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Sid radiates positive energy. He is like a one man fan club for each of the founders he works with. He was a founder and knows what it takes to build something special. He's low overhead, but is always there to pick up your call and support in any way he can. A lot of investors say they are all about conviction, but he actually is. If he's in, he's all in.
Sid radiates positive energy. He is like a one man fan club for each of the founders he works with. He was a founder and knows what it takes to build something special. He's low overhead, but is always there to pick up your call and support in any way he can. A lot of investors say they are all about conviction, but he actually is. If he's in, he's all in.
Sid radiates positive energy. He is like a one man fan club for each of the founders he works with. He was a founder and knows what it takes to build something special. He's low overhead, but is always there to pick up your call and support in any way he can. A lot of investors say they are all about conviction, but he actually is. If he's in, he's all in.
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 a couple of meetings with this investor. I wasnt initially interested because I felt we were not at the right stage but he sort of chased me to have a call. In the first call, he was somewhere remote and connectivity issues (over normal phone). Then we had another meeting with him and his associate, after which I was ghosted by both of them with zero feedback or response. I even tried pinging on Whatsapp or mail but was left on seen. Would not want to work with him even if he agrees to invest for a later round.
Had a couple of meetings with this investor. I wasnt initially interested because I felt we were not at the right stage but he sort of chased me to have a call. In the first call, he was somewhere remote and connectivity issues (over normal phone). Then we had another meeting with him and his associate, after which I was ghosted by both of them with zero feedback or response. I even tried pinging on Whatsapp or mail but was left on seen. Would not want to work with him even if he agrees to invest for a later round.
Had a couple of meetings with this investor. I wasnt initially interested because I felt we were not at the right stage but he sort of chased me to have a call. In the first call, he was somewhere remote and connectivity issues (over normal phone). Then we had another meeting with him and his associate, after which I was ghosted by both of them with zero feedback or response. I even tried pinging on Whatsapp or mail but was left on seen. Would not want to work with him even if he agrees to invest for a later round.
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 met with Danielle to get feedback on my startup and the direction I was heading. I wasn't looking for an investment at the time. She was incredibly helpful, gave very honest and actionable feedback, and even went out of her way to make some introductions that I hadn't asked for. Highly recommend working with her.
I met with Danielle to get feedback on my startup and the direction I was heading. I wasn't looking for an investment at the time. She was incredibly helpful, gave very honest and actionable feedback, and even went out of her way to make some introductions that I hadn't asked for. Highly recommend working with her.
I met with Danielle to get feedback on my startup and the direction I was heading. I wasn't looking for an investment at the time. She was incredibly helpful, gave very honest and actionable feedback, and even went out of her way to make some introductions that I hadn't asked for. Highly recommend working with her.
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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Jason is definitely in a better role at Foundation, than he was at Launch. Really respect his opinions. Super knowledgable and is able to sniff out BS pretty easily.
Jason is definitely in a better role at Foundation, than he was at Launch. Really respect his opinions. Super knowledgable and is able to sniff out BS pretty easily.
Jason is definitely in a better role at Foundation, than he was at Launch. Really respect his opinions. Super knowledgable and is able to sniff out BS pretty easily.
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 had one meeting with Scott in his office in Seattle. He arrived 15 mins late to the meeting. After few minutes of listening to our pitch he basically told us that we are not the right folks to do this. There are lot of other smart and intelligent folks working at Amazon and Microsoft whom he can "sponsor" to the exact thing and they would do a better job than us. He then received a phone call and stepped out of meeting for 10 minutes leaving us with his associate who actually heard us well. After he cam back from his phone call he then talked about how great he is and how he knows everyone in the market we were playing. Indirectly, he said we stop what we were doing and should quit. I am second time founder and have met 100+ investors for fund raising between my two startups. I have never ever had this kind of experience from any investor. Most investors are courteous and values your time. Being late is acceptable but telling us that there are smarter folks he knows to do the startup is arrogance. I have raised funding for both my startups. This time, we raised more than $12M in series A.
We had one meeting with Scott in his office in Seattle. He arrived 15 mins late to the meeting. After few minutes of listening to our pitch he basically told us that we are not the right folks to do this. There are lot of other smart and intelligent folks working at Amazon and Microsoft whom he can "sponsor" to the exact thing and they would do a better job than us. He then received a phone call and stepped out of meeting for 10 minutes leaving us with his associate who actually heard us well. After he cam back from his phone call he then talked about how great he is and how he knows everyone in the market we were playing. Indirectly, he said we stop what we were doing and should quit. I am second time founder and have met 100+ investors for fund raising between my two startups. I have never ever had this kind of experience from any investor. Most investors are courteous and values your time. Being late is acceptable but telling us that there are smarter folks he knows to do the startup is arrogance. I have raised funding for both my startups. This time, we raised more than $12M in series A.
We had one meeting with Scott in his office in Seattle. He arrived 15 mins late to the meeting. After few minutes of listening to our pitch he basically told us that we are not the right folks to do this. There are lot of other smart and intelligent folks working at Amazon and Microsoft whom he can "sponsor" to the exact thing and they would do a better job than us. He then received a phone call and stepped out of meeting for 10 minutes leaving us with his associate who actually heard us well. After he cam back from his phone call he then talked about how great he is and how he knows everyone in the market we were playing. Indirectly, he said we stop what we were doing and should quit. I am second time founder and have met 100+ investors for fund raising between my two startups. I have never ever had this kind of experience from any investor. Most investors are courteous and values your time. Being late is acceptable but telling us that there are smarter folks he knows to do the startup is arrogance. I have raised funding for both my startups. This time, we raised more than $12M in series A.
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 personally had a poor experience with Aneel & his team. We've been on two calls with them, and in both calls Aneel seemed completely checked out. Doesn't make you feel like he values founders' time.
I personally had a poor experience with Aneel & his team. We've been on two calls with them, and in both calls Aneel seemed completely checked out. Doesn't make you feel like he values founders' time.
I personally had a poor experience with Aneel & his team. We've been on two calls with them, and in both calls Aneel seemed completely checked out. Doesn't make you feel like he values founders' time.
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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Village Global wasted our time. They were responsive at first and then ghosted on us. They did not give us a clear yes or no until several weeks later. Do not recommend.
Village Global wasted our time. They were responsive at first and then ghosted on us. They did not give us a clear yes or no until several weeks later. Do not recommend.
Village Global wasted our time. They were responsive at first and then ghosted on us. They did not give us a clear yes or no until several weeks later. 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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Super helpful--never met anyone more knowledgable about the passion economy
Super helpful--never met anyone more knowledgable about the passion economy
Super helpful--never met anyone more knowledgable about the passion economy
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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Katelin, like all of the 10's on VC Guide, is incredibly smart, generous with her time, and proactive about ways she can help. However, what really sets Katelin apart is that she is an absolute pro in the areas you rarely hear VC's talk about, but every CEO loses sleep over: People Operations. Before I became an entrepreneur, I don't think I appreciated how challenging HR issues can be, and if you are fortunate enough to really scale a team at your startup, you quickly realize just how complicated people ops can be. Since the start of the pandemic, Katelin has single-handedly gotten our company over what felt like impossible hurdles — layoffs, firings, compensation changes, employee mediation, executive coaching, and more. We're now doing better than ever, and I can honestly say that we may not have made it out of the first year of the pandemic without Katelin. Alexis is obviously a very big name (and we love him too), but everybody who knows Katelin knows that she's the secret weapon at 776, but won't be for long.
Katelin, like all of the 10's on VC Guide, is incredibly smart, generous with her time, and proactive about ways she can help. However, what really sets Katelin apart is that she is an absolute pro in the areas you rarely hear VC's talk about, but every CEO loses sleep over: People Operations. Before I became an entrepreneur, I don't think I appreciated how challenging HR issues can be, and if you are fortunate enough to really scale a team at your startup, you quickly realize just how complicated people ops can be. Since the start of the pandemic, Katelin has single-handedly gotten our company over what felt like impossible hurdles — layoffs, firings, compensation changes, employee mediation, executive coaching, and more. We're now doing better than ever, and I can honestly say that we may not have made it out of the first year of the pandemic without Katelin. Alexis is obviously a very big name (and we love him too), but everybody who knows Katelin knows that she's the secret weapon at 776, but won't be for long.
Katelin, like all of the 10's on VC Guide, is incredibly smart, generous with her time, and proactive about ways she can help. However, what really sets Katelin apart is that she is an absolute pro in the areas you rarely hear VC's talk about, but every CEO loses sleep over: People Operations. Before I became an entrepreneur, I don't think I appreciated how challenging HR issues can be, and if you are fortunate enough to really scale a team at your startup, you quickly realize just how complicated people ops can be. Since the start of the pandemic, Katelin has single-handedly gotten our company over what felt like impossible hurdles — layoffs, firings, compensation changes, employee mediation, executive coaching, and more. We're now doing better than ever, and I can honestly say that we may not have made it out of the first year of the pandemic without Katelin. Alexis is obviously a very big name (and we love him too), but everybody who knows Katelin knows that she's the secret weapon at 776, but won't be for long.
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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Got ignored after cold outreach but in after a warm intro. First was phone call and he was hard to read on the phone. Seemed busy and multi tasking. Couldn’t quite get him to focus on what we did. This may be just as much on me as it is on him, but compared to others, the conversation didn’t flow easily with him.
Got ignored after cold outreach but in after a warm intro. First was phone call and he was hard to read on the phone. Seemed busy and multi tasking. Couldn’t quite get him to focus on what we did. This may be just as much on me as it is on him, but compared to others, the conversation didn’t flow easily with him.
Got ignored after cold outreach but in after a warm intro. First was phone call and he was hard to read on the phone. Seemed busy and multi tasking. Couldn’t quite get him to focus on what we did. This may be just as much on me as it is on him, but compared to others, the conversation didn’t flow easily with him.
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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