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Garry is one of my favorite investors. He is very supportive and champions not just us, but all his portfolio companies. This applies to fundraising, hiring, and PR whether company is doing really well or struggling. Very high integrity about potential conflicts of interest. Dedicates significant time and energy when asked to helping find solutions in tough situations. Great human being. Would take money from him for any future startup.
Garry is one of my favorite investors. He is very supportive and champions not just us, but all his portfolio companies. This applies to fundraising, hiring, and PR whether company is doing really well or struggling. Very high integrity about potential conflicts of interest. Dedicates significant time and energy when asked to helping find solutions in tough situations. Great human being. Would take money from him for any future startup.
Garry is one of my favorite investors. He is very supportive and champions not just us, but all his portfolio companies. This applies to fundraising, hiring, and PR whether company is doing really well or struggling. Very high integrity about potential conflicts of interest. Dedicates significant time and energy when asked to helping find solutions in tough situations. Great human being. Would take money from him for any future startup.
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 her all the way back during her A16Z days, and she was just so kind and helpful and caring. Very fun presence, and someone I'd absolutely want in my back corner. Her investor and operator experience is also incredible.
I met her all the way back during her A16Z days, and she was just so kind and helpful and caring. Very fun presence, and someone I'd absolutely want in my back corner. Her investor and operator experience is also incredible.
I met her all the way back during her A16Z days, and she was just so kind and helpful and caring. Very fun presence, and someone I'd absolutely want in my back corner. Her investor and operator experience is also incredible.
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 had a great experience with Lucy. I was introduced to her, she was responsive to setup a time quickly and shed listened to our pitch intently. She took a call at the end of the meeting at terms friendly to the entrepreneur. The money was in the bank in next 3-4days. We were in touch a few times post investment and got valuable feedback in terms company traction and where the market is. As our company was scaling, we needed a topup and she responded immediately to that call and invested more money in the company very quickly. Dave, her partner, has also been very helpful with contacts and market intelligence. It was a pleasure working with Lucy and glad to be partnering with us as we build our company.
I had a great experience with Lucy. I was introduced to her, she was responsive to setup a time quickly and shed listened to our pitch intently. She took a call at the end of the meeting at terms friendly to the entrepreneur. The money was in the bank in next 3-4days. We were in touch a few times post investment and got valuable feedback in terms company traction and where the market is. As our company was scaling, we needed a topup and she responded immediately to that call and invested more money in the company very quickly. Dave, her partner, has also been very helpful with contacts and market intelligence. It was a pleasure working with Lucy and glad to be partnering with us as we build our company.
I had a great experience with Lucy. I was introduced to her, she was responsive to setup a time quickly and shed listened to our pitch intently. She took a call at the end of the meeting at terms friendly to the entrepreneur. The money was in the bank in next 3-4days. We were in touch a few times post investment and got valuable feedback in terms company traction and where the market is. As our company was scaling, we needed a topup and she responded immediately to that call and invested more money in the company very quickly. Dave, her partner, has also been very helpful with contacts and market intelligence. It was a pleasure working with Lucy and glad to be partnering with us as we build our company.
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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In my experience of pitching to more than 200 investors across different firms in the past fifteen years, Ian is one of the rare people who has enough power and is confident enough in his own mind and decision-making abilities to make decisions on his own. With the average investor, I expect to need a tremendous amount of social proof, especially Series A and before. And by this, I mean that I expect the investor to need to feel like his or her peers, when pitched in the way that s/he understands the business, will think it's a great and wonderful idea, and that the valuation is correct based upon whatever numbers there are. Ian isn't like that. Ian honestly doesn't seem to give a shit about what what his peers think, and so you don't need to have a concern that his mind will be changed based upon the prevailing winds once he's socialized a deal. He may still decide against backing a deal after due diligence, but his due diligence is sensical and coherent.
In my experience of pitching to more than 200 investors across different firms in the past fifteen years, Ian is one of the rare people who has enough power and is confident enough in his own mind and decision-making abilities to make decisions on his own. With the average investor, I expect to need a tremendous amount of social proof, especially Series A and before. And by this, I mean that I expect the investor to need to feel like his or her peers, when pitched in the way that s/he understands the business, will think it's a great and wonderful idea, and that the valuation is correct based upon whatever numbers there are. Ian isn't like that. Ian honestly doesn't seem to give a shit about what what his peers think, and so you don't need to have a concern that his mind will be changed based upon the prevailing winds once he's socialized a deal. He may still decide against backing a deal after due diligence, but his due diligence is sensical and coherent.
In my experience of pitching to more than 200 investors across different firms in the past fifteen years, Ian is one of the rare people who has enough power and is confident enough in his own mind and decision-making abilities to make decisions on his own. With the average investor, I expect to need a tremendous amount of social proof, especially Series A and before. And by this, I mean that I expect the investor to need to feel like his or her peers, when pitched in the way that s/he understands the business, will think it's a great and wonderful idea, and that the valuation is correct based upon whatever numbers there are. Ian isn't like that. Ian honestly doesn't seem to give a shit about what what his peers think, and so you don't need to have a concern that his mind will be changed based upon the prevailing winds once he's socialized a deal. He may still decide against backing a deal after due diligence, but his due diligence is sensical and coherent.
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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Markus has been our investor for many years now and he really cares about his startups. He has supported us everytime we asked and usually replies within ~48h. Although he has a diplomatic way to say things, he never hesitates to tell the truth and be honest with you.
Markus has been our investor for many years now and he really cares about his startups. He has supported us everytime we asked and usually replies within ~48h. Although he has a diplomatic way to say things, he never hesitates to tell the truth and be honest with you.
Markus has been our investor for many years now and he really cares about his startups. He has supported us everytime we asked and usually replies within ~48h. Although he has a diplomatic way to say things, he never hesitates to tell the truth and be honest with 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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Comes very prepared to meetings, having reviewed your deck, and she asks a lot of questions. She knows your customer really well and is passionate about how capital can do good. She also follows through on connecting you with other investors.
Comes very prepared to meetings, having reviewed your deck, and she asks a lot of questions. She knows your customer really well and is passionate about how capital can do good. She also follows through on connecting you with other investors.
Comes very prepared to meetings, having reviewed your deck, and she asks a lot of questions. She knows your customer really well and is passionate about how capital can do good. She also follows through on connecting you with other investors.
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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Lee was an angel investor in my company before he joined Root. He's honestly been one of the most helpful investors we have on our cap table, even though he was far from the largest check. He's been supportive when things are hard and pushed us when we've gotten complacent. He's also pretty rare in that he's an investor with super high EQ who is also really strong technically. He's a ground up thinker who isn't afraid to just build something on your devtools platform to get a feel for what the product can do. If you're building something in his thesis area I'd strongly recommend him.
Lee was an angel investor in my company before he joined Root. He's honestly been one of the most helpful investors we have on our cap table, even though he was far from the largest check. He's been supportive when things are hard and pushed us when we've gotten complacent. He's also pretty rare in that he's an investor with super high EQ who is also really strong technically. He's a ground up thinker who isn't afraid to just build something on your devtools platform to get a feel for what the product can do. If you're building something in his thesis area I'd strongly recommend him.
Lee was an angel investor in my company before he joined Root. He's honestly been one of the most helpful investors we have on our cap table, even though he was far from the largest check. He's been supportive when things are hard and pushed us when we've gotten complacent. He's also pretty rare in that he's an investor with super high EQ who is also really strong technically. He's a ground up thinker who isn't afraid to just build something on your devtools platform to get a feel for what the product can do. If you're building something in his thesis area I'd strongly recommend 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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Once you pitch Sequoia it's no surprise they're the top performing fund. They let us go through our entire pitch without interruption and then each asked 1-2 unbelievably thoughtful and smart questions. They followed up quickly with clear feedback on why it wasn't a fit.
Once you pitch Sequoia it's no surprise they're the top performing fund. They let us go through our entire pitch without interruption and then each asked 1-2 unbelievably thoughtful and smart questions. They followed up quickly with clear feedback on why it wasn't a fit.
Once you pitch Sequoia it's no surprise they're the top performing fund. They let us go through our entire pitch without interruption and then each asked 1-2 unbelievably thoughtful and smart questions. They followed up quickly with clear feedback on why it wasn't a fit.
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 really lives up to his reputation as the most friendly to cold-emails VC there is. He took a cold email from me, and we met, and even though he didn't invest, he always makes intros for me whenever he can and always replies to my emails. Fantastic.
He really lives up to his reputation as the most friendly to cold-emails VC there is. He took a cold email from me, and we met, and even though he didn't invest, he always makes intros for me whenever he can and always replies to my emails. Fantastic.
He really lives up to his reputation as the most friendly to cold-emails VC there is. He took a cold email from me, and we met, and even though he didn't invest, he always makes intros for me whenever he can and always replies to my emails. Fantastic.
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 Aditya on several deals; he started off by backing one of my losers (I was the founder) and despite losing money he doubled down on my next company (where I was part of the founding team) and that was a good outcome for him. He is a very low-ego guy, and will support you even if he doesn't invest. He looks to build long-term relationships. Probably the best VC partner I know in Southeast Asia.
I've worked with Aditya on several deals; he started off by backing one of my losers (I was the founder) and despite losing money he doubled down on my next company (where I was part of the founding team) and that was a good outcome for him. He is a very low-ego guy, and will support you even if he doesn't invest. He looks to build long-term relationships. Probably the best VC partner I know in Southeast Asia.
I've worked with Aditya on several deals; he started off by backing one of my losers (I was the founder) and despite losing money he doubled down on my next company (where I was part of the founding team) and that was a good outcome for him. He is a very low-ego guy, and will support you even if he doesn't invest. He looks to build long-term relationships. Probably the best VC partner I know in Southeast Asia.
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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