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After Termination, How Many Months/Yrs Should We Expect CTO Re Confidentiality/Non Solicitation

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Posted by Anonymous on 2014-09-17

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The Downside of Raising More Than You Need

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Posted by 2early4us on 2014-09-11

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Website says all applicants get feedback. Not so.

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Great VC

Fund: Lux Capital Group

Posted by SimonS on 2014-09-10

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I have had two experiences with Lux and both are good / excellent. I met Shahin at a pitch contest (which I won) and he referred me to his colleague in the East Coast who specializes in my area (3D printing). I had a pitch with Zack Schildhorn over the internet (He's East Cost/I am west Coast). We had a lot of technical glitches getting the presentation going over the internet (Skype, then Meetings IO etc) but he was very cordial till we got things working correctly. Very smart and very intelligent partner. Clearly knows the 3D space very well. Although he felt we were not a perfect fit, he was very receptive and asked excellent insightful questions and the call went 15 minutes past the 1 hour originally scheduled. He gave some great advise on how to improve the pitch. He passed me a couple of potential (investor) leads and one strategic lead and even provided the email addresses for the two that he was in contact with (Tier 1 VC)

He was extremely complimentary of the technology but said that they are not doing relatively early stage hardware at this stage. I highly recommend both Shahin and Zack.

Note: It seems they divide things internally by sector rather than by geography

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Posted by Anonymous on 2014-09-08

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Fund: Institutional Venture Partners

Posted by coolncollected on 2014-09-04

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Pitched a series D to Harrick. Very impatient and arrogant in the meeting. He dug in to diligence, and sent a "decline to invest" note. When i thanked him for the follow up and asked to understand the reasons (my standard MO) he answered "I'm too busy."
Really, i just spent hours to come to your office, explain my business, provide you with due diligence, and you won't take 5 minutes to tell me why you won't invest so i can learn from it?
No thanks

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Fund: Panorama Capital

Posted by Bellfox on 2014-08-26

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From their website:

**As of December 31, 2012 Panorama Capital is no longer making new investments.

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Should I Give My Trial CEO 10% for Raising First $250k Seed at Less Than $1 Mm Valuation?

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Fund: Kepha Partners

Posted by Anonymous on 2014-08-14

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Got to a "yes" with Jo and Eric @ Kepha - and ended up going with them. Fairly solid terms, not too painful of a process (e.g., pitching, diligence). Jo and Eric are quite different from each other but bring distinct insight and value to an early stage company. Jo asks great (and tough) questions and Eric's experience as an operator (enterprise software) has been valuable.

They run a lean/small shop, carrying a relatively large portfolio, so, there are not a lot of spare cycles for roll your sleeves up-type help. For us, this was not a deal breaker.

Net: a great experience with a firm that fit our stage and needs.

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Advice Wanted Re Terrible Contract My Trial CEO Offered Chief of Ux/ Chief Designer

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Fund: Highland Capital Partners

Posted by maddog on 2014-08-13

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Cliche zero response VC behavior after meeting and pitching....literally... no response post meeting, not even an email.

Intro was made via a solid contact (highly connected to their team) yet after pitch meeting we got no response, highly unprofessional behavior and massive waste of time.

This....is why large funds who do not value entrepreneur relationships across SV will cease to exist in the coming years.

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Siemens Ttb

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Acceleprise / Acceleprise Sf Any Thoughts?

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Very Transparent, Easy Pitch

Fund: S3 Ventures

Posted by zerp on 2014-08-07

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Not going forward with firm but amazing professionalism. Rajiv Bala is a top notch player. I can't comment on an operating arrangement but they seem to really be head and shoulders above many of the other Austin firms.

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Examples of Real Problem Solving Tech, Products & Services

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Posted by Anonymous on 2014-08-05

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Great Operating Experience. Great People.

Fund: TVC Ventures

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Avoid These Guys at All Costs

Fund: Tech Coast Angels

Posted by Anonymous on 2014-07-11

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If you are in the startup business and don't care about product, creating value, or your company achieving long term goals, TCA is right for you. First they only invest in ideas so that are so safe because they have been de-risked by several other companies doing the same thing who were successful years ago. Meaning they will encourage you to sell your company by flipping it to a competitor in about three to five years.

They want as much of your company as they can get to cover their asses in heavy dilution that will not occur. Do not fall for their game. They don't do due diligence even though they say they do. All there decision are based on people who are related to them or know nothing about your industry. You are better off going up to Silicon Valley and finding someone who believes in you.

In short if you want to change the world look elsewhere, if you want to be a millionaire and will do anything to become one (including selling your soul, your company, and your dignity), these guys will be your best friend.

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