Very high on ego! Only thinking of ways to prove a point and competing for influence!
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.
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.
Erik is one of the best investors I know. He is super accessible and broadly curious. He is in the top 1% of people deliberately building a diverse community of founders / angels / technologists and is extremely generous with his network -- angels, customers, experts in the field. I have personally benefitted repeatedly from the depth and breadth of Erik's network. It's easy to underestimate community / network, but enduring companies are built on long term relationships not short term tactics -- and Erik is optimizing for the long term. If you're a tech bro he's probably not right for you. If you're a cultured empathetic long term thinker who cares about the tech community broadly and pushing your thinking / network beyond the typical tech/VC bubble then there's no better person to partner with than Erik.
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!
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.
Erik and I got introduced by a loose connection and he was immediately helpful. He encouraged me to start a company, and then helped me navigate the idea maze and find one super key hire directly. I'm really grateful for the doors he has opened because it led to some pivotal connections during the formation phases of my business. While sometimes it was hard to get his attention for a call, he was first text until I raised my round and every time we spoke I got a lot of value out of it. We didn’t end up being a fit for Village, but he continues to be helpful and friendly.
Think about how many companies Erik has in his portfolio. The smallest hint of blood in the water and he'll start dodging your calls. Better off finding investors who actually want you to succeed.
Erik cares much more about building his twitter following than about his companies. Huge ego, wants to look like an expert even though he's never built a successful company himself (or had any real operational experience) and became a VC because he's good at schmoozing and networking. If you ask him for advice he only speaks in cliches that he's read from other VC's. Really hard to actually get him to sit down and get tactical advice on concrete issues. I feel like if an investor has time to tweet so much instead of you know...working with his portfolio companies that's pretty much always a sign that they're in it just for social status. All show and no substance. Would recommend finding another investor who has operational experience and can actually provide value.