Very high on ego! Only thinking of ways to prove a point and competing for influence!
Erik is the real deal. High energy, incredibly well connected, and is passionate about early stage companies. I highly recommend him to early stage companies looking for the first capital into their business.
Has been extremely helpful sanity-checking early-stage ideas and pivots, and was a great confidential ear when I was having serious cofounder relationship issues. Has also introduced me to a bunch of investors. As others noted, he's much more responsive through texts than through calls, but I find it more efficient to communicate this way so it hasn't been a problem. I'm not raising right now, but he's the first person I'll be texting when the time comes.
He has a reputation of being very loud but also having very little substance behind him. From my experience, he cares a lot more about his social standing rather than actually providing a lot of value as an investor?
Village Global wasted our time. They were responsive at first and then ghosted on us. They did not give us a clear yes or no until several weeks later. Do not recommend.
I've worked with dozens of investors over the last decade and Erik is among the very best. He is genuine, thoughtful, kind but also incredibly connected and ambitious. If I flipped the table and stacked ranked investors by who I'd personally want to invest in Erik would be at the top of my list. Highly recommend!
Erik has been there with us since the start, supporting, making intros and welcoming us into both the Village Global and On Deck communities. He has an incredibly strong network, and is always available when we need help from him.
Erik was our first check and has been our strongest supporter from day 1. He's helped us close a key engineering hire. He's made many investor and customer introductions. He's one of the most founder friendly, well-networked investors I've met.
Erik is hands down one of the most helpful investors I've met, and on our cap table. He wasn't afraid to back us with a first check before anyone else, and then was extremely helpful with dozens of intros & backchannel-ing to help put together our next round of funding. He has a genius community builder & marketing mindset, and is always available to help and incredibly well connected.
Stay far, far away. This guy falls into the class of investors that founders whisper about as being full of hot air. Treats founders very differently based on how much he thinks they will contribute to his personal brand (regardless of actual success of the founder). His lack of any serious operational experience is belied by the mostly-fluff advice he gives founders or tweets about. Erik is purely about clout chasing and trying to seem smart/important on Twitter without actually having anything useful to contribute. There is so much capital out there you don't need it from a deeply insecure status-chaser.