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Matt is amazing. He is very responsive and works almost as a co-founder. Every time I speak with him, or with anybody else in the QED team, I learn something. Couldn't recommend them enough.
Matt is amazing. He is very responsive and works almost as a co-founder. Every time I speak with him, or with anybody else in the QED team, I learn something. Couldn't recommend them enough.
Matt is amazing. He is very responsive and works almost as a co-founder. Every time I speak with him, or with anybody else in the QED team, I learn something. Couldn't recommend them 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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She views VC investments as a zero sum games. After signing a term sheet she is prepared to attach pernicious terms in convertible loan notes that were not part of the term sheet. She is not trustworthy, undermines management and behaves emotionally and irrationally.
She views VC investments as a zero sum games. After signing a term sheet she is prepared to attach pernicious terms in convertible loan notes that were not part of the term sheet. She is not trustworthy, undermines management and behaves emotionally and irrationally.
She views VC investments as a zero sum games. After signing a term sheet she is prepared to attach pernicious terms in convertible loan notes that were not part of the term sheet. She is not trustworthy, undermines management and behaves emotionally and irrationally.
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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Great reputation in the Boston startup ecosystem and very well-connected. Bob and his partner Andy are great advisors that invest early in startups
Great reputation in the Boston startup ecosystem and very well-connected. Bob and his partner Andy are great advisors that invest early in startups
Great reputation in the Boston startup ecosystem and very well-connected. Bob and his partner Andy are great advisors that invest early in startups
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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Erin is great to work with. She's incredibly diligent and respectful. She took the time to dive into markets, asked good questions and engaged fully.
Erin is great to work with. She's incredibly diligent and respectful. She took the time to dive into markets, asked good questions and engaged fully.
Erin is great to work with. She's incredibly diligent and respectful. She took the time to dive into markets, asked good questions and engaged fully.
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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Maggie has a special combination that make her an a special human being. She is smart, honest, humble and loves what she does. She can speak about GTM strategy and says things like "I just want you to focus on building and executing, let me help you when we close out this round". She listens... and takes the time to respond in a way that is well balanced for founders. She is quick with ideas and asks great questions that spark new, great ideas. What I love most of all is a weekly call all the founders get on with Maggie, Vik and some of the advisors to the fund. Everyone gets to be themselves, is open with any problems they are having and you really feel supported. As our company increases in value in ways VC's will just jump abroad for getting in the deal, it's this fund that has provided the most value. By far the best VC we have worked with and would recommend sending any founder to them. VC's get a bad reputation because of issues that have nothing to do with growing and building companies. WE are lucky we get to work with people like Maggie and Vik; humanity+purpose+humility+valuation= happy founders
Maggie has a special combination that make her an a special human being. She is smart, honest, humble and loves what she does. She can speak about GTM strategy and says things like "I just want you to focus on building and executing, let me help you when we close out this round". She listens... and takes the time to respond in a way that is well balanced for founders. She is quick with ideas and asks great questions that spark new, great ideas. What I love most of all is a weekly call all the founders get on with Maggie, Vik and some of the advisors to the fund. Everyone gets to be themselves, is open with any problems they are having and you really feel supported. As our company increases in value in ways VC's will just jump abroad for getting in the deal, it's this fund that has provided the most value. By far the best VC we have worked with and would recommend sending any founder to them. VC's get a bad reputation because of issues that have nothing to do with growing and building companies. WE are lucky we get to work with people like Maggie and Vik; humanity+purpose+humility+valuation= happy founders
Maggie has a special combination that make her an a special human being. She is smart, honest, humble and loves what she does. She can speak about GTM strategy and says things like "I just want you to focus on building and executing, let me help you when we close out this round". She listens... and takes the time to respond in a way that is well balanced for founders. She is quick with ideas and asks great questions that spark new, great ideas. What I love most of all is a weekly call all the founders get on with Maggie, Vik and some of the advisors to the fund. Everyone gets to be themselves, is open with any problems they are having and you really feel supported. As our company increases in value in ways VC's will just jump abroad for getting in the deal, it's this fund that has provided the most value. By far the best VC we have worked with and would recommend sending any founder to them. VC's get a bad reputation because of issues that have nothing to do with growing and building companies. WE are lucky we get to work with people like Maggie and Vik; humanity+purpose+humility+valuation= happy founders
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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Daniel Gross's fund (Pioneer.app) is focused on pre-seed stage. Speaking of this, the overall package (+200K valued offer + network in SV) is tremendous for tech startup at an early stage with very little traction. Very different from the majority of investing community, Pioneer.app is a weekly tournament, free and open to everyone from all countries. It's a fun experience and tournament community is supportive, especially for those just get things off the ground. Highly recommend for founders.
Daniel Gross's fund (Pioneer.app) is focused on pre-seed stage. Speaking of this, the overall package (+200K valued offer + network in SV) is tremendous for tech startup at an early stage with very little traction. Very different from the majority of investing community, Pioneer.app is a weekly tournament, free and open to everyone from all countries. It's a fun experience and tournament community is supportive, especially for those just get things off the ground. Highly recommend for founders.
Daniel Gross's fund (Pioneer.app) is focused on pre-seed stage. Speaking of this, the overall package (+200K valued offer + network in SV) is tremendous for tech startup at an early stage with very little traction. Very different from the majority of investing community, Pioneer.app is a weekly tournament, free and open to everyone from all countries. It's a fun experience and tournament community is supportive, especially for those just get things off the ground. Highly recommend for founders.
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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Susan unlike her partner Nisha Dua, can come off quite cold and arrogant. No doubt she has mad skills but the way in which she talks (sometimes down) to young entrepreneurs isn't necessary nor does it get the point across. I've seen her be dismissive more than once with a young, female founder.
Susan unlike her partner Nisha Dua, can come off quite cold and arrogant. No doubt she has mad skills but the way in which she talks (sometimes down) to young entrepreneurs isn't necessary nor does it get the point across. I've seen her be dismissive more than once with a young, female founder.
Susan unlike her partner Nisha Dua, can come off quite cold and arrogant. No doubt she has mad skills but the way in which she talks (sometimes down) to young entrepreneurs isn't necessary nor does it get the point across. I've seen her be dismissive more than once with a young, female 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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Met once with Jesse while raising a seed round for my startup ‒ great experience. I was introduced to him by another MP at IA Ventures. While he didn't end up investing, he asked all the right questions for a seed stage company raising capital. He took the time to really dive deep into the market and offered an intro to another investor he thought might be a better fit when he decided to pass. I got the impression that he is very intentional and thoughtful about decision-making. Overall, seems like a great guy.
Met once with Jesse while raising a seed round for my startup ‒ great experience. I was introduced to him by another MP at IA Ventures. While he didn't end up investing, he asked all the right questions for a seed stage company raising capital. He took the time to really dive deep into the market and offered an intro to another investor he thought might be a better fit when he decided to pass. I got the impression that he is very intentional and thoughtful about decision-making. Overall, seems like a great guy.
Met once with Jesse while raising a seed round for my startup ‒ great experience. I was introduced to him by another MP at IA Ventures. While he didn't end up investing, he asked all the right questions for a seed stage company raising capital. He took the time to really dive deep into the market and offered an intro to another investor he thought might be a better fit when he decided to pass. I got the impression that he is very intentional and thoughtful about decision-making. Overall, seems like a 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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Ben was our first investor, and jumped on well before anyone else did. He's incredible at making introductions to the right people, and he's the investor I call first when I want to talk through things going on in the business. Highly recommend him to other founders.
Ben was our first investor, and jumped on well before anyone else did. He's incredible at making introductions to the right people, and he's the investor I call first when I want to talk through things going on in the business. Highly recommend him to other founders.
Ben was our first investor, and jumped on well before anyone else did. He's incredible at making introductions to the right people, and he's the investor I call first when I want to talk through things going on in the business. Highly recommend him to other founders.
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 first rejections I got when we were raising our round, so I took his lack of excitement in our idea particularly poorly. I guess in hindsight though he kept it real, which is all you can ask for from an investor. He said he was out and gave us the clear reasons, basically boiling down to his fund staying away from consumer because it's very arbitrary. I kept some merch from his fund though, and I've been putting it in the living room for the past few months so I'd always remember.
One of the first rejections I got when we were raising our round, so I took his lack of excitement in our idea particularly poorly. I guess in hindsight though he kept it real, which is all you can ask for from an investor. He said he was out and gave us the clear reasons, basically boiling down to his fund staying away from consumer because it's very arbitrary. I kept some merch from his fund though, and I've been putting it in the living room for the past few months so I'd always remember.
One of the first rejections I got when we were raising our round, so I took his lack of excitement in our idea particularly poorly. I guess in hindsight though he kept it real, which is all you can ask for from an investor. He said he was out and gave us the clear reasons, basically boiling down to his fund staying away from consumer because it's very arbitrary. I kept some merch from his fund though, and I've been putting it in the living room for the past few months so I'd always remember.
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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