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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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One of my other board members alerted me to take a look at Steve's profile here. Everything that has been said here I personally have experienced while having Steve as an investor over the years. I will point out that if it takes several paragraphs to rationalize someones poor behavior as "caring too much" something is wrong.  In my experience Steve has done a fantastic job at destroying value in my company, almost systematically. He takes time to opine at every board meeting on; product, hiring and operational issues that he has no experience with or even a low level understanding of. In many cases he has pressured me and my management team to make a decisions that were very misinformed and wrong for us, after-which he has made us fire those executives when the choices are ultimately proven wrong - He has also attempted to fire me when i disagreed with him on several occasions. Steve views board meetings as a chance to boost his ego, and be heard. If you don't listen he will call you almost daily to tell you his opinion. He loves to argue, but merely waits his turn to speak, he is not listening. I would strongly encourage you to avoid him as an investor
One of my other board members alerted me to take a look at Steve's profile here. Everything that has been said here I personally have experienced while having Steve as an investor over the years. I will point out that if it takes several paragraphs to rationalize someones poor behavior as "caring too much" something is wrong.  In my experience Steve has done a fantastic job at destroying value in my company, almost systematically. He takes time to opine at every board meeting on; product, hiring and operational issues that he has no experience with or even a low level understanding of. In many cases he has pressured me and my management team to make a decisions that were very misinformed and wrong for us, after-which he has made us fire those executives when the choices are ultimately proven wrong - He has also attempted to fire me when i disagreed with him on several occasions. Steve views board meetings as a chance to boost his ego, and be heard. If you don't listen he will call you almost daily to tell you his opinion. He loves to argue, but merely waits his turn to speak, he is not listening. I would strongly encourage you to avoid him as an investor
One of my other board members alerted me to take a look at Steve's profile here. Everything that has been said here I personally have experienced while having Steve as an investor over the years. I will point out that if it takes several paragraphs to rationalize someones poor behavior as "caring too much" something is wrong.  In my experience Steve has done a fantastic job at destroying value in my company, almost systematically. He takes time to opine at every board meeting on; product, hiring and operational issues that he has no experience with or even a low level understanding of. In many cases he has pressured me and my management team to make a decisions that were very misinformed and wrong for us, after-which he has made us fire those executives when the choices are ultimately proven wrong - He has also attempted to fire me when i disagreed with him on several occasions. Steve views board meetings as a chance to boost his ego, and be heard. If you don't listen he will call you almost daily to tell you his opinion. He loves to argue, but merely waits his turn to speak, he is not listening. I would strongly encourage you to avoid him 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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Vinod is very responsive, quick to make decisions, and valuable in building your company. However, he will take advantage of situations to the detriment of others on cap table including founders and other investors. He was a large enough investor that other investors were reluctant to come into the round. I would recommend having him on your cap table, but not being in a position where he has significant leverage (ie largest ownership stake or majority voting control).
Vinod is very responsive, quick to make decisions, and valuable in building your company. However, he will take advantage of situations to the detriment of others on cap table including founders and other investors. He was a large enough investor that other investors were reluctant to come into the round. I would recommend having him on your cap table, but not being in a position where he has significant leverage (ie largest ownership stake or majority voting control).
Vinod is very responsive, quick to make decisions, and valuable in building your company. However, he will take advantage of situations to the detriment of others on cap table including founders and other investors. He was a large enough investor that other investors were reluctant to come into the round. I would recommend having him on your cap table, but not being in a position where he has significant leverage (ie largest ownership stake or majority voting control).
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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Garry is one of my favorite investors. He is very supportive and champions not just us, but all his portfolio companies. This applies to fundraising, hiring, and PR whether company is doing really well or struggling. Very high integrity about potential conflicts of interest. Dedicates significant time and energy when asked to helping find solutions in tough situations. Great human being. Would take money from him for any future startup.
Garry is one of my favorite investors. He is very supportive and champions not just us, but all his portfolio companies. This applies to fundraising, hiring, and PR whether company is doing really well or struggling. Very high integrity about potential conflicts of interest. Dedicates significant time and energy when asked to helping find solutions in tough situations. Great human being. Would take money from him for any future startup.
Garry is one of my favorite investors. He is very supportive and champions not just us, but all his portfolio companies. This applies to fundraising, hiring, and PR whether company is doing really well or struggling. Very high integrity about potential conflicts of interest. Dedicates significant time and energy when asked to helping find solutions in tough situations. Great human being. Would take money from him for any future startup.
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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Dan schedules pitch meetings and then just... doesn't show up. He doesn't cancel, or even apologize after the fact. Basically, he's not respectful of founders' time. I do agree with others here that his reasoning is above-average for a VC, however. Given alternatives, I wouldn't do business with him.
Dan schedules pitch meetings and then just... doesn't show up. He doesn't cancel, or even apologize after the fact. Basically, he's not respectful of founders' time. I do agree with others here that his reasoning is above-average for a VC, however. Given alternatives, I wouldn't do business with him.
Dan schedules pitch meetings and then just... doesn't show up. He doesn't cancel, or even apologize after the fact. Basically, he's not respectful of founders' time. I do agree with others here that his reasoning is above-average for a VC, however. Given alternatives, I wouldn't do business with 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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One of the worst VCs I've ever spoken with. Was an hour late to a meeting, didn't apologize, then played on her phone for the entire pitch. Then ghosted.
One of the worst VCs I've ever spoken with. Was an hour late to a meeting, didn't apologize, then played on her phone for the entire pitch. Then ghosted.
One of the worst VCs I've ever spoken with. Was an hour late to a meeting, didn't apologize, then played on her phone for the entire pitch. Then ghosted.
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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Investor is committed to Deep Tech and B2B. He is thoughtful, accessible and open to working through the complexity of startups. He comes off as very friendly and experienced (he was a founder) but don't underestimate his business savvy. He is entrepreneur-focused and is one of the few investors I have met who means it when he says that he invests in teams.
Investor is committed to Deep Tech and B2B. He is thoughtful, accessible and open to working through the complexity of startups. He comes off as very friendly and experienced (he was a founder) but don't underestimate his business savvy. He is entrepreneur-focused and is one of the few investors I have met who means it when he says that he invests in teams.
Investor is committed to Deep Tech and B2B. He is thoughtful, accessible and open to working through the complexity of startups. He comes off as very friendly and experienced (he was a founder) but don't underestimate his business savvy. He is entrepreneur-focused and is one of the few investors I have met who means it when he says that he invests in teams.
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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Lissie is incredibly supportive, responsive, and efficient. She is willing to do the work to support founders and to make time when her help is needed. I've thoroughly enjoyed working with Lissie. Highly recommended!
Lissie is incredibly supportive, responsive, and efficient. She is willing to do the work to support founders and to make time when her help is needed. I've thoroughly enjoyed working with Lissie. Highly recommended!
Lissie is incredibly supportive, responsive, and efficient. She is willing to do the work to support founders and to make time when her help is needed. I've thoroughly enjoyed working with Lissie. Highly recommended!
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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Alexis is an amazing investor and person. He is eager to help, happy to use his status to create opportunities and support founders, and works towards solving many of the world's largest issues. Highly recommended!
Alexis is an amazing investor and person. He is eager to help, happy to use his status to create opportunities and support founders, and works towards solving many of the world's largest issues. Highly recommended!
Alexis is an amazing investor and person. He is eager to help, happy to use his status to create opportunities and support founders, and works towards solving many of the world's largest issues. Highly recommended!
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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Matt is extremely friendly, empathetic, yet analytical and wise in a very amicable way. We close investment with Goodwater/Matt in less than 48 hours which is a record considering COVID. I would highly recommend any seed-stage founders in consumer tech to reach out and give Matt a pitch!
Matt is extremely friendly, empathetic, yet analytical and wise in a very amicable way. We close investment with Goodwater/Matt in less than 48 hours which is a record considering COVID. I would highly recommend any seed-stage founders in consumer tech to reach out and give Matt a pitch!
Matt is extremely friendly, empathetic, yet analytical and wise in a very amicable way. We close investment with Goodwater/Matt in less than 48 hours which is a record considering COVID. I would highly recommend any seed-stage founders in consumer tech to reach out and give Matt a pitch!
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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