoint Ventures. He's also a very damaging, manipulative and passively agressive investor, who'll be operating behind your back and conspiring to elevate his agenda over any other priority of the company. Recommend doing a serious and independent due diligence before accepting money.
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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Founders! We've partnered with MainStreet to help you get the $50K+ you're owed in gov't tax credits. Onboard using our link and they'll donate $500 to Girls Who Code, a nonprofit working to close the gender gap in tech.
Founders! We've partnered with MainStreet to help you get the $50K+ you're owed in gov't tax credits. Onboard using our link and they'll donate $500 to Girls Who Code, a nonprofit working to close the gender gap in tech.
Founders! We've partnered with MainStreet to help you get the $50K+ you're owed in gov't tax credits. Onboard using our link and they'll donate $500 to Girls Who Code, a nonprofit working to close the gender gap in tech.
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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Tommy is a friend and mentor who has helped me a lot over the years. However, he is super busy with his own startup and somewhat disorganized as a person, so he's never on top of his email and very hard to get in touch with. He very rarely makes angel investments, but when he does, he's able to leverage a huge network of angels in Scandinavia and elsewhere. On a personal level, I feel he's someone with integrity and who really cares about founders.
Tommy is a friend and mentor who has helped me a lot over the years. However, he is super busy with his own startup and somewhat disorganized as a person, so he's never on top of his email and very hard to get in touch with. He very rarely makes angel investments, but when he does, he's able to leverage a huge network of angels in Scandinavia and elsewhere. On a personal level, I feel he's someone with integrity and who really cares about founders.
Tommy is a friend and mentor who has helped me a lot over the years. However, he is super busy with his own startup and somewhat disorganized as a person, so he's never on top of his email and very hard to get in touch with. He very rarely makes angel investments, but when he does, he's able to leverage a huge network of angels in Scandinavia and elsewhere. On a personal level, I feel he's someone with integrity and who really cares about 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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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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I've known Steve for years and heard rumors of his reputation. As such I had no interest in him being involved in anything I do. He begged me to pitch his firm, I capitulated and gave them 45mins. I sent over all requested information a week before and expected to have a productive chat. He reviewed nothing, and his team did not do their homework. I ended up raising from a tier 1 firm, and got a nasty email from Steve about how i never gave him a chance. I proceeded to hear from mutual friends that he had bad mouthed my management abilities, claimed my business was fraudulent and generally made up tons of other reasons he "passed" on funding me, which couldn't have been farther from the truth.
I've known Steve for years and heard rumors of his reputation. As such I had no interest in him being involved in anything I do. He begged me to pitch his firm, I capitulated and gave them 45mins. I sent over all requested information a week before and expected to have a productive chat. He reviewed nothing, and his team did not do their homework. I ended up raising from a tier 1 firm, and got a nasty email from Steve about how i never gave him a chance. I proceeded to hear from mutual friends that he had bad mouthed my management abilities, claimed my business was fraudulent and generally made up tons of other reasons he "passed" on funding me, which couldn't have been farther from the truth.
I've known Steve for years and heard rumors of his reputation. As such I had no interest in him being involved in anything I do. He begged me to pitch his firm, I capitulated and gave them 45mins. I sent over all requested information a week before and expected to have a productive chat. He reviewed nothing, and his team did not do their homework. I ended up raising from a tier 1 firm, and got a nasty email from Steve about how i never gave him a chance. I proceeded to hear from mutual friends that he had bad mouthed my management abilities, claimed my business was fraudulent and generally made up tons of other reasons he "passed" on funding me, which couldn't have been farther from the truth.
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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An odd guy and not value-add. Kind of predatory in that he has invested in companies that were sourced by job candidates and gave neither job offer nor credit to said candidates. Definitely a spray-and-pray firm: if you take their money, good for you, don't expect anything else. There are plenty of people who will write smaller checks and give some sort of support, keep in mind.
An odd guy and not value-add. Kind of predatory in that he has invested in companies that were sourced by job candidates and gave neither job offer nor credit to said candidates. Definitely a spray-and-pray firm: if you take their money, good for you, don't expect anything else. There are plenty of people who will write smaller checks and give some sort of support, keep in mind.
An odd guy and not value-add. Kind of predatory in that he has invested in companies that were sourced by job candidates and gave neither job offer nor credit to said candidates. Definitely a spray-and-pray firm: if you take their money, good for you, don't expect anything else. There are plenty of people who will write smaller checks and give some sort of support, keep in 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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We met with Niko several times as we were considering searching for new funding. He was incredibly respectful, knew the industry, and asked great questions. He gave us good advice, was matter of fact about what they expected to see from us before seriously beginning fundraising conversations, and consistently responded promptly, i.e. no ghosting one way or another. We didn't ultimately choose to pitch them primarily because we are focused internationally at the moment and are not building a US presence. However, when we do move into the US, he'd be one of the first people we'd reach out to.
We met with Niko several times as we were considering searching for new funding. He was incredibly respectful, knew the industry, and asked great questions. He gave us good advice, was matter of fact about what they expected to see from us before seriously beginning fundraising conversations, and consistently responded promptly, i.e. no ghosting one way or another. We didn't ultimately choose to pitch them primarily because we are focused internationally at the moment and are not building a US presence. However, when we do move into the US, he'd be one of the first people we'd reach out to.
We met with Niko several times as we were considering searching for new funding. He was incredibly respectful, knew the industry, and asked great questions. He gave us good advice, was matter of fact about what they expected to see from us before seriously beginning fundraising conversations, and consistently responded promptly, i.e. no ghosting one way or another. We didn't ultimately choose to pitch them primarily because we are focused internationally at the moment and are not building a US presence. However, when we do move into the US, he'd be one of the first people we'd reach out to.
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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