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Heritage and York Chicago, Il

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Posted by Anonymous on 2013-11-05

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Wsj Silicon Valley Has an Arrogance Problem . . . Who Would Have Thought It ?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2013-11-05

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Do Not Waste Your Time if You are Early

Fund: Bessemer Venture Partners

Posted by donotmention on 2013-10-28

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I would suggest anyone against pitching to these guys if you are early stage. Save time. There are better firms.

Pitch to only the partners - I forgot the golden rule.

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Raising Money for Another Startup

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Posted by Anonymous on 2013-10-28

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So Cal Investor W/Mo U & Upfront Due D Money Required

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Posted by Anonymous on 2013-10-28

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Dealing with a potential investor who represents he is able to invest 1-4.5million, but asks for upfront money to do due d. His diligence team remains anonymous and he will not provide any references to other private placements he has done.

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Not Worth the Trip to Vancouver

Fund: Vanedge Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2013-10-25

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VanEdge was pitched to me as a new game-centric VC, but they don't have many interesting game companies in their portfolio, and only two outside Canada.

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How Do You Select Good Investment Banker for M&A

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Posted by Anonymous on 2013-10-25

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Deal for Bringing Investment to US What's Your Experience in Cash/Equity Compensation?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2013-10-21

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Where is the Depth?

Fund: 406 Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2013-10-17

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I believe that this firm has no depth. If Maria leaves, I don't see anything there and I think it would be over. Would prefer a firm with a couple more successful partners - Their LPs probably would as well. Just my guess/ opinion.

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Review of Capstone Partners

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Posted by Anonymous on 2013-10-15

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Will Not Do Business with Them Under Any Circumstances

Fund: Khosla Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2013-10-10

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very negative experience

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Extremely Good Experience

Fund: RiverVest Venture Partners

Posted by texasriver on 2013-10-10

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By the book, straight shooters. Patient, supportive, focused on the right issues, very fair to management and common. Good in the board room. We worked with Jay Schmelter.

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"All is Fair in Love and Twitter"

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Posted by Anonymous on 2013-10-09

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Terrible

Fund: Atlas Venture

Posted by LoA on 2013-10-06

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The fund has a nice brand, but as many of the reviews say these guys have a poor operational culture. I feel bad for their LPs.

These things about not showing up for meetings, arrogance, and ignorance are all true. I've met with Ryan Moore who is wholly unimpressive....

There are much better options around... Don't believe the hype.

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Nice People

Fund: Kepha Partners

Posted by LoA on 2013-10-06

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Pitched Jo, he's a positive guy that made it from nothing to something. The fund seems to make only 4 new deals a year, so it's very exclusive. He relatively quick to take a pass, which is better than the funds who can't make a decision.

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The Founder Institute: 1000 Companies, 10,000 Jobs, $5bn Estimated Portfolio Value. and Growing...

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Posted by donAdeo on 2013-11-07

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As you may or may not know, the Founder Institute, an entrepreneur training and startup launch program that I founded 4.5 years ago, was born through TheFunded.com. In fact, the inspiration to start the Institute came from observing the struggles of early-stage entrepreneurs on this site, and the original curriculum for the program was actually crowdsourced from TheFunded.com's members.

Today I have some exciting news to share on the state of the Founder Institute. With the recent graduations of the Summer 2013 Semesters, we have just eclipsed 1000 companies launched.

Anthony Ha covered the story on TechCrunch here.

In total, through chapters across 55 cities, 30 countries, and 6 continents, we have now launched 1,003 Graduate Companies with;


  1. 1,114 Graduate Founders and Co-Founders
  2. An estimated portfolio value in excess of $5 billion
  3. Six exits or liquidity events (public exits include Shopalize and Gridblaze)
  4. Over 10,000 jobs created
  5. 89.5% Graduate companies still operating (versus 115 companies dissolved)
  6. 73.5% Graduate companies operating at or ahead of schedule (versus 146 companies with Founders still employed or companies struggling)

But we are not stopping there. In just the last two weeks we launched chapters in Munich and Portland, we are currently accepting applications in over 20 cities, our pipeline is filled with potential new city launches (specifically Dublin, Tokyo, Nairobi, Bangkok, Baltimore, Seoul, Manila, and Tomsk), and we have several semesters currently in session as well.

Our goal?

To “Globalize Silicon Valley” and help promising entrepreneurs launch companies that will create over 20,000 new jobs per year by 2020.

If you want to help foster entrepreneurship on a global scale, then Launch a Founder Institute Chapter in your local city.

Or, if you want to join a growing network of global entrepreneurs and launch an enduring company through structured training courses, practical business-building assignments, and expert feedback from a large network of business mentors, then Apply to the Founder Institute today.

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Very Questionable

Fund: Bear Creek Venture Partners

Posted by Anonymous on 2013-10-01

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Did business with Jay in a prior life. Has no money and actually tried the 'borrow $50K, get ya 10% return, for 30 days' story on me. Be expecting some 'fees' to come along with any money. In other words...avoid.

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Funding Via Angelist

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Posted by Anonymous on 2013-09-30

US West Software/B2B First Round Terms

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Posted by System on 2013-09-29

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Sbir

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Posted by Anonymous on 2013-09-29

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Appropriate Rev Share % for Reseller?

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Looking for Back End Web Deveveloper Need Beta

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Posted by Anonymous on 2013-09-26

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Sales Talent for a Startup

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Gross Margin % on Software

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Successful Early Stage Investment

Fund: Maple Leaf Angels

Posted by Spartan Bioscience on 2013-09-25

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A number of Maple Leaf Angels made an early-stage investment in Spartan, with a relatively quick due diligence process and without onerous terms. They have been supportive in various capacities over the years, with some members participating in subsequent financing rounds.

The former chairperson of Maple Leaf Angels, a chartered accountant and now CEO of a contract pharmaceuticals company, not only invested but also became a member of our board of directors. He has provided valuable advice and strategic insight in that capacity.

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