Posted by Daniel Dreymann on 2011-04-27
As the founder of Goodmail Systems, I had the pleasure to work with the folks at Emergence Capital for several years. EmCap, participated in Goodmail’s first institutional round and in all subsequent financings. Jason Green is a superb board member: hands-on, involved, but always supportive of the executive team. He supported the company through good times and bad times. Beyond Jason’s personal contribution, we benefited from the entire Emergence crew, a team of great people with experience and connections, and a willingness to put these to work. We got great assists from Gordon, Brian and Kevin. Another privilege is that EmCap formed a SaaS “Keiretsu” – they have an unmatched portfolio of SaaS companies and they organize a multitude of events to enable exchange of information and ideas at multiple levels (CEO to CEO, CFO to CFO, VP Ops to VP Ops, CMO to CMO, etc.) - if you can get EmCap to invest in your SaaS company, do it!PRIVATE: Members Only
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-09
I had two meetings with emergence, and we continue to talk. Matt Holleran has been extremely helpful with incredible follow up and he even rolled up his sleeves to improve my pitch for my second meeting with Emergence. He continues to help me and provide insight an introductions.
Jason Green is very smart, thoughtful, and quickly get's to the right questions. Folks that find him abrasive are either unprepared or over sensitive. I'm working to get Emergence in my A round. They get it.PRIVATE: Members Only
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-22
Very good experience pitching to Brian Jacobs. Understood very fast what we're doing and had good suggestions. Wants us to have more traction which is a standard response (a nice way for a VC to turn you down"), but was specific about the milestones that would make them interested. Overall a positive experience.PRIVATE: Members Only (177 Characters)
Posted by sullivan on 2008-06-03
We presented to Emergence. I found them to be very professional, able to move on aggressive timelines, and consistent in following through on their verbal commitments to us. They ultimately decided that our opportunity was a difficult fit for them and passed. But I would nonetheless recommend that any TES-like company seeking early stage or modest growth equity financing consider Emergence. One note on their approach -- They do get to the gist of matters quickly and ask good questions that some on this site have interpreted as slightly abrasive. I found them polite at nearly every turn and the tougher questions are the ones that show actual intellectual engagement. No need to be nervous.PRIVATE: Members Only (668 Characters)
Posted by jasonlk on 2008-02-27
If you are building an on-demand company, first, try to avoid VC funding and try to fund it from cashflow.
Failing that, try to get Emergence. The bottom line is the team there has spend the best part of the past 5 years doing nothing but invest in the SaaS/on-demand ecosystem. As a result, for us, they have done an outstanding job with candidates, and insights into our business model that can only come when you have multiple partners just living and breathing basically more or less one thing.
They do not have the biggest fund so obviously alone they can't take you all the way there. But if you have some early traction in on-demand and want to grow, try to get them. It has worked out very well for us.PRIVATE: Members Only (105 Characters)
Posted by Anon on 2007-08-21
Had a short meeting with Gordon Ritter. Super sharp and understood the SaaS business better than any VC I've met. He's also pretty realistic which highlights his operational background. We're not currently in the market again for funding but he'd be on my very short list.PRIVATE: Members Only
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-23
If you are considering a business SaaS play these guys have got to be on your short list.PRIVATE: Members Only (248 Characters)
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-03-20
One of the fastest growing new firms. Much more helpful and down to earth than most VCs.PRIVATE: Members Only