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Company:   Morgenthaler Ventures

Type:      Medium Private Equity

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Pitches and Rejected but Professional

Fund: Morgenthaler Ventures

Posted by zerp on 2013-09-10

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I pitched a partner after an introduction from a co-founder. It took several weeks but finally heard back. They were professional in getting back (it is 100x better to get a no than to waffle for 6 months). I have not yet received any feedback, though I asked for it. Can't say how I would give this firm negative marks. They seemed to move fast relative to other funds.

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I would not recommend Rebecca Lynn on your board

Fund: Morgenthaler Ventures

Posted by chinagirl on 2012-04-01

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Have the experience of working with a company where Lynn is a board member. The interaction by her as a board member has been the most inappropriate I have seen my career. She is not strategic, consistently undermines decisions the leadership's decisions, will pump other executives directly for information about the CEO's decisions and performance, putting the entire team in a difficult position. .

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Avoid at All Costs

Fund: Morgenthaler Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2012-03-14

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I was recently an executive for a company recently where Morgenthaler is an investor and board member. The company had significant growth, and where this would normally be considered a success, it caused fear and anxiety with Morgenthaler. During this process they unsuccessfully attempted to replace the CEO twice, both times failing. Unfortunately, these actions were value destroying and caused much dysfunction for the company and Founder/CEO.

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Ken Gullicksen, Solid Board Member

Fund: Morgenthaler Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-20

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I was a CEO and founder at a Morgenthaler-backed company, and Ken Gullicksen was our board member. Throughout several years of interactions, overall I have been satisfied with the partnership with the firm and especially with Ken. Inevitably, almost every startup goes through some growing pains, and I appreciated Ken’s flexibility, patience, and thoughtfulness in dealing with many of the issues that we encountered. Above all, I found that Ken Gullicksen tries to be fair to both the interests of the employees and founders, as well as to his VC partnership, which is definitely not always the case with venture capitalists. For these reasons, I would be happy to collaborate with Ken again in the future on my next companies.

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Changes at Morgenthaler

Fund: Morgenthaler Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-23

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Gary Shaffer and Greg Blonder are out of the Partnership.

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They Fell Asleep!

Fund: Morgenthaler Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-22

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Actually not sure if they fell asleep, or I did. Low energy

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Good Experience

Fund: Morgenthaler Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-11

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Pitched to KenKen Gullicksen. He was on time, asked reasonable questions and took his time understanding our product and our business model. They turned us down. It was the standard issue where they want us to be further down the road, and we want the money so that we can get there fast rather than grow organically.

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Young Healthcare Care Team Definitely Not Up to Speed

Fund: Morgenthaler Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-25

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They have smart guys, but not innovative thinkers and WAY too conservative on the healthcare side to do anything early-stage. If you aren't doing large scale clinical trial already, do not bother with them.

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Goof Track Record. Young Guys Not Up to Snuff

Fund: Morgenthaler Ventures

Posted by LS guy on 2008-07-19

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David M. is an incredible individual. Truly a classy guy and a gentlemen. He build a premier firm. He has some good older partners (Bellas). Some of the younger guys are not of the same ilk. Choose partners wisely.

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Solid Folks. Wish We Could Have Come to Terms.

Fund: Morgenthaler Ventures

Posted by mojojojo on 2007-12-28

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Was directed to Morgenthaler by one of their current venture backed firms and I had really very good impressions of Gary Little and Greg Blonder. They expressed early enthusiasm, but were unsure of our industry. Too bad.

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Chris Christoffersen

Fund: Morgenthaler Ventures

Posted by aegis on 2007-12-15

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Chris has an excellent reputation in life sciences/biotech. We have had several discussions with them and they appear engaged and interested. We are meeting with them in January. Will keep you all posted

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Morgenthaler Still in Business?

Fund: Morgenthaler Ventures

Posted by STU3 on 2007-10-08

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We had an odd experience with Morgenthaler. A friend had told us that Paul Levine was spearheading investment in a market segment where we were focused. We met with him in Burlington and he "loved our concept" and wanted to follow-up. We called and emailed for two weeks with no response. We finally moved on. Paul seemed professional in person, but the radio silence after indicating interest was either rudeness, or ineptness (perhaps both") on his part. They don't seem to be a player anyway.

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An Interesting Partnership

Fund: Morgenthaler Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-08-01

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There is definitely a dichotomy in this partnership with some of the older, more experienced guys like Bob Pavey who are worth their weight in gold, and guys like Drew Lanza...

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Good Feedback but Very Risk Averse

Fund: Morgenthaler Ventures

Posted by bootstrapper on 2007-06-23

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This firm seems very risk averse which is odd as you want to show big returns to LPs and there is this risk/return trade off.

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