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Had an incredibly rude call where he insulted the capability of the company to succeed without him, repeatedly said how knowledgeable he was in the highly technical space (he wasn't), mansplained the company to me, and then tried to renegotiate the deal terms already set by another investor. Ego for days. Probably one of the most agitating investor calls I've ever taken. Do not recommend.
Had an incredibly rude call where he insulted the capability of the company to succeed without him, repeatedly said how knowledgeable he was in the highly technical space (he wasn't), mansplained the company to me, and then tried to renegotiate the deal terms already set by another investor. Ego for days. Probably one of the most agitating investor calls I've ever taken. Do not recommend.
Had an incredibly rude call where he insulted the capability of the company to succeed without him, repeatedly said how knowledgeable he was in the highly technical space (he wasn't), mansplained the company to me, and then tried to renegotiate the deal terms already set by another investor. Ego for days. Probably one of the most agitating investor calls I've ever taken. Do not 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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Kara is extremely smart and strategic. She's been involved in some smart celeb-enabled companies and tech plays. She's been an entrepreneur and learned a ton from Diller during her time at IAC. She's gradually come forward / become more prominent at Upfront. She's generally responsive and I've found her to be really direct. She knows her strengths (generally B2C) and won't push outside her core knowledge base very far. Having worked on projects with her in a couple of different contexts, she definitely is all in for people who are on her team and can be blunt/ unconcerned about things that aren't in line with her goals. I think any team she invested in would be lucky to have her as part of their set of resources.
Kara is extremely smart and strategic. She's been involved in some smart celeb-enabled companies and tech plays. She's been an entrepreneur and learned a ton from Diller during her time at IAC. She's gradually come forward / become more prominent at Upfront. She's generally responsive and I've found her to be really direct. She knows her strengths (generally B2C) and won't push outside her core knowledge base very far. Having worked on projects with her in a couple of different contexts, she definitely is all in for people who are on her team and can be blunt/ unconcerned about things that aren't in line with her goals. I think any team she invested in would be lucky to have her as part of their set of resources.
Kara is extremely smart and strategic. She's been involved in some smart celeb-enabled companies and tech plays. She's been an entrepreneur and learned a ton from Diller during her time at IAC. She's gradually come forward / become more prominent at Upfront. She's generally responsive and I've found her to be really direct. She knows her strengths (generally B2C) and won't push outside her core knowledge base very far. Having worked on projects with her in a couple of different contexts, she definitely is all in for people who are on her team and can be blunt/ unconcerned about things that aren't in line with her goals. I think any team she invested in would be lucky to have her as part of their set of resources.
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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Ryan is very responsive, given our different time zones he has been very quick to respond and answer any of my questions/concerns with a very crisp and concise answers.
Ryan is very responsive, given our different time zones he has been very quick to respond and answer any of my questions/concerns with a very crisp and concise answers.
Ryan is very responsive, given our different time zones he has been very quick to respond and answer any of my questions/concerns with a very crisp and concise answers.
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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Santo is a pain to work with, regularly ghosting meetings and generally being extremely unresponsive. There are probably better people at Spark to work with if you can.
Santo is a pain to work with, regularly ghosting meetings and generally being extremely unresponsive. There are probably better people at Spark to work with if you can.
Santo is a pain to work with, regularly ghosting meetings and generally being extremely unresponsive. There are probably better people at Spark to work with if you can.
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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Dylan is quick to make high-value intros and giving spot-on advice. Despite being an operator himself, he usually replies to responses swiftly. He's also super smart and kind.
Dylan is quick to make high-value intros and giving spot-on advice. Despite being an operator himself, he usually replies to responses swiftly. He's also super smart and kind.
Dylan is quick to make high-value intros and giving spot-on advice. Despite being an operator himself, he usually replies to responses swiftly. He's also super smart and kind.
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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Michael Fertik walked in 35 minutes late to our meeting, from the gym. Took off his shoes and socks, put his nasty sweaty-ass feet right on the coffee table, and proceeded to verbally masturbate all over himself. He not only berated our startup before reversing course and begging to invest at a reduced valuation, but he sat there sweating all over himself while his partner stared at him with disbelief. What a joker - steer clear of this absolute tool of a sweaty ass human being.
Michael Fertik walked in 35 minutes late to our meeting, from the gym. Took off his shoes and socks, put his nasty sweaty-ass feet right on the coffee table, and proceeded to verbally masturbate all over himself. He not only berated our startup before reversing course and begging to invest at a reduced valuation, but he sat there sweating all over himself while his partner stared at him with disbelief. What a joker - steer clear of this absolute tool of a sweaty ass human being.
Michael Fertik walked in 35 minutes late to our meeting, from the gym. Took off his shoes and socks, put his nasty sweaty-ass feet right on the coffee table, and proceeded to verbally masturbate all over himself. He not only berated our startup before reversing course and begging to invest at a reduced valuation, but he sat there sweating all over himself while his partner stared at him with disbelief. What a joker - steer clear of this absolute tool of a sweaty ass human being.
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 met Jake when he offered to help underrepresented founders review their decks. We had a really in depth call about our deck and he gave additional comments. We are still finding our product market fit, so too early for him to invest. Since then I run all things VC past him and he continues to provide support and advice.
I met Jake when he offered to help underrepresented founders review their decks. We had a really in depth call about our deck and he gave additional comments. We are still finding our product market fit, so too early for him to invest. Since then I run all things VC past him and he continues to provide support and advice.
I met Jake when he offered to help underrepresented founders review their decks. We had a really in depth call about our deck and he gave additional comments. We are still finding our product market fit, so too early for him to invest. Since then I run all things VC past him and he continues to provide support and advice.
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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Scheduled a meeting with us after seeing our pitch at an event. Proceeded to quickly schedule a meeting to learn more. After the meeting told us that we were too early, but she would provide introductions if we sent a deck. We sent the deck and she ghosted us. Whole experience felt very slimy. Heard great things about GSV prior to and since this, but this experience really turned us off ever working with them.
Scheduled a meeting with us after seeing our pitch at an event. Proceeded to quickly schedule a meeting to learn more. After the meeting told us that we were too early, but she would provide introductions if we sent a deck. We sent the deck and she ghosted us. Whole experience felt very slimy. Heard great things about GSV prior to and since this, but this experience really turned us off ever working with them.
Scheduled a meeting with us after seeing our pitch at an event. Proceeded to quickly schedule a meeting to learn more. After the meeting told us that we were too early, but she would provide introductions if we sent a deck. We sent the deck and she ghosted us. Whole experience felt very slimy. Heard great things about GSV prior to and since this, but this experience really turned us off ever working with them.
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 was super helpful at first but ended up being extremely predatory--the term sheet he offered us was a joke
Niko was super helpful at first but ended up being extremely predatory--the term sheet he offered us was a joke
Niko was super helpful at first but ended up being extremely predatory--the term sheet he offered us was a joke
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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Possibly the most charismatic person I know and he absolutely swings for the fences. Who doesn't love Sujay? :)
Possibly the most charismatic person I know and he absolutely swings for the fences. Who doesn't love Sujay? :)
Possibly the most charismatic person I know and he absolutely swings for the fences. Who doesn't love Sujay? :)
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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