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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 Term Sheet

Investment Banker for Small Deal Discussion

How Much Focus on Revenues for a Seed Stage Pitch? Discussion

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 Discussion

Need Advice on Asian Business Discussion

US West Software/B2B First Round Terms Term Sheet

US West Software/B2B First Round Terms Term Sheet

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.

Hard Working, Our Favorite Investor

SV Angel

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.

The Real Deal

Y Combinator

Fantastic experience. Working with these guys was and is life changing. I would absolutely do it again, and I've already got an exit.

Huge Time Wasters, Lots of Bs Homework

Silverton Partners

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.

After Months of Meetings Said the Amount I Was After Was Too Small for Them

AnaCap Financial Partners

Private: 965 Chars

Anyone Have Experience with the Eb 5 Visa Program Discussion

Breaking New Ground in Funding Discussion

B2 B Tech Startup Attorney Northeast Region Discussion

Small but Very Engaged & Helpful

Harbert Management Corporation

The good:
- 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

The bad:
- 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.

Buying Stock From a Founder Discussion

Urgent: Should Founder Make Very Involved Adviser Chair of the Board Discussion


Wellington Partners

supportive and constructive, even during hard times. stick to their word.

Surprisingly Mediocre. Just a Brand These Days.

Y Combinator

The batch sizes are humongous now (70+) so you don't get that much helpful energy at the Tuesday dinners. It's more like a conference than a party.

Previously, I thought YC was a for-sure good use of time. Now, I am not so sure.

Letter of Interest Discussion

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