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Very old-school, hard-tech investor. The type to wine-and-dine you, not sure if that's a bad thing but I felt like I was being grilled and then trying to be won over even though I didn't get to know much about him. Seems to flex on you quite a bit (in a funny way) with the types of people he knows.
Very old-school, hard-tech investor. The type to wine-and-dine you, not sure if that's a bad thing but I felt like I was being grilled and then trying to be won over even though I didn't get to know much about him. Seems to flex on you quite a bit (in a funny way) with the types of people he knows.
Very old-school, hard-tech investor. The type to wine-and-dine you, not sure if that's a bad thing but I felt like I was being grilled and then trying to be won over even though I didn't get to know much about him. Seems to flex on you quite a bit (in a funny way) with the types of people he knows.
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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Have known him for years and he's been one of my day 1 supporters. No one I'd rather have behind me as I build out a B2B SaaS company. Has been crucial in our own company building and very hands on when you want him.
Have known him for years and he's been one of my day 1 supporters. No one I'd rather have behind me as I build out a B2B SaaS company. Has been crucial in our own company building and very hands on when you want him.
Have known him for years and he's been one of my day 1 supporters. No one I'd rather have behind me as I build out a B2B SaaS company. Has been crucial in our own company building and very hands on when you want him.
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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Andy and his firm were supposed to lead our round and negotiated a sweetener for that position, then proceeded to only make 1 intro that didn't lead anywhere. We had angels with considerably less invested giving infinitely more help with bringing on other investors, making connections, etc. His firm also invested in a direct competitor within a few months of investing with us, and didn't even tell us - we had to find out via news. Later, when we were putting together a bridge round, he committed to it if we were able to fill the round, then ghosted us for months and didn't honor his commitment, despite us receiving the commitments he required to do the round. The round fell apart and drove the company into a dire situation. I don't remember him or the firm ever delivering anything of value, to be honest.
Andy and his firm were supposed to lead our round and negotiated a sweetener for that position, then proceeded to only make 1 intro that didn't lead anywhere. We had angels with considerably less invested giving infinitely more help with bringing on other investors, making connections, etc. His firm also invested in a direct competitor within a few months of investing with us, and didn't even tell us - we had to find out via news. Later, when we were putting together a bridge round, he committed to it if we were able to fill the round, then ghosted us for months and didn't honor his commitment, despite us receiving the commitments he required to do the round. The round fell apart and drove the company into a dire situation. I don't remember him or the firm ever delivering anything of value, to be honest.
Andy and his firm were supposed to lead our round and negotiated a sweetener for that position, then proceeded to only make 1 intro that didn't lead anywhere. We had angels with considerably less invested giving infinitely more help with bringing on other investors, making connections, etc. His firm also invested in a direct competitor within a few months of investing with us, and didn't even tell us - we had to find out via news. Later, when we were putting together a bridge round, he committed to it if we were able to fill the round, then ghosted us for months and didn't honor his commitment, despite us receiving the commitments he required to do the round. The round fell apart and drove the company into a dire situation. I don't remember him or the firm ever delivering anything of value, to be honest.
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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TX led our first round (a $1M pre-seed) and was the key person in making our second two (a $5M seed and $15M series A) happen. When we first met I liked him but didn't really know what to expect — he's a buttoned-up guy and seemed like a typical VC. In working with him, though, I've been just blown away: he's the hardest-working person I know and went to bat for us in SUCH a big way at every stage: quarterbacked our funding rounds, arranged venture debt on amazing terms, closed key hires, etc. When I told him I wanted to have kids before long he encouraged me to sell some shares in secondary so we could afford it and helped me negotiate to make it happen. When I thought we might need to haircut Fika's pro rata to get a great investor at Seed, TX was *incredibly* kind about it and volunteered to do it (while smaller investors were jerks). Every Series A investor in America seems to know and love him (I've had partners at a16z/Sequoia/etc. sing his praises) and he's also just a wonderful guy on a persona level. Absolutely could not recommend more highly.
TX led our first round (a $1M pre-seed) and was the key person in making our second two (a $5M seed and $15M series A) happen. When we first met I liked him but didn't really know what to expect — he's a buttoned-up guy and seemed like a typical VC. In working with him, though, I've been just blown away: he's the hardest-working person I know and went to bat for us in SUCH a big way at every stage: quarterbacked our funding rounds, arranged venture debt on amazing terms, closed key hires, etc. When I told him I wanted to have kids before long he encouraged me to sell some shares in secondary so we could afford it and helped me negotiate to make it happen. When I thought we might need to haircut Fika's pro rata to get a great investor at Seed, TX was *incredibly* kind about it and volunteered to do it (while smaller investors were jerks). Every Series A investor in America seems to know and love him (I've had partners at a16z/Sequoia/etc. sing his praises) and he's also just a wonderful guy on a persona level. Absolutely could not recommend more highly.
TX led our first round (a $1M pre-seed) and was the key person in making our second two (a $5M seed and $15M series A) happen. When we first met I liked him but didn't really know what to expect — he's a buttoned-up guy and seemed like a typical VC. In working with him, though, I've been just blown away: he's the hardest-working person I know and went to bat for us in SUCH a big way at every stage: quarterbacked our funding rounds, arranged venture debt on amazing terms, closed key hires, etc. When I told him I wanted to have kids before long he encouraged me to sell some shares in secondary so we could afford it and helped me negotiate to make it happen. When I thought we might need to haircut Fika's pro rata to get a great investor at Seed, TX was *incredibly* kind about it and volunteered to do it (while smaller investors were jerks). Every Series A investor in America seems to know and love him (I've had partners at a16z/Sequoia/etc. sing his praises) and he's also just a wonderful guy on a persona level. Absolutely could not recommend more highly.
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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Joel is a great early investor to have on your cap table. He's not only an investor but someone who's opened up his network and given me a lot of time to iterate and strategize which is fundamental in the early stages of launching a business. He's supportive and doesn't impose his will - instead he's spent a lot of time helping me think through various critical decisions to find the best outcome for the business. He's always very happy to introduce investors, employees or strategic stakeholders and quite often does so without being asked. Finally, he lets you just get on with your business - no silly requests or distractions.
Joel is a great early investor to have on your cap table. He's not only an investor but someone who's opened up his network and given me a lot of time to iterate and strategize which is fundamental in the early stages of launching a business. He's supportive and doesn't impose his will - instead he's spent a lot of time helping me think through various critical decisions to find the best outcome for the business. He's always very happy to introduce investors, employees or strategic stakeholders and quite often does so without being asked. Finally, he lets you just get on with your business - no silly requests or distractions.
Joel is a great early investor to have on your cap table. He's not only an investor but someone who's opened up his network and given me a lot of time to iterate and strategize which is fundamental in the early stages of launching a business. He's supportive and doesn't impose his will - instead he's spent a lot of time helping me think through various critical decisions to find the best outcome for the business. He's always very happy to introduce investors, employees or strategic stakeholders and quite often does so without being asked. Finally, he lets you just get on with your business - no silly requests or distractions.
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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We took a meeting with Turner because we had heard good things from other founders, and knew him from his Twitter presence. After hearing our whole pitch across several conversations, gleaning our key market insights, and looking at our data, Turner let us know he wasn’t able to do our target check size, despite initially stating otherwise. We would have never taken the meeting had we known this. It felt like a bait and switch, learning our competitive insights while being misleading about the kind of deals they were able to do. I’m writing this review because something similar just happened to a friend of mine - she took a meeting being transparent that she could only take a small check, and only learned after sharing her full pitch that they were no longer doing checks that size. Not quite the same but I’ve heard 2 other stories of founders finding him to be fairly amateur hour. I’m all for giving new solo GPs a chance, and Turner seems like a genuinely good person. I want to call that out because it is unfortunately rare in this industry. And I get it, you like memes, poking fun at other VCs is great. But at the end of the day founders should choose people who know the basic rules of decorum - no one here wants to waste time or feel like they’re being used. People train at top VC funds before striking out on their own for good reason. Also, we backchanneled with some of his LPs — don’t be impressed by the name brands, they’re taking a flyer for deal flow the same way the scout funds do, it’s no different. He can list as many a16z parters as LPs as he wants, they’re writing these 250K meaningless checks into every small fund they can right now, it’s not gonna get you a meeting if they’re not otherwise interested. Save your time and work with folks who have actually cut their teeth in this industry and know how to get deals done, not based on Twitter follower counts and clearing a subterranean bar of self awareness. Ultimately Turner doesn’t have the experience or inside influence to be value-add beyond being in a founder’s corner. For some that’s enough — it’s admittedly rare to find. However, if you are used to working with experienced investors and have others who have your back, Turner is kind of a waste of time.
We took a meeting with Turner because we had heard good things from other founders, and knew him from his Twitter presence. After hearing our whole pitch across several conversations, gleaning our key market insights, and looking at our data, Turner let us know he wasn’t able to do our target check size, despite initially stating otherwise. We would have never taken the meeting had we known this. It felt like a bait and switch, learning our competitive insights while being misleading about the kind of deals they were able to do. I’m writing this review because something similar just happened to a friend of mine - she took a meeting being transparent that she could only take a small check, and only learned after sharing her full pitch that they were no longer doing checks that size. Not quite the same but I’ve heard 2 other stories of founders finding him to be fairly amateur hour. I’m all for giving new solo GPs a chance, and Turner seems like a genuinely good person. I want to call that out because it is unfortunately rare in this industry. And I get it, you like memes, poking fun at other VCs is great. But at the end of the day founders should choose people who know the basic rules of decorum - no one here wants to waste time or feel like they’re being used. People train at top VC funds before striking out on their own for good reason. Also, we backchanneled with some of his LPs — don’t be impressed by the name brands, they’re taking a flyer for deal flow the same way the scout funds do, it’s no different. He can list as many a16z parters as LPs as he wants, they’re writing these 250K meaningless checks into every small fund they can right now, it’s not gonna get you a meeting if they’re not otherwise interested. Save your time and work with folks who have actually cut their teeth in this industry and know how to get deals done, not based on Twitter follower counts and clearing a subterranean bar of self awareness. Ultimately Turner doesn’t have the experience or inside influence to be value-add beyond being in a founder’s corner. For some that’s enough — it’s admittedly rare to find. However, if you are used to working with experienced investors and have others who have your back, Turner is kind of a waste of time.
We took a meeting with Turner because we had heard good things from other founders, and knew him from his Twitter presence. After hearing our whole pitch across several conversations, gleaning our key market insights, and looking at our data, Turner let us know he wasn’t able to do our target check size, despite initially stating otherwise. We would have never taken the meeting had we known this. It felt like a bait and switch, learning our competitive insights while being misleading about the kind of deals they were able to do. I’m writing this review because something similar just happened to a friend of mine - she took a meeting being transparent that she could only take a small check, and only learned after sharing her full pitch that they were no longer doing checks that size. Not quite the same but I’ve heard 2 other stories of founders finding him to be fairly amateur hour. I’m all for giving new solo GPs a chance, and Turner seems like a genuinely good person. I want to call that out because it is unfortunately rare in this industry. And I get it, you like memes, poking fun at other VCs is great. But at the end of the day founders should choose people who know the basic rules of decorum - no one here wants to waste time or feel like they’re being used. People train at top VC funds before striking out on their own for good reason. Also, we backchanneled with some of his LPs — don’t be impressed by the name brands, they’re taking a flyer for deal flow the same way the scout funds do, it’s no different. He can list as many a16z parters as LPs as he wants, they’re writing these 250K meaningless checks into every small fund they can right now, it’s not gonna get you a meeting if they’re not otherwise interested. Save your time and work with folks who have actually cut their teeth in this industry and know how to get deals done, not based on Twitter follower counts and clearing a subterranean bar of self awareness. Ultimately Turner doesn’t have the experience or inside influence to be value-add beyond being in a founder’s corner. For some that’s enough — it’s admittedly rare to find. However, if you are used to working with experienced investors and have others who have your back, Turner is kind of a waste of time.
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 you need to know https://newrepublic.com/article/119350/amicus-app-how-tech-investors-are-failing-due-diligence https://twitter.com/sethbannon/status/1270158181658841089 Overly aggressive when we pitched our startup years ago. We decided to pass on him once our friends let me know about his past that is worse that publicized. Won't stop emailing me to pick my brain Ugh
all you need to know https://newrepublic.com/article/119350/amicus-app-how-tech-investors-are-failing-due-diligence https://twitter.com/sethbannon/status/1270158181658841089 Overly aggressive when we pitched our startup years ago. We decided to pass on him once our friends let me know about his past that is worse that publicized. Won't stop emailing me to pick my brain Ugh
all you need to know https://newrepublic.com/article/119350/amicus-app-how-tech-investors-are-failing-due-diligence https://twitter.com/sethbannon/status/1270158181658841089 Overly aggressive when we pitched our startup years ago. We decided to pass on him once our friends let me know about his past that is worse that publicized. Won't stop emailing me to pick my brain Ugh
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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Jessica is incredibly supportive of her companies. She works tirelessly, is always responsive, and willing to go the extra mile.
Jessica is incredibly supportive of her companies. She works tirelessly, is always responsive, and willing to go the extra mile.
Jessica is incredibly supportive of her companies. She works tirelessly, is always responsive, and willing to go the extra mile.
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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Carlos is one of the best early stage investors in Europe, arguably the world. He is empathetic, with no BS, good advice. He's able to pick the best teams and support them through the challenges and opportunities of being an early stage company.
Carlos is one of the best early stage investors in Europe, arguably the world. He is empathetic, with no BS, good advice. He's able to pick the best teams and support them through the challenges and opportunities of being an early stage company.
Carlos is one of the best early stage investors in Europe, arguably the world. He is empathetic, with no BS, good advice. He's able to pick the best teams and support them through the challenges and opportunities of being an early stage company.
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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We are raising a pre-seed and based on the East Coast. We had 3 meetings with her, she was very nice and positive in the discussions. She asked for additional information - financial projections for 3 years. She eventually ghosted us and didn't give us a final conclusion after the meetings and saying she liked our idea. As the only partner in her fund, it was pretty easy for her to give us a decision - so in the end it was disappointing that she wasn't more upfront.
We are raising a pre-seed and based on the East Coast. We had 3 meetings with her, she was very nice and positive in the discussions. She asked for additional information - financial projections for 3 years. She eventually ghosted us and didn't give us a final conclusion after the meetings and saying she liked our idea. As the only partner in her fund, it was pretty easy for her to give us a decision - so in the end it was disappointing that she wasn't more upfront.
We are raising a pre-seed and based on the East Coast. We had 3 meetings with her, she was very nice and positive in the discussions. She asked for additional information - financial projections for 3 years. She eventually ghosted us and didn't give us a final conclusion after the meetings and saying she liked our idea. As the only partner in her fund, it was pretty easy for her to give us a decision - so in the end it was disappointing that she wasn't more upfront.
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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