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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Private: 575 Chars
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The Founder Showcase is TheFunded.com's pitch and networking event for seed-stage startups and investors.
On May 15th, we will host the 15th Founder Showcase in Silicon Valley, and welcome an impressive lineup of speakers to our stage;
Mitch Kapor has been a pioneer in personal computing for more than 30 years. He is widely known as the Founder of Lotus Development. In addition, Mitch was the Founding Investor in UUNET, Co-Founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a Founding Chair of the Mozilla Foundation, and a Founding Investor and Chair in Linden Research. At the Founder Showcase, Mitch will talk about building technology companies that generate both economic value AND positive social impact.
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.
Thomas Korte is the founder of AngelPad, a startup accelerator based in San Francisco and New York. AngelPad was named by MIT’s 2014 Accelerator Research as the #3 U.S. Accelerator, and Forbes Magazine called AngelPad a “TOP 5 Global Accelerator” in 2012. AngelPads exits include Mopub ($350m to Twitter), Adku (Groupon), and Astrid (Yahoo), among others. Prior, Thomas worked at Google for 7 years staring in 2002..
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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
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.