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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.
Private: 172 Chars
We are a GREEN, consumer product, design driven manufacturer with real traction, real product and innovative ideas.
We are located in the Bay Area, and we need consumer product investors to help us scale BIG. Can you recommend investors who are interested in CP?
My company was scouted by one of the junior partners, Yakir, who was very interested and showed great involvement and zeal for our particular field of work. He setup a meeting between us and more senior members of the board who pulled a last minute no-show.
A few days later came the message that our industry is out side the fund's field of interest.
All in all, Yakir, whom we actually meet, was great. Insightful and to the point. Teuza the company however, were far less impressive.
I have known Larry for over a year, and greatly admire and appreciate his willingness and ability to roll up his sleeves and help me grow and scale my company. His areas of operating and industry expertise are highly valued by not only me, but also my leadership team and my board of directors. Larry is a great friend, advisor and mentor for any company that is looking to change the world for the better. His partners at .406 also add great value in connecting businesses with potential opportunities.
I highly recommend Larry and his partners at .406 to any company at any stage that might be looking for business insights or operating expertise in growing and scaling their business.
Poor response time, and when we did get to do a phone pitch (and after they requested and received our corporate overview) they dropped a bomb in the middle of the pitch that they had just closed on a deal with our key competitor. The partner we interfaced with is Tony Natale (relatively new with them), who has a pretty poor track record. Previous firm went under.
Reitler was polite and respectful. But a lawyer. Clearly not a technologist, visionary, or opportunist.
Private: 198 Chars
The 15th Founder Showcase is just a few days away, taking place on Thursday, May 15th in Mountain View. This is TheFunded.com's startup pitch and networking event, where we gather great speakers and investors to help early-stage entrepreneurs.
At this event, anyone who purchases a ticket has an opportunity to pitch on stage in front of hundreds of investors, founders, and press.
That’s right. In addition to the six companies who will be competing on stage in the Pitch Competition, all attendees get to participate in the CrowdPitch Competition. All you have to do is purchase a ticket and submit your one-sentence company pitch for a chance to present on stage. No other event offers so much!
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Confirmed to speak at the event are Mitch Kapor (Founder of Lotus Development, Kapor Capital & Kapor Center for Social Impact, and PC Industry Pioneer), Mike Maples Jr. (Managing Partner at FLOODGATE, and the #14 Top Tech Investor in the world by Forbes), and Thomas Korte (Founder of AngelPad, one of the world's leading startup accelerators).
In addition, investor panelists include Manu Kumar (K9 Ventures), James Cham (Bloomberg Beta), Alex Gurevich (Javelin Venture Partners), Boris Wertz (Version One Ventures), Aydin Senkut (Felicis Ventures), Frank Chen (Andreessen Horowitz), Jeff Richards (GGV Capital), and more.
Guests will mingle over appetizers and drinks in a networking hall, and all attendees get free access to the exclusive Founder Showcase Casino Afterparty at NASA Ames!
We hope you will join us!
Private: 161 Chars
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
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.
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.