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I have known Jake for nearly 15 years. Not only has he become a trusted advisor, but he is a dear friend as well. He is one of the most thoughtful, emphatic, intelligent venture investors out there. In addition to frequently being one of the smartest people in the room, he is also one of the kindest. Jake truly is a good person who holds himself to the highest ethical standards and who genuinely sees himself as an advocate for founders. I have seen firsthand his personal commitment to helping even when it was not in his direct best interest. In addition to Jake's moral fiber, he is also candid, to the point, and extremely well versed in his areas of focus. He is an investor I would work with 10x over given the opportunity.
I have known Jake for nearly 15 years. Not only has he become a trusted advisor, but he is a dear friend as well. He is one of the most thoughtful, emphatic, intelligent venture investors out there. In addition to frequently being one of the smartest people in the room, he is also one of the kindest. Jake truly is a good person who holds himself to the highest ethical standards and who genuinely sees himself as an advocate for founders. I have seen firsthand his personal commitment to helping even when it was not in his direct best interest. In addition to Jake's moral fiber, he is also candid, to the point, and extremely well versed in his areas of focus. He is an investor I would work with 10x over given the opportunity.
I have known Jake for nearly 15 years. Not only has he become a trusted advisor, but he is a dear friend as well. He is one of the most thoughtful, emphatic, intelligent venture investors out there. In addition to frequently being one of the smartest people in the room, he is also one of the kindest. Jake truly is a good person who holds himself to the highest ethical standards and who genuinely sees himself as an advocate for founders. I have seen firsthand his personal commitment to helping even when it was not in his direct best interest. In addition to Jake's moral fiber, he is also candid, to the point, and extremely well versed in his areas of focus. He is an investor I would work with 10x over given the opportunity.
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 was always very transparent in terms of his opinions and firm perspective. Followed through with what he was going to do. Always available and helpful!
He was always very transparent in terms of his opinions and firm perspective. Followed through with what he was going to do. Always available and helpful!
He was always very transparent in terms of his opinions and firm perspective. Followed through with what he was going to do. Always available and helpful!
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 still remember my first meeting with Ariana. She made a huge first impression. She went super deep with asking questions and her energy emanated through our video conference. It took around two weeks for her to come to a decision, but was respectful of our time throughout the process. As a first time founder, it is important to have an investor who will support you through and through. We still have monthly calls post investment and she has been very helpful with recruiting. Furthermore, her technical background has been a huge help as a non-technical founder.
I still remember my first meeting with Ariana. She made a huge first impression. She went super deep with asking questions and her energy emanated through our video conference. It took around two weeks for her to come to a decision, but was respectful of our time throughout the process. As a first time founder, it is important to have an investor who will support you through and through. We still have monthly calls post investment and she has been very helpful with recruiting. Furthermore, her technical background has been a huge help as a non-technical founder.
I still remember my first meeting with Ariana. She made a huge first impression. She went super deep with asking questions and her energy emanated through our video conference. It took around two weeks for her to come to a decision, but was respectful of our time throughout the process. As a first time founder, it is important to have an investor who will support you through and through. We still have monthly calls post investment and she has been very helpful with recruiting. Furthermore, her technical background has been a huge help as a non-technical founder.
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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Extremely creative thinker, deep tech X future of content / digital. Great advice on 0-1 with Twitter and online writing presence. Someone who looks out for you.
Extremely creative thinker, deep tech X future of content / digital. Great advice on 0-1 with Twitter and online writing presence. Someone who looks out for you.
Extremely creative thinker, deep tech X future of content / digital. Great advice on 0-1 with Twitter and online writing presence. Someone who looks out for you.
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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Intense but smart and compassionate.
Intense but smart and compassionate.
Intense but smart and compassionate.
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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Nate was the first "yes" in our round, without needing to know whether anyone else was in or anything. At that point, we weren't even raising. Super solid human -- he also introduced us to many investors through the process, introduced us to a key hire, etc.
Nate was the first "yes" in our round, without needing to know whether anyone else was in or anything. At that point, we weren't even raising. Super solid human -- he also introduced us to many investors through the process, introduced us to a key hire, etc.
Nate was the first "yes" in our round, without needing to know whether anyone else was in or anything. At that point, we weren't even raising. Super solid human -- he also introduced us to many investors through the process, introduced us to a key hire, etc.
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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From the 100+ meetings I have had with investors (pre-dominantly VC's) over the last few years, he certainly ranked in the top 5 of the arrogant VC category. It did not help that he never responded to any follow-up mails. Other than that I have generally heard positive things about DN Capital from fund managers that co-invest with them.
From the 100+ meetings I have had with investors (pre-dominantly VC's) over the last few years, he certainly ranked in the top 5 of the arrogant VC category. It did not help that he never responded to any follow-up mails. Other than that I have generally heard positive things about DN Capital from fund managers that co-invest with them.
From the 100+ meetings I have had with investors (pre-dominantly VC's) over the last few years, he certainly ranked in the top 5 of the arrogant VC category. It did not help that he never responded to any follow-up mails. Other than that I have generally heard positive things about DN Capital from fund managers that co-invest with them.
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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Really poor experience. Weirdly aggressive interaction. Ghosting after deep engagement with the fund and the 'special sauce algorithm'. Not recommended.
Really poor experience. Weirdly aggressive interaction. Ghosting after deep engagement with the fund and the 'special sauce algorithm'. Not recommended.
Really poor experience. Weirdly aggressive interaction. Ghosting after deep engagement with the fund and the 'special sauce algorithm'. Not recommended.
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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Andy is great. Super smart, skeptical but willing to be convinced and does a shitload of work on his diligence. He's very direct and a great communicator. Really enjoyed working with him and would strongly recommend.
Andy is great. Super smart, skeptical but willing to be convinced and does a shitload of work on his diligence. He's very direct and a great communicator. Really enjoyed working with him and would strongly recommend.
Andy is great. Super smart, skeptical but willing to be convinced and does a shitload of work on his diligence. He's very direct and a great communicator. Really enjoyed working with him and would strongly recommend.
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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I'm always happy to see Tom's name in my inbox. Incredibly helpful, never spam and always responsive with anything I need. Impressive knowledge of fintech. Highly recommended.
I'm always happy to see Tom's name in my inbox. Incredibly helpful, never spam and always responsive with anything I need. Impressive knowledge of fintech. Highly recommended.
I'm always happy to see Tom's name in my inbox. Incredibly helpful, never spam and always responsive with anything I need. Impressive knowledge of fintech. Highly recommended.
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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