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Alexis has been a passionate supporter of our company since day one. What strikes me most about Alexis is how incredibly proactive he is. With most investors, you find yourself requesting help, but with Alexis, he’s continuously thinking of new ways to advance your startup. Whether it’s ways to secure a crucial hire, raise your next round, or distribute your product, it’s super energizing knowing you have someone like Alexis—who’s built a company himself—thinking on how to increase your odds of success. Alexis is also not swayed by trends or ups and downs. If he invests, he’s a partner through everything.
Alexis has been a passionate supporter of our company since day one. What strikes me most about Alexis is how incredibly proactive he is. With most investors, you find yourself requesting help, but with Alexis, he’s continuously thinking of new ways to advance your startup. Whether it’s ways to secure a crucial hire, raise your next round, or distribute your product, it’s super energizing knowing you have someone like Alexis—who’s built a company himself—thinking on how to increase your odds of success. Alexis is also not swayed by trends or ups and downs. If he invests, he’s a partner through everything.
Alexis has been a passionate supporter of our company since day one. What strikes me most about Alexis is how incredibly proactive he is. With most investors, you find yourself requesting help, but with Alexis, he’s continuously thinking of new ways to advance your startup. Whether it’s ways to secure a crucial hire, raise your next round, or distribute your product, it’s super energizing knowing you have someone like Alexis—who’s built a company himself—thinking on how to increase your odds of success. Alexis is also not swayed by trends or ups and downs. If he invests, he’s a partner through everything.
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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She's incredible and extremely nice, but it feels like her bandwidth is literally too stretched for her portfolio co's. It doesn't feel like the Pear team invests that much time in their companies and does the bare minimum. Fairly disappointing experience at the early stage level.
She's incredible and extremely nice, but it feels like her bandwidth is literally too stretched for her portfolio co's. It doesn't feel like the Pear team invests that much time in their companies and does the bare minimum. Fairly disappointing experience at the early stage level.
She's incredible and extremely nice, but it feels like her bandwidth is literally too stretched for her portfolio co's. It doesn't feel like the Pear team invests that much time in their companies and does the bare minimum. Fairly disappointing experience at the early stage level.
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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Alan is harmful. If I could turn back time, I would have never gotten in business with him. That's my biggest regret.
Alan is harmful. If I could turn back time, I would have never gotten in business with him. That's my biggest regret.
Alan is harmful. If I could turn back time, I would have never gotten in business with him. That's my biggest regret.
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 gives unfiltered opinions, but does not add a lot of value in discussions (no suggestions, no constructive feedback). Mostly it was just a conversation about why the business will not work. Very quick to judge founders. Met us once and called us "car salesmen".
He gives unfiltered opinions, but does not add a lot of value in discussions (no suggestions, no constructive feedback). Mostly it was just a conversation about why the business will not work. Very quick to judge founders. Met us once and called us "car salesmen".
He gives unfiltered opinions, but does not add a lot of value in discussions (no suggestions, no constructive feedback). Mostly it was just a conversation about why the business will not work. Very quick to judge founders. Met us once and called us "car salesmen".
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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0

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Bart is one of the kindest, and most knowledgeable, investors we’ve come across during our time running our company. Many VCs promote themselves as more than smart capital, but Bark truly provides much more than capital. Bart will sit down with you, and your team, to strategize and see how he can help. He makes himself accessible at all times of the day, and is always in a great mood. If you can get him on your team, you are in good shape.
Bart is one of the kindest, and most knowledgeable, investors we’ve come across during our time running our company. Many VCs promote themselves as more than smart capital, but Bark truly provides much more than capital. Bart will sit down with you, and your team, to strategize and see how he can help. He makes himself accessible at all times of the day, and is always in a great mood. If you can get him on your team, you are in good shape.
Bart is one of the kindest, and most knowledgeable, investors we’ve come across during our time running our company. Many VCs promote themselves as more than smart capital, but Bark truly provides much more than capital. Bart will sit down with you, and your team, to strategize and see how he can help. He makes himself accessible at all times of the day, and is always in a great mood. If you can get him on your team, you are in good shape.
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 poor experience. Weirdly aggressive interaction. Ghosting after deep engagement with the fund and the 'special sauce algorithm'. Not recommended.
Really poor experience. Weirdly aggressive interaction. Ghosting after deep engagement with the fund and the 'special sauce algorithm'. Not recommended.
Really poor experience. Weirdly aggressive interaction. Ghosting after deep engagement with the fund and the 'special sauce algorithm'. Not recommended.
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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0

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Lucy has been critical in our development and progress. She always answers my calls or texts and has not only gone out of her way to introduce me to relevant people but done so without me asking and within minutes of realizing the intro would make sense. I'm insanely grateful we met as she's provided critical knowledge and experience to our start up!
Lucy has been critical in our development and progress. She always answers my calls or texts and has not only gone out of her way to introduce me to relevant people but done so without me asking and within minutes of realizing the intro would make sense. I'm insanely grateful we met as she's provided critical knowledge and experience to our start up!
Lucy has been critical in our development and progress. She always answers my calls or texts and has not only gone out of her way to introduce me to relevant people but done so without me asking and within minutes of realizing the intro would make sense. I'm insanely grateful we met as she's provided critical knowledge and experience to our start up!
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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0

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Nnamdi and the whole 645 team have been a true pleasure to work with starting from our first meeting over a year ago, all the way up until today. When we were pitching Nnamdi for investment, he was extremely responsive, asked highly relevant questions, and demonstrated an exceptional ability to understand the nuances of our particular industry. His decision-making process was highly transparent and fast, which enabled us to easily assess where we stood for a potential investment. This was helpful so we could manage our timeline and other investment conversation effectively. He made great use of data during the diligence process to aid in his decision. Both Nnamdi and Aaron are also extremely well-connected. They were able to make some key introductions for both bus-dev and for other prospective investors. Overall he is great to work with and I found him to be extremely founder-friendly.
Nnamdi and the whole 645 team have been a true pleasure to work with starting from our first meeting over a year ago, all the way up until today. When we were pitching Nnamdi for investment, he was extremely responsive, asked highly relevant questions, and demonstrated an exceptional ability to understand the nuances of our particular industry. His decision-making process was highly transparent and fast, which enabled us to easily assess where we stood for a potential investment. This was helpful so we could manage our timeline and other investment conversation effectively. He made great use of data during the diligence process to aid in his decision. Both Nnamdi and Aaron are also extremely well-connected. They were able to make some key introductions for both bus-dev and for other prospective investors. Overall he is great to work with and I found him to be extremely founder-friendly.
Nnamdi and the whole 645 team have been a true pleasure to work with starting from our first meeting over a year ago, all the way up until today. When we were pitching Nnamdi for investment, he was extremely responsive, asked highly relevant questions, and demonstrated an exceptional ability to understand the nuances of our particular industry. His decision-making process was highly transparent and fast, which enabled us to easily assess where we stood for a potential investment. This was helpful so we could manage our timeline and other investment conversation effectively. He made great use of data during the diligence process to aid in his decision. Both Nnamdi and Aaron are also extremely well-connected. They were able to make some key introductions for both bus-dev and for other prospective investors. Overall he is great to work with and I found him to be extremely 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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0

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The one thing I will say about Hemant is his breadth of expertise is insane, and it shows in his portfolio. He really knows his stuff about a lot of different fields/industries, but he comes at them with first principles (at the end of the day he's just evaluating them as businesses). He's very smart, but it's hard to get time with him. The time you do get is very valuable.
The one thing I will say about Hemant is his breadth of expertise is insane, and it shows in his portfolio. He really knows his stuff about a lot of different fields/industries, but he comes at them with first principles (at the end of the day he's just evaluating them as businesses). He's very smart, but it's hard to get time with him. The time you do get is very valuable.
The one thing I will say about Hemant is his breadth of expertise is insane, and it shows in his portfolio. He really knows his stuff about a lot of different fields/industries, but he comes at them with first principles (at the end of the day he's just evaluating them as businesses). He's very smart, but it's hard to get time with him. The time you do get is very valuable.
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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Excellent in helping you think through the 10-year vision and growth. Not very focused on tactics. Is a true VC. Subject matter expertise is low, but they will be a strong support to the founder.
Excellent in helping you think through the 10-year vision and growth. Not very focused on tactics. Is a true VC. Subject matter expertise is low, but they will be a strong support to the founder.
Excellent in helping you think through the 10-year vision and growth. Not very focused on tactics. Is a true VC. Subject matter expertise is low, but they will be a strong support to the 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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0

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