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One of the nicest VCs I've met to this day. Even though he's super busy and doesn't deploy capital himself (he's a managing director), he is willing to take time from cold emails and really likes working with founders (especially since his job is fundraising from LPs). Great guy.
One of the nicest VCs I've met to this day. Even though he's super busy and doesn't deploy capital himself (he's a managing director), he is willing to take time from cold emails and really likes working with founders (especially since his job is fundraising from LPs). Great guy.
One of the nicest VCs I've met to this day. Even though he's super busy and doesn't deploy capital himself (he's a managing director), he is willing to take time from cold emails and really likes working with founders (especially since his job is fundraising from LPs). Great 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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One of the best investors I have had the chance to meet with.
One of the best investors I have had the chance to meet with.
One of the best investors I have had the chance to meet with.
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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Sara has always been my go-to person when I want to get the insider, investors perspective on how a particular milestone would look, or a particular deal. She continues to be an awesome resource connecting me with people in network not just after a meeting, but asynchronously throughout the journey.
Sara has always been my go-to person when I want to get the insider, investors perspective on how a particular milestone would look, or a particular deal. She continues to be an awesome resource connecting me with people in network not just after a meeting, but asynchronously throughout the journey.
Sara has always been my go-to person when I want to get the insider, investors perspective on how a particular milestone would look, or a particular deal. She continues to be an awesome resource connecting me with people in network not just after a meeting, but asynchronously throughout the journey.
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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Had multiple meetings with this investor. He then committed capital both verbally and via email. When we sent over the final forms for signing and wiring information we never heard back. We reached out multiple times over the course of a year and never heard a word. Do not recommend.
Had multiple meetings with this investor. He then committed capital both verbally and via email. When we sent over the final forms for signing and wiring information we never heard back. We reached out multiple times over the course of a year and never heard a word. Do not recommend.
Had multiple meetings with this investor. He then committed capital both verbally and via email. When we sent over the final forms for signing and wiring information we never heard back. We reached out multiple times over the course of a year and never heard a word. 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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Will knows how to build and connect with the community. He is thoughtful and helpful to founders and fights heavily for them.
Will knows how to build and connect with the community. He is thoughtful and helpful to founders and fights heavily for them.
Will knows how to build and connect with the community. He is thoughtful and helpful to founders and fights heavily for 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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Very helpful and kind.
Very helpful and kind.
Very helpful and kind.
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 Shahin for several years, and overall he's a nice guy, but in my view he's an ineffective investor from the founder's point of view. In my experience, Shahin has issues with "bedside manner", thoughtfulness, and understanding the limitations of his knowledge and experience. We used to call him the "chaos monkey" in board meetings because when the group was in alignment, he'd be the one questioning things with really oddball takes and with an energy I would call frenetic / anxious that wasn't conducive to running effective board meetings. Further he was already late to board meetings, would call in at the last minute without notice (when everyone else had come in person), and then eventually stopped coming to our board meetings without announcing this to us. We just had to infer he was out. During a tough time in the company later on, he then reappeared making various requests and demands and in general adding stress to an already very difficult situation. For his value-add, I would not say Shahin's discussions in board meetings or in general were helpful. I'd use "generic MBA" to describe the lack of rigor and insight of his thinking. In the future, I will avoid working with Shahin again. He's generally a trustworthy guy whose heart is in the right place, but he was a pain in the ass having on the cap table and didn't add any value beyond the money.
I've worked with Shahin for several years, and overall he's a nice guy, but in my view he's an ineffective investor from the founder's point of view. In my experience, Shahin has issues with "bedside manner", thoughtfulness, and understanding the limitations of his knowledge and experience. We used to call him the "chaos monkey" in board meetings because when the group was in alignment, he'd be the one questioning things with really oddball takes and with an energy I would call frenetic / anxious that wasn't conducive to running effective board meetings. Further he was already late to board meetings, would call in at the last minute without notice (when everyone else had come in person), and then eventually stopped coming to our board meetings without announcing this to us. We just had to infer he was out. During a tough time in the company later on, he then reappeared making various requests and demands and in general adding stress to an already very difficult situation. For his value-add, I would not say Shahin's discussions in board meetings or in general were helpful. I'd use "generic MBA" to describe the lack of rigor and insight of his thinking. In the future, I will avoid working with Shahin again. He's generally a trustworthy guy whose heart is in the right place, but he was a pain in the ass having on the cap table and didn't add any value beyond the money.
I've worked with Shahin for several years, and overall he's a nice guy, but in my view he's an ineffective investor from the founder's point of view. In my experience, Shahin has issues with "bedside manner", thoughtfulness, and understanding the limitations of his knowledge and experience. We used to call him the "chaos monkey" in board meetings because when the group was in alignment, he'd be the one questioning things with really oddball takes and with an energy I would call frenetic / anxious that wasn't conducive to running effective board meetings. Further he was already late to board meetings, would call in at the last minute without notice (when everyone else had come in person), and then eventually stopped coming to our board meetings without announcing this to us. We just had to infer he was out. During a tough time in the company later on, he then reappeared making various requests and demands and in general adding stress to an already very difficult situation. For his value-add, I would not say Shahin's discussions in board meetings or in general were helpful. I'd use "generic MBA" to describe the lack of rigor and insight of his thinking. In the future, I will avoid working with Shahin again. He's generally a trustworthy guy whose heart is in the right place, but he was a pain in the ass having on the cap table and didn't add any value beyond the money.
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 was about to go on a fundraising trip to SF and sorted of reached Ted cold on Twitter. He was prompt and interested. He emailed a very thoughtful feed back on my deck showing he actually spent time reading and thinking about the business. We had a good meeting (in person) and he had done his homework and asked relevant questions.
I was about to go on a fundraising trip to SF and sorted of reached Ted cold on Twitter. He was prompt and interested. He emailed a very thoughtful feed back on my deck showing he actually spent time reading and thinking about the business. We had a good meeting (in person) and he had done his homework and asked relevant questions.
I was about to go on a fundraising trip to SF and sorted of reached Ted cold on Twitter. He was prompt and interested. He emailed a very thoughtful feed back on my deck showing he actually spent time reading and thinking about the business. We had a good meeting (in person) and he had done his homework and asked relevant questions.
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 like Will a lot on a personal level. Very trustworthy, very easy to talk to -- gives off a lot of friendly Dad vibes. I like him a lot more than the other partners at RRE, who have almost across the board come across as arrogant assholes, which is moderately ironic given how badly their media-driven thesis has turned out. Pitch-to-answer time was average, and working with RRE was fairly hands-off. With that said, RRE did not provide much by way of support and services to us -- particularly in comparison to what a Lerer, Box, or FRC can do in an apples-to-apples comparison of NYC firms -- and is clearly no longer the blue-chip they once were.
I like Will a lot on a personal level. Very trustworthy, very easy to talk to -- gives off a lot of friendly Dad vibes. I like him a lot more than the other partners at RRE, who have almost across the board come across as arrogant assholes, which is moderately ironic given how badly their media-driven thesis has turned out. Pitch-to-answer time was average, and working with RRE was fairly hands-off. With that said, RRE did not provide much by way of support and services to us -- particularly in comparison to what a Lerer, Box, or FRC can do in an apples-to-apples comparison of NYC firms -- and is clearly no longer the blue-chip they once were.
I like Will a lot on a personal level. Very trustworthy, very easy to talk to -- gives off a lot of friendly Dad vibes. I like him a lot more than the other partners at RRE, who have almost across the board come across as arrogant assholes, which is moderately ironic given how badly their media-driven thesis has turned out. Pitch-to-answer time was average, and working with RRE was fairly hands-off. With that said, RRE did not provide much by way of support and services to us -- particularly in comparison to what a Lerer, Box, or FRC can do in an apples-to-apples comparison of NYC firms -- and is clearly no longer the blue-chip they once were.
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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Had 2 meetings pre and post investment. He seemed to want to push the technology in the direction they wanted it to go and not the founders domain expertise direction. This push and pull is to be expected and the challenge of concept was welcome. What was not was the reneging on their agreement which was done 3 months into the investment cycle.
Had 2 meetings pre and post investment. He seemed to want to push the technology in the direction they wanted it to go and not the founders domain expertise direction. This push and pull is to be expected and the challenge of concept was welcome. What was not was the reneging on their agreement which was done 3 months into the investment cycle.
Had 2 meetings pre and post investment. He seemed to want to push the technology in the direction they wanted it to go and not the founders domain expertise direction. This push and pull is to be expected and the challenge of concept was welcome. What was not was the reneging on their agreement which was done 3 months into the investment cycle.
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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