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Shuo was such a pleasure to speak to. Every meeting we had got us more excited about the possibility of working with them. Fifty Years definitely invests in deep tech companies, I think in general they don't understand the medical device industry as well as biotech so they are more hesitant with those companies.
Shuo was such a pleasure to speak to. Every meeting we had got us more excited about the possibility of working with them. Fifty Years definitely invests in deep tech companies, I think in general they don't understand the medical device industry as well as biotech so they are more hesitant with those companies.
Shuo was such a pleasure to speak to. Every meeting we had got us more excited about the possibility of working with them. Fifty Years definitely invests in deep tech companies, I think in general they don't understand the medical device industry as well as biotech so they are more hesitant with those companies.
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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Roger took the time to learn about me and our company. He provided support and guidance during our early stages even though he was not invested. He is honest and transparent. Roger was very fair and stuck to his word during our due diligence process. I am extremely excited we were able to get a deal done with Roger at Silverton and looking forward to the future.
Roger took the time to learn about me and our company. He provided support and guidance during our early stages even though he was not invested. He is honest and transparent. Roger was very fair and stuck to his word during our due diligence process. I am extremely excited we were able to get a deal done with Roger at Silverton and looking forward to the future.
Roger took the time to learn about me and our company. He provided support and guidance during our early stages even though he was not invested. He is honest and transparent. Roger was very fair and stuck to his word during our due diligence process. I am extremely excited we were able to get a deal done with Roger at Silverton and looking forward to the future.
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 met Ross in a few meetings. I feel like he writes notes down in his moleskin and doesn't really act on them. Noncommittal and and ghosts.
I've met Ross in a few meetings. I feel like he writes notes down in his moleskin and doesn't really act on them. Noncommittal and and ghosts.
I've met Ross in a few meetings. I feel like he writes notes down in his moleskin and doesn't really act on them. Noncommittal and and ghosts.
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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Josh has been someone we've worked closely with at WTI for several years. He has been a strong advocate for us at the firm as well as a wealth of knowledge for bouncing ideas off of. He's direct but considerate, supportive but knows when to give you space, and I strongly respect his intuition around the investment space.
Josh has been someone we've worked closely with at WTI for several years. He has been a strong advocate for us at the firm as well as a wealth of knowledge for bouncing ideas off of. He's direct but considerate, supportive but knows when to give you space, and I strongly respect his intuition around the investment space.
Josh has been someone we've worked closely with at WTI for several years. He has been a strong advocate for us at the firm as well as a wealth of knowledge for bouncing ideas off of. He's direct but considerate, supportive but knows when to give you space, and I strongly respect his intuition around the investment space.
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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Have worked w Ilya as an investor/board member at our company for multiple years now. Very direct and to the point, does not waste time. Knows how to coordinate an efficient process and has the authority to move quickly / with conviction. Starts adding value from day 1 between product/BD help and intros. Has also helped hire some of our key executive leaders. One of the best operators I have met, and knows how to help cut out BS and focus only on what matters—critical to an early/mid stage company. Great combination of extremely direct but very personable. Highly recommend anyone who gets the chance to work with him.
Have worked w Ilya as an investor/board member at our company for multiple years now. Very direct and to the point, does not waste time. Knows how to coordinate an efficient process and has the authority to move quickly / with conviction. Starts adding value from day 1 between product/BD help and intros. Has also helped hire some of our key executive leaders. One of the best operators I have met, and knows how to help cut out BS and focus only on what matters—critical to an early/mid stage company. Great combination of extremely direct but very personable. Highly recommend anyone who gets the chance to work with him.
Have worked w Ilya as an investor/board member at our company for multiple years now. Very direct and to the point, does not waste time. Knows how to coordinate an efficient process and has the authority to move quickly / with conviction. Starts adding value from day 1 between product/BD help and intros. Has also helped hire some of our key executive leaders. One of the best operators I have met, and knows how to help cut out BS and focus only on what matters—critical to an early/mid stage company. Great combination of extremely direct but very personable. Highly recommend anyone who gets the chance to work with 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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David is awesome and here's why: He has a huge network of operators and investors from his time as an early stage investor, running his own fund as a GP, and as co-host of Acquired. He is smarter than you, and the best business strategist I've met. He will push you to think more aggressively about your current strategy and help you think around corners. He'll also help you put these strategies in motion and not at all worried about rolling his sleeves up. He is honest, transparent, and an all around good person - rare! If you have a chance to work with David I'd highly recommend it.
David is awesome and here's why: He has a huge network of operators and investors from his time as an early stage investor, running his own fund as a GP, and as co-host of Acquired. He is smarter than you, and the best business strategist I've met. He will push you to think more aggressively about your current strategy and help you think around corners. He'll also help you put these strategies in motion and not at all worried about rolling his sleeves up. He is honest, transparent, and an all around good person - rare! If you have a chance to work with David I'd highly recommend it.
David is awesome and here's why: He has a huge network of operators and investors from his time as an early stage investor, running his own fund as a GP, and as co-host of Acquired. He is smarter than you, and the best business strategist I've met. He will push you to think more aggressively about your current strategy and help you think around corners. He'll also help you put these strategies in motion and not at all worried about rolling his sleeves up. He is honest, transparent, and an all around good person - rare! If you have a chance to work with David I'd highly recommend it.
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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My cofounder and I have both known Kirby for years, as coworkers. When we started our current company, we initially brought him on as an advisor, and after a year he became an investor and a board member. Over the subsequent years, he has not only reinvested, but also brought to us other investors over multiple rounds, and connected us with a wide range of people who have been helpful to our growth. What we value most about Kirby is his perspective; he always asks honest, difficult questions that force us to think about the realities of where we're headed and how best to get there. For the most part, the investors we've interacted with all have the same questions, few of which require much more than answers we have ready to hand. But invariably, Kirby asks us questions that are not only unexpected, but which force us to think in new ways about about how our operational decisions (where we must focus) can impact our enterprise value (where we want to focus). In my experience, this is a super rare talent, and Kirby's presence and participation in our company has been additive--if not transformative--at every step.
My cofounder and I have both known Kirby for years, as coworkers. When we started our current company, we initially brought him on as an advisor, and after a year he became an investor and a board member. Over the subsequent years, he has not only reinvested, but also brought to us other investors over multiple rounds, and connected us with a wide range of people who have been helpful to our growth. What we value most about Kirby is his perspective; he always asks honest, difficult questions that force us to think about the realities of where we're headed and how best to get there. For the most part, the investors we've interacted with all have the same questions, few of which require much more than answers we have ready to hand. But invariably, Kirby asks us questions that are not only unexpected, but which force us to think in new ways about about how our operational decisions (where we must focus) can impact our enterprise value (where we want to focus). In my experience, this is a super rare talent, and Kirby's presence and participation in our company has been additive--if not transformative--at every step.
My cofounder and I have both known Kirby for years, as coworkers. When we started our current company, we initially brought him on as an advisor, and after a year he became an investor and a board member. Over the subsequent years, he has not only reinvested, but also brought to us other investors over multiple rounds, and connected us with a wide range of people who have been helpful to our growth. What we value most about Kirby is his perspective; he always asks honest, difficult questions that force us to think about the realities of where we're headed and how best to get there. For the most part, the investors we've interacted with all have the same questions, few of which require much more than answers we have ready to hand. But invariably, Kirby asks us questions that are not only unexpected, but which force us to think in new ways about about how our operational decisions (where we must focus) can impact our enterprise value (where we want to focus). In my experience, this is a super rare talent, and Kirby's presence and participation in our company has been additive--if not transformative--at every step.
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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It is easy to be a startup investor when everything works out. It is much harder when things are not going well. Josh supported my ideas and explorations in a new industry from the very beginning. Through all of the ups and downs, he was there to help and talk to at any time. If you want a warrior in your corner, work with Josh. Whether you win the battle or not, together you will fight a good fight.
It is easy to be a startup investor when everything works out. It is much harder when things are not going well. Josh supported my ideas and explorations in a new industry from the very beginning. Through all of the ups and downs, he was there to help and talk to at any time. If you want a warrior in your corner, work with Josh. Whether you win the battle or not, together you will fight a good fight.
It is easy to be a startup investor when everything works out. It is much harder when things are not going well. Josh supported my ideas and explorations in a new industry from the very beginning. Through all of the ups and downs, he was there to help and talk to at any time. If you want a warrior in your corner, work with Josh. Whether you win the battle or not, together you will fight a good fight.
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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He has a great reputation, and we were excited to pitch him. He spent most of the meeting talking about his other investments. He followed up by passing us off to a junior person at the firm. It was a buzz kill. hopefully others had a better experience
He has a great reputation, and we were excited to pitch him. He spent most of the meeting talking about his other investments. He followed up by passing us off to a junior person at the firm. It was a buzz kill. hopefully others had a better experience
He has a great reputation, and we were excited to pitch him. He spent most of the meeting talking about his other investments. He followed up by passing us off to a junior person at the firm. It was a buzz kill. hopefully others had a better experience
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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Lesa is an excellent investor. She brings legitimate enthusiasm and compassion along with a robust network. We went through the Techstars program that she is MD, and benefitted tremendously. Has vowed not to invest in white male founders anymore.
Lesa is an excellent investor. She brings legitimate enthusiasm and compassion along with a robust network. We went through the Techstars program that she is MD, and benefitted tremendously. Has vowed not to invest in white male founders anymore.
Lesa is an excellent investor. She brings legitimate enthusiasm and compassion along with a robust network. We went through the Techstars program that she is MD, and benefitted tremendously. Has vowed not to invest in white male founders anymore.
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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