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The Investor recently reached out to me on a cold email asking for my deck and product demo saying he's actively investing in my area and then replies back "There are similarities with another portfolio company of mine, both with their current product and what I assume will be their future roadmap." I asked which one is your portfolio company, that is a plain website with no product in the backend. He's clearly fishing for what other people are building and not a serious investor!
The Investor recently reached out to me on a cold email asking for my deck and product demo saying he's actively investing in my area and then replies back "There are similarities with another portfolio company of mine, both with their current product and what I assume will be their future roadmap." I asked which one is your portfolio company, that is a plain website with no product in the backend. He's clearly fishing for what other people are building and not a serious investor!
The Investor recently reached out to me on a cold email asking for my deck and product demo saying he's actively investing in my area and then replies back "There are similarities with another portfolio company of mine, both with their current product and what I assume will be their future roadmap." I asked which one is your portfolio company, that is a plain website with no product in the backend. He's clearly fishing for what other people are building and not a serious investor!
Verified Investor Response:
I appreciate the Founder taking out time to share this piece of feedback. As with any active VC, I'm always looking for interesting companies. (Fun fact: my very first investment, Fiveable, was a cold outreach from my end and is one of our best performing portfolio to date.) However, I'm also keenly aware of how precious a founder's time is and so try to be decisive and quick with follow-ups. That's what happened here, and it obviously was miscommunicated or misinterpreted. I'm looking at this as an opportunity to improve. Cheers!
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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Robin is professional and helpful. Can sometimes be unresponsive but never rude. He has meaningfully changed the course of our business for the better on two distinct occasions by being willing to voice an uncomfortable truth in a way that it allows it to be heard. Very thankful for his help over the years.
Robin is professional and helpful. Can sometimes be unresponsive but never rude. He has meaningfully changed the course of our business for the better on two distinct occasions by being willing to voice an uncomfortable truth in a way that it allows it to be heard. Very thankful for his help over the years.
Robin is professional and helpful. Can sometimes be unresponsive but never rude. He has meaningfully changed the course of our business for the better on two distinct occasions by being willing to voice an uncomfortable truth in a way that it allows it to be heard. Very thankful for his help over the years.
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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So this is less of an investor review but more of a 'how does he have time to run his company when all he does is tweet all day???' Someone please answer. EOM.
So this is less of an investor review but more of a 'how does he have time to run his company when all he does is tweet all day???' Someone please answer. EOM.
So this is less of an investor review but more of a 'how does he have time to run his company when all he does is tweet all day???' Someone please answer. EOM.
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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Amit was was incredibly helpful in introducing me to potential customers.
Amit was was incredibly helpful in introducing me to potential customers.
Amit was was incredibly helpful in introducing me to potential customers.
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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Had a couple of meetings and email correspondences with Aaron. Getting a response felt like a 50/50 chance. After disengaging, he emailed me and requested a meeting - I took it just to find out that he wasn't at the office and I met with an associate instead (no heads up / apology from him)
Had a couple of meetings and email correspondences with Aaron. Getting a response felt like a 50/50 chance. After disengaging, he emailed me and requested a meeting - I took it just to find out that he wasn't at the office and I met with an associate instead (no heads up / apology from him)
Had a couple of meetings and email correspondences with Aaron. Getting a response felt like a 50/50 chance. After disengaging, he emailed me and requested a meeting - I took it just to find out that he wasn't at the office and I met with an associate instead (no heads up / apology from him)
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 worked with Joe for 7 years and he gave me my start in tech, we ultimately spun a company out of his fund in 2016 where he serves on the board. Joe like everyone else, is mutli-faceted and over the last 7 years I've seen and worked with him through many crises, wins and losses. I've only had a short amount of experience in business, but I could not think of a better person to have had in my corner throughout my business career. He has integrity, is loyal (and I'm talking about real loyalty and courage, not BS back slapping when your company is going great), is extremely creative and unbelievably hard working [email response time is sub 10 minutes during waking hours]. If you want to maximize your odds of success and are lucky enough to do so, I'd highly recommend working with him. Speaking from personal experience as a reaction to the other comments here, every founder and board member have their moments, but years later things are better than ever and I wouldnt have done anything differently. I think his characterization as predatory is unfair, not applicable and I highly doubt that the person who made the comment has anywhere near as much context as I do.
I've worked with Joe for 7 years and he gave me my start in tech, we ultimately spun a company out of his fund in 2016 where he serves on the board. Joe like everyone else, is mutli-faceted and over the last 7 years I've seen and worked with him through many crises, wins and losses. I've only had a short amount of experience in business, but I could not think of a better person to have had in my corner throughout my business career. He has integrity, is loyal (and I'm talking about real loyalty and courage, not BS back slapping when your company is going great), is extremely creative and unbelievably hard working [email response time is sub 10 minutes during waking hours]. If you want to maximize your odds of success and are lucky enough to do so, I'd highly recommend working with him. Speaking from personal experience as a reaction to the other comments here, every founder and board member have their moments, but years later things are better than ever and I wouldnt have done anything differently. I think his characterization as predatory is unfair, not applicable and I highly doubt that the person who made the comment has anywhere near as much context as I do.
I've worked with Joe for 7 years and he gave me my start in tech, we ultimately spun a company out of his fund in 2016 where he serves on the board. Joe like everyone else, is mutli-faceted and over the last 7 years I've seen and worked with him through many crises, wins and losses. I've only had a short amount of experience in business, but I could not think of a better person to have had in my corner throughout my business career. He has integrity, is loyal (and I'm talking about real loyalty and courage, not BS back slapping when your company is going great), is extremely creative and unbelievably hard working [email response time is sub 10 minutes during waking hours]. If you want to maximize your odds of success and are lucky enough to do so, I'd highly recommend working with him. Speaking from personal experience as a reaction to the other comments here, every founder and board member have their moments, but years later things are better than ever and I wouldnt have done anything differently. I think his characterization as predatory is unfair, not applicable and I highly doubt that the person who made the comment has anywhere near as much context as I do.
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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His fund's thesis is so smart. He was very straightforward during our pitch meeting. He doesn't like pure consumer so in about five minutes of us chatting he said he was out. No bs, which I respect. Smart guy. If he's on your team, it seems like he would be a hands on investor.
His fund's thesis is so smart. He was very straightforward during our pitch meeting. He doesn't like pure consumer so in about five minutes of us chatting he said he was out. No bs, which I respect. Smart guy. If he's on your team, it seems like he would be a hands on investor.
His fund's thesis is so smart. He was very straightforward during our pitch meeting. He doesn't like pure consumer so in about five minutes of us chatting he said he was out. No bs, which I respect. Smart guy. If he's on your team, it seems like he would be a hands on 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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We met Adam and Soleio in the fairly early days of Combine and I was so impressed by their attitude towards investing, building effective businesses, and where they could add value. A couple of years later and after many conversations with other investors, they stand out as folks that I wish we had had a chance to work with — I'm confident anyone in their portfolio will benefit deeply from them both.
We met Adam and Soleio in the fairly early days of Combine and I was so impressed by their attitude towards investing, building effective businesses, and where they could add value. A couple of years later and after many conversations with other investors, they stand out as folks that I wish we had had a chance to work with — I'm confident anyone in their portfolio will benefit deeply from them both.
We met Adam and Soleio in the fairly early days of Combine and I was so impressed by their attitude towards investing, building effective businesses, and where they could add value. A couple of years later and after many conversations with other investors, they stand out as folks that I wish we had had a chance to work with — I'm confident anyone in their portfolio will benefit deeply from them both.
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 met Todd Kimmel roughly 12 years ago when we were both at prior companies. While he ultimately passed on our round, he was relatively quick to do so, and provided helpful feedback. Even after declining to invest, he was also always willing to speak with me over the following years when I sought advice about business models, fundraising, etc. He is the first person I would go to (and have gone to) when launching a company -- for a number of reasons. (For added context, he's an investor and some of the earliest money in my current company): 1. He has a healthy respect for what can and can't be known in early stage businesses, and can live comfortably in that gray space, while helping to tick off the unknowns. 2. He always has keen insights to offer when trying to navigate to the most effective strategy-- whether go-to-market, consumer engagement, team building and even product development. 3. He has always been incredibly supportive -- when things are good AND when things get hard. He's the proverbial "first call" I make when I need a hand or a sounding board.
I met Todd Kimmel roughly 12 years ago when we were both at prior companies. While he ultimately passed on our round, he was relatively quick to do so, and provided helpful feedback. Even after declining to invest, he was also always willing to speak with me over the following years when I sought advice about business models, fundraising, etc. He is the first person I would go to (and have gone to) when launching a company -- for a number of reasons. (For added context, he's an investor and some of the earliest money in my current company): 1. He has a healthy respect for what can and can't be known in early stage businesses, and can live comfortably in that gray space, while helping to tick off the unknowns. 2. He always has keen insights to offer when trying to navigate to the most effective strategy-- whether go-to-market, consumer engagement, team building and even product development. 3. He has always been incredibly supportive -- when things are good AND when things get hard. He's the proverbial "first call" I make when I need a hand or a sounding board.
I met Todd Kimmel roughly 12 years ago when we were both at prior companies. While he ultimately passed on our round, he was relatively quick to do so, and provided helpful feedback. Even after declining to invest, he was also always willing to speak with me over the following years when I sought advice about business models, fundraising, etc. He is the first person I would go to (and have gone to) when launching a company -- for a number of reasons. (For added context, he's an investor and some of the earliest money in my current company): 1. He has a healthy respect for what can and can't be known in early stage businesses, and can live comfortably in that gray space, while helping to tick off the unknowns. 2. He always has keen insights to offer when trying to navigate to the most effective strategy-- whether go-to-market, consumer engagement, team building and even product development. 3. He has always been incredibly supportive -- when things are good AND when things get hard. He's the proverbial "first call" I make when I need a hand or a sounding board.
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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DO NOT INTERACT. SCAMMER - due diligence requires you to pay her and her fund. Will then say you're getting a term sheet, and will NEVER deliver. When you call her out, she will then pull the offer. DO NOT INTERACT.
DO NOT INTERACT. SCAMMER - due diligence requires you to pay her and her fund. Will then say you're getting a term sheet, and will NEVER deliver. When you call her out, she will then pull the offer. DO NOT INTERACT.
DO NOT INTERACT. SCAMMER - due diligence requires you to pay her and her fund. Will then say you're getting a term sheet, and will NEVER deliver. When you call her out, she will then pull the offer. DO NOT INTERACT.
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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