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Entree has a huge amount of money behind them and can deploy serious capital to back you. But with that comes a huge ego. Avi in particular is arrogant beyond measure and has zero EQ. I’ve pitched him multiple businesses over the years and can say that I have never had a single positive interaction with him. He talks a huge game about being founder friendly, when he is anything but. Only making himself available between 1-3am Eastern because it’s the morning in Israel, demanding to have full control of the board and flip flopping on valuation are just a few entries into the catalogue of what Avi defines as founder friendly. Avi is more interested in founders kissing the ring than pitching a good idea. I have stopped engaging with him and his firm. If you value your time and don’t enjoy getting talked down to, I’d suggest you do the same.
Entree has a huge amount of money behind them and can deploy serious capital to back you. But with that comes a huge ego. Avi in particular is arrogant beyond measure and has zero EQ. I’ve pitched him multiple businesses over the years and can say that I have never had a single positive interaction with him. He talks a huge game about being founder friendly, when he is anything but. Only making himself available between 1-3am Eastern because it’s the morning in Israel, demanding to have full control of the board and flip flopping on valuation are just a few entries into the catalogue of what Avi defines as founder friendly. Avi is more interested in founders kissing the ring than pitching a good idea. I have stopped engaging with him and his firm. If you value your time and don’t enjoy getting talked down to, I’d suggest you do the same.
Entree has a huge amount of money behind them and can deploy serious capital to back you. But with that comes a huge ego. Avi in particular is arrogant beyond measure and has zero EQ. I’ve pitched him multiple businesses over the years and can say that I have never had a single positive interaction with him. He talks a huge game about being founder friendly, when he is anything but. Only making himself available between 1-3am Eastern because it’s the morning in Israel, demanding to have full control of the board and flip flopping on valuation are just a few entries into the catalogue of what Avi defines as founder friendly. Avi is more interested in founders kissing the ring than pitching a good idea. I have stopped engaging with him and his firm. If you value your time and don’t enjoy getting talked down to, I’d suggest you do the same.
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 left every meeting with a positive experience. Seema is super transparent about her process and has been proactive about building a relationship even outside of a fundraising cycle. She's super in tune with the current market, super helpful in fintech.
I have left every meeting with a positive experience. Seema is super transparent about her process and has been proactive about building a relationship even outside of a fundraising cycle. She's super in tune with the current market, super helpful in fintech.
I have left every meeting with a positive experience. Seema is super transparent about her process and has been proactive about building a relationship even outside of a fundraising cycle. She's super in tune with the current market, super helpful in fintech.
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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Erica is a great person and a super sharp investor. She's also a joy to be around and cares deeply about her founders. If you get the chance to work with her you should and I fully expect great things to come from her.
Erica is a great person and a super sharp investor. She's also a joy to be around and cares deeply about her founders. If you get the chance to work with her you should and I fully expect great things to come from her.
Erica is a great person and a super sharp investor. She's also a joy to be around and cares deeply about her founders. If you get the chance to work with her you should and I fully expect great things to come from 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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Alex spent more than the allotted time we had for meetings every time we met. He tried really hard to discover if we fit into his thesis (deep tech), but we just did not have the deep tech component. When we both realized it was not a fit, he agreed to meet on a regular basis to help talk through strategies. He spent almost 10 hours in brainstorming and strategizing with me.
Alex spent more than the allotted time we had for meetings every time we met. He tried really hard to discover if we fit into his thesis (deep tech), but we just did not have the deep tech component. When we both realized it was not a fit, he agreed to meet on a regular basis to help talk through strategies. He spent almost 10 hours in brainstorming and strategizing with me.
Alex spent more than the allotted time we had for meetings every time we met. He tried really hard to discover if we fit into his thesis (deep tech), but we just did not have the deep tech component. When we both realized it was not a fit, he agreed to meet on a regular basis to help talk through strategies. He spent almost 10 hours in brainstorming and strategizing 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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Yes, yes yes. Consumer/marketplaces queen. So nice and welcoming. Wants to learn about *you*. What more could you ask for? Very helpful. Very accomplished. 10/10
Yes, yes yes. Consumer/marketplaces queen. So nice and welcoming. Wants to learn about *you*. What more could you ask for? Very helpful. Very accomplished. 10/10
Yes, yes yes. Consumer/marketplaces queen. So nice and welcoming. Wants to learn about *you*. What more could you ask for? Very helpful. Very accomplished. 10/10
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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Pano Anthos is just an awful investor silly because he thinks investors are gods who control entrepreneurs like us. We got funding from him and oh boy, this person hasn't helped us even a single bit. Not at all responsive and his talking tone is as if he has bought me. Luckily, I was able to steer the company to safe harbor on my own. But I would never recommend anyone taking funding from him or XRC Labs. He simply wants to be the next Paul Graham and he is failing miserably at that.
Pano Anthos is just an awful investor silly because he thinks investors are gods who control entrepreneurs like us. We got funding from him and oh boy, this person hasn't helped us even a single bit. Not at all responsive and his talking tone is as if he has bought me. Luckily, I was able to steer the company to safe harbor on my own. But I would never recommend anyone taking funding from him or XRC Labs. He simply wants to be the next Paul Graham and he is failing miserably at that.
Pano Anthos is just an awful investor silly because he thinks investors are gods who control entrepreneurs like us. We got funding from him and oh boy, this person hasn't helped us even a single bit. Not at all responsive and his talking tone is as if he has bought me. Luckily, I was able to steer the company to safe harbor on my own. But I would never recommend anyone taking funding from him or XRC Labs. He simply wants to be the next Paul Graham and he is failing miserably at that.
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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Ajay is respectful and responsive and clearly articulates reasons he won't invest.
Ajay is respectful and responsive and clearly articulates reasons he won't invest.
Ajay is respectful and responsive and clearly articulates reasons he won't invest.
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 reached out to us with interest and we set-up a meeting as we were just opening a round. Meeting was good - smart guy and very courteous. After internal review he came back with extensive feedback and (as we already anticipated as well), we were too early and will keep in touch. Overall pleasant experience, feedback quality was better than your average VC - he clearly put in an effort.
He reached out to us with interest and we set-up a meeting as we were just opening a round. Meeting was good - smart guy and very courteous. After internal review he came back with extensive feedback and (as we already anticipated as well), we were too early and will keep in touch. Overall pleasant experience, feedback quality was better than your average VC - he clearly put in an effort.
He reached out to us with interest and we set-up a meeting as we were just opening a round. Meeting was good - smart guy and very courteous. After internal review he came back with extensive feedback and (as we already anticipated as well), we were too early and will keep in touch. Overall pleasant experience, feedback quality was better than your average VC - he clearly put in an effort.
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 actually sent this email to Villi and thought it may good to share with others, as it speaks volumes about who Villi is as an investor (a very rare breed). "Hi Villi, I was writing the investor update for September today and thought of you and the advice you gave me last we talked in spring, when I was thinking of raising a round. You said, and I quote “If I was you, and this goes a bit against what I as a VC should tell you, I would keep the burn low and just keep going.” I did listen to your advice then – I stopped the fundraise the next day after talking to you. The reason, I remembered you again today is that we went cash flow positive. We are poking around and talking to a lot of investors, but the dynamic is completely different than ever before – thanks to your advice. As I am writing this email now, I realized that you are 2/2 on great advice. First one was obviously – “[redacted - another VC firm we ended up raising from when talking to Villi] are good people”. So, that is all: thank you! You, too, are good people." Villi has always been super quick and truly helpful, not in the ironic sense, even if it went against his immediate interests. True integrity and character; anyone would be lucky to have him on the board.
I've actually sent this email to Villi and thought it may good to share with others, as it speaks volumes about who Villi is as an investor (a very rare breed). "Hi Villi, I was writing the investor update for September today and thought of you and the advice you gave me last we talked in spring, when I was thinking of raising a round. You said, and I quote “If I was you, and this goes a bit against what I as a VC should tell you, I would keep the burn low and just keep going.” I did listen to your advice then – I stopped the fundraise the next day after talking to you. The reason, I remembered you again today is that we went cash flow positive. We are poking around and talking to a lot of investors, but the dynamic is completely different than ever before – thanks to your advice. As I am writing this email now, I realized that you are 2/2 on great advice. First one was obviously – “[redacted - another VC firm we ended up raising from when talking to Villi] are good people”. So, that is all: thank you! You, too, are good people." Villi has always been super quick and truly helpful, not in the ironic sense, even if it went against his immediate interests. True integrity and character; anyone would be lucky to have him on the board.
I've actually sent this email to Villi and thought it may good to share with others, as it speaks volumes about who Villi is as an investor (a very rare breed). "Hi Villi, I was writing the investor update for September today and thought of you and the advice you gave me last we talked in spring, when I was thinking of raising a round. You said, and I quote “If I was you, and this goes a bit against what I as a VC should tell you, I would keep the burn low and just keep going.” I did listen to your advice then – I stopped the fundraise the next day after talking to you. The reason, I remembered you again today is that we went cash flow positive. We are poking around and talking to a lot of investors, but the dynamic is completely different than ever before – thanks to your advice. As I am writing this email now, I realized that you are 2/2 on great advice. First one was obviously – “[redacted - another VC firm we ended up raising from when talking to Villi] are good people”. So, that is all: thank you! You, too, are good people." Villi has always been super quick and truly helpful, not in the ironic sense, even if it went against his immediate interests. True integrity and character; anyone would be lucky to have him on the board.
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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When I first got in contact with Daniel we ended up chatting that same day. He was a straight shooter in telling us what he liked and didn't like about our business and offered some ideas of where we needed to improve. His feedback has been invaluable and even though Forecast did not invest in our company I'm thankful for his feedback and the time he's spent learning about our vision.
When I first got in contact with Daniel we ended up chatting that same day. He was a straight shooter in telling us what he liked and didn't like about our business and offered some ideas of where we needed to improve. His feedback has been invaluable and even though Forecast did not invest in our company I'm thankful for his feedback and the time he's spent learning about our vision.
When I first got in contact with Daniel we ended up chatting that same day. He was a straight shooter in telling us what he liked and didn't like about our business and offered some ideas of where we needed to improve. His feedback has been invaluable and even though Forecast did not invest in our company I'm thankful for his feedback and the time he's spent learning about our vision.
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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