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Title:     General Partner

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Rated 3.6 / 5.0 by 18

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Company:   August Capital

Type:      Medium Private VC

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FIRM DESCRIPTION: August Capital was founded in 1995 by Dave Marquardt and John Johnston. Seasoned veterans of the venture capital industry, Marquardt and Johnston formed August Capital to invest in companies differentiated by technical innovation and entrepreneurial excellence. Today, August Capital's six partners -- Marquardt, Johnston, Andy Rappaport, David Hornik, Vivek Mehra and Howard Hartenbaum -- have more than a century of combined venture and operational experience. Together they manage approximately $2 billion and have invested in more than 75 companies across the technology spectrum. From its inception, August Capital has funded an extraordinary group of entrepreneurs who have built significant, long-term value across the full range of information technologies. The companies that August Capital's partners have backed represent an aggregate market capitalization of well over $250 billion, generate in excess of $75 billion in annual revenue and employ a quarter of a million people around the world. This success is a testament to the entrepreneurs themselves, as well as the fundamental technologies they have created. We are proud to have supported these entrepreneurs and their companies as they have grown and prospered.

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Howard Hartenbaum Very Helpful

Fund: August Capital

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Pleasant Pitch with August Capital

Fund: August Capital

Posted by todd on 2010-03-23

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I pitched to David Hornik at August Capital last Friday and had a delightful experience. He was attentive, asked great questions, and was very personable. After the pitch, David told me that he would talk about us at the Partner meeting the following Monday...and he did! David got back to me Monday night and gave me specifics on why the partnership passed on us. He also told me specific things we needed to do to earn their investment which was reasonable and doable. Finally, he invited me to contact him once we had achieved the results he was looking for.

Other than getting funded, it doesn't get any better than this! :-) I wish other VCs had the professionalism as David.

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Howard Hartenbaum Great Experience

Fund: August Capital

Posted by scottdunlap on 2010-02-01

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I've pitched Howard a few business plans now, and he is quick and thoughtful with his feedback. When he pointed out a few holes where he was uncomfortable, he also helped make introductions to potential clients who could help flush those out. When the potential clients said what he hoped, he invested.

After switching to August, he has been less involved in our company but still makes the time to connect us to important partners. He's actually far more involved than any of our current board members/investors. I will continue to go to Howard for a first round of feedback on any idea, and would recommend others do the same.

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Vivek Mehra Very Impressive

Fund: August Capital

Posted by KuH on 2008-04-12

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Have been very impressed by Vivek Mehra to date: very thoughtful; listens to what you say and then asks the one further intelligent question which shows that he has been following you and then wants to understand the implications.

Not invested in us ... and an excellent interaction.

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Andy Rappaport: Good Board Member

Fund: August Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-02-09

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Working as CEO with Andy on my board. He adds a lot, pushs me and team with good insight and requests. Will spend the time if needed, if not, he leaves us alone!

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Very Bright

Fund: August Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-13

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Pitched Marquardt and Rappaport on a deal outside the box. They spent almost 2 hours listening and asking very good questions.

We did not pursue them, and they did not move forward, but were impressed by them.

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Good Experience, but in the End Just Another Venture Firm

Fund: August Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-05-12

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The overall funding process was straightforward. They can sure make a decision fast when they want to. Good people and reliable. But in the end not much added value.

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