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No nonsense investor. Cold blooded killer, in the best way
No nonsense investor. Cold blooded killer, in the best way
No nonsense investor. Cold blooded killer, in the best way
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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Izhar is one of the greats. He is willing to go deep and is extremely loyal to his founders. He's tough when he needs to be, but is also thoughtful and humble. If I were starting a new venture and had my pick of anyone to lead an early round—anyone—I'd pick Izhar.
Izhar is one of the greats. He is willing to go deep and is extremely loyal to his founders. He's tough when he needs to be, but is also thoughtful and humble. If I were starting a new venture and had my pick of anyone to lead an early round—anyone—I'd pick Izhar.
Izhar is one of the greats. He is willing to go deep and is extremely loyal to his founders. He's tough when he needs to be, but is also thoughtful and humble. If I were starting a new venture and had my pick of anyone to lead an early round—anyone—I'd pick Izhar.
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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Generally unimpressive. He treated our call with distain, disinterest and an undeserved holier-than-thou attitude. As the first point of contact most founders have with Haystack, Aashay does not paint a good picture of the fund. Really turned me off from considering them as any type of partner now and in the future.
Generally unimpressive. He treated our call with distain, disinterest and an undeserved holier-than-thou attitude. As the first point of contact most founders have with Haystack, Aashay does not paint a good picture of the fund. Really turned me off from considering them as any type of partner now and in the future.
Generally unimpressive. He treated our call with distain, disinterest and an undeserved holier-than-thou attitude. As the first point of contact most founders have with Haystack, Aashay does not paint a good picture of the fund. Really turned me off from considering them as any type of partner now and in 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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Santosh and the Dynamo team are some of the most supportive investors we've had. They backed us when we were barely a bit more than a concept (seems like they've done this a few times) and have spent the time and energy into really helping us make a business out of an idea. Santosh is straightforward and doesn't sugarcoat the hard truth but it's conveyed that even critical feedback is given because there's true alignment between him, Dynamo as a fund, and you as a founder. Dynamo's network in the supply chain space is fantastic and they're one of the few funds willing to put their money where their mouth is in terms of intros and network.
Santosh and the Dynamo team are some of the most supportive investors we've had. They backed us when we were barely a bit more than a concept (seems like they've done this a few times) and have spent the time and energy into really helping us make a business out of an idea. Santosh is straightforward and doesn't sugarcoat the hard truth but it's conveyed that even critical feedback is given because there's true alignment between him, Dynamo as a fund, and you as a founder. Dynamo's network in the supply chain space is fantastic and they're one of the few funds willing to put their money where their mouth is in terms of intros and network.
Santosh and the Dynamo team are some of the most supportive investors we've had. They backed us when we were barely a bit more than a concept (seems like they've done this a few times) and have spent the time and energy into really helping us make a business out of an idea. Santosh is straightforward and doesn't sugarcoat the hard truth but it's conveyed that even critical feedback is given because there's true alignment between him, Dynamo as a fund, and you as a founder. Dynamo's network in the supply chain space is fantastic and they're one of the few funds willing to put their money where their mouth is in terms of intros and network.
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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Cristina has been an absolute pleasure from the start of working together, and I feel lucky to have her as an investor I get to build with. She is not only an incredible support for difficult issues, but she has been extremely helpful with providing guidance and feedback throughout. However, what has stood out to me most is her ability to provide concrete and actionable advice with empathy and honesty. I can tell she is truly engaged and understanding of my experience, and if not, she will ask to try to understand before offering guidance. She has become a mentor and coach as I navigate through next steps of growth, both for myself as a founder and for my business, in ways beyond what I would have ever imagined from a VC. I not only feel like I can trust her with anything, I feel as though I can learn a lot from her too. Backing up her incredible advice, Cristina comes bearing an extremely impressive background in design and business strategy, yet you can tell she is constantly building on top of her experience and constantly open to learning more. I truly feel so lucky to have met, and now work with, Cristina. I highly recommend that anyone who has an opportunity to do so run towards it, and fast.
Cristina has been an absolute pleasure from the start of working together, and I feel lucky to have her as an investor I get to build with. She is not only an incredible support for difficult issues, but she has been extremely helpful with providing guidance and feedback throughout. However, what has stood out to me most is her ability to provide concrete and actionable advice with empathy and honesty. I can tell she is truly engaged and understanding of my experience, and if not, she will ask to try to understand before offering guidance. She has become a mentor and coach as I navigate through next steps of growth, both for myself as a founder and for my business, in ways beyond what I would have ever imagined from a VC. I not only feel like I can trust her with anything, I feel as though I can learn a lot from her too. Backing up her incredible advice, Cristina comes bearing an extremely impressive background in design and business strategy, yet you can tell she is constantly building on top of her experience and constantly open to learning more. I truly feel so lucky to have met, and now work with, Cristina. I highly recommend that anyone who has an opportunity to do so run towards it, and fast.
Cristina has been an absolute pleasure from the start of working together, and I feel lucky to have her as an investor I get to build with. She is not only an incredible support for difficult issues, but she has been extremely helpful with providing guidance and feedback throughout. However, what has stood out to me most is her ability to provide concrete and actionable advice with empathy and honesty. I can tell she is truly engaged and understanding of my experience, and if not, she will ask to try to understand before offering guidance. She has become a mentor and coach as I navigate through next steps of growth, both for myself as a founder and for my business, in ways beyond what I would have ever imagined from a VC. I not only feel like I can trust her with anything, I feel as though I can learn a lot from her too. Backing up her incredible advice, Cristina comes bearing an extremely impressive background in design and business strategy, yet you can tell she is constantly building on top of her experience and constantly open to learning more. I truly feel so lucky to have met, and now work with, Cristina. I highly recommend that anyone who has an opportunity to do so run towards it, and fast.
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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A riddle wrapped inside of an enigma. Who is this guy and what is his endgame? The first time I met him I was surprised to feel the realization that his reputation may have built on smoke, mirrors, and—as another reviewer mentioned—seemingly propped up by his twitter follower numbers. I mean, he's even given private classes on growing your Twitter following and how to tweet to optimize for engagement. To state the facts, Erik really doesn't have enough experience himself as an operator to be an effective investor to a founder. Can he introduce you to literally every other Silicon Valley investor and some Product Hunt alumni? Sure. But where does that get you? Perhaps the ability to impress a few first-time founders and young twitterati by namedropping the hypebeast investor on your cap table. The more time I spent around him, the more I realized that there's significantly little value he could bring besides the check. So, seeing an opportunity, and even being a chosen member in one of his 'communities', I reached out to pitch him at my early stage... and got the ghost, twice. He's hired a few bright folks to build a unique community with OnDeck but I just fail to see much else. This is business, not a reality show. 3/10, do not recommend.
A riddle wrapped inside of an enigma. Who is this guy and what is his endgame? The first time I met him I was surprised to feel the realization that his reputation may have built on smoke, mirrors, and—as another reviewer mentioned—seemingly propped up by his twitter follower numbers. I mean, he's even given private classes on growing your Twitter following and how to tweet to optimize for engagement. To state the facts, Erik really doesn't have enough experience himself as an operator to be an effective investor to a founder. Can he introduce you to literally every other Silicon Valley investor and some Product Hunt alumni? Sure. But where does that get you? Perhaps the ability to impress a few first-time founders and young twitterati by namedropping the hypebeast investor on your cap table. The more time I spent around him, the more I realized that there's significantly little value he could bring besides the check. So, seeing an opportunity, and even being a chosen member in one of his 'communities', I reached out to pitch him at my early stage... and got the ghost, twice. He's hired a few bright folks to build a unique community with OnDeck but I just fail to see much else. This is business, not a reality show. 3/10, do not recommend.
A riddle wrapped inside of an enigma. Who is this guy and what is his endgame? The first time I met him I was surprised to feel the realization that his reputation may have built on smoke, mirrors, and—as another reviewer mentioned—seemingly propped up by his twitter follower numbers. I mean, he's even given private classes on growing your Twitter following and how to tweet to optimize for engagement. To state the facts, Erik really doesn't have enough experience himself as an operator to be an effective investor to a founder. Can he introduce you to literally every other Silicon Valley investor and some Product Hunt alumni? Sure. But where does that get you? Perhaps the ability to impress a few first-time founders and young twitterati by namedropping the hypebeast investor on your cap table. The more time I spent around him, the more I realized that there's significantly little value he could bring besides the check. So, seeing an opportunity, and even being a chosen member in one of his 'communities', I reached out to pitch him at my early stage... and got the ghost, twice. He's hired a few bright folks to build a unique community with OnDeck but I just fail to see much else. This is business, not a reality show. 3/10, do not 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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We pitched David for our Series A. He was very thoughtful in his evaluation. Logistics were a little off as he is Boston based and we were spending a lot of time in the Valley for our round but he introduced us to two highly respected entrepreneurs in his portfolio. When I come across great companies David is one of the first people I think of.
We pitched David for our Series A. He was very thoughtful in his evaluation. Logistics were a little off as he is Boston based and we were spending a lot of time in the Valley for our round but he introduced us to two highly respected entrepreneurs in his portfolio. When I come across great companies David is one of the first people I think of.
We pitched David for our Series A. He was very thoughtful in his evaluation. Logistics were a little off as he is Boston based and we were spending a lot of time in the Valley for our round but he introduced us to two highly respected entrepreneurs in his portfolio. When I come across great companies David is one of the first people I think of.
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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Paul is one of the most helpful and sincere investors I've ever met. He played a big role in our Series A, making over 40 thoughtful introductions to potential investors and helping us every step of the way. He's extremely smart and a great thought partner, especially when it comes to business strategy, sales, marketing, and operations. Most importantly Paul is low ego, down to earth, and truly cares about the founders he invests in. Can't recommend him highly enough.
Paul is one of the most helpful and sincere investors I've ever met. He played a big role in our Series A, making over 40 thoughtful introductions to potential investors and helping us every step of the way. He's extremely smart and a great thought partner, especially when it comes to business strategy, sales, marketing, and operations. Most importantly Paul is low ego, down to earth, and truly cares about the founders he invests in. Can't recommend him highly enough.
Paul is one of the most helpful and sincere investors I've ever met. He played a big role in our Series A, making over 40 thoughtful introductions to potential investors and helping us every step of the way. He's extremely smart and a great thought partner, especially when it comes to business strategy, sales, marketing, and operations. Most importantly Paul is low ego, down to earth, and truly cares about the founders he invests in. Can't recommend him highly 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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0

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My company and I had a bunch of meetings with Nick and his team. They expressed a lot of interest and requested lots of info over the course of several months as part of "diligence." But eventually they ended up passing. It left us scratching our heads a bit because we don't really have any surprises in our diligence docs, but we figured it might have been a one-off incident. But since then, other companies have shared similar stories where they were told they were in diligence and spent a lot of time on deep dives, only to have New Stack pass. They seem like good enough guys, but I'd be cautious about spending too much of your time/energy on "diligence," because you're likely still very early in their process.
My company and I had a bunch of meetings with Nick and his team. They expressed a lot of interest and requested lots of info over the course of several months as part of "diligence." But eventually they ended up passing. It left us scratching our heads a bit because we don't really have any surprises in our diligence docs, but we figured it might have been a one-off incident. But since then, other companies have shared similar stories where they were told they were in diligence and spent a lot of time on deep dives, only to have New Stack pass. They seem like good enough guys, but I'd be cautious about spending too much of your time/energy on "diligence," because you're likely still very early in their process.
My company and I had a bunch of meetings with Nick and his team. They expressed a lot of interest and requested lots of info over the course of several months as part of "diligence." But eventually they ended up passing. It left us scratching our heads a bit because we don't really have any surprises in our diligence docs, but we figured it might have been a one-off incident. But since then, other companies have shared similar stories where they were told they were in diligence and spent a lot of time on deep dives, only to have New Stack pass. They seem like good enough guys, but I'd be cautious about spending too much of your time/energy on "diligence," because you're likely still very early in their process.
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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Alan has a treasure chest of startup knowledge that he can deploy at a moment's notice when you're in need of advice. He's the only investor in my captable (out of dozens, including my lead) who I trust completely.
Alan has a treasure chest of startup knowledge that he can deploy at a moment's notice when you're in need of advice. He's the only investor in my captable (out of dozens, including my lead) who I trust completely.
Alan has a treasure chest of startup knowledge that he can deploy at a moment's notice when you're in need of advice. He's the only investor in my captable (out of dozens, including my lead) who I trust completely.
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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