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Alex was one of the earliest investors in my company. We've now raised $100M+ in capital from dozens of investors and Alex remains my most trusted investor, advisor, and friend. Alex is smart, strategic, he hustles for us, and he is always fun and encouraging. During our most trying times, Alex has always been there for us. Alex is one of the best in Silicon Valley.
Alex was one of the earliest investors in my company. We've now raised $100M+ in capital from dozens of investors and Alex remains my most trusted investor, advisor, and friend. Alex is smart, strategic, he hustles for us, and he is always fun and encouraging. During our most trying times, Alex has always been there for us. Alex is one of the best in Silicon Valley.
Alex was one of the earliest investors in my company. We've now raised $100M+ in capital from dozens of investors and Alex remains my most trusted investor, advisor, and friend. Alex is smart, strategic, he hustles for us, and he is always fun and encouraging. During our most trying times, Alex has always been there for us. Alex is one of the best in Silicon Valley.
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 have raised over $1mm from over a dozen angels and VC funds and Ryan is, to put it simply, the best in the business. He not only puts you on his syndicate, he reaches out to all the investors necessary to reach your goals for fundraising on the syndicate. He's a workhorse and a consummate professional, and I cannot recommend him enough.
I have raised over $1mm from over a dozen angels and VC funds and Ryan is, to put it simply, the best in the business. He not only puts you on his syndicate, he reaches out to all the investors necessary to reach your goals for fundraising on the syndicate. He's a workhorse and a consummate professional, and I cannot recommend him enough.
I have raised over $1mm from over a dozen angels and VC funds and Ryan is, to put it simply, the best in the business. He not only puts you on his syndicate, he reaches out to all the investors necessary to reach your goals for fundraising on the syndicate. He's a workhorse and a consummate professional, and I cannot recommend him enough.
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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If all you want is a spin on the roulette wheel of fame and fortune he's not your guy, but there is nobody better if you're looking to build a sustainable business. Honest, founder supportive, technically skilled, and emotionally adult. Helps people even if he's not going to invest.
If all you want is a spin on the roulette wheel of fame and fortune he's not your guy, but there is nobody better if you're looking to build a sustainable business. Honest, founder supportive, technically skilled, and emotionally adult. Helps people even if he's not going to invest.
If all you want is a spin on the roulette wheel of fame and fortune he's not your guy, but there is nobody better if you're looking to build a sustainable business. Honest, founder supportive, technically skilled, and emotionally adult. Helps people even if he's not going to 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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Strong, very experienced investor.
Strong, very experienced investor.
Strong, very experienced 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 are raising a pre-seed and we met with him twice. He said he understands the problem we are solving and he likes the idea, however he didn't have money as he was fundraising. He made intros to other pre-seed investors and he sends us update on relevant opportunities.
We are raising a pre-seed and we met with him twice. He said he understands the problem we are solving and he likes the idea, however he didn't have money as he was fundraising. He made intros to other pre-seed investors and he sends us update on relevant opportunities.
We are raising a pre-seed and we met with him twice. He said he understands the problem we are solving and he likes the idea, however he didn't have money as he was fundraising. He made intros to other pre-seed investors and he sends us update on relevant opportunities.
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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Incredibly helpful in teaching us the nuances of lending regulations and referring us to people who would know the right answers if he didn't know. Helped us find a stellar General Counsel who we love
Incredibly helpful in teaching us the nuances of lending regulations and referring us to people who would know the right answers if he didn't know. Helped us find a stellar General Counsel who we love
Incredibly helpful in teaching us the nuances of lending regulations and referring us to people who would know the right answers if he didn't know. Helped us find a stellar General Counsel who we love
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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Knowledgeable about the Chinese ecosystem of companies, and the differences between China and the US culturally. Has a deep tech focus at Upfront but excited about future of gaming and social as well. Callin' it... top investor in LA <2 years.
Knowledgeable about the Chinese ecosystem of companies, and the differences between China and the US culturally. Has a deep tech focus at Upfront but excited about future of gaming and social as well. Callin' it... top investor in LA <2 years.
Knowledgeable about the Chinese ecosystem of companies, and the differences between China and the US culturally. Has a deep tech focus at Upfront but excited about future of gaming and social as well. Callin' it... top investor in LA <2 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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Got introduced to Zach through [steward of sequoia] who was leading our round. Zach joined the first call 25 minutes late, and began by asking if [Sequoia gp] was my cofounder. Zach then asked if I had sent him a deck, which I had a week prior, before berating me for using superhuman because "he never gets those f*cking emails and this is the worst time to use a new email client". After five minutes of scanning the deck silently on the line he yelled "I'm proud of myself, I know exactly what my feedback is". He spent the next 15 minutes ranting about how no one will buy our product and how his only advice was to not build this business. I laughed at the end, and asked if since he was clearly not going to invest, if he had any constructive feedback I could give [sequoia] just in case he was making a mistake since it was a space Zach new well. You can imagine what followed. We raised our B about six months after this conversation and one of his partners at the his fund reached out. I never replied and apparently our name still comes up as "pompous and unresponsive" whenever someone back channels through them.
Got introduced to Zach through [steward of sequoia] who was leading our round. Zach joined the first call 25 minutes late, and began by asking if [Sequoia gp] was my cofounder. Zach then asked if I had sent him a deck, which I had a week prior, before berating me for using superhuman because "he never gets those f*cking emails and this is the worst time to use a new email client". After five minutes of scanning the deck silently on the line he yelled "I'm proud of myself, I know exactly what my feedback is". He spent the next 15 minutes ranting about how no one will buy our product and how his only advice was to not build this business. I laughed at the end, and asked if since he was clearly not going to invest, if he had any constructive feedback I could give [sequoia] just in case he was making a mistake since it was a space Zach new well. You can imagine what followed. We raised our B about six months after this conversation and one of his partners at the his fund reached out. I never replied and apparently our name still comes up as "pompous and unresponsive" whenever someone back channels through them.
Got introduced to Zach through [steward of sequoia] who was leading our round. Zach joined the first call 25 minutes late, and began by asking if [Sequoia gp] was my cofounder. Zach then asked if I had sent him a deck, which I had a week prior, before berating me for using superhuman because "he never gets those f*cking emails and this is the worst time to use a new email client". After five minutes of scanning the deck silently on the line he yelled "I'm proud of myself, I know exactly what my feedback is". He spent the next 15 minutes ranting about how no one will buy our product and how his only advice was to not build this business. I laughed at the end, and asked if since he was clearly not going to invest, if he had any constructive feedback I could give [sequoia] just in case he was making a mistake since it was a space Zach new well. You can imagine what followed. We raised our B about six months after this conversation and one of his partners at the his fund reached out. I never replied and apparently our name still comes up as "pompous and unresponsive" whenever someone back channels through them.
Verified Investor Response:
Did Keith Rabois write this review? Seems like it.
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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One of the most valuable investors on our cap table - Terrence brings out the best of your team and company. He calls people up before formal introductions to get them excited about your company, and strikes the perfect balance between identifying the je-ne-sais-quoi of what makes a product special and analyzing the fundamentals of your business via metrics. I cannot recommend him more as a trusted partner and investor.
One of the most valuable investors on our cap table - Terrence brings out the best of your team and company. He calls people up before formal introductions to get them excited about your company, and strikes the perfect balance between identifying the je-ne-sais-quoi of what makes a product special and analyzing the fundamentals of your business via metrics. I cannot recommend him more as a trusted partner and investor.
One of the most valuable investors on our cap table - Terrence brings out the best of your team and company. He calls people up before formal introductions to get them excited about your company, and strikes the perfect balance between identifying the je-ne-sais-quoi of what makes a product special and analyzing the fundamentals of your business via metrics. I cannot recommend him more as a trusted partner and 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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Potentially a bit shy to talk about his background at AND1 and the fashion / consumer / entertainment space. Low energy which is surprising.
Potentially a bit shy to talk about his background at AND1 and the fashion / consumer / entertainment space. Low energy which is surprising.
Potentially a bit shy to talk about his background at AND1 and the fashion / consumer / entertainment space. Low energy which is surprising.
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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