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Do Not Waste Your Time with Keiretsu

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Let me begin by saying that we're a fundable startup. We've raised $6MM from Angel investors in the last 18 months in two different deals with fair and reasonable deal terms. We have investors from all over the country who are excited to be in the company.

We presented to numerous Keiretsu chapters in an effort to leverage the value of the network. We pitched NorCal, got a due diligence lead and spent 3 months preparing a 200 page due diligence book that was REALLY good. In that time span our first round became oversubscribed by 2 x and we were no longer interested in Keiretsu Angels.

Fast forward 3 months and we have a new vehicle for a new financing. We do the roadshow again, this time starting with Keiretsu so we aren't oversubscribed. After spending thousands of dollars on fees and travel we raised literally $0 from the ~250 people on the "interested in investing" list. This was after we had already finished DILIGENCE!!!

I'm putting this post here so that others will hopefully avoid my mistake and take the thousands of dollars in fees and spend it on something with a higher ROI, like tacos and red bull - anything is better than throwing it away in Keiretsu.

To answer the question of why we went at all: one of our existing investors had another company go through Keiretsu and have a very favorable outcome and he encouraged us to take the same approach. Where the other company succeeded, we failed miserably.

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Sam Has Changed This a Lot

Y Combinator

They have now become a fully fledged Seed Fund - they only do deals where the company and team have traction, and probably even a little funding.

Good for them if they get to choose, why not take the de-risked ones?

But don't trick yourself into believing this is the YC of 5 years ago. An idea and a smart team will no longer do - go get some traction, and even better a little outside funding.

A team that just entered the most recent batch was rejected first time round. They subsequently raised a significant seed, did a spectacular launch, and have now been accepted... Read what you like into that.

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I Agree His Reusme is Very Weak Just Corporate Sales Jobs No Exposure to Entrepreneurship

Lerer Ventures

Corporate people don't "get it" .. He probably has good sales skills and can help a VC raise a fund .. and that's it.

Corporates and start-ups do not mix.

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Terrific Firm to Work With

Globespan Capital Partners

I've worked with both Andy Goldfarb and Dave Fachetti over the years. As an investor they we're terrific. Their diligence was thorough and appropriate and as they got deeper their input helped us with our strategy. They are both very smart and hardworking and Andy as our board member was always available during the course of the company up until our exit.

I've worked with many venture firms and can say Globespan is tops!

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