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In a world in which investors can squeeze you, Alexis gave real talk! He has been in our shoes and actually tries to help. Alexis has real interest in making founders successful. He helped advise negotiations on term sheets. What investor does that for you? Unreal!
In a world in which investors can squeeze you, Alexis gave real talk! He has been in our shoes and actually tries to help. Alexis has real interest in making founders successful. He helped advise negotiations on term sheets. What investor does that for you? Unreal!
In a world in which investors can squeeze you, Alexis gave real talk! He has been in our shoes and actually tries to help. Alexis has real interest in making founders successful. He helped advise negotiations on term sheets. What investor does that for you? Unreal!
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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This guy is a big deal. Hard to get a meeting with, his assistant scheduled it a month and half out in advance. Very chill in person and the Benchmark office in SF was quite nice. Haven't worked directly with him, but he had some interesting theses, particularly around empowering developer ecosystems.
This guy is a big deal. Hard to get a meeting with, his assistant scheduled it a month and half out in advance. Very chill in person and the Benchmark office in SF was quite nice. Haven't worked directly with him, but he had some interesting theses, particularly around empowering developer ecosystems.
This guy is a big deal. Hard to get a meeting with, his assistant scheduled it a month and half out in advance. Very chill in person and the Benchmark office in SF was quite nice. Haven't worked directly with him, but he had some interesting theses, particularly around empowering developer ecosystems.
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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Joel and the Class 5 team stand out when it comes to emerging market funds. I am an emerging market founder. Joel and the team have the ability bridge the best resources in the valley (connections, funding, talent, etc.) while carefully navigating the nuances of building a world class technology company in emerging markets. They don't approach problems with a blanket statements but ask the right questions to be able to carefully cater an answer to the specific geography you're targeting. Beyond that, Joel is on your team. It's evident that he is behind you in all situations. You leave conversations energized to take on the next problem.
Joel and the Class 5 team stand out when it comes to emerging market funds. I am an emerging market founder. Joel and the team have the ability bridge the best resources in the valley (connections, funding, talent, etc.) while carefully navigating the nuances of building a world class technology company in emerging markets. They don't approach problems with a blanket statements but ask the right questions to be able to carefully cater an answer to the specific geography you're targeting. Beyond that, Joel is on your team. It's evident that he is behind you in all situations. You leave conversations energized to take on the next problem.
Joel and the Class 5 team stand out when it comes to emerging market funds. I am an emerging market founder. Joel and the team have the ability bridge the best resources in the valley (connections, funding, talent, etc.) while carefully navigating the nuances of building a world class technology company in emerging markets. They don't approach problems with a blanket statements but ask the right questions to be able to carefully cater an answer to the specific geography you're targeting. Beyond that, Joel is on your team. It's evident that he is behind you in all situations. You leave conversations energized to take on the next problem.
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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Inconsiderate, low emotional intelligence & unresponsive. Provides no feedback. Would certainly avoid.
Inconsiderate, low emotional intelligence & unresponsive. Provides no feedback. Would certainly avoid.
Inconsiderate, low emotional intelligence & unresponsive. Provides no feedback. Would certainly avoid.
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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Erik cares much more about building his twitter following than about his companies. Huge ego, wants to look like an expert even though he's never built a successful company himself (or had any real operational experience) and became a VC because he's good at schmoozing and networking. If you ask him for advice he only speaks in cliches that he's read from other VC's. Really hard to actually get him to sit down and get tactical advice on concrete issues. I feel like if an investor has time to tweet so much instead of you know...working with his portfolio companies that's pretty much always a sign that they're in it just for social status. All show and no substance. Would recommend finding another investor who has operational experience and can actually provide value.
Erik cares much more about building his twitter following than about his companies. Huge ego, wants to look like an expert even though he's never built a successful company himself (or had any real operational experience) and became a VC because he's good at schmoozing and networking. If you ask him for advice he only speaks in cliches that he's read from other VC's. Really hard to actually get him to sit down and get tactical advice on concrete issues. I feel like if an investor has time to tweet so much instead of you know...working with his portfolio companies that's pretty much always a sign that they're in it just for social status. All show and no substance. Would recommend finding another investor who has operational experience and can actually provide value.
Erik cares much more about building his twitter following than about his companies. Huge ego, wants to look like an expert even though he's never built a successful company himself (or had any real operational experience) and became a VC because he's good at schmoozing and networking. If you ask him for advice he only speaks in cliches that he's read from other VC's. Really hard to actually get him to sit down and get tactical advice on concrete issues. I feel like if an investor has time to tweet so much instead of you know...working with his portfolio companies that's pretty much always a sign that they're in it just for social status. All show and no substance. Would recommend finding another investor who has operational experience and can actually provide value.
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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Fintech expert particularly with deep expertise in credit/debit cards. Always willing to talk and make connections.
Fintech expert particularly with deep expertise in credit/debit cards. Always willing to talk and make connections.
Fintech expert particularly with deep expertise in credit/debit cards. Always willing to talk and make connections.
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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Jesse was not the most respectful of our time, or the most responsive. I found out through the grapevine that he tried to backchannel about me in a quite ignorant way that made some incorrect assumptions about me.
Jesse was not the most respectful of our time, or the most responsive. I found out through the grapevine that he tried to backchannel about me in a quite ignorant way that made some incorrect assumptions about me.
Jesse was not the most respectful of our time, or the most responsive. I found out through the grapevine that he tried to backchannel about me in a quite ignorant way that made some incorrect assumptions about me.
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 know two founders that have worked with NEA. Both highly recommended that I meet with them during our fundraising process. They had nothing but good things to say about the partners at the firm. So, I took the opportunity to meet Jonathan and his team when we were raising our seed round. Jonathan asked thoughtful questions and was very responsive. Even though they passed on our seed round, I'd give him a shot at the next round and hope to work with them in the future.
I know two founders that have worked with NEA. Both highly recommended that I meet with them during our fundraising process. They had nothing but good things to say about the partners at the firm. So, I took the opportunity to meet Jonathan and his team when we were raising our seed round. Jonathan asked thoughtful questions and was very responsive. Even though they passed on our seed round, I'd give him a shot at the next round and hope to work with them in the future.
I know two founders that have worked with NEA. Both highly recommended that I meet with them during our fundraising process. They had nothing but good things to say about the partners at the firm. So, I took the opportunity to meet Jonathan and his team when we were raising our seed round. Jonathan asked thoughtful questions and was very responsive. Even though they passed on our seed round, I'd give him a shot at the next round and hope to work with them 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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Really genuine and nice guy. Didn't end up investing but enjoyed the conversations and would pitch again. -1 star for slowish response times.
Really genuine and nice guy. Didn't end up investing but enjoyed the conversations and would pitch again. -1 star for slowish response times.
Really genuine and nice guy. Didn't end up investing but enjoyed the conversations and would pitch again. -1 star for slowish response times.
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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Sharp, well connected, invests for firm and self, knows everyone. Widely adored. Highly recommend!
Sharp, well connected, invests for firm and self, knows everyone. Widely adored. Highly recommend!
Sharp, well connected, invests for firm and self, knows everyone. Widely adored. Highly 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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