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Fulfillment Capital

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Posted by Anonymous on 2015-12-30

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Paid Beta

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Posted by Anonymous on 2015-12-22

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Help on (Short) Funding of a Provisional to Pct Filing Conversion with Pressing Timeline

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Posted by Anonymous on 2015-12-17

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Now Branded as "Flare Capital"

Fund: Foundation Medical Partners

Posted by all41and14all on 2015-12-15

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2015- $200MM new fund with Bill Geary, Michael Greeley and Lee Wrubel asa the GPs. They continue to manage existing Foundation Medical investments. ~($200MM)

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Worst Pitching Experience Ever

Fund: Artiman Ventures

Posted by JohnnyStartup on 2015-12-09

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Seriously: stay away from this fund. We pitched Yatin at their offices, who was half an hour late to our meeting. During the pitch, he was HAVING LUNCH and looking at his phone, and asking random questions to pretend like he was paying attention. We were interrupted twice by what I presume were his partners, to take him out of the room and talk. When he finished eating, at around the middle of our 12-slide deck, he stopped us and said "ok guys, this is very interesting, we'll get back to you", and left the room. Rude, arrogant, disgusting experience.

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Incoherent "No" From Phin

Fund: First Round Capital

Posted by JohnnyStartup on 2015-12-09

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We went to pitch them, and were originally going to pitch one of the SF parters but got Phin, who had just recently arrived to San Francisco. He somewhat paid attention to our pitch, then asked questions that weren't relevant to what we were doing. He also asked things we'd explained already during the pitch, which made us feel like we had wasted our time.

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Mvp Seems Too Light

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Posted by Anonymous on 2015-12-09

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Posted by Anonymous on 2015-11-28

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As Other Have Noted, Stay Away From This Group

Fund: Artiman Ventures

Posted by MedTech Expert on 2015-11-22

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One of my companies learned first hand that Artiman was less interested in investing and more interesting learning about the market and company's platform...they took this information to create a competitor. This not an entrepreneur friendly firm. Pitching to them may lead to your worst nightmare.

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The Method Behind Today's 'Unicorn' Madness

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Posted by donAdeo on 2015-11-20

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Billion dollar companies are being created at a faster pace than ever before, so there are plenty of opinions in the "bubble or bust" debate. I won’t bore you with more. However, if you look at it objectively, there is a method to the “madness” of these so-called “Unicorn” companies.

I just published a detailed analysis on Forbes in an article titled How to Build a Billion Dollar Company: The Method Behind Today's Unicorn Madness.

I would love your feedback on this post, but to provide a quick summary:

The most recent Unicorns are being developed in as little as 36 months, with the combination of strong Founders, forward-thinking investors, and aggressive teams using a cycle of three main tactics:

1. The "Push" (a ridiculously ambitious growth plan outlined by companies with their investors)
2. The "Markup" (an enormous funding round that values the startup at a valuation that assumes flawless execution of the growth plan outlined in the “Push”)
3. The "Backfill" (the small period of time where the company needs to executive the plan and live up the value they pledged to create)

The Unicorns you are seeing today are the companies that have been able to successfully execute this cycle of Push -> Markup -> Backfill until hitting the billion dollar valuation in their latest “Markup”.

As for the teams that try but fail to execute this cycle? These companies typically return the remaining capital to their investors (ex. Secret, Homejoy), get acqui-hired (ex. Slide), or pursue drip funding.

Take a few moments to read the article here, and if you have thoughts, please leave comments on the post. I would love to hear them.

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Not Entrepreneur Friendly

Fund: Altira Group

Posted by Anonymous on 2015-11-18

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Among oil and gas startup executives, they have a shady reputation.

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New to Midwest

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Posted by Anonymous on 2015-11-16

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Fundraising Without a Soft Introduction –Vs. Cold Calling

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Posted by Anonymous on 2015-11-16

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We Got a Term Sheet Sort Of

Fund: Total Technology Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2015-11-15

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I can't say enough good things about TTV's team. Smart, warm, full of ideas, and advice. Helpful. And our many interactions with them bore fruit. They issued us a term sheet. But was it? TTV promised to fund only a small part of their own term sheet. Now that I understand what happened here, I can tell you that what they really issued to us a "hunting licenses," not a term sheet. I've since learned that this is common practice amount smaller VCs. The onus of syndicating falls on the company, not on them. This helps them confirm their funding decision through the decisions of institutional investor colleagues. Well, that might suit them but it was hell on us. It was hard enough to get one VC to say yes -- a six month process. Getting two or three more to join on to a syndication and say yes in the 60 day period TTV gave us was just impossible. And so as quickly as the term sheet materialized, TTV retracted it. TTV's decision to pull the rug out from under us almost destroyed our company. Our investors saw the TTV deal implosion as a bad sign. Internal investors who were about to write checks didn't. And it soured most of the current crop of prospective investors who were circling and watching the TTV deal. I hope my fellow entrepreneurs can learn from this lesson. If you are considering a smaller VC like TTV, make sure you are clear about your expectations from the start. If you are expecting them to handle syndication, don't. If I could start all over again, I would not have even approached TTV. It was a monumental waste of time for us. In the order of hundreds of hours and legal and travel expenses in the neighborhood of $20,000 or more.

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Database is Out of Date Can We Add New VC's and Institutions?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2015-11-15

US West Software/B2B First Round Terms

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Posted by System on 2015-11-15

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This Org is Dead

Fund: Enterprise Ohio Investment Company

Posted by TheBastardVC on 2015-11-15

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No longer running

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Weak Due Diligence Process

Fund: Fluke Venture Partners

Posted by Anonymous on 2015-11-15

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Terrific Support

Fund: Benaroya Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2015-11-15

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John came through when I was looking for something to bridge the company shortly before a favorable exit. The terms were a little steep, but John Carleton was an outstanding contributor. Because they are their own fund, they have a lot of latitude to structure a deal that met our needs. John also brought in other smaller private investors that were also terrific partners. He was a really solid guy. I understand they are no longer making any investments and John has since retired. Overall it was a good experience.

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Compensation for Co Founder(Ish)

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Posted by Anonymous on 2015-11-13

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How to Market a Software Product in Silicon Valley From Abroad?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2015-11-06

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Planning Software Support as % of Revenue

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Posted by Anonymous on 2015-10-27

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Sourcing Investors Interested in Your Space

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Posted by Anonymous on 2015-10-17