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Blake Robbins is among the best in the business. He is an incredible person with unique viewpoints on the gaming and content creator spaces. He is highly accessible, supportive, and valuable.
Blake Robbins is among the best in the business. He is an incredible person with unique viewpoints on the gaming and content creator spaces. He is highly accessible, supportive, and valuable.
Blake Robbins is among the best in the business. He is an incredible person with unique viewpoints on the gaming and content creator spaces. He is highly accessible, supportive, and valuable.
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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Jeff is the ultimate Venture Capitalist. Wants you to drive aggressively, but he's helpful 100% of the time. No games with Jeff. Jeff is a real professional. You will not find a better investor in the valley.
Jeff is the ultimate Venture Capitalist. Wants you to drive aggressively, but he's helpful 100% of the time. No games with Jeff. Jeff is a real professional. You will not find a better investor in the valley.
Jeff is the ultimate Venture Capitalist. Wants you to drive aggressively, but he's helpful 100% of the time. No games with Jeff. Jeff is a real professional. You will not find a better investor in the valley.
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 Ilya a few years ago in the context of a later stage raise. We had several meetings and corresponded on diligence requests and built what I thought was a pretty good relationship. Then he ghosted and to this day I never heard back from him, which I just thought was bizarre. Maybe he had a health situation or something I wasn't aware of but I would be very skeptical of his authenticity given his ability to engage and then literally never follow up with any closure or feedback.
I met Ilya a few years ago in the context of a later stage raise. We had several meetings and corresponded on diligence requests and built what I thought was a pretty good relationship. Then he ghosted and to this day I never heard back from him, which I just thought was bizarre. Maybe he had a health situation or something I wasn't aware of but I would be very skeptical of his authenticity given his ability to engage and then literally never follow up with any closure or feedback.
I met Ilya a few years ago in the context of a later stage raise. We had several meetings and corresponded on diligence requests and built what I thought was a pretty good relationship. Then he ghosted and to this day I never heard back from him, which I just thought was bizarre. Maybe he had a health situation or something I wasn't aware of but I would be very skeptical of his authenticity given his ability to engage and then literally never follow up with any closure or feedback.
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 been extremely lucky to be able to partner with world class venture funds and Jonathan at Foundation without a doubt rises to the top. I was rightly so given the advice to chose a partner, not a fund-- and while the partners at Foundation have been good to me, it is Jonathan that has made the experience. More than anyone I've worked with, he has gone out of his way to actually be helpful. Whether it be interviewing candidates, opening his network up to me, or telling me the hard truth when I need to hear it, Jonathan truly cares. At the end of the day the VC business is a people business. You will not find someone that is more in the people business than Jonathan. If I were to ever start a company again, Jonathan would be one of my absolute first calls. And even if it wasn't going to be a VC back business I would want him involved. I'm grateful to have him on the journey with me.
I've been extremely lucky to be able to partner with world class venture funds and Jonathan at Foundation without a doubt rises to the top. I was rightly so given the advice to chose a partner, not a fund-- and while the partners at Foundation have been good to me, it is Jonathan that has made the experience. More than anyone I've worked with, he has gone out of his way to actually be helpful. Whether it be interviewing candidates, opening his network up to me, or telling me the hard truth when I need to hear it, Jonathan truly cares. At the end of the day the VC business is a people business. You will not find someone that is more in the people business than Jonathan. If I were to ever start a company again, Jonathan would be one of my absolute first calls. And even if it wasn't going to be a VC back business I would want him involved. I'm grateful to have him on the journey with me.
I've been extremely lucky to be able to partner with world class venture funds and Jonathan at Foundation without a doubt rises to the top. I was rightly so given the advice to chose a partner, not a fund-- and while the partners at Foundation have been good to me, it is Jonathan that has made the experience. More than anyone I've worked with, he has gone out of his way to actually be helpful. Whether it be interviewing candidates, opening his network up to me, or telling me the hard truth when I need to hear it, Jonathan truly cares. At the end of the day the VC business is a people business. You will not find someone that is more in the people business than Jonathan. If I were to ever start a company again, Jonathan would be one of my absolute first calls. And even if it wasn't going to be a VC back business I would want him involved. I'm grateful to have him on the journey with 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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We're a tech-enabled consumer company. I understand House Fund has an AI division, but this investor came into the meeting with a lot of bias around us not being "AI" or "techy" enough. I found that she didn't take the time to understand our market where our consumers ultimately want a quality, physical product and do not care so much about the tech. She imposed her bias on our business from the start, and kept mentioning tech throughout the call which was off putting because I didn't feel as if she gave it a chance or really sought out to understand our product from the beginning. Also, her background isn't even tech, so her judgment is questionable at best around what type of technology a startup should have, and I question her ability to evaluate any type of startup or business accordingly with that type of mindset.
We're a tech-enabled consumer company. I understand House Fund has an AI division, but this investor came into the meeting with a lot of bias around us not being "AI" or "techy" enough. I found that she didn't take the time to understand our market where our consumers ultimately want a quality, physical product and do not care so much about the tech. She imposed her bias on our business from the start, and kept mentioning tech throughout the call which was off putting because I didn't feel as if she gave it a chance or really sought out to understand our product from the beginning. Also, her background isn't even tech, so her judgment is questionable at best around what type of technology a startup should have, and I question her ability to evaluate any type of startup or business accordingly with that type of mindset.
We're a tech-enabled consumer company. I understand House Fund has an AI division, but this investor came into the meeting with a lot of bias around us not being "AI" or "techy" enough. I found that she didn't take the time to understand our market where our consumers ultimately want a quality, physical product and do not care so much about the tech. She imposed her bias on our business from the start, and kept mentioning tech throughout the call which was off putting because I didn't feel as if she gave it a chance or really sought out to understand our product from the beginning. Also, her background isn't even tech, so her judgment is questionable at best around what type of technology a startup should have, and I question her ability to evaluate any type of startup or business accordingly with that type of mindset.
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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Duke is one of those CEOs with a rare combination of big success (he sold his previous company to Microsoft for $100M) and humility. He's one of the most down to earth angel investors you'll ever meet, and is also great at giving tactical day-to-day advice. Both his portfolio companies and his team at TravelBank seem to love working with him.
Duke is one of those CEOs with a rare combination of big success (he sold his previous company to Microsoft for $100M) and humility. He's one of the most down to earth angel investors you'll ever meet, and is also great at giving tactical day-to-day advice. Both his portfolio companies and his team at TravelBank seem to love working with him.
Duke is one of those CEOs with a rare combination of big success (he sold his previous company to Microsoft for $100M) and humility. He's one of the most down to earth angel investors you'll ever meet, and is also great at giving tactical day-to-day advice. Both his portfolio companies and his team at TravelBank seem to love working 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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He calls me all the freaking time. Most of the time for no reason. He wastes a ton of my management teams time on “operations projects” which are nothing more then self serving projects for his firm. They’re usually just his junior team updating my board deck template and then he gets all upset when we don’t use it. On the plus side he paid 30% more then any other investor was willing to...Soo if you want a high valuation they’re willing.
He calls me all the freaking time. Most of the time for no reason. He wastes a ton of my management teams time on “operations projects” which are nothing more then self serving projects for his firm. They’re usually just his junior team updating my board deck template and then he gets all upset when we don’t use it. On the plus side he paid 30% more then any other investor was willing to...Soo if you want a high valuation they’re willing.
He calls me all the freaking time. Most of the time for no reason. He wastes a ton of my management teams time on “operations projects” which are nothing more then self serving projects for his firm. They’re usually just his junior team updating my board deck template and then he gets all upset when we don’t use it. On the plus side he paid 30% more then any other investor was willing to...Soo if you want a high valuation they’re willing.
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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Out of all of the investors I've interacted with, Eric showed the most early conviction, despite not knowing much about our space. He took a genuine bet on me as a person without worrying about who else I was talking to in a way that was incredibly rare.
Out of all of the investors I've interacted with, Eric showed the most early conviction, despite not knowing much about our space. He took a genuine bet on me as a person without worrying about who else I was talking to in a way that was incredibly rare.
Out of all of the investors I've interacted with, Eric showed the most early conviction, despite not knowing much about our space. He took a genuine bet on me as a person without worrying about who else I was talking to in a way that was incredibly rare.
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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Understands the challenges of running a business and usually will give views on a decision but not deter you. Also, if pitching will quickly tell you on what are the missing points in your thesis.
Understands the challenges of running a business and usually will give views on a decision but not deter you. Also, if pitching will quickly tell you on what are the missing points in your thesis.
Understands the challenges of running a business and usually will give views on a decision but not deter you. Also, if pitching will quickly tell you on what are the missing points in your thesis.
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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