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Wendy is a really nice person, and our first few meetings went well. She is upbeat, a good listener, and took an interest in the business. Unfortunately, she then strung us along for many, many months. There was always one. more. thing. for her to look into. She would make a commitment to get back to us, miss the deadline, then not respond to messages for several weeks until I caught her on the phone. There was always an excuse about being "busy" and then excitement and promises. Then the cycle would repeat itself. Stringing along a founder is such a weak and thoughtless thing to do. Obviously, I don't recommend Wendy or Vocap Ventures.
Wendy is a really nice person, and our first few meetings went well. She is upbeat, a good listener, and took an interest in the business. Unfortunately, she then strung us along for many, many months. There was always one. more. thing. for her to look into. She would make a commitment to get back to us, miss the deadline, then not respond to messages for several weeks until I caught her on the phone. There was always an excuse about being "busy" and then excitement and promises. Then the cycle would repeat itself. Stringing along a founder is such a weak and thoughtless thing to do. Obviously, I don't recommend Wendy or Vocap Ventures.
Wendy is a really nice person, and our first few meetings went well. She is upbeat, a good listener, and took an interest in the business. Unfortunately, she then strung us along for many, many months. There was always one. more. thing. for her to look into. She would make a commitment to get back to us, miss the deadline, then not respond to messages for several weeks until I caught her on the phone. There was always an excuse about being "busy" and then excitement and promises. Then the cycle would repeat itself. Stringing along a founder is such a weak and thoughtless thing to do. Obviously, I don't recommend Wendy or Vocap Ventures.
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 had several conversations with Ben regarding an early stage investment in our startup. He listened well, asked very relevant questions, and was genuinely interested in our product. It took a few follow up emails before I received feedback that we were too early stage. He then suggested a few angel investors to reach out to which was very helpful.
I had several conversations with Ben regarding an early stage investment in our startup. He listened well, asked very relevant questions, and was genuinely interested in our product. It took a few follow up emails before I received feedback that we were too early stage. He then suggested a few angel investors to reach out to which was very helpful.
I had several conversations with Ben regarding an early stage investment in our startup. He listened well, asked very relevant questions, and was genuinely interested in our product. It took a few follow up emails before I received feedback that we were too early stage. He then suggested a few angel investors to reach out to which was very helpful.
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 nice guy, thoughtful in his decision making and has enough technical chops to be helpful on the product and business sides. Outsiders Fund is a new one, but I enjoyed connecting with them.
Very nice guy, thoughtful in his decision making and has enough technical chops to be helpful on the product and business sides. Outsiders Fund is a new one, but I enjoyed connecting with them.
Very nice guy, thoughtful in his decision making and has enough technical chops to be helpful on the product and business sides. Outsiders Fund is a new one, but I enjoyed connecting with them.
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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Vineet acts as though he is the arbiter of truth for someone who runs his fund from a Weebly website.
Vineet acts as though he is the arbiter of truth for someone who runs his fund from a Weebly website.
Vineet acts as though he is the arbiter of truth for someone who runs his fund from a Weebly website.
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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Predatory VC! Deliberately extended timeline for investment to burn runway. After signed term sheet and two rounds of redlines on the deal docs and a board seat, he came back demanding individual veto rights (as a person not a share class) on hiring/firing executive team, financials, etc. Malicious intent!
Predatory VC! Deliberately extended timeline for investment to burn runway. After signed term sheet and two rounds of redlines on the deal docs and a board seat, he came back demanding individual veto rights (as a person not a share class) on hiring/firing executive team, financials, etc. Malicious intent!
Predatory VC! Deliberately extended timeline for investment to burn runway. After signed term sheet and two rounds of redlines on the deal docs and a board seat, he came back demanding individual veto rights (as a person not a share class) on hiring/firing executive team, financials, etc. Malicious intent!
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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Nothing frustrates me more than a VC that completely wastes founders/CEOs time. You’d think a mid-late stage company pitching to a sophisticated investor, culminating with being ghosted by that VC firm would be unheard of, but that’s essentially what happened with us — hard to forget. If you bring a founder in to pitch to the entire partnership at the firm, you better at the very least get back to them to give some sort of feedback. I don’t know if this is a partner or firm issue, but putting it out there for others who might be considering Sapphire as an investor.
Nothing frustrates me more than a VC that completely wastes founders/CEOs time. You’d think a mid-late stage company pitching to a sophisticated investor, culminating with being ghosted by that VC firm would be unheard of, but that’s essentially what happened with us — hard to forget. If you bring a founder in to pitch to the entire partnership at the firm, you better at the very least get back to them to give some sort of feedback. I don’t know if this is a partner or firm issue, but putting it out there for others who might be considering Sapphire as an investor.
Nothing frustrates me more than a VC that completely wastes founders/CEOs time. You’d think a mid-late stage company pitching to a sophisticated investor, culminating with being ghosted by that VC firm would be unheard of, but that’s essentially what happened with us — hard to forget. If you bring a founder in to pitch to the entire partnership at the firm, you better at the very least get back to them to give some sort of feedback. I don’t know if this is a partner or firm issue, but putting it out there for others who might be considering Sapphire as 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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TCM is quite particular about the numbers of the deal (dilution, stake, exit valuations, cash component) and is a hard bargainer to get what he wants. Once invested, he is quite hands off and lets the founder run the business, with key strategic inputs at board meetings. He won't actively open doors for your business, so seek him out if you are looking for an investor who doesn't get his hands dirty.
TCM is quite particular about the numbers of the deal (dilution, stake, exit valuations, cash component) and is a hard bargainer to get what he wants. Once invested, he is quite hands off and lets the founder run the business, with key strategic inputs at board meetings. He won't actively open doors for your business, so seek him out if you are looking for an investor who doesn't get his hands dirty.
TCM is quite particular about the numbers of the deal (dilution, stake, exit valuations, cash component) and is a hard bargainer to get what he wants. Once invested, he is quite hands off and lets the founder run the business, with key strategic inputs at board meetings. He won't actively open doors for your business, so seek him out if you are looking for an investor who doesn't get his hands dirty.
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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Extremely intelligent, but definitely someone who you grow to understand over time.
Extremely intelligent, but definitely someone who you grow to understand over time.
Extremely intelligent, but definitely someone who you grow to understand over time.
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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Brayton is a terrific partner to entrepreneurs. He cares deeply about the areas that Boost focuses on - in my case digital assets. He is an extremely positive supporter of his portfolio CEOs and their teams. In digital assets / crypto, this is extremely important, as it is a rough and tumble frontier tech environment. Being able to turn to an experienced, optimistic, pragmatic partner for advice and grounding is critically important. Brayton is also extremely loyal, willing to support through ups and downs. He is someone you want to be in the trenches with.
Brayton is a terrific partner to entrepreneurs. He cares deeply about the areas that Boost focuses on - in my case digital assets. He is an extremely positive supporter of his portfolio CEOs and their teams. In digital assets / crypto, this is extremely important, as it is a rough and tumble frontier tech environment. Being able to turn to an experienced, optimistic, pragmatic partner for advice and grounding is critically important. Brayton is also extremely loyal, willing to support through ups and downs. He is someone you want to be in the trenches with.
Brayton is a terrific partner to entrepreneurs. He cares deeply about the areas that Boost focuses on - in my case digital assets. He is an extremely positive supporter of his portfolio CEOs and their teams. In digital assets / crypto, this is extremely important, as it is a rough and tumble frontier tech environment. Being able to turn to an experienced, optimistic, pragmatic partner for advice and grounding is critically important. Brayton is also extremely loyal, willing to support through ups and downs. He is someone you want to be in the trenches with.
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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Paul is the worst investor I've eve worked with. Not helpful, unresponsive and clearly only caring for himself. I would advice against working with this investor.
Paul is the worst investor I've eve worked with. Not helpful, unresponsive and clearly only caring for himself. I would advice against working with this investor.
Paul is the worst investor I've eve worked with. Not helpful, unresponsive and clearly only caring for himself. I would advice against working with this 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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