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Mr. Morris has a strong understanding of the biology market and can speak hard science fluently. Though he might initially come off as overly-harsh in his critiques, those critiques are often on-point, important to hear, and in the end, very helpful. And Mr. Morris is genuinely helpful to founders looking to learn from his experience. He will go out of his way to be genuinely helpful, even (and especially) when trying to convert hard academic science into an VC-fundable business.
Mr. Morris has a strong understanding of the biology market and can speak hard science fluently. Though he might initially come off as overly-harsh in his critiques, those critiques are often on-point, important to hear, and in the end, very helpful. And Mr. Morris is genuinely helpful to founders looking to learn from his experience. He will go out of his way to be genuinely helpful, even (and especially) when trying to convert hard academic science into an VC-fundable business.
Mr. Morris has a strong understanding of the biology market and can speak hard science fluently. Though he might initially come off as overly-harsh in his critiques, those critiques are often on-point, important to hear, and in the end, very helpful. And Mr. Morris is genuinely helpful to founders looking to learn from his experience. He will go out of his way to be genuinely helpful, even (and especially) when trying to convert hard academic science into an VC-fundable business.
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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Marshall is young but very hungry. Will grind super hard to help the founders he talks to. Only wish is that he was more available!
Marshall is young but very hungry. Will grind super hard to help the founders he talks to. Only wish is that he was more available!
Marshall is young but very hungry. Will grind super hard to help the founders he talks to. Only wish is that he was more available!
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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Has proven to be an arrogant jerk in all my dealings. Have never heard a good thing about him (or anyone at Collaborative for that matter).
Has proven to be an arrogant jerk in all my dealings. Have never heard a good thing about him (or anyone at Collaborative for that matter).
Has proven to be an arrogant jerk in all my dealings. Have never heard a good thing about him (or anyone at Collaborative for that matter).
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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Zach Aarons is one of the smartest investors in proptech / construction tech. He's incredibly helpful with intros and makes quick investment decisions. He is a tough negotiator when it comes to early stage fundraising, so keep that in mind (hence the reason for 9/10 recommendation). Though the quality of my interactions with him have been always stellar!
Zach Aarons is one of the smartest investors in proptech / construction tech. He's incredibly helpful with intros and makes quick investment decisions. He is a tough negotiator when it comes to early stage fundraising, so keep that in mind (hence the reason for 9/10 recommendation). Though the quality of my interactions with him have been always stellar!
Zach Aarons is one of the smartest investors in proptech / construction tech. He's incredibly helpful with intros and makes quick investment decisions. He is a tough negotiator when it comes to early stage fundraising, so keep that in mind (hence the reason for 9/10 recommendation). Though the quality of my interactions with him have been always stellar!
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'm not sure if it was arrogance or personality but she came off very cold and condescending. Her feedback was extremely off base comparing our startup to another company that really had no resemblance. I question her understanding in the areas she claim to possess expertise. Not only was meeting her a waste of time but also very much depressing.
I'm not sure if it was arrogance or personality but she came off very cold and condescending. Her feedback was extremely off base comparing our startup to another company that really had no resemblance. I question her understanding in the areas she claim to possess expertise. Not only was meeting her a waste of time but also very much depressing.
I'm not sure if it was arrogance or personality but she came off very cold and condescending. Her feedback was extremely off base comparing our startup to another company that really had no resemblance. I question her understanding in the areas she claim to possess expertise. Not only was meeting her a waste of time but also very much depressing.
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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There was nothing wrong with this meeting persay, but man did Nicholas sounded low-energy and uninterested when I was talking about the startup. Trying to ignite his enthusiasm was like trying to wade through mud, although that could have also been due to a weak pitch on my end. Asked very generic questions about team, business model and growth. Provided some insight into the COVID-19 fundraising market when asked.
There was nothing wrong with this meeting persay, but man did Nicholas sounded low-energy and uninterested when I was talking about the startup. Trying to ignite his enthusiasm was like trying to wade through mud, although that could have also been due to a weak pitch on my end. Asked very generic questions about team, business model and growth. Provided some insight into the COVID-19 fundraising market when asked.
There was nothing wrong with this meeting persay, but man did Nicholas sounded low-energy and uninterested when I was talking about the startup. Trying to ignite his enthusiasm was like trying to wade through mud, although that could have also been due to a weak pitch on my end. Asked very generic questions about team, business model and growth. Provided some insight into the COVID-19 fundraising market when asked.
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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Sven was the very first money into our startup, moving with a conviction that is incredibly rare to see in venture today. Since that moment, 4 years ago, he’s played a huge part in moving the company forward through both the good and the bad times. I will personally never forget his unwavering support during a particularly challenging fundraise when other VC’s might have moved on. Sven is unique in venture for possessing a deep technical understanding of problems, but even more so for his ability to deliver the right feedback at the right time. This is not easy and is a minefield I’ve seen founder friends have to navigate with other board members. To build the biggest company, sometimes a founder needs a gentle, quiet prod in the right direction, but other times they need to hear the direct, cold truth. Sven is masterful at knowing when and how to deliver this feedback, and I’ve found it to be an invaluable addition to our board and for my own progression. I couldn’t recommend Sven and the Khosla Ventures team any higher, especially for deeply technical startups.
Sven was the very first money into our startup, moving with a conviction that is incredibly rare to see in venture today. Since that moment, 4 years ago, he’s played a huge part in moving the company forward through both the good and the bad times. I will personally never forget his unwavering support during a particularly challenging fundraise when other VC’s might have moved on. Sven is unique in venture for possessing a deep technical understanding of problems, but even more so for his ability to deliver the right feedback at the right time. This is not easy and is a minefield I’ve seen founder friends have to navigate with other board members. To build the biggest company, sometimes a founder needs a gentle, quiet prod in the right direction, but other times they need to hear the direct, cold truth. Sven is masterful at knowing when and how to deliver this feedback, and I’ve found it to be an invaluable addition to our board and for my own progression. I couldn’t recommend Sven and the Khosla Ventures team any higher, especially for deeply technical startups.
Sven was the very first money into our startup, moving with a conviction that is incredibly rare to see in venture today. Since that moment, 4 years ago, he’s played a huge part in moving the company forward through both the good and the bad times. I will personally never forget his unwavering support during a particularly challenging fundraise when other VC’s might have moved on. Sven is unique in venture for possessing a deep technical understanding of problems, but even more so for his ability to deliver the right feedback at the right time. This is not easy and is a minefield I’ve seen founder friends have to navigate with other board members. To build the biggest company, sometimes a founder needs a gentle, quiet prod in the right direction, but other times they need to hear the direct, cold truth. Sven is masterful at knowing when and how to deliver this feedback, and I’ve found it to be an invaluable addition to our board and for my own progression. I couldn’t recommend Sven and the Khosla Ventures team any higher, especially for deeply technical startups.
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 communicated as a jerk. I had a feeling that he does not respect founders. Does not care about the product. Is not willing to build relationships. Slow-to-no response.
He communicated as a jerk. I had a feeling that he does not respect founders. Does not care about the product. Is not willing to build relationships. Slow-to-no response.
He communicated as a jerk. I had a feeling that he does not respect founders. Does not care about the product. Is not willing to build relationships. Slow-to-no response.
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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Pitched to Claire in her prior role by way of a mutual connection intro. We were an edge case at best for investment fit and despite this she jumped in and made helpful introductions, provided feedback, and has been responsive and easy to keep in touch with.
Pitched to Claire in her prior role by way of a mutual connection intro. We were an edge case at best for investment fit and despite this she jumped in and made helpful introductions, provided feedback, and has been responsive and easy to keep in touch with.
Pitched to Claire in her prior role by way of a mutual connection intro. We were an edge case at best for investment fit and despite this she jumped in and made helpful introductions, provided feedback, and has been responsive and easy to keep in touch 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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Jon approached our entire process with relative disinterest. The terms that Torch proposed were quite off market and seemed to be designed to take advantage of founders. Would not recommend Jon or Torch as a partner - even as a last resort.
Jon approached our entire process with relative disinterest. The terms that Torch proposed were quite off market and seemed to be designed to take advantage of founders. Would not recommend Jon or Torch as a partner - even as a last resort.
Jon approached our entire process with relative disinterest. The terms that Torch proposed were quite off market and seemed to be designed to take advantage of founders. Would not recommend Jon or Torch as a partner - even as a last resort.
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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