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For context: I have worked with Delian for about 18 months now as an investor in our company. He did not lead our round, but offered to and then was willing to participate as a following investor (still 25% of the round) when we asked him to. Delian's greatest strength is his brutal honesty and the fact that he does not pull punches. When we weren't growing fast enough, he told us. When he saw weaknesses in our business or how we were approaching growth, he told us. Without this direct feedback, and as a first time founder, I likely would not have realized these errors until much later. Meanwhile, our lead investor, while brilliant, was too nice to call out these issues directly and would have taken much longer to say what we needed to hear. This style is, of course, not for everyone. If you don't like hearing your weakest parts called out, then you won't enjoy working with Delian. But if you prefer to identify weaknesses as soon as possible and bring them into the light so that you can fix them rapidly, Delian is great for that. It also helps that he is younger and easier to talk to as a peer / equal instead of being a "big wig" in Silicon Valley that you are afraid to level with and share what is really on your mind. While his direct experience in startup operations may be relatively limited, his experience as a "failed" founder still translates and he has done a great job absorbing knowledge from Keith and the dozens of companies he has worked with in his short career.
For context: I have worked with Delian for about 18 months now as an investor in our company. He did not lead our round, but offered to and then was willing to participate as a following investor (still 25% of the round) when we asked him to. Delian's greatest strength is his brutal honesty and the fact that he does not pull punches. When we weren't growing fast enough, he told us. When he saw weaknesses in our business or how we were approaching growth, he told us. Without this direct feedback, and as a first time founder, I likely would not have realized these errors until much later. Meanwhile, our lead investor, while brilliant, was too nice to call out these issues directly and would have taken much longer to say what we needed to hear. This style is, of course, not for everyone. If you don't like hearing your weakest parts called out, then you won't enjoy working with Delian. But if you prefer to identify weaknesses as soon as possible and bring them into the light so that you can fix them rapidly, Delian is great for that. It also helps that he is younger and easier to talk to as a peer / equal instead of being a "big wig" in Silicon Valley that you are afraid to level with and share what is really on your mind. While his direct experience in startup operations may be relatively limited, his experience as a "failed" founder still translates and he has done a great job absorbing knowledge from Keith and the dozens of companies he has worked with in his short career.
For context: I have worked with Delian for about 18 months now as an investor in our company. He did not lead our round, but offered to and then was willing to participate as a following investor (still 25% of the round) when we asked him to. Delian's greatest strength is his brutal honesty and the fact that he does not pull punches. When we weren't growing fast enough, he told us. When he saw weaknesses in our business or how we were approaching growth, he told us. Without this direct feedback, and as a first time founder, I likely would not have realized these errors until much later. Meanwhile, our lead investor, while brilliant, was too nice to call out these issues directly and would have taken much longer to say what we needed to hear. This style is, of course, not for everyone. If you don't like hearing your weakest parts called out, then you won't enjoy working with Delian. But if you prefer to identify weaknesses as soon as possible and bring them into the light so that you can fix them rapidly, Delian is great for that. It also helps that he is younger and easier to talk to as a peer / equal instead of being a "big wig" in Silicon Valley that you are afraid to level with and share what is really on your mind. While his direct experience in startup operations may be relatively limited, his experience as a "failed" founder still translates and he has done a great job absorbing knowledge from Keith and the dozens of companies he has worked with in his short career.
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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Free Money for Startups
Free Money for Startups
Free Money for 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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John went out of his way to be helpful and fair to us, even though Costanoa didn't end up investing. He brought analytical and strategic thinking that ultimately impacted the direction of our business. He's super transparent throughout the whole process as well so definitely not the kind of VC that leaves you with question marks. We were all amazed by how deep he went and how thoughtful he was in each of his interactions with. Further, he gave a bunch of intros to relevant experts that could help our thinking. And on top of it all, John is just a super kind and respectful human being. This guy is a rising star in the VC world - still young, but I'd place my bets on John being one of the most respected names in VC down the line.
John went out of his way to be helpful and fair to us, even though Costanoa didn't end up investing. He brought analytical and strategic thinking that ultimately impacted the direction of our business. He's super transparent throughout the whole process as well so definitely not the kind of VC that leaves you with question marks. We were all amazed by how deep he went and how thoughtful he was in each of his interactions with. Further, he gave a bunch of intros to relevant experts that could help our thinking. And on top of it all, John is just a super kind and respectful human being. This guy is a rising star in the VC world - still young, but I'd place my bets on John being one of the most respected names in VC down the line.
John went out of his way to be helpful and fair to us, even though Costanoa didn't end up investing. He brought analytical and strategic thinking that ultimately impacted the direction of our business. He's super transparent throughout the whole process as well so definitely not the kind of VC that leaves you with question marks. We were all amazed by how deep he went and how thoughtful he was in each of his interactions with. Further, he gave a bunch of intros to relevant experts that could help our thinking. And on top of it all, John is just a super kind and respectful human being. This guy is a rising star in the VC world - still young, but I'd place my bets on John being one of the most respected names in VC down the line.
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 has a great reputation, and we were excited to pitch him. He spent most of the meeting talking about his other investments. He followed up by passing us off to a junior person at the firm. It was a buzz kill. hopefully others had a better experience
He has a great reputation, and we were excited to pitch him. He spent most of the meeting talking about his other investments. He followed up by passing us off to a junior person at the firm. It was a buzz kill. hopefully others had a better experience
He has a great reputation, and we were excited to pitch him. He spent most of the meeting talking about his other investments. He followed up by passing us off to a junior person at the firm. It was a buzz kill. hopefully others had a better experience
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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Patrick is a very helpful and well connected investor. He connected us to a related investor, and also works collaboratively with other strategic investors. He has also made contacts within his portfolio to other investments which are beneficial to us
Patrick is a very helpful and well connected investor. He connected us to a related investor, and also works collaboratively with other strategic investors. He has also made contacts within his portfolio to other investments which are beneficial to us
Patrick is a very helpful and well connected investor. He connected us to a related investor, and also works collaboratively with other strategic investors. He has also made contacts within his portfolio to other investments which are beneficial to us
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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Typical VC with no start-up experience. For later stage investors, this isn't a big deal, but for early stage (where he claims to invest), he gets very hung up on minute issues that are ubiquitous in early stage companies. Lastly, he's just egotistical, know-it-all, and doesn't seem pleasant to converse with. The prototypical "never done it but thinks he has all the answers" VC.
Typical VC with no start-up experience. For later stage investors, this isn't a big deal, but for early stage (where he claims to invest), he gets very hung up on minute issues that are ubiquitous in early stage companies. Lastly, he's just egotistical, know-it-all, and doesn't seem pleasant to converse with. The prototypical "never done it but thinks he has all the answers" VC.
Typical VC with no start-up experience. For later stage investors, this isn't a big deal, but for early stage (where he claims to invest), he gets very hung up on minute issues that are ubiquitous in early stage companies. Lastly, he's just egotistical, know-it-all, and doesn't seem pleasant to converse with. The prototypical "never done it but thinks he has all the answers" VC.
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 have known Nitin as a founder for years and have been on many calls with him. He is, in my experience, one of the most dedicated partners at Unshackled, that takes the time to get to know you first, your vision, and your business. He goes above and beyond and gives you intros to help you raise your round as well. If you need help with product, he connects you with other relevant portfolio founders and other immigrant entrepreneurs beyond his portfolio to help you out in whatever aspect of the company. He's essentially a super connecter.
I have known Nitin as a founder for years and have been on many calls with him. He is, in my experience, one of the most dedicated partners at Unshackled, that takes the time to get to know you first, your vision, and your business. He goes above and beyond and gives you intros to help you raise your round as well. If you need help with product, he connects you with other relevant portfolio founders and other immigrant entrepreneurs beyond his portfolio to help you out in whatever aspect of the company. He's essentially a super connecter.
I have known Nitin as a founder for years and have been on many calls with him. He is, in my experience, one of the most dedicated partners at Unshackled, that takes the time to get to know you first, your vision, and your business. He goes above and beyond and gives you intros to help you raise your round as well. If you need help with product, he connects you with other relevant portfolio founders and other immigrant entrepreneurs beyond his portfolio to help you out in whatever aspect of the company. He's essentially a super connecter.
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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Zach is really sharp and gives good feedback. Always there for his founders. Loves exploring new ideas.
Zach is really sharp and gives good feedback. Always there for his founders. Loves exploring new ideas.
Zach is really sharp and gives good feedback. Always there for his founders. Loves exploring new ideas.
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 met about a year ago and I reached out to check-in as we were starting our fundraising process. We did an initial call, I sent over requested information (a deck). Nearly two months pass go by and I get a pretty much canned email that "you have probably" raised by now. This is the clear bad signs of a VC. Especially with no real reputation with new fund it shows why they won't be a top tier fund. Two months of ghosting to then just say you probably raised and that you focus on the actual round we are on just caught me as weird & I would not want to work with someone that flippant.
We met about a year ago and I reached out to check-in as we were starting our fundraising process. We did an initial call, I sent over requested information (a deck). Nearly two months pass go by and I get a pretty much canned email that "you have probably" raised by now. This is the clear bad signs of a VC. Especially with no real reputation with new fund it shows why they won't be a top tier fund. Two months of ghosting to then just say you probably raised and that you focus on the actual round we are on just caught me as weird & I would not want to work with someone that flippant.
We met about a year ago and I reached out to check-in as we were starting our fundraising process. We did an initial call, I sent over requested information (a deck). Nearly two months pass go by and I get a pretty much canned email that "you have probably" raised by now. This is the clear bad signs of a VC. Especially with no real reputation with new fund it shows why they won't be a top tier fund. Two months of ghosting to then just say you probably raised and that you focus on the actual round we are on just caught me as weird & I would not want to work with someone that flippant.
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 sweetest and most helpful partners at YC. We like going to him with our problems since he clearly is keen to provide the most value he can at every juncture. He focuses primarily on concrete (product and operations) advice as opposed to some of the other partners, who sometimes think at a higher level.
One of the sweetest and most helpful partners at YC. We like going to him with our problems since he clearly is keen to provide the most value he can at every juncture. He focuses primarily on concrete (product and operations) advice as opposed to some of the other partners, who sometimes think at a higher level.
One of the sweetest and most helpful partners at YC. We like going to him with our problems since he clearly is keen to provide the most value he can at every juncture. He focuses primarily on concrete (product and operations) advice as opposed to some of the other partners, who sometimes think at a higher level.
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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