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Jeff is an all around awesome and laid back person. As an investor is he thoughtful about giving advice and very honest. If you're building a consumer product or brand then Jeff is really well connected in the D2C world and will always go above and beyond to promote you.
Jeff is an all around awesome and laid back person. As an investor is he thoughtful about giving advice and very honest. If you're building a consumer product or brand then Jeff is really well connected in the D2C world and will always go above and beyond to promote you.
Jeff is an all around awesome and laid back person. As an investor is he thoughtful about giving advice and very honest. If you're building a consumer product or brand then Jeff is really well connected in the D2C world and will always go above and beyond to promote you.
Verified Investor Response:
Thanks for the feedback - this legit means a lot coming from a founder who I've worked with as an investor! On a product & community level: It will be very interesting to see the scoring delta on review scores between founders who "received investment" versus those who "did not receive investment". My new goal as an investor after reading your feedback on VC Guide is to try to make sure my scores in both scenarios are roughly the same.
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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So loyal and supportive. Gives it to you straight. Not your best friend, but that is A-OK. EXTREMELY good at what she does (that will annoy you a bit because she's usually right and will tell you what you don't want to / make not be ready to hear). Only negative is that she is a no BS, limited 'bedside manner', but I don't mind that one bit, because she is very supportive and available.
So loyal and supportive. Gives it to you straight. Not your best friend, but that is A-OK. EXTREMELY good at what she does (that will annoy you a bit because she's usually right and will tell you what you don't want to / make not be ready to hear). Only negative is that she is a no BS, limited 'bedside manner', but I don't mind that one bit, because she is very supportive and available.
So loyal and supportive. Gives it to you straight. Not your best friend, but that is A-OK. EXTREMELY good at what she does (that will annoy you a bit because she's usually right and will tell you what you don't want to / make not be ready to hear). Only negative is that she is a no BS, limited 'bedside manner', but I don't mind that one bit, because she is very supportive and available.
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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Niv treated me like he was better than me from the moment we met. He ended up writing a check and only ever reached out to criticize. When I was hoping to get insight from "mr value add" he would never respond. Ever.
Niv treated me like he was better than me from the moment we met. He ended up writing a check and only ever reached out to criticize. When I was hoping to get insight from "mr value add" he would never respond. Ever.
Niv treated me like he was better than me from the moment we met. He ended up writing a check and only ever reached out to criticize. When I was hoping to get insight from "mr value add" he would never respond. Ever.
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 like Will a lot on a personal level. Very trustworthy, very easy to talk to -- gives off a lot of friendly Dad vibes. I like him a lot more than the other partners at RRE, who have almost across the board come across as arrogant assholes, which is moderately ironic given how badly their media-driven thesis has turned out. Pitch-to-answer time was average, and working with RRE was fairly hands-off. With that said, RRE did not provide much by way of support and services to us -- particularly in comparison to what a Lerer, Box, or FRC can do in an apples-to-apples comparison of NYC firms -- and is clearly no longer the blue-chip they once were.
I like Will a lot on a personal level. Very trustworthy, very easy to talk to -- gives off a lot of friendly Dad vibes. I like him a lot more than the other partners at RRE, who have almost across the board come across as arrogant assholes, which is moderately ironic given how badly their media-driven thesis has turned out. Pitch-to-answer time was average, and working with RRE was fairly hands-off. With that said, RRE did not provide much by way of support and services to us -- particularly in comparison to what a Lerer, Box, or FRC can do in an apples-to-apples comparison of NYC firms -- and is clearly no longer the blue-chip they once were.
I like Will a lot on a personal level. Very trustworthy, very easy to talk to -- gives off a lot of friendly Dad vibes. I like him a lot more than the other partners at RRE, who have almost across the board come across as arrogant assholes, which is moderately ironic given how badly their media-driven thesis has turned out. Pitch-to-answer time was average, and working with RRE was fairly hands-off. With that said, RRE did not provide much by way of support and services to us -- particularly in comparison to what a Lerer, Box, or FRC can do in an apples-to-apples comparison of NYC firms -- and is clearly no longer the blue-chip they once were.
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 interacted with her many years ago and received a investment from her. Bedy came across as someone honest and willing to help as much as possible. She made some intros to other portfolio companies that could also help us. At the time I received the investment, they were among the very few US funds that would be interested in supporting entrepreneurs from Latin America. I was then able to close our small Seed round from other angels. I am grateful for that.
I interacted with her many years ago and received a investment from her. Bedy came across as someone honest and willing to help as much as possible. She made some intros to other portfolio companies that could also help us. At the time I received the investment, they were among the very few US funds that would be interested in supporting entrepreneurs from Latin America. I was then able to close our small Seed round from other angels. I am grateful for that.
I interacted with her many years ago and received a investment from her. Bedy came across as someone honest and willing to help as much as possible. She made some intros to other portfolio companies that could also help us. At the time I received the investment, they were among the very few US funds that would be interested in supporting entrepreneurs from Latin America. I was then able to close our small Seed round from other angels. I am grateful for that.
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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She is an incredibly strong writer. I appreciate people who can think deeply, and give interesting feedback to us. Her network needs to strengthen a little more so as to be more effective with helping fundraising.
She is an incredibly strong writer. I appreciate people who can think deeply, and give interesting feedback to us. Her network needs to strengthen a little more so as to be more effective with helping fundraising.
She is an incredibly strong writer. I appreciate people who can think deeply, and give interesting feedback to us. Her network needs to strengthen a little more so as to be more effective with helping fundraising.
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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Really forward-thinking, knows the space, and was able to connect us to many other really good connections, even before they invested in us.
Really forward-thinking, knows the space, and was able to connect us to many other really good connections, even before they invested in us.
Really forward-thinking, knows the space, and was able to connect us to many other really good connections, even before they invested in us.
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 works as hard as the founders he backs, really means it, and will pull on his extremely deep network for you, again and again. If you want someone to write a check and walk away, he's not for you. If you want someone who will push you, tell it to you straight, and be an incredible and responsive resource to you and your company, you're lucky to work with Ben.
Ben works as hard as the founders he backs, really means it, and will pull on his extremely deep network for you, again and again. If you want someone to write a check and walk away, he's not for you. If you want someone who will push you, tell it to you straight, and be an incredible and responsive resource to you and your company, you're lucky to work with Ben.
Ben works as hard as the founders he backs, really means it, and will pull on his extremely deep network for you, again and again. If you want someone to write a check and walk away, he's not for you. If you want someone who will push you, tell it to you straight, and be an incredible and responsive resource to you and your company, you're lucky to work with Ben.
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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Dave is that guy who everyone somehow knows. When we got our interview for YC, he lined up 8 mock interviews within 4 hours. When we needed sales coaches, he did the same again. Every time we need an intro to an expert, he lines them up for us and instantly connects us in a chat group.
Dave is that guy who everyone somehow knows. When we got our interview for YC, he lined up 8 mock interviews within 4 hours. When we needed sales coaches, he did the same again. Every time we need an intro to an expert, he lines them up for us and instantly connects us in a chat group.
Dave is that guy who everyone somehow knows. When we got our interview for YC, he lined up 8 mock interviews within 4 hours. When we needed sales coaches, he did the same again. Every time we need an intro to an expert, he lines them up for us and instantly connects us in a chat group.
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 an intro to Erik through one of his major LPs. He refused to schedule the call for two weeks before scheduling a 15 minute call to which only his analyst showed up. It was clear Erik wasn't going to show, so the analyst limply had us walk through the deck and then told us we'd be unlikely to be able to raise for this business. This was our third round from tier one VCs.
Got an intro to Erik through one of his major LPs. He refused to schedule the call for two weeks before scheduling a 15 minute call to which only his analyst showed up. It was clear Erik wasn't going to show, so the analyst limply had us walk through the deck and then told us we'd be unlikely to be able to raise for this business. This was our third round from tier one VCs.
Got an intro to Erik through one of his major LPs. He refused to schedule the call for two weeks before scheduling a 15 minute call to which only his analyst showed up. It was clear Erik wasn't going to show, so the analyst limply had us walk through the deck and then told us we'd be unlikely to be able to raise for this business. This was our third round from tier one VCs.
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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