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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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
These guys have gone out of their way to help us over and over again. After working with them it's hard to deal with others.
Working with Brian & Kevin. Awesome experience.
Fantastic experience. Working with these guys was and is life changing. I would absolutely do it again, and I've already got an exit.
4-5 model update requests, 3+ weeks to respond after we submit their homework. Projections in both directions by years, for a seed stage investment. Amateur.
Private: 965 Chars
- fairly efficient pitch process
- firm truly invests time to get to know entrepreneurs over time and find good fits
- incredibly nice people, fair/balanced and also not afraid to challenge
- very engaged as board member / investor, one of the most proactive in terms of communication in general
- want big outcomes like everyone else, but not "unicorn" chasers with unrealistic expectations
- if you are southeast-based, even better as this is their area of focus ... Florida/Gulf Coast/Atlanta/Carolinas/DC
- there isn't any bad ... the only bad would be if you don't fit with their investment profile, which is B/C round level vs. seed or A round.