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Rated 2.8 / 5.0 by 15

Firm Information:

Company:   Steamboat Ventures

Type:      Large Private VC

URL:       Firm Homepage

PERSONAL SPECIALTY: None.

FIRM DESCRIPTION: Our mission at Steamboat Ventures is to help young companies successfully face the challenges of becoming leaders in their markets. We invest in early- to mid-stage, technology-focused companies that are pursuing opportunities in emerging digital media and consumer technology markets. Although the fund is primarily focused on technology investments, we also consider venture investments in other areas of broad strategic importance to The Walt Disney Company.

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Lack of Attention, Total Lack of Communication

Fund: Steamboat Ventures

Posted by philippeb on 2010-02-06

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We pitched Steamboat and it is the first time that someone actually almost nodded off during my presentation. I am a fairly animated and by all accounts a good presenter so I could only deduce that they really were not interested. I never heard back from them which frustrates me. I don't mind being turned down but I do mind investing time and not getting the courtesy of a call back to explain the reasons why I was turned down. At least if you won't fund us, give us the opportunity to learn from the experience !!
I would not waste my time approaching them again.

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A Fund that Only Follows Other Big Funds

Fund: Steamboat Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-28

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Use Steamboat only if you need to complete a round of financing. I don't find them to be thesis-based meaning that their only criteria to invest is if some other big fund comes along.

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I Would Avoid Them...

Fund: Steamboat Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-10-24

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We tried to buy a portfolio company from them...

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Great Group!

Fund: Steamboat Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-06-15

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The firm is not well known outside of being assoicated with Disney, but they are high quality and very well connected in media. The Disney connection is hard to beat. They are very entrepreneur friendly.

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