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Title:     Managing Director

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Company:   Versant Ventures

Type:      Medium Private VC

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Good Pilot

Fund: Versant Ventures

Posted by Softwaerk on 2010-02-26

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Really liked working with Bill Link. Very level-headed and has created his own wealth through building and selling a Life Science company.

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All Talk and No Action

Fund: Versant Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-09-28

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We recently pitched this group and later found out that they talk.....
but are slow to pull the trigger. We were also told by other VC's that
if they like your deal, then they look to put it in one of their companies
that they started.
This pitch was a waste of time as there are a lot better VC's out there.

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Good Group, but Some Bad Politics!

Fund: Versant Ventures

Posted by MedDev Gal on 2008-07-18

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They are a good group overall. Some partners are Excellent (Bill Link, Ross Jaffe, Don Milder) some not so good (Samuels, Wasserstein, Warden). Pick the right ones!

THey definitely are not keeping talent in the SoCal office. All the power base seems to be coming from NorCal, but the partners up there are not as talented. Maybe they are stretched too thin since they are in the thick of Sand Hill Road.

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Great VC's

Fund: Versant Ventures

Posted by DCMedDevD on 2008-04-07

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These guys are GREAT! They are very helpful, they have lots of experience, which they bring readily to the table, they help wherever they can, and they have the best brand in healthcare VCs. Can't beat them!

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Fund: Versant Ventures

Posted by MedTech Expert on 2007-12-03

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Versant has a lot of good - good track record in the life sciences, experienced venture investors with start-up operating experience, and plenty of investment capital. It also has some bad - avoids most seed stage investments (too much risk), and avoids smallish investments in favor of putting larger amounts of money to work (the larger the fund...the larger the investment and existing shareholder dilution). And of course, there is the ugly - Becky appears to have some baggage. I have heard her trash companies and people she has not firsthand knowledge of. She appears to be one of those highly opinionated people who makes up her mind and does not want to be confused by the facts.

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