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Jess made a bet on New York and enterprise tech long before it was clear when Boston was still the biggest game on the east coast. She works incredibly hard, always puts founders and founding teams first, and Work-Bench punches way above their weight (or AUM) when it comes to customer introductions, corporate engagement, and recruiting assists.
Jess made a bet on New York and enterprise tech long before it was clear when Boston was still the biggest game on the east coast. She works incredibly hard, always puts founders and founding teams first, and Work-Bench punches way above their weight (or AUM) when it comes to customer introductions, corporate engagement, and recruiting assists.
Jess made a bet on New York and enterprise tech long before it was clear when Boston was still the biggest game on the east coast. She works incredibly hard, always puts founders and founding teams first, and Work-Bench punches way above their weight (or AUM) when it comes to customer introductions, corporate engagement, and recruiting assists.
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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Multiple meetings with dive on company and business model, followed up several times for an answer yes / no (CCd his associate), did not even provide a response after multiple emails. Lack of respect for founder's time, stay the F away.
Multiple meetings with dive on company and business model, followed up several times for an answer yes / no (CCd his associate), did not even provide a response after multiple emails. Lack of respect for founder's time, stay the F away.
Multiple meetings with dive on company and business model, followed up several times for an answer yes / no (CCd his associate), did not even provide a response after multiple emails. Lack of respect for founder's time, stay the F away.
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 not had the pleasure of working with him formally, but I've met with him several times and he has been a blast to talk to each time. Great at listening and offering to help problem solve, and also brainstorming about all different sorts of spaces. Plus, his background at Softbank makes him very interesting to talk to. Great and nice investor.
I have not had the pleasure of working with him formally, but I've met with him several times and he has been a blast to talk to each time. Great at listening and offering to help problem solve, and also brainstorming about all different sorts of spaces. Plus, his background at Softbank makes him very interesting to talk to. Great and nice investor.
I have not had the pleasure of working with him formally, but I've met with him several times and he has been a blast to talk to each time. Great at listening and offering to help problem solve, and also brainstorming about all different sorts of spaces. Plus, his background at Softbank makes him very interesting to talk to. Great and nice investor.
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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All VC's say that they want to partner with your business. Baris and the Human Capital team are legitimate partners to you, its almost like having co-founders. They blend the personal and the professional, so that you find strategic insights and a friendly shoulder to help stomach the highs and lows in working with them. They are good, genuine, and loyal people who have your back and will really sit down and help you. For example, I struggled with telling my story as a founder and for my company, and they spent countless nights at my house working draft scripts and giving me feedback. They are great, I'd recommend getting them in if you can. I've referred other founders to them that have said the same thing.
All VC's say that they want to partner with your business. Baris and the Human Capital team are legitimate partners to you, its almost like having co-founders. They blend the personal and the professional, so that you find strategic insights and a friendly shoulder to help stomach the highs and lows in working with them. They are good, genuine, and loyal people who have your back and will really sit down and help you. For example, I struggled with telling my story as a founder and for my company, and they spent countless nights at my house working draft scripts and giving me feedback. They are great, I'd recommend getting them in if you can. I've referred other founders to them that have said the same thing.
All VC's say that they want to partner with your business. Baris and the Human Capital team are legitimate partners to you, its almost like having co-founders. They blend the personal and the professional, so that you find strategic insights and a friendly shoulder to help stomach the highs and lows in working with them. They are good, genuine, and loyal people who have your back and will really sit down and help you. For example, I struggled with telling my story as a founder and for my company, and they spent countless nights at my house working draft scripts and giving me feedback. They are great, I'd recommend getting them in if you can. I've referred other founders to them that have said the same thing.
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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Techstart are an early stage fund for companies in Northern Ireland and Scotland. They manage a £100m fund. They will invest early pre-seed and pre revenue but their terms can be questionable (this has improved in the years)
Techstart are an early stage fund for companies in Northern Ireland and Scotland. They manage a £100m fund. They will invest early pre-seed and pre revenue but their terms can be questionable (this has improved in the years)
Techstart are an early stage fund for companies in Northern Ireland and Scotland. They manage a £100m fund. They will invest early pre-seed and pre revenue but their terms can be questionable (this has improved in the years)
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 only allocated 20 minutes to talking to me via video conference. During my pitch he ate lunch, chewing loudly into the microphone, while either having his back turned to me or his shoulder and shuffling around with his lunch off-screen. He didn't really ask any useful questions, and it became clear that he hadn't looked at the deck prior to the call either.
He only allocated 20 minutes to talking to me via video conference. During my pitch he ate lunch, chewing loudly into the microphone, while either having his back turned to me or his shoulder and shuffling around with his lunch off-screen. He didn't really ask any useful questions, and it became clear that he hadn't looked at the deck prior to the call either.
He only allocated 20 minutes to talking to me via video conference. During my pitch he ate lunch, chewing loudly into the microphone, while either having his back turned to me or his shoulder and shuffling around with his lunch off-screen. He didn't really ask any useful questions, and it became clear that he hadn't looked at the deck prior to the call either.
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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Don’t know Kirsten personally well enough to make a strong judgment but have heard only positive things so far... mostly that her intuition is spot on
Don’t know Kirsten personally well enough to make a strong judgment but have heard only positive things so far... mostly that her intuition is spot on
Don’t know Kirsten personally well enough to make a strong judgment but have heard only positive things so far... mostly that her intuition is spot on
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 pitched my seed company to Leo, and he quickly passed. This was not in his sweet spot for investing. He did offer to review my deck more thoroughly and provide feedback. He then proceeded to offer the most thoughtful, impactful advice I have ever received from a VC. He was candid but kind, which is a rare combination. I’ve incorporated many of his suggestions and have been reconsidering aspects of our business model based on our email conversation. Highly recommend.
I pitched my seed company to Leo, and he quickly passed. This was not in his sweet spot for investing. He did offer to review my deck more thoroughly and provide feedback. He then proceeded to offer the most thoughtful, impactful advice I have ever received from a VC. He was candid but kind, which is a rare combination. I’ve incorporated many of his suggestions and have been reconsidering aspects of our business model based on our email conversation. Highly recommend.
I pitched my seed company to Leo, and he quickly passed. This was not in his sweet spot for investing. He did offer to review my deck more thoroughly and provide feedback. He then proceeded to offer the most thoughtful, impactful advice I have ever received from a VC. He was candid but kind, which is a rare combination. I’ve incorporated many of his suggestions and have been reconsidering aspects of our business model based on our email conversation. Highly 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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Eric passed on our company, but he made several intros to funds he thought would be a better fit and made himself available for fundraising strategy discussions and advice. He was kind, thoughtful, and helpful to our fundraising process even though we weren't a good fit for his fund.
Eric passed on our company, but he made several intros to funds he thought would be a better fit and made himself available for fundraising strategy discussions and advice. He was kind, thoughtful, and helpful to our fundraising process even though we weren't a good fit for his fund.
Eric passed on our company, but he made several intros to funds he thought would be a better fit and made himself available for fundraising strategy discussions and advice. He was kind, thoughtful, and helpful to our fundraising process even though we weren't a good fit for his fund.
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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Cristina is one of those people that you feel lucky to know. She is one of the most value-add partners we have and is simply a good human. She's able to bring her first-hand operational experience to the forefront and offer unique insights to our challenges including GTM and scale, customer experience, curriculum design, content marketing and more. Working with her doesn't feel like work because we can quickly get into flow and think big and creatively together. She is steadfast, decisive, isn't afraid to challenge us and most importantly, kind and trustworthy. She does what she says she'll do and goes above and beyond to support her companies. Another thing that sets her apart is how deeply she cares and the emotional support she's able to provide. Being a founder definitely has its peaks and troughs and Cristina shows up for both. Our company wouldn't be where it is without her guidance and partnership and I cannot recommend Cristina enough.
Cristina is one of those people that you feel lucky to know. She is one of the most value-add partners we have and is simply a good human. She's able to bring her first-hand operational experience to the forefront and offer unique insights to our challenges including GTM and scale, customer experience, curriculum design, content marketing and more. Working with her doesn't feel like work because we can quickly get into flow and think big and creatively together. She is steadfast, decisive, isn't afraid to challenge us and most importantly, kind and trustworthy. She does what she says she'll do and goes above and beyond to support her companies. Another thing that sets her apart is how deeply she cares and the emotional support she's able to provide. Being a founder definitely has its peaks and troughs and Cristina shows up for both. Our company wouldn't be where it is without her guidance and partnership and I cannot recommend Cristina enough.
Cristina is one of those people that you feel lucky to know. She is one of the most value-add partners we have and is simply a good human. She's able to bring her first-hand operational experience to the forefront and offer unique insights to our challenges including GTM and scale, customer experience, curriculum design, content marketing and more. Working with her doesn't feel like work because we can quickly get into flow and think big and creatively together. She is steadfast, decisive, isn't afraid to challenge us and most importantly, kind and trustworthy. She does what she says she'll do and goes above and beyond to support her companies. Another thing that sets her apart is how deeply she cares and the emotional support she's able to provide. Being a founder definitely has its peaks and troughs and Cristina shows up for both. Our company wouldn't be where it is without her guidance and partnership and I cannot recommend Cristina enough.
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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