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Don is one of the most founder friendly investors out there. I really appreciate his operating experience at the board level as while he is a financial investor he has the feel of a real operator who has my back and an empathy and understanding of both tactical and strategic decisions and problem solving. I also really appreciate GFC and how they have pre-empted rounds twice stepping up in times of both great but also when not so great and playing nice with others by chopping themselves back a bit even when it was they who helped catalyze the round! They literally have been unreal here.
Don is one of the most founder friendly investors out there. I really appreciate his operating experience at the board level as while he is a financial investor he has the feel of a real operator who has my back and an empathy and understanding of both tactical and strategic decisions and problem solving. I also really appreciate GFC and how they have pre-empted rounds twice stepping up in times of both great but also when not so great and playing nice with others by chopping themselves back a bit even when it was they who helped catalyze the round! They literally have been unreal here.
Don is one of the most founder friendly investors out there. I really appreciate his operating experience at the board level as while he is a financial investor he has the feel of a real operator who has my back and an empathy and understanding of both tactical and strategic decisions and problem solving. I also really appreciate GFC and how they have pre-empted rounds twice stepping up in times of both great but also when not so great and playing nice with others by chopping themselves back a bit even when it was they who helped catalyze the round! They literally have been unreal here.
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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Love Gustaf. Super busy though.
Love Gustaf. Super busy though.
Love Gustaf. Super busy though.
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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Trust this investor with my career. Humble, enthusiastic, and incredibly sharp.
Trust this investor with my career. Humble, enthusiastic, and incredibly sharp.
Trust this investor with my career. Humble, enthusiastic, and incredibly sharp.
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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James seems nice and is quick to offer his insights. However, if you're outside of the limited geography they invest in (i.e., Silicon Valley) you're out of luck. Nfx claims to "see what others do not." I don't think they see opportunities outside of SV, whereas others do.
James seems nice and is quick to offer his insights. However, if you're outside of the limited geography they invest in (i.e., Silicon Valley) you're out of luck. Nfx claims to "see what others do not." I don't think they see opportunities outside of SV, whereas others do.
James seems nice and is quick to offer his insights. However, if you're outside of the limited geography they invest in (i.e., Silicon Valley) you're out of luck. Nfx claims to "see what others do not." I don't think they see opportunities outside of SV, whereas others do.
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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Ariana is a hyper connector! Immediately in execution mode and introducing key stakeholders, customers, etc. that would be helpful. She is shameless when it comes to bragging about her own companies. Furthermore, she understands the check size to time spent with founder ratio. Ultimately, she is an underdog VC who underpromises and overdelivers.
Ariana is a hyper connector! Immediately in execution mode and introducing key stakeholders, customers, etc. that would be helpful. She is shameless when it comes to bragging about her own companies. Furthermore, she understands the check size to time spent with founder ratio. Ultimately, she is an underdog VC who underpromises and overdelivers.
Ariana is a hyper connector! Immediately in execution mode and introducing key stakeholders, customers, etc. that would be helpful. She is shameless when it comes to bragging about her own companies. Furthermore, she understands the check size to time spent with founder ratio. Ultimately, she is an underdog VC who underpromises and overdelivers.
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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My experience working with this investor is hot and cold. In some ways, his experience and network can be very valuable, however his temperament makes him very unpredictable and difficult to work with, especially when there are challenges. His bullheaded nature often sidelined important board discussions, which led to impulsive decisions that were ultimately harmful to the company. I’d highly encourage anyone thinking about taking money from this fund to keep there check size smaller as to not give them any influence in the company’s operations or find investors that are more founder friendly.
My experience working with this investor is hot and cold. In some ways, his experience and network can be very valuable, however his temperament makes him very unpredictable and difficult to work with, especially when there are challenges. His bullheaded nature often sidelined important board discussions, which led to impulsive decisions that were ultimately harmful to the company. I’d highly encourage anyone thinking about taking money from this fund to keep there check size smaller as to not give them any influence in the company’s operations or find investors that are more founder friendly.
My experience working with this investor is hot and cold. In some ways, his experience and network can be very valuable, however his temperament makes him very unpredictable and difficult to work with, especially when there are challenges. His bullheaded nature often sidelined important board discussions, which led to impulsive decisions that were ultimately harmful to the company. I’d highly encourage anyone thinking about taking money from this fund to keep there check size smaller as to not give them any influence in the company’s operations or find investors that are more founder friendly.
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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Anamitra and Afore are the highest value-add investors you can have on your cap table. During fundraise, they were incredibly responsive and gave us an answer within a few days. Anamitra may seem stern at first but he is incredibly kind and knows how to give valuable feedback. He understands the space we're in very deeply and we come out of every working session learning something new and with more optimism. Would highly recommend to every early stage founder!
Anamitra and Afore are the highest value-add investors you can have on your cap table. During fundraise, they were incredibly responsive and gave us an answer within a few days. Anamitra may seem stern at first but he is incredibly kind and knows how to give valuable feedback. He understands the space we're in very deeply and we come out of every working session learning something new and with more optimism. Would highly recommend to every early stage founder!
Anamitra and Afore are the highest value-add investors you can have on your cap table. During fundraise, they were incredibly responsive and gave us an answer within a few days. Anamitra may seem stern at first but he is incredibly kind and knows how to give valuable feedback. He understands the space we're in very deeply and we come out of every working session learning something new and with more optimism. Would highly recommend to every early stage founder!
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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Ted is an awesome coach, and a savvy investor. Ted knows when to give feedback and when to listen. Ted brings an insane amount of expertise to the table and has been a huge value add so far. Our DD process with Cowboy was thorough but quick(2 weeks), respectful and well thought out. Highly recommend Ted and Cowboy to seed stage founders.
Ted is an awesome coach, and a savvy investor. Ted knows when to give feedback and when to listen. Ted brings an insane amount of expertise to the table and has been a huge value add so far. Our DD process with Cowboy was thorough but quick(2 weeks), respectful and well thought out. Highly recommend Ted and Cowboy to seed stage founders.
Ted is an awesome coach, and a savvy investor. Ted knows when to give feedback and when to listen. Ted brings an insane amount of expertise to the table and has been a huge value add so far. Our DD process with Cowboy was thorough but quick(2 weeks), respectful and well thought out. Highly recommend Ted and Cowboy to seed stage 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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Mo is the type of investor who asks how YOU'RE doing first before how the company is doing. Because he understands the founders mental state is extremely important in such stressful times. After that, he listens to your current problems and tries to find people to intro you as soon as possible. Def a founder friendly investor. Lets you continue running your company with him being there to intro you to any other experts you may find of value.
Mo is the type of investor who asks how YOU'RE doing first before how the company is doing. Because he understands the founders mental state is extremely important in such stressful times. After that, he listens to your current problems and tries to find people to intro you as soon as possible. Def a founder friendly investor. Lets you continue running your company with him being there to intro you to any other experts you may find of value.
Mo is the type of investor who asks how YOU'RE doing first before how the company is doing. Because he understands the founders mental state is extremely important in such stressful times. After that, he listens to your current problems and tries to find people to intro you as soon as possible. Def a founder friendly investor. Lets you continue running your company with him being there to intro you to any other experts you may find of value.
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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Matt's an intelligent investor who provides good advice based on his experience leading multiple marketplaces. The fund is small with a few successful ventures, so he's sometimes difficult to get a hold of and slow to respond to emails. When he's in board meetings he's engaged and provides helpful advice to move the business forward.
Matt's an intelligent investor who provides good advice based on his experience leading multiple marketplaces. The fund is small with a few successful ventures, so he's sometimes difficult to get a hold of and slow to respond to emails. When he's in board meetings he's engaged and provides helpful advice to move the business forward.
Matt's an intelligent investor who provides good advice based on his experience leading multiple marketplaces. The fund is small with a few successful ventures, so he's sometimes difficult to get a hold of and slow to respond to emails. When he's in board meetings he's engaged and provides helpful advice to move the business forward.
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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