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Teten is a Tool

ff Asset Management

Private: 161 Chars


"Meh."

NextView Ventures

Pitched David Beisel. No particular insight, engagement, enthusiasm, or follow-up. He hit a point on his checklist of "reasons to say no," and that was that.

Private: 36 Chars


Scott Johnson Seems Quite Good!

New Atlantic Ventures

Not-so-great:

Like many VCs, seems a bit too focused on "the pitch" (the deck, show, and script; "pitch as performance") rather than regarding the pitch as the time-wasting, full-tangent/kabuki contrivance it is (having little predicative merit).

Don't come too early. All seed-stage funds claim there's no such thing; however, they're lying. If your ducks aren't in a row, you'll blow the opportunity.

Good:

Responsive and, while ultimately disinterested in having us pitch, actively helpful. That is unheard-of. I've spoken with him quite a few times, and find him smart and good natured. None of these guys are princes, but he's orders-of-magnitude more engaged and engaging than most other VCs.

All VCs talk about "disrupting, disintermediating, re-inventing," blah-blah-blah. They're more vapidly aspirational than they claim us entrepreneurs to be. Scott is notably different. I believe he actually likes what he does. He doesn't froth at the mouth, isn't beguiled by his own rhetoric, and is smart enough to actually help direct the ball.

Get org'ed, make sure you have a really solid opportunity and know how to exploit it, and find Scott. He makes almost every other VC I experienced look cranky and inept by comparison.


Wasteful

Alsop Louie Partners

Private: 575 Chars


Conundrum

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Taking a Saa S Product to Market

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Join Mitch Kapor, Mike Maples Jr, and Thomas Korte at the Founder Showcase on May 15th

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Mike Maples, Jr., Managing Partner at FLOODGATE


Mike Maples, Jr. is the managing partner of FLOODGATE, and was recently named the #14 Top Tech Investor in the world by Forbes. His early investments include Twitter, Chegg, ng:moco, IMVU, Gowalla, Kno, YuMe Networks, TaskRabbit, Kongregate, BranchOut, and many more. Before his investment career, Mike co-founded Motive, Inc., the world’s leading broadband software company in 1997, and oversaw its growth through the “dot-bomb” to a successful IPOs in 2004.



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Helpful People

Greylock Israel

Met these guys through an intro when I wasn't pitching, but just looking to cut my teeth and hear some VCs thoughts. They were kind enough to take the time to meet up (Yoram & Arnon) and helped with advice and even some intros. Granted,

Private: 268 Chars


No Funds, Waste of Time

Espírito Santo Capital, S.A.

Most of their money is tied-up in 2-3 big investments which are syphoning cash.
Pitching to them is therefore a waste of time.


Unfavourable Terms

Caixa Capital - Sociedade de Capital de Risco, S.A.

The team at Caixa is very inexperienced in the VC world and are learning by doing.
So it's no wonder they dismissed value propositions for businesses they don't find equivalent.
They are also wary about co-investing with other VCs and may cause problems in the future if you need to include other VCs in future rounds.


Unethical Behavior

OpenView Venture Partners

One of the partners engaged in some shady behavior recently. He had his associate reach out in the guise of wanting to know more and invest in our company. Turned out he was just collecting intel for a company where he is a board member that ended up releasing a directly competitive product a few months later. Luckily, I suspected something and broke off engaging early on.

Pretty slimy behavior from a VC.


Kohlberg Ventures

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Successful Crowdfunding

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Impossible Meeting Conditions, Were They Serious?

Artiman Ventures

Just pitched Ajit Singh, Yatin Mundkur, and Erez Podoly in Israel.
Meeting held on two small opposing couches in the lobby of an office building, with a noisy waterfall 3 feet away.

As in other reviews here - not very courteous. Running 45 min late, didn't bother calling to tell us.

If they were serious, surely they could have booked a room, or even a hotel lobby.

Zero feedback, very difficult to know if they even understood what we were talking about.

Private: 811 Chars


US West Software/B2B First Round Terms

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Investment Banker for Small Deal

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How Much Focus on Revenues for a Seed Stage Pitch?

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Santiago Subotovsky is a Good Guy

Emergence Capital Partners

I pitched to Santi over the phone today.

As scheduled, Santi called and from his intro, I realized they are only into B2B. But I asked if he would listen to my pitch and he agreed. He was very engaged, grilled me with questions and in the end offered his advice including encouragement that there are roots in my start-up.

Overall, I felt great about my pitch with Santi. The guy is a gentlemen. Would love to pitch to EmCap again someday.


First Step Fund at Invest Detroit

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Need Advice on Asian Business

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US West Software/B2B First Round Terms

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US West Software/B2B First Round Terms

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Great Org Very Ethical, Helpful, in It for the Long Haul. to Bad They are Not Funding Any Deals.

Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds

This organization has stood the test of time and is full of the best of the best in the venture capital world. I don't know if they will ever begin funding deals again, but if they do, this would be one to pay attention to.


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