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Hard to describe him in any other way other than 'a total homie' — not in a bad way. He's just super nice, super chill, and very focused/into consumer. Personally passing him a lot of consumer dealflow
Hard to describe him in any other way other than 'a total homie' — not in a bad way. He's just super nice, super chill, and very focused/into consumer. Personally passing him a lot of consumer dealflow
Hard to describe him in any other way other than 'a total homie' — not in a bad way. He's just super nice, super chill, and very focused/into consumer. Personally passing him a lot of consumer dealflow
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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Had a few great conversations, went fairly deep in the due dill, and then they ghosted. A few months later saw that one of their portfolio company did a pivot and became a direct competitor. Not sure what happened. I leave the benefit of the doubt but all this leaves me puzzled.
Had a few great conversations, went fairly deep in the due dill, and then they ghosted. A few months later saw that one of their portfolio company did a pivot and became a direct competitor. Not sure what happened. I leave the benefit of the doubt but all this leaves me puzzled.
Had a few great conversations, went fairly deep in the due dill, and then they ghosted. A few months later saw that one of their portfolio company did a pivot and became a direct competitor. Not sure what happened. I leave the benefit of the doubt but all this leaves me puzzled.
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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Didn't know that Danielle only invested in Enterprise, but it was super fun talking to her. After talking to some founders from her portfolio companies and to her personally, it's clear that she cares a lot about ALL of her founders, not only the ones who are crushing it.
Didn't know that Danielle only invested in Enterprise, but it was super fun talking to her. After talking to some founders from her portfolio companies and to her personally, it's clear that she cares a lot about ALL of her founders, not only the ones who are crushing it.
Didn't know that Danielle only invested in Enterprise, but it was super fun talking to her. After talking to some founders from her portfolio companies and to her personally, it's clear that she cares a lot about ALL of her founders, not only the ones who are crushing it.
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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Steve came on very strong, lots of hugs, "bro time" and offered a higher price than most. Promised tons of introductions to customers he claimed he knew well. Strung us along till we took his investment. The only introductions we ever received were from his partner who made them no questions asked, who not shockingly, is no longer with the firm. Steve continually wastes our time. Every board meeting he treats as a personal update session. He continually pushes his platform team on us. They are ex-consultants who have no idea how startups operate and just waste my team's time. If you have other term sheets, take them. Don't make this mistake.
Steve came on very strong, lots of hugs, "bro time" and offered a higher price than most. Promised tons of introductions to customers he claimed he knew well. Strung us along till we took his investment. The only introductions we ever received were from his partner who made them no questions asked, who not shockingly, is no longer with the firm. Steve continually wastes our time. Every board meeting he treats as a personal update session. He continually pushes his platform team on us. They are ex-consultants who have no idea how startups operate and just waste my team's time. If you have other term sheets, take them. Don't make this mistake.
Steve came on very strong, lots of hugs, "bro time" and offered a higher price than most. Promised tons of introductions to customers he claimed he knew well. Strung us along till we took his investment. The only introductions we ever received were from his partner who made them no questions asked, who not shockingly, is no longer with the firm. Steve continually wastes our time. Every board meeting he treats as a personal update session. He continually pushes his platform team on us. They are ex-consultants who have no idea how startups operate and just waste my team's time. If you have other term sheets, take them. Don't make this mistake.
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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Dmitry invested in our company as an investment officer from AltaIR, our communication was efficient, the process was quick and they made several intros I asked for. They also had a few advices on our processes.
Dmitry invested in our company as an investment officer from AltaIR, our communication was efficient, the process was quick and they made several intros I asked for. They also had a few advices on our processes.
Dmitry invested in our company as an investment officer from AltaIR, our communication was efficient, the process was quick and they made several intros I asked for. They also had a few advices on our processes.
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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Had one meeting to pitch our company. Didn't hear back for weeks. Had to check in multiple times but eventually got an email back saying they weren't interested. They seem nice, but we felt a bit shrugged off.
Had one meeting to pitch our company. Didn't hear back for weeks. Had to check in multiple times but eventually got an email back saying they weren't interested. They seem nice, but we felt a bit shrugged off.
Had one meeting to pitch our company. Didn't hear back for weeks. Had to check in multiple times but eventually got an email back saying they weren't interested. They seem nice, but we felt a bit shrugged off.
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 honestly don't trust Sharla and I validated that when talking to other founders. At a surface, she doesn't have any investing power. She tends to rescheduling calls a lot without notices as well. Sharla has very little operating experience beyond working shortly as a project manager at Uber and an analyst from a firm. The lack of industry knowledge really shows during conversation with her. Would not recommend her as a strong board member.
I honestly don't trust Sharla and I validated that when talking to other founders. At a surface, she doesn't have any investing power. She tends to rescheduling calls a lot without notices as well. Sharla has very little operating experience beyond working shortly as a project manager at Uber and an analyst from a firm. The lack of industry knowledge really shows during conversation with her. Would not recommend her as a strong board member.
I honestly don't trust Sharla and I validated that when talking to other founders. At a surface, she doesn't have any investing power. She tends to rescheduling calls a lot without notices as well. Sharla has very little operating experience beyond working shortly as a project manager at Uber and an analyst from a firm. The lack of industry knowledge really shows during conversation with her. Would not recommend her as a strong board member.
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 had read Jerry's blog for years and we became friendly on twitter before I started my current company. When we went to fundraise, Jerry was on the top of the list for the first angel round. He was gracious in taking the meeting, asked thoughtful questions, and made a fast, independent decision to invest. I would have appreciated it equally had he made a fast, independent decision not to. He was among our first checks, and is still active and helpful on a monthly basis. Highly recommend.
I had read Jerry's blog for years and we became friendly on twitter before I started my current company. When we went to fundraise, Jerry was on the top of the list for the first angel round. He was gracious in taking the meeting, asked thoughtful questions, and made a fast, independent decision to invest. I would have appreciated it equally had he made a fast, independent decision not to. He was among our first checks, and is still active and helpful on a monthly basis. Highly recommend.
I had read Jerry's blog for years and we became friendly on twitter before I started my current company. When we went to fundraise, Jerry was on the top of the list for the first angel round. He was gracious in taking the meeting, asked thoughtful questions, and made a fast, independent decision to invest. I would have appreciated it equally had he made a fast, independent decision not to. He was among our first checks, and is still active and helpful on a monthly basis. 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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I had one meeting with Eyal when raising my seed round. I couldn't leave the meeting quickly enough. The discussion started positively but the nature of the way he does business left the impression that he was running something close to a scam. ICONYC is a strange fund/incubator hybrid to begin with, focused on helping Israeli or Israel-related startups set up a base in the US. They make a symbolic investment and take a very meaningful percentage of ownership -- which is typical of other incubators. However, what differed and was very unfortunate about Eyal was that the "value add" was simply "I will help you find other investors". I think this works on founders who are trying to figure out the US market from abroad and haven't done their homework. However, I didn't find the terms appealing or the value add credible -- and I let him know. After basically telling him I wasn't interested, he deployed the worst line I have ever seen any sales person outside of used car salesmen deliver: "I don't know, if you don't sign up now the offer may not be here next week". That artificial, non-credible, and low class fake time pressure is, to this date, the worst VC behavior I have seen. I recommend staying away.
I had one meeting with Eyal when raising my seed round. I couldn't leave the meeting quickly enough. The discussion started positively but the nature of the way he does business left the impression that he was running something close to a scam. ICONYC is a strange fund/incubator hybrid to begin with, focused on helping Israeli or Israel-related startups set up a base in the US. They make a symbolic investment and take a very meaningful percentage of ownership -- which is typical of other incubators. However, what differed and was very unfortunate about Eyal was that the "value add" was simply "I will help you find other investors". I think this works on founders who are trying to figure out the US market from abroad and haven't done their homework. However, I didn't find the terms appealing or the value add credible -- and I let him know. After basically telling him I wasn't interested, he deployed the worst line I have ever seen any sales person outside of used car salesmen deliver: "I don't know, if you don't sign up now the offer may not be here next week". That artificial, non-credible, and low class fake time pressure is, to this date, the worst VC behavior I have seen. I recommend staying away.
I had one meeting with Eyal when raising my seed round. I couldn't leave the meeting quickly enough. The discussion started positively but the nature of the way he does business left the impression that he was running something close to a scam. ICONYC is a strange fund/incubator hybrid to begin with, focused on helping Israeli or Israel-related startups set up a base in the US. They make a symbolic investment and take a very meaningful percentage of ownership -- which is typical of other incubators. However, what differed and was very unfortunate about Eyal was that the "value add" was simply "I will help you find other investors". I think this works on founders who are trying to figure out the US market from abroad and haven't done their homework. However, I didn't find the terms appealing or the value add credible -- and I let him know. After basically telling him I wasn't interested, he deployed the worst line I have ever seen any sales person outside of used car salesmen deliver: "I don't know, if you don't sign up now the offer may not be here next week". That artificial, non-credible, and low class fake time pressure is, to this date, the worst VC behavior I have seen. I recommend staying 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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0

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Vik was one of the first investors to believe in our company from inception. Many funds say they are willing to be one the first checks in, Vik and Maggie actually follow through. Helpful from investor introductions, story telling, listening and providing a very human approach. The biggest problems with founder and investors is the dynamic of power and fear. Vik and Maggie care deeply for each of their founders. You feel there are in it with you and truly love helping the company and the people succeed. Empathy, intelligence, patient, etc. If you are a company looking for true investor value, GCVC is the future of VC.
Vik was one of the first investors to believe in our company from inception. Many funds say they are willing to be one the first checks in, Vik and Maggie actually follow through. Helpful from investor introductions, story telling, listening and providing a very human approach. The biggest problems with founder and investors is the dynamic of power and fear. Vik and Maggie care deeply for each of their founders. You feel there are in it with you and truly love helping the company and the people succeed. Empathy, intelligence, patient, etc. If you are a company looking for true investor value, GCVC is the future of VC.
Vik was one of the first investors to believe in our company from inception. Many funds say they are willing to be one the first checks in, Vik and Maggie actually follow through. Helpful from investor introductions, story telling, listening and providing a very human approach. The biggest problems with founder and investors is the dynamic of power and fear. Vik and Maggie care deeply for each of their founders. You feel there are in it with you and truly love helping the company and the people succeed. Empathy, intelligence, patient, etc. If you are a company looking for true investor value, GCVC is the future of VC.
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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