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Jim Andelman

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Rated 5.0 / 5.0 by 7

Partner Information:

Title:     General Partner

Location:  Santa Barbara, CA, US West

Blog:      Jim Andelman

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Rated 4.0 / 5.0 by 15

Firm Information:

Company:   Rincon Venture Partners

Type:      Small Private VC

URL:       Firm Homepage

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FIRM DESCRIPTION: We are primarily focused on early-stage web-based businesses (consumer Internet, SaaS, online marketing services, web-based tools, etc.) located in Southern California. In particular we look for exceptionally talented and cohesive teams, product or service ready for market (or close), proven business/revenue models and a clear path to profitability with modest capital requirements.

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A Class Act

Fund: Rincon Venture Partners

Posted by BootBoom on 2012-04-29

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Rincon is a class act all the way. We've been in talks with them for a while now, and whether they invest or not, these guys have our respect for life. They're some of the smartest, most honest, and genuinely nice people in the industry. Don't bother approaching them unless you've really got your act together, as they're quite thorough and selective about who they invest in. But if you've got a good product and a strong team, you won't find better investment partners.

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Steady Wins the Race?

Fund: Rincon Venture Partners

Posted by benshagbark on 2011-06-25

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I pitched Jim A numerous times over a relattively long period (over a year), eventually securing an investment when we continued to hit the metrics that we had projected. That is the kind of thing that works with Rincon. Jim is an analytical guy and seems less prone to the giddy exuberance-balanced-by-obvious-boredom-depending-on-the-scenario traits that many other VCs have. I am not sure they are the place to go if you think you have some buzz-heavy-but-substance light startup, as they will be skeptical, but both Jim and John are both great guys to know in general and are the kind of VCs who will always be helpful. Although they are based in Santa Barbara, you will see Jim out at LA networking events more than many VCs who live in town, so I certainly wouldn't consider that a negative. Like most SoCal VCs their bias tends to be more towards "transaction-based" rather than "eyeballs-based" startups, but they do seem to have a pretty broad portfolio. The other thing I'd say about them is they both seem to be really fair guys (not that they are pushovers by any stretch).

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Support for High Tech Entrepreneurs

Fund: Rincon Venture Partners

Posted by Anonymous on 2010-05-28

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Our venture has been in business for 25-years and thus is not a candidate for Venture Capital. However, I have been exposed to Rincon Venture Partners through John Greathouse, who is a member of our Board. John brings an entrepreneur's sensitivity to our Board, in which his suggestions are made in a constructive and encouraging manner. If I were a high-tech entrepreneur in Souther California in need of Venture funding, I would jump at the chance to work with John Greathouse and his Partner Jim Andelman.

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Great Alignment

Fund: Rincon Venture Partners

Posted by Anonymous on 2011-07-15

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We were fortunate to have Rincon lead our first round of financing and participate in the second round as well. Jim Andelman structured a deal that aligned the interests of everyone involved (founders, management team, and other minority shareholders) so we could focus on the important stuff - executing the vision for the business. Rincon has given us the support and freedom we've needed to do just that. It has been invaluable to know that we all share the same path to success.

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Small Firm, Strong Partners

Fund: Rincon Venture Partners

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-15

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I've gotten to know Jim and John quite well and have been impressed. They've got a pretty clear division of labor along their respective areas of expertise - Jim will manage the diligence/deal-making (don't mess with him on number crunching or term sheets - he knows more than you about both) and John will provide the operating/bizdev guidance (his blog is probably the most useful for operating entrepreneurs).

Much less time with Brian, who splits time on the east coast so is less available for face time - don't really have feedback on him.

Disclaimer: They ultimately funded our start-up, so I'm obviously favorably inclined.

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Always Helpful

Fund: Rincon Venture Partners

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-30

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I have met with numerous investors and VCs during my angel round and Jim has been one of the most helpful people I have met. He is always willing to sit down and chat with me about my business and he offers great insights and advice for the road ahead. He is always polite and responsive and he is extremely smart. I truly believe he would be a value-added investor should I be lucky enough to get him interested in my company for the next round.

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Solid Investor Partner

Fund: Rincon Venture Partners

Posted by CFO257 on 2009-01-12

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Rincon led our Series A round and supported us as a follow-on investor through even the most difficult times. I cannot speak too highly of Jim Andelman, who as a board member was always accessible, highly knowledgeable, helpful, and direct. I would recommend Rincon to any company that meets Rincon's investment criteria and is in need of a true investor-partner.

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