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Fairly typical - he reached out, lots of big talk on initial call, asked for additional documentation to be sent over, then ghosted. No response to follow up emails. Nothing particularly unusual but be prepared for the ghosting if you are engaging in initial outreach/calls.
Fairly typical - he reached out, lots of big talk on initial call, asked for additional documentation to be sent over, then ghosted. No response to follow up emails. Nothing particularly unusual but be prepared for the ghosting if you are engaging in initial outreach/calls.
Fairly typical - he reached out, lots of big talk on initial call, asked for additional documentation to be sent over, then ghosted. No response to follow up emails. Nothing particularly unusual but be prepared for the ghosting if you are engaging in initial outreach/calls.
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 been working with Ilya for a few years now. Even before we officially started working together he helped us think through early product strategy. His product leader / operator experience is real. Both at a high growth startup as well as rebuilding an iconic VC firm. He's been a full time VC long enough to know when to push and when to let us execute. If I were starting another company again tomorrow, Ilya would be my first (investor) call. Only reason I'm 9/10 is because Ilya taught me when rating our own team we probably have never experienced a 10/10 team. Always room to improve.
I've been working with Ilya for a few years now. Even before we officially started working together he helped us think through early product strategy. His product leader / operator experience is real. Both at a high growth startup as well as rebuilding an iconic VC firm. He's been a full time VC long enough to know when to push and when to let us execute. If I were starting another company again tomorrow, Ilya would be my first (investor) call. Only reason I'm 9/10 is because Ilya taught me when rating our own team we probably have never experienced a 10/10 team. Always room to improve.
I've been working with Ilya for a few years now. Even before we officially started working together he helped us think through early product strategy. His product leader / operator experience is real. Both at a high growth startup as well as rebuilding an iconic VC firm. He's been a full time VC long enough to know when to push and when to let us execute. If I were starting another company again tomorrow, Ilya would be my first (investor) call. Only reason I'm 9/10 is because Ilya taught me when rating our own team we probably have never experienced a 10/10 team. Always room to improve.
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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Allie is a curious and kind investor. Dundee is one of the few firms that actually had two female investors in the pitch meeting, which made it a lot more comfortable as a female founder. They are true to their mission in supporting companies outside the coasts. Though we didn't end up getting funding, the experience was very positive.
Allie is a curious and kind investor. Dundee is one of the few firms that actually had two female investors in the pitch meeting, which made it a lot more comfortable as a female founder. They are true to their mission in supporting companies outside the coasts. Though we didn't end up getting funding, the experience was very positive.
Allie is a curious and kind investor. Dundee is one of the few firms that actually had two female investors in the pitch meeting, which made it a lot more comfortable as a female founder. They are true to their mission in supporting companies outside the coasts. Though we didn't end up getting funding, the experience was very positive.
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 nice guy — not predatory at all and just wants to be helpful with you on the journey. Lives and breathes to help early stage founders. Great enterprise investor, with a surprisingly deep background in marketplaces and consumer (especially for parents).
Super nice guy — not predatory at all and just wants to be helpful with you on the journey. Lives and breathes to help early stage founders. Great enterprise investor, with a surprisingly deep background in marketplaces and consumer (especially for parents).
Super nice guy — not predatory at all and just wants to be helpful with you on the journey. Lives and breathes to help early stage founders. Great enterprise investor, with a surprisingly deep background in marketplaces and consumer (especially for parents).
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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Our company has received funding indirectly from GPG through their involvement in the Health Wildcatters accelerator program. I've found Clay, Carl, and JR pleasant enough to speak with but would advise caution before accepting their money or advice. 1) The follow-on notes advertised as part of the Health Wildcatters program comes with 2x liquidation preference that many first-time entrepreneurs may miss if they don't have a lawyer or someone more experienced looking over the documents. 2) Many of their questions about shortening our time to launch our medical device involved cutting corners on quality or regulatory compliance. 3) Because there's a new accelerator cohort every year and because they're actively sourcing deals elsewhere, they'll forget about you very quickly. Still, it's hard to rate them too low because they & Health Wildcatters are offering pre-seed funding in medtech which is otherwise hard to come by.
Our company has received funding indirectly from GPG through their involvement in the Health Wildcatters accelerator program. I've found Clay, Carl, and JR pleasant enough to speak with but would advise caution before accepting their money or advice. 1) The follow-on notes advertised as part of the Health Wildcatters program comes with 2x liquidation preference that many first-time entrepreneurs may miss if they don't have a lawyer or someone more experienced looking over the documents. 2) Many of their questions about shortening our time to launch our medical device involved cutting corners on quality or regulatory compliance. 3) Because there's a new accelerator cohort every year and because they're actively sourcing deals elsewhere, they'll forget about you very quickly. Still, it's hard to rate them too low because they & Health Wildcatters are offering pre-seed funding in medtech which is otherwise hard to come by.
Our company has received funding indirectly from GPG through their involvement in the Health Wildcatters accelerator program. I've found Clay, Carl, and JR pleasant enough to speak with but would advise caution before accepting their money or advice. 1) The follow-on notes advertised as part of the Health Wildcatters program comes with 2x liquidation preference that many first-time entrepreneurs may miss if they don't have a lawyer or someone more experienced looking over the documents. 2) Many of their questions about shortening our time to launch our medical device involved cutting corners on quality or regulatory compliance. 3) Because there's a new accelerator cohort every year and because they're actively sourcing deals elsewhere, they'll forget about you very quickly. Still, it's hard to rate them too low because they & Health Wildcatters are offering pre-seed funding in medtech which is otherwise hard to come by.
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 enjoyed my DD process with Adam immensely. I found his process to be transparent and thoughtful. I always knew where I was with him, and I thought his questions to me were thought-provoking.
I enjoyed my DD process with Adam immensely. I found his process to be transparent and thoughtful. I always knew where I was with him, and I thought his questions to me were thought-provoking.
I enjoyed my DD process with Adam immensely. I found his process to be transparent and thoughtful. I always knew where I was with him, and I thought his questions to me were thought-provoking.
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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Very solid, high caliber and intensely cares about the success of his investments. If you want some money and for investors to walk away, he's not your guy; if you want someone with experience who will be a fantastic resource to bounce ideas off of and will help you think about the growth of your company, he's you guy!
Very solid, high caliber and intensely cares about the success of his investments. If you want some money and for investors to walk away, he's not your guy; if you want someone with experience who will be a fantastic resource to bounce ideas off of and will help you think about the growth of your company, he's you guy!
Very solid, high caliber and intensely cares about the success of his investments. If you want some money and for investors to walk away, he's not your guy; if you want someone with experience who will be a fantastic resource to bounce ideas off of and will help you think about the growth of your company, he's you guy!
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's a good person, open for communication
He's a good person, open for communication
He's a good person, open for communication
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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Solid, honest and direct. Really cares about the founder and supportive. Very professional.
Solid, honest and direct. Really cares about the founder and supportive. Very professional.
Solid, honest and direct. Really cares about the founder and supportive. Very professional.
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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Claims to be founder friendly but far long from it. Always sitting on the 'high' chair pushing his opinions and views during meetings. Him and his team also makes it extremely difficult to get anything signed, and thinking they are 'always doing a favor'. They should never be allowed to invest in startup companies.
Claims to be founder friendly but far long from it. Always sitting on the 'high' chair pushing his opinions and views during meetings. Him and his team also makes it extremely difficult to get anything signed, and thinking they are 'always doing a favor'. They should never be allowed to invest in startup companies.
Claims to be founder friendly but far long from it. Always sitting on the 'high' chair pushing his opinions and views during meetings. Him and his team also makes it extremely difficult to get anything signed, and thinking they are 'always doing a favor'. They should never be allowed to invest in startup 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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