Posted by m519 on 2010-02-26
I'm new to this service and have looked through some of the postings for firms I've used in the past and those I'm considering right now. I saw a post on Andy Goldfarb that I have to disagree with. I worked with Andy for 4.5 years and found him very very supportive, challenging to get to a good thought process and helpful. I would encourage any CEO to seek out Andy and the frankly anyone on the Globespan team.
Like any situation integrity is met with integrity. Also, if you're interested in the Japan market there is no other firm to partner with.
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Posted by mike0305 on 2010-02-23
Regarding the posts on Andy Goldfarb and Globespan, I wanted to take a few minutes to share my perspective, having worked with many venture investors over the years (including Andy), and I thus have the basis to compare and contrast .
I worked with Andy (and the extended Globespan team) over several years, and my experience with Andy was simply fantastic. Andy was the new lead investor on one of our financings, and from the very beginning, he was great to have involved. Negotiating the term sheet and closing the financing, Andy was the consummate professional, with a very fair and highly respectful negotiating style. We completed the financing on time and in accord with the high level terms initially discussed, and Andy was instrumental in making sure things stayed “on track”..
Once on the Board, Andy was extremely helpful to the Company, and highly supportive of management, bringing much more than the cash/capital from the financing to the table. He orchestrated key introductions to some major public company partners for us, helped us fill out the team with some talented new hires from his extended network, provided us help on some strategy and governance matters we needed considerable assistance with, and also connected us to some end user CIO/CTO’s, to help us with initial sales of our product.
Like all start-ups, we experienced several “ups and downs” along the way. Andy was always balanced and supportive (unlike others), particularly when we encountered some challenges. It was during these times that Andy truly shined, providing valuable CEO counsel, helped manage the investor group (including taking a lead role on an complicated inside round) and simply stepped up and helped us get things done when we needed it most.
In closing, I’ve worked with many VC firms and partners over the years, at a few different companies. To net it out, in my opinion Andy is simply top notch (as is his whole team at Globespan) and on this 1-5 rating scale (with 5 being top), Andy deserves a 5+ in my book, given the specific experiences I had in the recent past. Hope this helps.PRIVATE: Members Only
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-01-05
Was connected to an associate through a mutual colleague. The associate was gracious lisented and provided alot of feedback and direction. After we recieve a seed/angel round I will definately talk to them about a Series A (if we need it). Smart and courteous people in this profession can really help out budding startups have confidence.PRIVATE: Members Only
Posted by anonymous on 2007-10-01
Andy Goldfarb has a fairly mixed reputation in the Boston market (read: arrogant). Heard one story of a team that came in that had a generous term sheet from one of the very top firms in Boston and really came in as a courtesy. Goldfarb starting to press the CEO in front of his team why he thought he deserved to be CEO. And no surprise you won't see Globespan on that IPO prospectus (they are filing).
Dave Fachetti on the other hand is salt of the earth. Hardest working guy in the business. Smart and analytical. Not much of a risk taker though- more of a follower of the pack so dont bring him anything that isn't getting buzz.PRIVATE: Members Only