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Anand is quite savvy about the market macros and will give you the right cues. He is quite honest and forthright and makes his opinions known, even if they run contrary to the founder's. A good person to give you the bigger picture when you are in the weeds everyday. He does have a strong viewpoint though, so don't waste your time if he doesn't believe in your idea the first time he sees it.
Anand is quite savvy about the market macros and will give you the right cues. He is quite honest and forthright and makes his opinions known, even if they run contrary to the founder's. A good person to give you the bigger picture when you are in the weeds everyday. He does have a strong viewpoint though, so don't waste your time if he doesn't believe in your idea the first time he sees it.
Anand is quite savvy about the market macros and will give you the right cues. He is quite honest and forthright and makes his opinions known, even if they run contrary to the founder's. A good person to give you the bigger picture when you are in the weeds everyday. He does have a strong viewpoint though, so don't waste your time if he doesn't believe in your idea the first time he sees 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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Mar is super engaged and full of enthusiasm / energy for us. She does not hesitate to voice her opinion when asked but is equally clear when she doesn't know the answer to something. It's very clear she's rooting for us 100% and is willing to do what it takes to help us. Emails are responded to within a few hours and she'll gladly make time for a call or to help you out however she can. Would highly recommend working with. Only downside is Pear was pretty aggressive in their asks / negotiating, to the point our lawyer said there were terms he'd never seen before in decades of doing this.
Mar is super engaged and full of enthusiasm / energy for us. She does not hesitate to voice her opinion when asked but is equally clear when she doesn't know the answer to something. It's very clear she's rooting for us 100% and is willing to do what it takes to help us. Emails are responded to within a few hours and she'll gladly make time for a call or to help you out however she can. Would highly recommend working with. Only downside is Pear was pretty aggressive in their asks / negotiating, to the point our lawyer said there were terms he'd never seen before in decades of doing this.
Mar is super engaged and full of enthusiasm / energy for us. She does not hesitate to voice her opinion when asked but is equally clear when she doesn't know the answer to something. It's very clear she's rooting for us 100% and is willing to do what it takes to help us. Emails are responded to within a few hours and she'll gladly make time for a call or to help you out however she can. Would highly recommend working with. Only downside is Pear was pretty aggressive in their asks / negotiating, to the point our lawyer said there were terms he'd never seen before in decades of doing this.
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 known Ellen since her time at KP, through her transitional period of the lawsuit and Reddit job, and then afterwards in her current line of work in D&I. Contrary to the media reports (which were largely paid for by PR firms hired by KP), she is a conscientious and warm person who genuinely tries to help entrepreneurs - she invests as an angel now. She will do a tremendous amount of work on your behalf (intros, research, spending time), and possesses very keen analytical business mind that she uses to help founders see around corners and anticipate problems. At the same time, she's not going to be pushy or arrogant like other hotshot investors. She will offer you her advice and if you're not smart enough to take it, she'll still come around later to help you fix the mess. Totally a class act.
I've known Ellen since her time at KP, through her transitional period of the lawsuit and Reddit job, and then afterwards in her current line of work in D&I. Contrary to the media reports (which were largely paid for by PR firms hired by KP), she is a conscientious and warm person who genuinely tries to help entrepreneurs - she invests as an angel now. She will do a tremendous amount of work on your behalf (intros, research, spending time), and possesses very keen analytical business mind that she uses to help founders see around corners and anticipate problems. At the same time, she's not going to be pushy or arrogant like other hotshot investors. She will offer you her advice and if you're not smart enough to take it, she'll still come around later to help you fix the mess. Totally a class act.
I've known Ellen since her time at KP, through her transitional period of the lawsuit and Reddit job, and then afterwards in her current line of work in D&I. Contrary to the media reports (which were largely paid for by PR firms hired by KP), she is a conscientious and warm person who genuinely tries to help entrepreneurs - she invests as an angel now. She will do a tremendous amount of work on your behalf (intros, research, spending time), and possesses very keen analytical business mind that she uses to help founders see around corners and anticipate problems. At the same time, she's not going to be pushy or arrogant like other hotshot investors. She will offer you her advice and if you're not smart enough to take it, she'll still come around later to help you fix the mess. Totally a class act.
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 known Brett on and off for the last couple years, and have pitched to him both as a Partner at Initialized and as an angel investor. Brett is a current angel investor in my startup. What really impressed me about Brett is that he chose to be one of our first angel checks, even though we didn't yet have enough capital committed from other investors to ensure a successful fundraise. Brett was willing to take a leap and commit the capital early on. He was also comfortable with us using his name when speaking to other investors, which helped us close up our pre-seed round over the next couple months.
I've known Brett on and off for the last couple years, and have pitched to him both as a Partner at Initialized and as an angel investor. Brett is a current angel investor in my startup. What really impressed me about Brett is that he chose to be one of our first angel checks, even though we didn't yet have enough capital committed from other investors to ensure a successful fundraise. Brett was willing to take a leap and commit the capital early on. He was also comfortable with us using his name when speaking to other investors, which helped us close up our pre-seed round over the next couple months.
I've known Brett on and off for the last couple years, and have pitched to him both as a Partner at Initialized and as an angel investor. Brett is a current angel investor in my startup. What really impressed me about Brett is that he chose to be one of our first angel checks, even though we didn't yet have enough capital committed from other investors to ensure a successful fundraise. Brett was willing to take a leap and commit the capital early on. He was also comfortable with us using his name when speaking to other investors, which helped us close up our pre-seed round over the next couple months.
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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Greg simply has a higher standard that he holds himself to compared to most good investors. Greg is incredibly focused, gives clear no-BS feedback, and is always willing to roll up the sleeves to help. I don't think he ever sleeps.. A few times now, we've had time sensitive deliverables that we needed help with. Each time we've asked for help, Greg not only taps into his considerable experience to provide direct feedback, but also jumps right in to help re-write copy, build models, etc. Awesome, down-to-earth guy and an absolute joy to work with.
Greg simply has a higher standard that he holds himself to compared to most good investors. Greg is incredibly focused, gives clear no-BS feedback, and is always willing to roll up the sleeves to help. I don't think he ever sleeps.. A few times now, we've had time sensitive deliverables that we needed help with. Each time we've asked for help, Greg not only taps into his considerable experience to provide direct feedback, but also jumps right in to help re-write copy, build models, etc. Awesome, down-to-earth guy and an absolute joy to work with.
Greg simply has a higher standard that he holds himself to compared to most good investors. Greg is incredibly focused, gives clear no-BS feedback, and is always willing to roll up the sleeves to help. I don't think he ever sleeps.. A few times now, we've had time sensitive deliverables that we needed help with. Each time we've asked for help, Greg not only taps into his considerable experience to provide direct feedback, but also jumps right in to help re-write copy, build models, etc. Awesome, down-to-earth guy and an absolute joy to work with.
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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Will request decks and additional info with the pretext of wanting to know more to get involved; tends to be gathering any and all data at the expense of time of founders.
Will request decks and additional info with the pretext of wanting to know more to get involved; tends to be gathering any and all data at the expense of time of founders.
Will request decks and additional info with the pretext of wanting to know more to get involved; tends to be gathering any and all data at the expense of time of founders.
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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Katherine is very sharp and trustworthy. She has a "no BS" attitude which I personally think is great. She is founder friendly and multiple of her portfolio founders have given great reviews.
Katherine is very sharp and trustworthy. She has a "no BS" attitude which I personally think is great. She is founder friendly and multiple of her portfolio founders have given great reviews.
Katherine is very sharp and trustworthy. She has a "no BS" attitude which I personally think is great. She is founder friendly and multiple of her portfolio founders have given great reviews.
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 been working with Kendrick for a few years, and overall he is a great person and really smart. He is devoted to his portfolio companies, both by being supportive and by lending advice. He digs in where appropriate, but also provides space for a me to engage him when and where appropriate. Overall, I highly recommend Kendrick.
I have been working with Kendrick for a few years, and overall he is a great person and really smart. He is devoted to his portfolio companies, both by being supportive and by lending advice. He digs in where appropriate, but also provides space for a me to engage him when and where appropriate. Overall, I highly recommend Kendrick.
I have been working with Kendrick for a few years, and overall he is a great person and really smart. He is devoted to his portfolio companies, both by being supportive and by lending advice. He digs in where appropriate, but also provides space for a me to engage him when and where appropriate. Overall, I highly recommend Kendrick.
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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Joe is willing to burn founders in search of the absolute best returns possible for his fund. He has blocked acquisitions from happening, re-capped companies, and given fly-by advice. I think he views the world as a chess board, and as a founder you are one of his pieces. If you are considering raising from Joe, I would encourage you to do lots of background research especially with other VCs and companies which have gone through tough times. Also stay away from "co-founding" a company with him -- this is a structure he uses to get more personal equity without the additional risk.
Joe is willing to burn founders in search of the absolute best returns possible for his fund. He has blocked acquisitions from happening, re-capped companies, and given fly-by advice. I think he views the world as a chess board, and as a founder you are one of his pieces. If you are considering raising from Joe, I would encourage you to do lots of background research especially with other VCs and companies which have gone through tough times. Also stay away from "co-founding" a company with him -- this is a structure he uses to get more personal equity without the additional risk.
Joe is willing to burn founders in search of the absolute best returns possible for his fund. He has blocked acquisitions from happening, re-capped companies, and given fly-by advice. I think he views the world as a chess board, and as a founder you are one of his pieces. If you are considering raising from Joe, I would encourage you to do lots of background research especially with other VCs and companies which have gone through tough times. Also stay away from "co-founding" a company with him -- this is a structure he uses to get more personal equity without the additional risk.
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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Brilliant poeople who really know the fintech space, and were super excited to share their insights, learnings, and ideas.
Brilliant poeople who really know the fintech space, and were super excited to share their insights, learnings, and ideas.
Brilliant poeople who really know the fintech space, and were super excited to share their insights, learnings, and 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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