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Pejman is the real deal and still works as hard as anyone for his portfolio even with all of his success. He is very high conviction and understands what is important at early stage. Pejman has a strong reputation among investors so his introductions were incredibly valuable during fundraising. Pear overall is a high integrity firm and very easy to work with, no sharp elbows or process bullshit.
Pejman is the real deal and still works as hard as anyone for his portfolio even with all of his success. He is very high conviction and understands what is important at early stage. Pejman has a strong reputation among investors so his introductions were incredibly valuable during fundraising. Pear overall is a high integrity firm and very easy to work with, no sharp elbows or process bullshit.
Pejman is the real deal and still works as hard as anyone for his portfolio even with all of his success. He is very high conviction and understands what is important at early stage. Pejman has a strong reputation among investors so his introductions were incredibly valuable during fundraising. Pear overall is a high integrity firm and very easy to work with, no sharp elbows or process bullshit.
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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Nico is one of the best human beings I know. Genuinely a great person and was an incredibly supportive lead investor for us on our journey. When we sponsored our first conference, he flew in and wore a costume at the expo hall to try and drum up as much hype/demand as possible. You'd be lucky to work with Nico.
Nico is one of the best human beings I know. Genuinely a great person and was an incredibly supportive lead investor for us on our journey. When we sponsored our first conference, he flew in and wore a costume at the expo hall to try and drum up as much hype/demand as possible. You'd be lucky to work with Nico.
Nico is one of the best human beings I know. Genuinely a great person and was an incredibly supportive lead investor for us on our journey. When we sponsored our first conference, he flew in and wore a costume at the expo hall to try and drum up as much hype/demand as possible. You'd be lucky to work with Nico.
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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Glenn is a super smart guy and GGV seems to becoming an earlier and earlier stage group. Sadly, he's invested in a competitor of my current venture so I don't get to try to close him this time around.
Glenn is a super smart guy and GGV seems to becoming an earlier and earlier stage group. Sadly, he's invested in a competitor of my current venture so I don't get to try to close him this time around.
Glenn is a super smart guy and GGV seems to becoming an earlier and earlier stage group. Sadly, he's invested in a competitor of my current venture so I don't get to try to close him this time around.
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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Johnson Yang - a legend in the making, and a name you should know. Simultaneously nice, friendly, and super sharp on both B2C and B2B tech. Even if his firm doesn't invest, you'll enjoy talking to him and making a friend in the process.
Johnson Yang - a legend in the making, and a name you should know. Simultaneously nice, friendly, and super sharp on both B2C and B2B tech. Even if his firm doesn't invest, you'll enjoy talking to him and making a friend in the process.
Johnson Yang - a legend in the making, and a name you should know. Simultaneously nice, friendly, and super sharp on both B2C and B2B tech. Even if his firm doesn't invest, you'll enjoy talking to him and making a friend in the process.
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 value my time and they should value theirs. My product is a hybrid between hardware and software. They don't invest in hardware. They knew this upfront. They had my deck. They waited until the end to tell me that they don't invest in hardware. This was a waste of both of our times. Somewhat of a sour taste. The things that they said that they couldn't help us with were not the things that we would have asked them to help us with. The other investors were there for that. I was asking them for the things that they were good at. Alas, I don't think that it is strategic to get fight to get somebody who can't get it when you've been clear.
I value my time and they should value theirs. My product is a hybrid between hardware and software. They don't invest in hardware. They knew this upfront. They had my deck. They waited until the end to tell me that they don't invest in hardware. This was a waste of both of our times. Somewhat of a sour taste. The things that they said that they couldn't help us with were not the things that we would have asked them to help us with. The other investors were there for that. I was asking them for the things that they were good at. Alas, I don't think that it is strategic to get fight to get somebody who can't get it when you've been clear.
I value my time and they should value theirs. My product is a hybrid between hardware and software. They don't invest in hardware. They knew this upfront. They had my deck. They waited until the end to tell me that they don't invest in hardware. This was a waste of both of our times. Somewhat of a sour taste. The things that they said that they couldn't help us with were not the things that we would have asked them to help us with. The other investors were there for that. I was asking them for the things that they were good at. Alas, I don't think that it is strategic to get fight to get somebody who can't get it when you've been clear.
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 will couch by saying my experience was from a few years ago and that I don't necessarily think his flaws come from a fundamentally bad core. But just speaking empirically, of the ~100+ pitch processes I've been through, Ash's bedside manner was I think probably the most counterproductive I can think of, as evidenced by me, a cofounder and a key diligence resource that he talked to all independently voicing distaste for his abrasive / bordering-on-disrespectful tone, especially as peers. All of us are quite thick-skinned, but it was pretty remarkable that we all reported back the same exact impressions of how off-putting the unnecessarily punchy, know-it-all demeanor came off to us. The other knock is that while he wrote a prompt, decently insightful reason for why they wanted to pass until they got more visibility, he ended with offers to help regardless, which appeared pretty hollow after ignoring a related ask, but that also may have been a reflection of one of his partners being flaky. So my rating reflects both the above, and the fact that the vast majority of other investors I've come across -- -- term sheet or pass --were just so much easier to deal with and not waste time or burn relationship capital on. Hopefully this was an anomaly.
I will couch by saying my experience was from a few years ago and that I don't necessarily think his flaws come from a fundamentally bad core. But just speaking empirically, of the ~100+ pitch processes I've been through, Ash's bedside manner was I think probably the most counterproductive I can think of, as evidenced by me, a cofounder and a key diligence resource that he talked to all independently voicing distaste for his abrasive / bordering-on-disrespectful tone, especially as peers. All of us are quite thick-skinned, but it was pretty remarkable that we all reported back the same exact impressions of how off-putting the unnecessarily punchy, know-it-all demeanor came off to us. The other knock is that while he wrote a prompt, decently insightful reason for why they wanted to pass until they got more visibility, he ended with offers to help regardless, which appeared pretty hollow after ignoring a related ask, but that also may have been a reflection of one of his partners being flaky. So my rating reflects both the above, and the fact that the vast majority of other investors I've come across -- -- term sheet or pass --were just so much easier to deal with and not waste time or burn relationship capital on. Hopefully this was an anomaly.
I will couch by saying my experience was from a few years ago and that I don't necessarily think his flaws come from a fundamentally bad core. But just speaking empirically, of the ~100+ pitch processes I've been through, Ash's bedside manner was I think probably the most counterproductive I can think of, as evidenced by me, a cofounder and a key diligence resource that he talked to all independently voicing distaste for his abrasive / bordering-on-disrespectful tone, especially as peers. All of us are quite thick-skinned, but it was pretty remarkable that we all reported back the same exact impressions of how off-putting the unnecessarily punchy, know-it-all demeanor came off to us. The other knock is that while he wrote a prompt, decently insightful reason for why they wanted to pass until they got more visibility, he ended with offers to help regardless, which appeared pretty hollow after ignoring a related ask, but that also may have been a reflection of one of his partners being flaky. So my rating reflects both the above, and the fact that the vast majority of other investors I've come across -- -- term sheet or pass --were just so much easier to deal with and not waste time or burn relationship capital on. Hopefully this was an anomaly.
Verified Investor Response:
Thank you for taking the time to leave me this balanced and constructive feedback. I'm constantly trying to reduce the amount of other people's time I take up to understand their company by reading as much as I can ahead of time (because I certainly know far less!), preparing questions and hosting relatively short meetings. However, that seems to have come at the expense of good collaboration, listening and conversation. At the end of the day, those things matter more to both of us and I'm ashamed to have not lived those values in my meeting with you. Please feel free to get in touch and talk through this experience. I will do my very best to listen and make amends.
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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One of the worst experiences I've had meeting an investor. Danny was brusque, dismissive, and surface level in our discussions. We were at pre-seed stage, where the evaluation is primarily about the team and the market. Rather than getting to know us and our backgrounds, or diving into the unique insight we had about our market, Danny began grilling us on specific customer acquisition tactics that were more appropriate for an e-comm business than for software. In fairness (but also tech founders beware!) he's best known for investments in e-comm -- Glossier, Farfetch, 1stdibs, etc. He doesn't seem to really understand software, nor does he have a sensical evaluation framework for early stage companies. Again in fairness, we should not have been in discussions with a multi-stage firm given our stage... on some level, of course we would have been talking past each other. However, his dismissive demeanor and aggressive grilling should be a red flag to any founder. There are enough investors who treat every founder with respect, and the most sophisticated multi-stage investors know that their reputation with early-stage founders is critical to their future pipeline. Hard pass.
One of the worst experiences I've had meeting an investor. Danny was brusque, dismissive, and surface level in our discussions. We were at pre-seed stage, where the evaluation is primarily about the team and the market. Rather than getting to know us and our backgrounds, or diving into the unique insight we had about our market, Danny began grilling us on specific customer acquisition tactics that were more appropriate for an e-comm business than for software. In fairness (but also tech founders beware!) he's best known for investments in e-comm -- Glossier, Farfetch, 1stdibs, etc. He doesn't seem to really understand software, nor does he have a sensical evaluation framework for early stage companies. Again in fairness, we should not have been in discussions with a multi-stage firm given our stage... on some level, of course we would have been talking past each other. However, his dismissive demeanor and aggressive grilling should be a red flag to any founder. There are enough investors who treat every founder with respect, and the most sophisticated multi-stage investors know that their reputation with early-stage founders is critical to their future pipeline. Hard pass.
One of the worst experiences I've had meeting an investor. Danny was brusque, dismissive, and surface level in our discussions. We were at pre-seed stage, where the evaluation is primarily about the team and the market. Rather than getting to know us and our backgrounds, or diving into the unique insight we had about our market, Danny began grilling us on specific customer acquisition tactics that were more appropriate for an e-comm business than for software. In fairness (but also tech founders beware!) he's best known for investments in e-comm -- Glossier, Farfetch, 1stdibs, etc. He doesn't seem to really understand software, nor does he have a sensical evaluation framework for early stage companies. Again in fairness, we should not have been in discussions with a multi-stage firm given our stage... on some level, of course we would have been talking past each other. However, his dismissive demeanor and aggressive grilling should be a red flag to any founder. There are enough investors who treat every founder with respect, and the most sophisticated multi-stage investors know that their reputation with early-stage founders is critical to their future pipeline. Hard pass.
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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Mike is the real deal. Thoughtful, kind, and smart as a whip. He is in the trenches with you, and is a privilege to work with.
Mike is the real deal. Thoughtful, kind, and smart as a whip. He is in the trenches with you, and is a privilege to work with.
Mike is the real deal. Thoughtful, kind, and smart as a whip. He is in the trenches with you, and is a privilege to work 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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Extremely nuanced thoughts about go to market and 0-1 with a social network. Has all the classic social network bumper sticker questions that get you thinking about your business, ask him about those!
Extremely nuanced thoughts about go to market and 0-1 with a social network. Has all the classic social network bumper sticker questions that get you thinking about your business, ask him about those!
Extremely nuanced thoughts about go to market and 0-1 with a social network. Has all the classic social network bumper sticker questions that get you thinking about your business, ask him about those!
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's so friendly to early stage founders wow wow. Will root for Craft Ventures because I'm such a fan of David. Meeting him in person wasn't intimidating at all, and he's been an incredible investor. 10/10
He's so friendly to early stage founders wow wow. Will root for Craft Ventures because I'm such a fan of David. Meeting him in person wasn't intimidating at all, and he's been an incredible investor. 10/10
He's so friendly to early stage founders wow wow. Will root for Craft Ventures because I'm such a fan of David. Meeting him in person wasn't intimidating at all, and he's been an incredible investor. 10/10
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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