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Fund: Redpoint Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-09-26

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Talk about a lot of potential lost. These guys can pick winning companies, just look at their portfolio, but then it is a slippery slope to a point where their meddling in business affairs messes everything up. They try so hard to "cover every contingency" in the terms and "generate liquidity" in the deal that they end up distracting the management to the point where they are managing Redpoint, not the business.

And, while they get an "A" for effort, they get a "D" for experience. The advice given is often poor and frequently changes. They choose the worst time to intervene with their advice, usually when a company is having little problems, but doing well overall. The kiss of death: bother a team when under the gun.

And, Redpoint is slow to support follow-on rounds. Instead of saying "yes" when a growing company asks for resources, they drag you through a time consuming game. They also wait to the last minute to help with fundraising, which allows them to control the dynamics and the valuation.

If they choose you, you probably have a good company. Get financed somewhere else.

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