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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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In my interactions with Arif - i found him to strike the right balance between optimism and cynicism. He's honest and transparent in his feedback and one can be sure there's no skullduggery happening in the background. He's a fast learner and a good high IQ person to have on the board to keep a sharp eye out for detail. Very helpful - particularly in executive hiring. On the downside - superficial background in product/technology/marketing. His strength and domain expertise is primarily in enterprise products. Does not take strong stances when required (even though he would articulate his point of view). I hope this gets better with experience.
In my interactions with Arif - i found him to strike the right balance between optimism and cynicism. He's honest and transparent in his feedback and one can be sure there's no skullduggery happening in the background. He's a fast learner and a good high IQ person to have on the board to keep a sharp eye out for detail. Very helpful - particularly in executive hiring. On the downside - superficial background in product/technology/marketing. His strength and domain expertise is primarily in enterprise products. Does not take strong stances when required (even though he would articulate his point of view). I hope this gets better with experience.
In my interactions with Arif - i found him to strike the right balance between optimism and cynicism. He's honest and transparent in his feedback and one can be sure there's no skullduggery happening in the background. He's a fast learner and a good high IQ person to have on the board to keep a sharp eye out for detail. Very helpful - particularly in executive hiring. On the downside - superficial background in product/technology/marketing. His strength and domain expertise is primarily in enterprise products. Does not take strong stances when required (even though he would articulate his point of view). I hope this gets better with 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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We were in advanced talks with a potential lead VC, and they asked if they could run the deal by Julian as a potential co-investor since we were "a perfect fit with his thesis." In our first call with Julian, his arrogance was both frustrating and overwhelming. First, he claims to have a technical background, but it was clear both from our conversation and his LinkedIn that he has no experience in Industrial Tech (other than what he has gained through Schematic). Second, he (correctly) stated he did not know our sector at the beginning of our call. However, that did not stop him from quoting "conversations with PE friends in manufacturing" who had given him unrelated insights to both our solution space and our customer base. The half-hour meeting was one of the most frustrating I have ever had. Ultimately, he passed with extremely generic feedback. (I'll give him credit that the response was fast, at least). A few days later, the other investor followed suite in passing as well.
We were in advanced talks with a potential lead VC, and they asked if they could run the deal by Julian as a potential co-investor since we were "a perfect fit with his thesis." In our first call with Julian, his arrogance was both frustrating and overwhelming. First, he claims to have a technical background, but it was clear both from our conversation and his LinkedIn that he has no experience in Industrial Tech (other than what he has gained through Schematic). Second, he (correctly) stated he did not know our sector at the beginning of our call. However, that did not stop him from quoting "conversations with PE friends in manufacturing" who had given him unrelated insights to both our solution space and our customer base. The half-hour meeting was one of the most frustrating I have ever had. Ultimately, he passed with extremely generic feedback. (I'll give him credit that the response was fast, at least). A few days later, the other investor followed suite in passing as well.
We were in advanced talks with a potential lead VC, and they asked if they could run the deal by Julian as a potential co-investor since we were "a perfect fit with his thesis." In our first call with Julian, his arrogance was both frustrating and overwhelming. First, he claims to have a technical background, but it was clear both from our conversation and his LinkedIn that he has no experience in Industrial Tech (other than what he has gained through Schematic). Second, he (correctly) stated he did not know our sector at the beginning of our call. However, that did not stop him from quoting "conversations with PE friends in manufacturing" who had given him unrelated insights to both our solution space and our customer base. The half-hour meeting was one of the most frustrating I have ever had. Ultimately, he passed with extremely generic feedback. (I'll give him credit that the response was fast, at least). A few days later, the other investor followed suite in passing as well.
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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Hands down the most genuine, (actual) value-add investor I've ever worked with after 15+ years in startups and being involved in $100M+ in funding raised. Steady hand, straight talking and to the point. Dana takes time to understand your business and build a relationship with you as a founder, and when he gets conviction he is all-in (not just for that moment, but for the long haul). I've worked with him for years now and through major ups and downs, he's been steadfast and always pushing for the best outcome for the company. If you get a chance to work with him, jump at it.
Hands down the most genuine, (actual) value-add investor I've ever worked with after 15+ years in startups and being involved in $100M+ in funding raised. Steady hand, straight talking and to the point. Dana takes time to understand your business and build a relationship with you as a founder, and when he gets conviction he is all-in (not just for that moment, but for the long haul). I've worked with him for years now and through major ups and downs, he's been steadfast and always pushing for the best outcome for the company. If you get a chance to work with him, jump at it.
Hands down the most genuine, (actual) value-add investor I've ever worked with after 15+ years in startups and being involved in $100M+ in funding raised. Steady hand, straight talking and to the point. Dana takes time to understand your business and build a relationship with you as a founder, and when he gets conviction he is all-in (not just for that moment, but for the long haul). I've worked with him for years now and through major ups and downs, he's been steadfast and always pushing for the best outcome for the company. If you get a chance to work with him, jump at it.
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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Augie was very approachable. He helped us narrow down on points we needed to work on and acted as a champion amongst his team. He is aggressive in a good way in wanting to close deals. While we were ultimately passed, working with him was a pleasant and efficient experience. A real founder's first mentality.
Augie was very approachable. He helped us narrow down on points we needed to work on and acted as a champion amongst his team. He is aggressive in a good way in wanting to close deals. While we were ultimately passed, working with him was a pleasant and efficient experience. A real founder's first mentality.
Augie was very approachable. He helped us narrow down on points we needed to work on and acted as a champion amongst his team. He is aggressive in a good way in wanting to close deals. While we were ultimately passed, working with him was a pleasant and efficient experience. A real founder's first mentality.
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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Do not take money from this person, no matter how few options you have. You will, undoubtedly, regret it. Inexperienced, volatile, and untruthful.
Do not take money from this person, no matter how few options you have. You will, undoubtedly, regret it. Inexperienced, volatile, and untruthful.
Do not take money from this person, no matter how few options you have. You will, undoubtedly, regret it. Inexperienced, volatile, and untruthful.
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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After asking to reschedule our meeting by a week, he showed up 15 minutes late for our 30-minute meeting, then warned me that he had only 15 minutes. Of course, our 15 minutes was unproductive and a waste of time for everyone. Was unapologetically disrespectful and would not recommend.
After asking to reschedule our meeting by a week, he showed up 15 minutes late for our 30-minute meeting, then warned me that he had only 15 minutes. Of course, our 15 minutes was unproductive and a waste of time for everyone. Was unapologetically disrespectful and would not recommend.
After asking to reschedule our meeting by a week, he showed up 15 minutes late for our 30-minute meeting, then warned me that he had only 15 minutes. Of course, our 15 minutes was unproductive and a waste of time for everyone. Was unapologetically disrespectful and would 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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Bo is cofounder/CEO of Privacy.com. Extremely humble founder and angel investor. Writes checks fairly quickly and understands the space he is investing deeply.
Bo is cofounder/CEO of Privacy.com. Extremely humble founder and angel investor. Writes checks fairly quickly and understands the space he is investing deeply.
Bo is cofounder/CEO of Privacy.com. Extremely humble founder and angel investor. Writes checks fairly quickly and understands the space he is investing deeply.
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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Perhaps it's just me, but I find David to be somewhat uncaring and not terribly pleasant to deal with. His advice is actually often quite intelligent, but I wouldn't count on him to help you out.
Perhaps it's just me, but I find David to be somewhat uncaring and not terribly pleasant to deal with. His advice is actually often quite intelligent, but I wouldn't count on him to help you out.
Perhaps it's just me, but I find David to be somewhat uncaring and not terribly pleasant to deal with. His advice is actually often quite intelligent, but I wouldn't count on him to help you out.
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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Dan is a motivator, believer and excellent at the soft skills of being an investor. His bedside manner is second to none, most likely because he started a company himself. He's also an insane hustler, has been building the Deciens brand, which I fully expect to be a household name in no time.
Dan is a motivator, believer and excellent at the soft skills of being an investor. His bedside manner is second to none, most likely because he started a company himself. He's also an insane hustler, has been building the Deciens brand, which I fully expect to be a household name in no time.
Dan is a motivator, believer and excellent at the soft skills of being an investor. His bedside manner is second to none, most likely because he started a company himself. He's also an insane hustler, has been building the Deciens brand, which I fully expect to be a household name in no 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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