Posted by Recently Pitched Bryce on 2010-12-30
We closed our seed round in six weeks from the day we started pitching. We pitched up and down Silicon Valley and ended up with three tier one firms in the round. We presented to Bryce - he asked reasonable questions and was engaged throughout. Bryce then went radio silent -- never any response. My perspective on this is pretty simple; if you are going to take the meeting and spend a good hour or so at least have the courtesy to follow-up and provide feedback even if its a quick no i.e. VC 101 should be all about learning how to say no. Poor form.
As a side note, some of the VCs that I have the most respect for are those that told us no and told us why. It actually helped us refine our thinking, and if we need to raise another round I would pitch them in a heart-beat even though they said no the first time around.PRIVATE: Members Only
Posted by lyf4462 on 2010-04-14
Posted by Eric J. Wilhelm on 2010-04-05
OATV's first investment was in my company Instructables. It's approaching four years since their first of two investments (the second was two years later), and I remain satisfied with the amount of money raised, their advice, and generally how things have gone.PRIVATE: Members Only (229 Characters)
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-02-17
OATV invested in us, and it's worked out really well. They tend to invest in companies that embody Web 2.0 principles and, as a result, many of us face similar challenges. For example, several OATV companies are, like us, consumer internet companies with subscription business models. Mark Jacobsen organized a meeting where we could all get together and share our ideas and best practices -- really helpful!
Being associated with O'Reilly Media has been a big plus, too. O'Reilly is a good-sized company staffed with a lot of tech-savvy early adopters. So they are very willing to try out our stuff and provide useful feedback. Where it makes sense, they will even deploy products internally, which they are doing this with our stuff now! Of course this is a great validation of our service and will help us to win even more customers down the road.
Overall, OATV has been a great partner so far!PRIVATE: Members Only
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-09
Tony, the analyst, is a very smart guy. I'd hire him in a minute. Mark seemed like a Business Development guy from St. Olaf's who got promoted a little too fast. The questions did not go to sales and distribution, scaling, value-creation benchmarks, and the usual nuts and bolts of venture funding. Tony had sharp questions and good ideas. Mark was watching YouTube and smiling.
BTW, Tim O'Reilly is first rate. Pitch him if you can.PRIVATE: Members Only
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-05-14
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-04-11
I have met with / pitched them a few times and consider them both to be friends. Even if they don't get the space you are in or have reservations, they will treat you with respect and offer recommendations to other folks who might be a better fit. Thumbs up for both of them.PRIVATE: Members Only
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-27
Mark and Bryce are both really easy to work with, provide great feedback and have a good sense for early stage, digital media companies.
They are also looking for early stage deals (and mean it!) - so they're actually in the relatively small club of value add, institutional VCs who are genuinely interested in early stage digital media companies.
Add them to your target list if that's your company.PRIVATE: Members Only
Posted by SmartButNotRich on 2007-11-22
Bryce & Mark are good guys, and generally pretty easy to talk to. That said, it helps a lot to have a positive reference from someone technical inside O'Reilly first before you go pitch OATV. (note: probably not Tim tho, unless you know you'll get a positive reaction... start with someone lower down the ranks)PRIVATE: Members Only (298 Characters)
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-17
Not really sure what these guys are after because of their short track record but they seem to treat people well.PRIVATE: Members Only (328 Characters)