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I worked Saar during the formation of my first company and he served as an advisor throughout the duration from seed to exist. For my second company, I raised my initial round from Saar and a handful of other investors. He is honest, high integrity and helps where asked. He is also a great person. I highly recommend him and would work with him a third time if the opportunity presents itself.
I worked Saar during the formation of my first company and he served as an advisor throughout the duration from seed to exist. For my second company, I raised my initial round from Saar and a handful of other investors. He is honest, high integrity and helps where asked. He is also a great person. I highly recommend him and would work with him a third time if the opportunity presents itself.
I worked Saar during the formation of my first company and he served as an advisor throughout the duration from seed to exist. For my second company, I raised my initial round from Saar and a handful of other investors. He is honest, high integrity and helps where asked. He is also a great person. I highly recommend him and would work with him a third time if the opportunity presents itself.
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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Sharp, prepared, professional and very personable. Hard to find a better combination. She moved quickly with follow ups, kept us in the loop at every step, kept her questions targeted and efficient (which we felt was very respectful of everyone's time), and did some unexpectedly delightful things for us along the way. Highly recommend her and the Craft team.
Sharp, prepared, professional and very personable. Hard to find a better combination. She moved quickly with follow ups, kept us in the loop at every step, kept her questions targeted and efficient (which we felt was very respectful of everyone's time), and did some unexpectedly delightful things for us along the way. Highly recommend her and the Craft team.
Sharp, prepared, professional and very personable. Hard to find a better combination. She moved quickly with follow ups, kept us in the loop at every step, kept her questions targeted and efficient (which we felt was very respectful of everyone's time), and did some unexpectedly delightful things for us along the way. Highly recommend her and the Craft team.
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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Steve has taken all his lessons from Gem and turned them around to help other startup founders. He always have a very systematic approach to sales, fundraising, hiring and building out a company. What I love about Steve is that he is not starting a company for the money--you can tell he really loves it and shares his passion for business building with his friends and community.
Steve has taken all his lessons from Gem and turned them around to help other startup founders. He always have a very systematic approach to sales, fundraising, hiring and building out a company. What I love about Steve is that he is not starting a company for the money--you can tell he really loves it and shares his passion for business building with his friends and community.
Steve has taken all his lessons from Gem and turned them around to help other startup founders. He always have a very systematic approach to sales, fundraising, hiring and building out a company. What I love about Steve is that he is not starting a company for the money--you can tell he really loves it and shares his passion for business building with his friends and community.
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 had a lot of interactions with investors and there's probably just a few that have turned sour or negative. Jude seemed to have a good rep (positive reviews on yc bookface), but while the call started out nice, he started to ask very probing questions, such as how much of round filled and who else was investing. When we didn't answer these questions well (we were early in our process) he proceeded to berate us saying that we would never get our round done. I didn't walk away from this interaction feeling like Jude was a good or nice guy.
I've had a lot of interactions with investors and there's probably just a few that have turned sour or negative. Jude seemed to have a good rep (positive reviews on yc bookface), but while the call started out nice, he started to ask very probing questions, such as how much of round filled and who else was investing. When we didn't answer these questions well (we were early in our process) he proceeded to berate us saying that we would never get our round done. I didn't walk away from this interaction feeling like Jude was a good or nice guy.
I've had a lot of interactions with investors and there's probably just a few that have turned sour or negative. Jude seemed to have a good rep (positive reviews on yc bookface), but while the call started out nice, he started to ask very probing questions, such as how much of round filled and who else was investing. When we didn't answer these questions well (we were early in our process) he proceeded to berate us saying that we would never get our round done. I didn't walk away from this interaction feeling like Jude was a good or nice guy.
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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Ben is awesome. I'm not ready to fundraise yet but he reached out early, gave a ton of feedback & advice, connected me with other parties, and has generally been great to me.
Ben is awesome. I'm not ready to fundraise yet but he reached out early, gave a ton of feedback & advice, connected me with other parties, and has generally been great to me.
Ben is awesome. I'm not ready to fundraise yet but he reached out early, gave a ton of feedback & advice, connected me with other parties, and has generally been great to me.
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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Adam actually practices the thing that most VCs pay lip service to - he will be crazy early, crazy supportive, and has been the difference between success and failure for more companies than he gets credit for. We've had a great experience working with Adam and the whole Boost VC team and they are my first recommendation for any founder looking for funding. Boost VC is the thing that YC used to be.
Adam actually practices the thing that most VCs pay lip service to - he will be crazy early, crazy supportive, and has been the difference between success and failure for more companies than he gets credit for. We've had a great experience working with Adam and the whole Boost VC team and they are my first recommendation for any founder looking for funding. Boost VC is the thing that YC used to be.
Adam actually practices the thing that most VCs pay lip service to - he will be crazy early, crazy supportive, and has been the difference between success and failure for more companies than he gets credit for. We've had a great experience working with Adam and the whole Boost VC team and they are my first recommendation for any founder looking for funding. Boost VC is the thing that YC used to be.
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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Craig is a solid investor -- sometimes a bit tough to get a hold of and you need to follow-up on intros, but if you're in a rough spot he's there to help. iSelect does however have an "evergreen" model, which means their time to wire is a bit longer than most funds.
Craig is a solid investor -- sometimes a bit tough to get a hold of and you need to follow-up on intros, but if you're in a rough spot he's there to help. iSelect does however have an "evergreen" model, which means their time to wire is a bit longer than most funds.
Craig is a solid investor -- sometimes a bit tough to get a hold of and you need to follow-up on intros, but if you're in a rough spot he's there to help. iSelect does however have an "evergreen" model, which means their time to wire is a bit longer than most 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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0

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Steve Herrod is a rare gem in the VC world. He is genuinely excited by technology, and truly wants to help founders build great companies. I spoke to a founder who could not get follow-on funding from GC because their growth numbers didn't add up, but they were still very appreciative of Steve going out of his way to help their company long term. He's extremely well respected in the community and universally known for being smart, humble, and very high integrity. His background speaks for itself: very few VCs have led engineering from the very beginning at a massive company like VMware, and his experience and network has been invaluable to our startup.
Steve Herrod is a rare gem in the VC world. He is genuinely excited by technology, and truly wants to help founders build great companies. I spoke to a founder who could not get follow-on funding from GC because their growth numbers didn't add up, but they were still very appreciative of Steve going out of his way to help their company long term. He's extremely well respected in the community and universally known for being smart, humble, and very high integrity. His background speaks for itself: very few VCs have led engineering from the very beginning at a massive company like VMware, and his experience and network has been invaluable to our startup.
Steve Herrod is a rare gem in the VC world. He is genuinely excited by technology, and truly wants to help founders build great companies. I spoke to a founder who could not get follow-on funding from GC because their growth numbers didn't add up, but they were still very appreciative of Steve going out of his way to help their company long term. He's extremely well respected in the community and universally known for being smart, humble, and very high integrity. His background speaks for itself: very few VCs have led engineering from the very beginning at a massive company like VMware, and his experience and network has been invaluable to our startup.
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 once and had a poor experience. He did not bother with niceties and while I appreciated the directness, his questions asked for proprietary details on technology and suppliers that did not feel appropriate.
Met once and had a poor experience. He did not bother with niceties and while I appreciated the directness, his questions asked for proprietary details on technology and suppliers that did not feel appropriate.
Met once and had a poor experience. He did not bother with niceties and while I appreciated the directness, his questions asked for proprietary details on technology and suppliers that did not feel appropriate.
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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Though Delian has absorbed a lot from Keith, he is inexperienced and reliant on 3rd party sources for operational advice, as he only operated a company for a very short period of time. In the future, I would prioritize working with someone who has been in the trenches longer and built or managed a larger company - and there's no shortage of founders turned VCs who have. He pushes you to "spend more" and "grow faster" like YC would, but that's pretty generic advice that anyone could give. Unless you are simply desperate for the words Founders Fund on your cap table, find someone more thoughtful and experienced.
Though Delian has absorbed a lot from Keith, he is inexperienced and reliant on 3rd party sources for operational advice, as he only operated a company for a very short period of time. In the future, I would prioritize working with someone who has been in the trenches longer and built or managed a larger company - and there's no shortage of founders turned VCs who have. He pushes you to "spend more" and "grow faster" like YC would, but that's pretty generic advice that anyone could give. Unless you are simply desperate for the words Founders Fund on your cap table, find someone more thoughtful and experienced.
Though Delian has absorbed a lot from Keith, he is inexperienced and reliant on 3rd party sources for operational advice, as he only operated a company for a very short period of time. In the future, I would prioritize working with someone who has been in the trenches longer and built or managed a larger company - and there's no shortage of founders turned VCs who have. He pushes you to "spend more" and "grow faster" like YC would, but that's pretty generic advice that anyone could give. Unless you are simply desperate for the words Founders Fund on your cap table, find someone more thoughtful and experienced.
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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