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Jenny has been an incredible value add to our company over the past 1+ year. She is one of our go-to resources for all things marketing and sales related. To top it off, she's very responsive and will go out of her way to connect us with the right people.
Jenny has been an incredible value add to our company over the past 1+ year. She is one of our go-to resources for all things marketing and sales related. To top it off, she's very responsive and will go out of her way to connect us with the right people.
Jenny has been an incredible value add to our company over the past 1+ year. She is one of our go-to resources for all things marketing and sales related. To top it off, she's very responsive and will go out of her way to connect us with the right people.
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've been reading her tweets and blogs for such a long time that I've become a long-term fan of hers. And when I met her in person, it was just super clear that her knowledge (at least on a theoretical level) of consumer and marketplaces was rock-solid, and that she was super willing to riff on ideas. Fantastic experience working with her.
I've been reading her tweets and blogs for such a long time that I've become a long-term fan of hers. And when I met her in person, it was just super clear that her knowledge (at least on a theoretical level) of consumer and marketplaces was rock-solid, and that she was super willing to riff on ideas. Fantastic experience working with her.
I've been reading her tweets and blogs for such a long time that I've become a long-term fan of hers. And when I met her in person, it was just super clear that her knowledge (at least on a theoretical level) of consumer and marketplaces was rock-solid, and that she was super willing to riff on ideas. Fantastic experience working with her.
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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Villi is one of the best and most supportive VC I've ever worked with. His extensive experience as an investor in top companies and as someone that has been through the grind himself makes him an amazing partner to work with. Villi is pragmatic, direct and always makes himself available to support you in anyway possible. He cares about what matters and proved often that his focus is on supporting the founders/company in building a successful business.
Villi is one of the best and most supportive VC I've ever worked with. His extensive experience as an investor in top companies and as someone that has been through the grind himself makes him an amazing partner to work with. Villi is pragmatic, direct and always makes himself available to support you in anyway possible. He cares about what matters and proved often that his focus is on supporting the founders/company in building a successful business.
Villi is one of the best and most supportive VC I've ever worked with. His extensive experience as an investor in top companies and as someone that has been through the grind himself makes him an amazing partner to work with. Villi is pragmatic, direct and always makes himself available to support you in anyway possible. He cares about what matters and proved often that his focus is on supporting the founders/company in building a successful business.
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've worked with Ray for many years, and I would say my experience with him has been mixed. When I did my due diligence on him before signing the term sheet, I got one response that nails my feeling about him: "If he's on your side, you're lucky, but if he's against you, watch out." Other people I know who've worked with him would describe him as "from the old school VC mentality who are not founder friendly", which I would definitely agree with. My experience has been that Ray is a better operator than investor - which from his history makes sense. In the board room, he's effective at driving to the proper goals and forcing hard decisions - this is great. He's also very responsive and helpful when you need him - taking calls with you at all hours, making introductions, etc. He's also a believer in "tough love" where he seemingly adds a lot of pressure to you beyond what's necessary. The stress this added was unhelpful during a trying time in our company. As a trustworthy investor, I cannot give him good marks. The bottom line is that he wants the investment to perform at any cost, and if you guys are aligned everything is good, but I've experienced serious issues of founder-friendliness with him (very aggressive deal terms when we were in distress that other investors / founder friends told me were "old school"), and frankly I directly experienced serious ethical issues with his business dealings that have set my trust score here at 0. TL;DR: Ray cares about Ray. If you have to take his money, don't give him any control. If you have to, you'd better hit your plan and hope to reduce his control later and not rely on GPV to help with gap funding. I definitely would not take money from him (or anyone else at Great Point Ventures) again or suggest anyone else do the same.
I've worked with Ray for many years, and I would say my experience with him has been mixed. When I did my due diligence on him before signing the term sheet, I got one response that nails my feeling about him: "If he's on your side, you're lucky, but if he's against you, watch out." Other people I know who've worked with him would describe him as "from the old school VC mentality who are not founder friendly", which I would definitely agree with. My experience has been that Ray is a better operator than investor - which from his history makes sense. In the board room, he's effective at driving to the proper goals and forcing hard decisions - this is great. He's also very responsive and helpful when you need him - taking calls with you at all hours, making introductions, etc. He's also a believer in "tough love" where he seemingly adds a lot of pressure to you beyond what's necessary. The stress this added was unhelpful during a trying time in our company. As a trustworthy investor, I cannot give him good marks. The bottom line is that he wants the investment to perform at any cost, and if you guys are aligned everything is good, but I've experienced serious issues of founder-friendliness with him (very aggressive deal terms when we were in distress that other investors / founder friends told me were "old school"), and frankly I directly experienced serious ethical issues with his business dealings that have set my trust score here at 0. TL;DR: Ray cares about Ray. If you have to take his money, don't give him any control. If you have to, you'd better hit your plan and hope to reduce his control later and not rely on GPV to help with gap funding. I definitely would not take money from him (or anyone else at Great Point Ventures) again or suggest anyone else do the same.
I've worked with Ray for many years, and I would say my experience with him has been mixed. When I did my due diligence on him before signing the term sheet, I got one response that nails my feeling about him: "If he's on your side, you're lucky, but if he's against you, watch out." Other people I know who've worked with him would describe him as "from the old school VC mentality who are not founder friendly", which I would definitely agree with. My experience has been that Ray is a better operator than investor - which from his history makes sense. In the board room, he's effective at driving to the proper goals and forcing hard decisions - this is great. He's also very responsive and helpful when you need him - taking calls with you at all hours, making introductions, etc. He's also a believer in "tough love" where he seemingly adds a lot of pressure to you beyond what's necessary. The stress this added was unhelpful during a trying time in our company. As a trustworthy investor, I cannot give him good marks. The bottom line is that he wants the investment to perform at any cost, and if you guys are aligned everything is good, but I've experienced serious issues of founder-friendliness with him (very aggressive deal terms when we were in distress that other investors / founder friends told me were "old school"), and frankly I directly experienced serious ethical issues with his business dealings that have set my trust score here at 0. TL;DR: Ray cares about Ray. If you have to take his money, don't give him any control. If you have to, you'd better hit your plan and hope to reduce his control later and not rely on GPV to help with gap funding. I definitely would not take money from him (or anyone else at Great Point Ventures) again or suggest anyone else do the same.
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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Ben is great at building and maintaining relationships. He's a no-BS, real talk VC who doesn't follow all the "hot deals" just because, like many others. He can get his own conviction on interesting ideas. Great guy. I've really enjoyed getting to know him over the years. Looking forward to working together hopefully soon.
Ben is great at building and maintaining relationships. He's a no-BS, real talk VC who doesn't follow all the "hot deals" just because, like many others. He can get his own conviction on interesting ideas. Great guy. I've really enjoyed getting to know him over the years. Looking forward to working together hopefully soon.
Ben is great at building and maintaining relationships. He's a no-BS, real talk VC who doesn't follow all the "hot deals" just because, like many others. He can get his own conviction on interesting ideas. Great guy. I've really enjoyed getting to know him over the years. Looking forward to working together hopefully soon.
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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Saam Motamedi is a fucking G. Dude is a straight up genius when it comes to everything enterprise and you want him on your cap table. He's probably in his mid-20s but can easily hold his own with the Reid Hoffmans of the world. It's crazy too because he doesn't have much operating experience but some folks are just wicked smart.
Saam Motamedi is a fucking G. Dude is a straight up genius when it comes to everything enterprise and you want him on your cap table. He's probably in his mid-20s but can easily hold his own with the Reid Hoffmans of the world. It's crazy too because he doesn't have much operating experience but some folks are just wicked smart.
Saam Motamedi is a fucking G. Dude is a straight up genius when it comes to everything enterprise and you want him on your cap table. He's probably in his mid-20s but can easily hold his own with the Reid Hoffmans of the world. It's crazy too because he doesn't have much operating experience but some folks are just wicked smart.
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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DIrect, open and honest; focused on helping founders build and scale.
DIrect, open and honest; focused on helping founders build and scale.
DIrect, open and honest; focused on helping founders build and scale.
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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What you see is what you get with Connie Chan. Her social media presence doesn't do her justice — she's so knowledgeable with consumer and especially everything happening in China. She's a bit blunt and asks very hard questions, but gets you thinking. Great experience with her. Would recommend working with her as an investor
What you see is what you get with Connie Chan. Her social media presence doesn't do her justice — she's so knowledgeable with consumer and especially everything happening in China. She's a bit blunt and asks very hard questions, but gets you thinking. Great experience with her. Would recommend working with her as an investor
What you see is what you get with Connie Chan. Her social media presence doesn't do her justice — she's so knowledgeable with consumer and especially everything happening in China. She's a bit blunt and asks very hard questions, but gets you thinking. Great experience with her. Would recommend working with her as an investor
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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One of the most heartfelt, sincere VC's I've ever encountered. Just a great listener, humble, and provides great feedback. You really get the impression he cares and is in this for the right reasons - to help good companies and good people succeed. The VC world needs more people like Tom.
One of the most heartfelt, sincere VC's I've ever encountered. Just a great listener, humble, and provides great feedback. You really get the impression he cares and is in this for the right reasons - to help good companies and good people succeed. The VC world needs more people like Tom.
One of the most heartfelt, sincere VC's I've ever encountered. Just a great listener, humble, and provides great feedback. You really get the impression he cares and is in this for the right reasons - to help good companies and good people succeed. The VC world needs more people like Tom.
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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Honestly, badass. He's one of the best engineering people out there, and it's a deadly force with how good his investing experience is. One of those low-key super-angels.
Honestly, badass. He's one of the best engineering people out there, and it's a deadly force with how good his investing experience is. One of those low-key super-angels.
Honestly, badass. He's one of the best engineering people out there, and it's a deadly force with how good his investing experience is. One of those low-key super-angels.
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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