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I've worked with Allison for 7 years now and have experienced her range of capabilities as our business has grown. Allison keenly understands when to "roll up her sleeves" to help solve a problem, when and how to leverage her network, when to step aside and when to just be a friend to listen. Allison's passion and energy comes through in every interaction. She is one of the first early stage investors I will go to when I start my next company.
I've worked with Allison for 7 years now and have experienced her range of capabilities as our business has grown. Allison keenly understands when to "roll up her sleeves" to help solve a problem, when and how to leverage her network, when to step aside and when to just be a friend to listen. Allison's passion and energy comes through in every interaction. She is one of the first early stage investors I will go to when I start my next company.
I've worked with Allison for 7 years now and have experienced her range of capabilities as our business has grown. Allison keenly understands when to "roll up her sleeves" to help solve a problem, when and how to leverage her network, when to step aside and when to just be a friend to listen. Allison's passion and energy comes through in every interaction. She is one of the first early stage investors I will go to when I start my next company.
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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Niko is thoughtful and transparent. I feel very comfortable being honest with him and trust his feedback. His intentions are aligned with the founder which is something that is clear from the start. He is truly a partner and not just a financier.
Niko is thoughtful and transparent. I feel very comfortable being honest with him and trust his feedback. His intentions are aligned with the founder which is something that is clear from the start. He is truly a partner and not just a financier.
Niko is thoughtful and transparent. I feel very comfortable being honest with him and trust his feedback. His intentions are aligned with the founder which is something that is clear from the start. He is truly a partner and not just a financier.
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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Dmitry @ Cento is one of the smartest VCs I met in SEA. Dmitry isn't 'connected' to family money or a family network so he actually had to become a VC through smarts & grit. To start-off his fund he regularly slept in his office to be available to his LPs/founders/deal-flow. When you meet with Dmitry you better come prepared to know your shit and be able to defend your assumptions with hard data if called upon. Dmitry is very fast-on-his-feet mentally and can see the angles very quickly. If you pass his 'no bullshit' filter he will go out of his way to introduce you to his network of VCs, founders and support network. Dmitry is 'smart money' and he backs up this money with strong 'value add'. He comes to quarterly/annual board meetings prepared and really has some zinger's-for-questions that will keep you on your toes. I would highly recommend you meet with Dmitry when you are raising...you either get 1) smart $$ and some really good counsel 2) he doesn't fund you but asks VERY good questions to help you hone your biz model/pitch.
Dmitry @ Cento is one of the smartest VCs I met in SEA. Dmitry isn't 'connected' to family money or a family network so he actually had to become a VC through smarts & grit. To start-off his fund he regularly slept in his office to be available to his LPs/founders/deal-flow. When you meet with Dmitry you better come prepared to know your shit and be able to defend your assumptions with hard data if called upon. Dmitry is very fast-on-his-feet mentally and can see the angles very quickly. If you pass his 'no bullshit' filter he will go out of his way to introduce you to his network of VCs, founders and support network. Dmitry is 'smart money' and he backs up this money with strong 'value add'. He comes to quarterly/annual board meetings prepared and really has some zinger's-for-questions that will keep you on your toes. I would highly recommend you meet with Dmitry when you are raising...you either get 1) smart $$ and some really good counsel 2) he doesn't fund you but asks VERY good questions to help you hone your biz model/pitch.
Dmitry @ Cento is one of the smartest VCs I met in SEA. Dmitry isn't 'connected' to family money or a family network so he actually had to become a VC through smarts & grit. To start-off his fund he regularly slept in his office to be available to his LPs/founders/deal-flow. When you meet with Dmitry you better come prepared to know your shit and be able to defend your assumptions with hard data if called upon. Dmitry is very fast-on-his-feet mentally and can see the angles very quickly. If you pass his 'no bullshit' filter he will go out of his way to introduce you to his network of VCs, founders and support network. Dmitry is 'smart money' and he backs up this money with strong 'value add'. He comes to quarterly/annual board meetings prepared and really has some zinger's-for-questions that will keep you on your toes. I would highly recommend you meet with Dmitry when you are raising...you either get 1) smart $$ and some really good counsel 2) he doesn't fund you but asks VERY good questions to help you hone your biz model/pitch.
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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Really forward-thinking, knows the space, and was able to connect us to many other really good connections, even before they invested in us.
Really forward-thinking, knows the space, and was able to connect us to many other really good connections, even before they invested in us.
Really forward-thinking, knows the space, and was able to connect us to many other really good connections, even before they invested in us.
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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As an investor-turned-entrepreneur, I could pretty much tell in less than 5 minutes into the meeting how much value an investor could add to my company. Tina is one of the very few that really impressed me during the first meeting and continues to impress me and the entire team. I have been closely working with her for more than a year and half. She has been adding a lot of value to my start-up in the following ways: - Fundraising: Tina is a great people person - super well connected with the investor circle across various markets, especially in Asia. She opens a lot of doors for me during the fundraising process. Investors highly trust her recommendation. - Strategic planning: Having invested in so many high-profile deals in global markets, Tina has great knowledge of different business models and execution strategy. She’s a great go-to person to bounce off some ideas. Tina is good at pointing out my blind spots and inspires me with her ideas - Hiring: Tina is also very well connected with the professional talent pool. She has been very helpful when I need to hire top talent to bring the company to the next level I also referred a couple of start-ups to Tina. All of the founders have spoken highly of her. Even for those start-ups that she decided to pass, those founders still speak very highly of her and appreciate her responsiveness, openness and honest, helpful feedback. Whenever my entrepreneur friends ask me for investor recommendation, Tina is always the first that comes to my mind. All in all, Tina is a great investor with a lot of resources to help start-ups grow. I highly recommend her without any reservations.
As an investor-turned-entrepreneur, I could pretty much tell in less than 5 minutes into the meeting how much value an investor could add to my company. Tina is one of the very few that really impressed me during the first meeting and continues to impress me and the entire team. I have been closely working with her for more than a year and half. She has been adding a lot of value to my start-up in the following ways: - Fundraising: Tina is a great people person - super well connected with the investor circle across various markets, especially in Asia. She opens a lot of doors for me during the fundraising process. Investors highly trust her recommendation. - Strategic planning: Having invested in so many high-profile deals in global markets, Tina has great knowledge of different business models and execution strategy. She’s a great go-to person to bounce off some ideas. Tina is good at pointing out my blind spots and inspires me with her ideas - Hiring: Tina is also very well connected with the professional talent pool. She has been very helpful when I need to hire top talent to bring the company to the next level I also referred a couple of start-ups to Tina. All of the founders have spoken highly of her. Even for those start-ups that she decided to pass, those founders still speak very highly of her and appreciate her responsiveness, openness and honest, helpful feedback. Whenever my entrepreneur friends ask me for investor recommendation, Tina is always the first that comes to my mind. All in all, Tina is a great investor with a lot of resources to help start-ups grow. I highly recommend her without any reservations.
As an investor-turned-entrepreneur, I could pretty much tell in less than 5 minutes into the meeting how much value an investor could add to my company. Tina is one of the very few that really impressed me during the first meeting and continues to impress me and the entire team. I have been closely working with her for more than a year and half. She has been adding a lot of value to my start-up in the following ways: - Fundraising: Tina is a great people person - super well connected with the investor circle across various markets, especially in Asia. She opens a lot of doors for me during the fundraising process. Investors highly trust her recommendation. - Strategic planning: Having invested in so many high-profile deals in global markets, Tina has great knowledge of different business models and execution strategy. She’s a great go-to person to bounce off some ideas. Tina is good at pointing out my blind spots and inspires me with her ideas - Hiring: Tina is also very well connected with the professional talent pool. She has been very helpful when I need to hire top talent to bring the company to the next level I also referred a couple of start-ups to Tina. All of the founders have spoken highly of her. Even for those start-ups that she decided to pass, those founders still speak very highly of her and appreciate her responsiveness, openness and honest, helpful feedback. Whenever my entrepreneur friends ask me for investor recommendation, Tina is always the first that comes to my mind. All in all, Tina is a great investor with a lot of resources to help start-ups grow. I highly recommend her without any reservations.
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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Mark is a great guy with an awesome track record in his investments and his personal roles executing. He's well connected to similar angel investors. His approach is thoughtful and insightful - a great thought partner for product and operational challenges
Mark is a great guy with an awesome track record in his investments and his personal roles executing. He's well connected to similar angel investors. His approach is thoughtful and insightful - a great thought partner for product and operational challenges
Mark is a great guy with an awesome track record in his investments and his personal roles executing. He's well connected to similar angel investors. His approach is thoughtful and insightful - a great thought partner for product and operational challenges
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 don’t know him directly but attended a presentation with Alfred and felt that his answers weren’t genuine and hand wavey. This is a huge red flag for me and discouraged me from wanting to work with Sequoia
I don’t know him directly but attended a presentation with Alfred and felt that his answers weren’t genuine and hand wavey. This is a huge red flag for me and discouraged me from wanting to work with Sequoia
I don’t know him directly but attended a presentation with Alfred and felt that his answers weren’t genuine and hand wavey. This is a huge red flag for me and discouraged me from wanting to work with Sequoia
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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Met him when he was at Khosla, and he was just super mean and cold? You see how controversial he is on Twitter, but had no idea it would translate to how he treats people in person. He seems like the type of person that kind of just got lucky because the PayPal mafia included him because they felt bad.
Met him when he was at Khosla, and he was just super mean and cold? You see how controversial he is on Twitter, but had no idea it would translate to how he treats people in person. He seems like the type of person that kind of just got lucky because the PayPal mafia included him because they felt bad.
Met him when he was at Khosla, and he was just super mean and cold? You see how controversial he is on Twitter, but had no idea it would translate to how he treats people in person. He seems like the type of person that kind of just got lucky because the PayPal mafia included him because they felt bad.
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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Before working with Ullas, as part of my dd, I called more than 5 VC firms and 10 founders (scaling their companies in b2b) to get their thoughts on Ullas. The responses shocked me. People only said great things about Ullas. One person said, "he is a great one," another said, "he is the 5% of VC's that change the trajectory of a company". After years of working with him as my investor, I can say, hands down, I agree. Ullas is direct, honest, fair, and loyal to his investments and the founders. As I went into my Series A, Ullas made introductions to every Tier 1 and Tier 2 good for us. He was thoughtful and is clearly respected amongst the VC community. He has always challenged me to think smarter, bigger, and not make mistakes chasing the wrong things. To those that don't like honest feedback or tough love, Ullas isn't your investor. If you can take that, you will thrive working with him. I have never been so grateful to work with an investor as I am with Ullas.
Before working with Ullas, as part of my dd, I called more than 5 VC firms and 10 founders (scaling their companies in b2b) to get their thoughts on Ullas. The responses shocked me. People only said great things about Ullas. One person said, "he is a great one," another said, "he is the 5% of VC's that change the trajectory of a company". After years of working with him as my investor, I can say, hands down, I agree. Ullas is direct, honest, fair, and loyal to his investments and the founders. As I went into my Series A, Ullas made introductions to every Tier 1 and Tier 2 good for us. He was thoughtful and is clearly respected amongst the VC community. He has always challenged me to think smarter, bigger, and not make mistakes chasing the wrong things. To those that don't like honest feedback or tough love, Ullas isn't your investor. If you can take that, you will thrive working with him. I have never been so grateful to work with an investor as I am with Ullas.
Before working with Ullas, as part of my dd, I called more than 5 VC firms and 10 founders (scaling their companies in b2b) to get their thoughts on Ullas. The responses shocked me. People only said great things about Ullas. One person said, "he is a great one," another said, "he is the 5% of VC's that change the trajectory of a company". After years of working with him as my investor, I can say, hands down, I agree. Ullas is direct, honest, fair, and loyal to his investments and the founders. As I went into my Series A, Ullas made introductions to every Tier 1 and Tier 2 good for us. He was thoughtful and is clearly respected amongst the VC community. He has always challenged me to think smarter, bigger, and not make mistakes chasing the wrong things. To those that don't like honest feedback or tough love, Ullas isn't your investor. If you can take that, you will thrive working with him. I have never been so grateful to work with an investor as I am with Ullas.
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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Although he can be hard to reach sometimes, Aneel is extremely aggressive with intros and you can rely on him as an extension of your sales team.
Although he can be hard to reach sometimes, Aneel is extremely aggressive with intros and you can rely on him as an extension of your sales team.
Although he can be hard to reach sometimes, Aneel is extremely aggressive with intros and you can rely on him as an extension of your sales team.
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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