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Andrew is a numbers based investor and adds no real value in helping your startup succeed. Even when you achieve success metrics, he changes the metrics and asks when you'll ever achieve those new metrics. He is hampered by thinking that business school taught him everything you need to know about business. Unfortunately that isn't true in his case.
Andrew is a numbers based investor and adds no real value in helping your startup succeed. Even when you achieve success metrics, he changes the metrics and asks when you'll ever achieve those new metrics. He is hampered by thinking that business school taught him everything you need to know about business. Unfortunately that isn't true in his case.
Andrew is a numbers based investor and adds no real value in helping your startup succeed. Even when you achieve success metrics, he changes the metrics and asks when you'll ever achieve those new metrics. He is hampered by thinking that business school taught him everything you need to know about business. Unfortunately that isn't true in his case.
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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Super helpful with intros in raising & has deep network, very responsive and just "gets it" for a lot of consumer products, was available every meeting we asked. If you do consumer, work with Jeff.
Super helpful with intros in raising & has deep network, very responsive and just "gets it" for a lot of consumer products, was available every meeting we asked. If you do consumer, work with Jeff.
Super helpful with intros in raising & has deep network, very responsive and just "gets it" for a lot of consumer products, was available every meeting we asked. If you do consumer, work with Jeff.
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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VC agreed to invest in our company and then ghosted us when we asked for the amount for the SAFE notes. They asked for a number of documents and financial records, and then just vanished. Very unprofessional and disrespectful.
VC agreed to invest in our company and then ghosted us when we asked for the amount for the SAFE notes. They asked for a number of documents and financial records, and then just vanished. Very unprofessional and disrespectful.
VC agreed to invest in our company and then ghosted us when we asked for the amount for the SAFE notes. They asked for a number of documents and financial records, and then just vanished. Very unprofessional and disrespectful.
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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Delian has a fairly polarizing personality and is fairly 'meme-y'. With that said, for the founders he works with he will move mountains. He has punched well above his weight for our team over the years. 10/10 would recommend working with him again.
Delian has a fairly polarizing personality and is fairly 'meme-y'. With that said, for the founders he works with he will move mountains. He has punched well above his weight for our team over the years. 10/10 would recommend working with him again.
Delian has a fairly polarizing personality and is fairly 'meme-y'. With that said, for the founders he works with he will move mountains. He has punched well above his weight for our team over the years. 10/10 would recommend working with him again.
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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Rishi is friendly, disarming, and fundamentally untrustworthy. His advice can be sound, but the commitments he makes change from conversation to conversation. As a relatively unproven investor he is likely under pressure from his firm to perform; perhaps this is what drives his relativism.
Rishi is friendly, disarming, and fundamentally untrustworthy. His advice can be sound, but the commitments he makes change from conversation to conversation. As a relatively unproven investor he is likely under pressure from his firm to perform; perhaps this is what drives his relativism.
Rishi is friendly, disarming, and fundamentally untrustworthy. His advice can be sound, but the commitments he makes change from conversation to conversation. As a relatively unproven investor he is likely under pressure from his firm to perform; perhaps this is what drives his relativism.
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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To this day Jon is my go to call when it really matters about my company. He's my one investor I'm fully open and honest with, explaining both the good and the bad. He's smart as a whip, has tons of personal experience and has amazing exposure across a wide variety of companies that he uses to help you think through any issues you're facing. He's loyal and always available to help in any way while also pushing me to continually be a better founder. I hope to have Jon as an investor in any future companies that I start.
To this day Jon is my go to call when it really matters about my company. He's my one investor I'm fully open and honest with, explaining both the good and the bad. He's smart as a whip, has tons of personal experience and has amazing exposure across a wide variety of companies that he uses to help you think through any issues you're facing. He's loyal and always available to help in any way while also pushing me to continually be a better founder. I hope to have Jon as an investor in any future companies that I start.
To this day Jon is my go to call when it really matters about my company. He's my one investor I'm fully open and honest with, explaining both the good and the bad. He's smart as a whip, has tons of personal experience and has amazing exposure across a wide variety of companies that he uses to help you think through any issues you're facing. He's loyal and always available to help in any way while also pushing me to continually be a better founder. I hope to have Jon as an investor in any future companies that I start.
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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Beyond being a sharp VC, Brian is a genuinely good guy. This has been my first time working with a big fund like Forerunner, and Brian was patient and understanding when it came to my concerns around the raise, dilution and 'what comes next'. More importantly, he keeps it real. I've had a lot of investors blow smoke up my ass and tell me the things I want to hear. With Brian, you're getting the truth even if it that truth has some rough edges. If you have the opportunity to work with him, do so.
Beyond being a sharp VC, Brian is a genuinely good guy. This has been my first time working with a big fund like Forerunner, and Brian was patient and understanding when it came to my concerns around the raise, dilution and 'what comes next'. More importantly, he keeps it real. I've had a lot of investors blow smoke up my ass and tell me the things I want to hear. With Brian, you're getting the truth even if it that truth has some rough edges. If you have the opportunity to work with him, do so.
Beyond being a sharp VC, Brian is a genuinely good guy. This has been my first time working with a big fund like Forerunner, and Brian was patient and understanding when it came to my concerns around the raise, dilution and 'what comes next'. More importantly, he keeps it real. I've had a lot of investors blow smoke up my ass and tell me the things I want to hear. With Brian, you're getting the truth even if it that truth has some rough edges. If you have the opportunity to work with him, do so.
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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Josh is great!
Josh is great!
Josh is great!
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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This investor reached out to us with strong interest. Given the name of tiger global, we entertained the meeting. During the live meeting, John said on our face that tiger has done all the due diligence and market research and has made the decision to invest in us. All he asked was P&L and customer data and said that his team would run analysis and come back with a valuation. We felt this is too good to be true! Our lead tier 1 investor said Tiger is really Tier 2/2.5. We showed higher level view of our company and few weeks later he completely ghosted us. We realized later Tiger invested in a competitive company and that all this was simply a low-class act to gather competitive intelligence. I'd suggest fellow founders to stay away from this person. Our tier 1 investors say that this behavior does not help achieve a greatness within top VC community. We raised a great round at great terms just a few weeks later from someone who we really admired.
This investor reached out to us with strong interest. Given the name of tiger global, we entertained the meeting. During the live meeting, John said on our face that tiger has done all the due diligence and market research and has made the decision to invest in us. All he asked was P&L and customer data and said that his team would run analysis and come back with a valuation. We felt this is too good to be true! Our lead tier 1 investor said Tiger is really Tier 2/2.5. We showed higher level view of our company and few weeks later he completely ghosted us. We realized later Tiger invested in a competitive company and that all this was simply a low-class act to gather competitive intelligence. I'd suggest fellow founders to stay away from this person. Our tier 1 investors say that this behavior does not help achieve a greatness within top VC community. We raised a great round at great terms just a few weeks later from someone who we really admired.
This investor reached out to us with strong interest. Given the name of tiger global, we entertained the meeting. During the live meeting, John said on our face that tiger has done all the due diligence and market research and has made the decision to invest in us. All he asked was P&L and customer data and said that his team would run analysis and come back with a valuation. We felt this is too good to be true! Our lead tier 1 investor said Tiger is really Tier 2/2.5. We showed higher level view of our company and few weeks later he completely ghosted us. We realized later Tiger invested in a competitive company and that all this was simply a low-class act to gather competitive intelligence. I'd suggest fellow founders to stay away from this person. Our tier 1 investors say that this behavior does not help achieve a greatness within top VC community. We raised a great round at great terms just a few weeks later from someone who we really admired.
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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Brianne is fairly new to investing as a solo-capitalist, but she is super well connected on both the investing and operating front. She has been super helpful to us and definitely recommend her to anyone in the pre-seed or seed stage of their company. While she did invest in us, and was very quick to make that decision, I think she would have been eager to help even if she didn't invest.
Brianne is fairly new to investing as a solo-capitalist, but she is super well connected on both the investing and operating front. She has been super helpful to us and definitely recommend her to anyone in the pre-seed or seed stage of their company. While she did invest in us, and was very quick to make that decision, I think she would have been eager to help even if she didn't invest.
Brianne is fairly new to investing as a solo-capitalist, but she is super well connected on both the investing and operating front. She has been super helpful to us and definitely recommend her to anyone in the pre-seed or seed stage of their company. While she did invest in us, and was very quick to make that decision, I think she would have been eager to help even if she didn't invest.
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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