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Title:     General Partner

Location:  Boston, US East

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Rated 2.9 / 5.0 by 43

Firm Information:

Company:   Spark Capital

Type:      N/A Private VC

URL:       Firm Homepage

PERSONAL SPECIALTY: None.

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Don't Bother

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by bahman1234 on 2009-07-23

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I have found these guys to be unsophisticated

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Thoughtful Discussion, Flip Rejection

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by gadgetboy on 2009-05-27

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After a glowing introduction to Spark from a seasoned entrepreneur and what seemed like genuine interest in our service, my partner and I met with Bijan Sabet for a pitch.

It was a very thoughtful discussion. Bijan is smart and asked all the right questions. He indicated that he liked our approach and promised a quick response.

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Total Utter Waste of Time

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by beowulf on 2009-04-23

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Met with these guys a year or so ago. Alex and Rob were screening our deal. Between my cofounder and myself we've done 2 IPO's and 3 acqusitions. We were treated to a series of lectures on building a company from two associates who've never built real companies. Absolute waste of time talking to these guys.

Oh, and putting a venture firm on Newbury Street??? Yeah, that's where the innovation is...

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Start@Spark

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-25

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Rob Go

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-03

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Rob is a humble.

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Good Guys

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-15

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Got Passed to an Associate Who Excessively Arrogant

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-11

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We were invited in to pitch to Todd Dagres and at the last minute got passed to an associate. We pitched anyway and were met with a level of arrogance I've not seen in awhile. I walked away with a bad taste in my mouth.

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Effecient, Smart but Passed

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-31

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Met with an Associate who was very down to earth, efficient and smart. He wasn't interested and was nice enough to send note quickly to explain why.

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Attitude Should Be Lost

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-17

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Had a call with one of the partners once. Pretty arrogant attitude despite lack of knowledge of our particular field. Shouldn't have taken the call if he wasn't interested. Should learn the inherent value in common courtesy.

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Very Helpful, Fast and Great Input

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-04-25

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I met Rob Go at a networking event a month into founding our company. He was very helpful before and after our pitch to Spark. Even though they passed on us as it was not the right fit, Rob has been helping us a lot. He continues to champion us even after they passed on us. If you are a young company and looking to strengthen your product and your business model, I encourage you strongly to get in touch with Rob. If you want quick and constructive feedback, do pitch to them. Last but not the least, he has a healthy respect for entrepreneurs and full of new ideas.

During our pitch to Todd Dagres, he asked great questions and got back to us within few days.

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In the six months since I met Rob and before we made the formal pitch, Rob worked with us in helping us improve the business plan, identifying the gaps in our expertise, helping us with recruiting advisors and last but not the least in improving our service. He would call and email me with new ways of generating revenue and discuss their pros and cons.

He continues to help us by making introductions to other VCs who could potentially be interested in a firm like us.

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Poor Responsiveness

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-04

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I was introduced to the firm from a friend who got funding from them. I scheduled a call with them and they rescheduled once, and then didn't turn up for our second scheduled call. Then they didn't return my emails after that.

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Great Input

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-02-24

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We pitched to Robert Go. He was extremely polite, gave really great feedback and was a pleasure to pitch to. Asked some great questions, and showed that he really knew his stuff. They passed on us, but he was at least courteous enough to give an explanation, and has given his time since to give extra feedback.

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Market Research /No Follow Up

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by anon on 2007-12-12

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I pitched to them over the phone because they were on the east coast. It honestly seemed like they were more interested in what I had to say about some of the other companies in the space (that they were also considering investing in).. kind of like I was doing there research for them. They said they were interested, but didn't follow up..

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Smart, Fair and Driven

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by dskaletsky on 2007-11-06

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The fund itself is young, so doesn't have a long track record (good or bad). However, the principals have strong individual track records with other firms, so I felt very confident in their ability to add value to a venture "in their wheelhouse" (new media)

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Opinionated

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by jetskier on 2007-08-17

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They seem very opinionated and not very open to opportunities outside of their narrow market view. The pitch efficiency was good...quick negative. The professionalism of appropriate consideration was not really there.

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Very Smart

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by beyondfunded on 2007-08-17

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I've found Tood Dagres and his associate Rob Go to be very knowledgeable and polite, very respectful for the entrepreneur, and open to new ideas. Thumbs up.

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Great Fund

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by Dmitry on 2007-08-16

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Todd lead our Series B. Was introduced to us by Art Bilger from Shelter Capital Partners (another great fund). All of the guys at Spark are engaged, numerous partners attend our BOD meetings, and I would definitely bring additional deals to them.

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CEO

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by International Startup on 2007-08-14

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Todd Dagres was the main partner from Spark with who we worked. Todd is very experienced and from the first pitch we made to him through to the closing of the round he was professional, concise, and very action oriented. There was absolutely no wasted time or absurd requests for information. Due diligence was focused and he brought in very appropriate people for that process. Todd's EA was on top of all communications, meeting logistics, and document exchange which further increased the overall professionalism of the office. If you are going to pitch Todd be very well prepared, be concise, and understand you are going to get pointed questions about your value statements - all very fair and spot on.

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Nice, Professional, Specific

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-08-13

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Dennis Miller was nice, professional, and clear about the funds stated objectives and focus.

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Todd Provides Great Insights in Minimal Time

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by donpaul on 2007-08-12

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Todd does not waste your time. He will give feedback very quickly... He does not mince words. Take his advice constructively, and you will be better off for it.

I met Todd when I started a company in 2000. He provided key insights in two meetings of not more than 20 minutes each that proved essential in guiding our company in refining our product into a segment which enabled both financing from VCs and an eventual sale of the company.

No, I have not had the pleasure of working with him...

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So So

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-08-09

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Bijan Sabet is a nice guy but most of the other partners are arrogant and/or annoying. They generally think that they know everything.

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New, Media Focused Firm

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by rollback on 2007-05-30

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Newish, media focused firm on the east coast. Process for west coast firms could be tighter.

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Great Team: Very Helpful

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by seastart on 2007-05-11

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I count myself lucky to have worked with the team at Spark. They moved very quickly on our deal, and began adding value before we were even closed. I think this was done partly to prove themselves, but mostly because of their enthusiasm to jump in, roll up their sleeves and help wherever they can. As other comments have suggested, this team has great contacts in the media and entertainment industry but also in the internet space. In addition they have founders on the team with entrepreneurial/operational experience, so their strategic advice is tempered with empathy and practicality that really benefited me as manager. Finally, they were very supportive when my company was acquired and truly wanted to make sure that our team was happy with the outcome. Good, honest, smart people. I would work with them again without hesitation.

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Big in Media, Slow in Process

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-04-20

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New firm, already saw their first good exit and some very experienced partners. Media & Entertainment-tech focused, and aggressive at building the firms brand. Slow deal process for consumer-focused.

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Strong New Player

Fund: Spark Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-03-21

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Relatively new firm, formed by experienced team. Approach seems good and they are being aggressive in scouting new deals.

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