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Longbow Technology Ventures? Discussion

Doing Business in the Usa Discussion

Fundable Diligence Discussion

I Believe Ghv is a Criminal Operation

GreenHills Ventures

We were offered terms and rejected them. We had another meeting in NYC the same day or would not have met with them. I went through the steps to do diligence on GHV to determine whether it was a legitimate opportunity to raise money for our company and determined that it was not.

We rejected GHV terms because:

-They were asking us for money.
-They agreed to provide references, but would never provide them when pressed.
-They were not engaged enough to understand our forecasting leading us to think that they didn't care.
-They would not commit to a valuation. Their contract placed valuation at the discretion of a third party allegedly paid by GHV.
-They refused to put dates and process around the diligence process.
-I could find no record of their ownership of any of the companies they identify as portfolio companies.
-They meet in shared space in the Chrysler building. Not in itself an issue, but they have absolutely no footprint. The space appears to be rented temporarily as needed.

My gut was that Manny's real business is skimming around 15K from start-ups in a "diligence" process that never happens. I was able to confirm with the associate who made our initial contact and is no longer with the firm that in two years of working there he had seen no closed investments and thought that something illegal was happening. I reported the details of our interaction with GHV to the SEC enforcement division.

Customer Lifetime Value Discussion

Excellent Firm, 100% Great People, and Super Helpful.

Javelin Venture Partners

The Javelin team has been super helpful at all stages, from pitching our Series A to growth hacking. We love working with them, look forward to board meetings, and have nothing but positive things to say about the managing partners Jed and Noah.

Canaan Says No New Investments.

Canaan Partners

Private: 55 Chars

Startup Legal Costs Discussion

Are These Terms Fair? (What Would You Change) Discussion

World View Questions about Incorporation Venue and Structure Discussion

Wanted: Due Dilligence Input on Someone Offering to Find Our Investor(S) Wanting an Exclusive Discussion

Background Checks for Startup Team Discussion

Larry Begley

406 Ventures

descriptive enough.

US West BioTech/Health First Round Terms Term Sheet

Can the Right Investor Help with an Exit Discussion

B2 B Byod Saa S Pricing Discussion

Practicality of Recovering Costs From a Patent Troll Discussion

List People Who are Only in It for Themselves Discussion

Gil Dibner Not a Time Waster

DFJ Esprit

I met with Gil at DFJ's offices in London. I began my pitch and he quickly began asking about the customer acquisition costs vs profit. He said his experience with another company in a similar space as ours taught him that the customer acquisition costs would be the biggest problem we'd face. At the time if felt pretty negative meeting as he found some holes but within 24hrs of the meeting we'd changed our target customer and are now looking much healthier. We probably wont even need VC funding now and I'm grateful to Gil for his time, insight and no bullsh1t approach. If you want to hear how clever you are then by all means go ask your mum. If you want a VC's experienced view of your business, Gil's opinion is certainly as good as anyone else's and in our case his difficult questions led to some serious revisions to our business model.

Saas Based Business Software VC Discussion

Updated Info

Draper Triangle Ventures

not sure but there should be a deadpool/life support list especially for a firms reference deals. Last time I checked Plextronics was in chapter 11.

Investor Acquisition Costs... Discussion

My Biggest Value Add VC

Google Ventures

GV was one of 4 VCs/MicroVCs that funded my last company. GV was spectacular once the deal was done. (Lawyers were a PITA getting started, though.) Once in, it was total access, with them giving 5x more help than the next best VC. Help in recruiting, help with design, help with PR, help with engineering. Classes all the time available to portfolio companies, archived. Just spectactular.

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

The Downside of Raising More Than You Need Discussion

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