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3i Group plc

No New Investments Warning:
Members have submitted information that the following organization(s) may not be making investments into new portfolio companies. This warning can be contested by submitting proof of a completed investment in a new portfolio company within the last four weeks here.

Firm Rating:

Rated 1.8 / 5.0 by 7
Track
Record
2.2
Operating
Competence
2.0
Pitching
Efficiency
2.0
Favorable
Deal Terms
1.8
Execution
Assistance
1.0

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FIRM OVERVIEW: Small Public VC founded in 1945 based out of London, United Kingdom (Europe)

TEAM MEMBERS: Chris Rowlands, Graeme Sword, Jo Taylor, Jonathan Russell, Keven Parker, Laurence Garrett, Michael Queen, Paul Waller, Philip Yea, Richard Bishop, Simon Ball,

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They are Not Venture: but Bank...

Fund: 3i Group plc

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-03

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Pitching 3i a venture early stage is waisting their and your time. I was told directly by one of their partners (Chris Rowlands) that they are not really interested in early stage and venture any more, but only solid companies with big track records, kind of like Index. MBOs, M&As and the likes. Maybe series C if you have traction.

They seemed very honest and polite and followed up as scheduled and promised.

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Very Slow Road

Fund: 3i Group plc

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-09

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We pitched 31 informally at least a half a dozen times. Each time, they expressed interest, and each time the process dragged on... It was like they were taking meetings to look busy. They then made an investment in a related space. I would recommend that you qualify the interest before wasting time, and, if it moves slow, pull out.

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Pillar to Post, but Direct

Fund: 3i Group plc

Posted by MudPlugger on 2007-08-16

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We were asked to submit a pitch, was then passed about a bit, and then told that they couldn't invest because of other things in the pipeline. Clearly they knew about them when they first came to meet us, so why did they ask for a pitch"

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They Can't Invest

Fund: 3i Group plc

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-04-17

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They have a bad reputation to start with, though they swear they have got better.

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Spreading Money Around

Fund: 3i Group plc

Posted by Y2K on 2007-03-16

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One company founder I met had a terrible experience with these guys. They were mainly focused on getting the deal done and put complex conditions which a start up making it unfavourable for the portfolio company.

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Venture Capital Not Their Speciality

Fund: 3i Group plc

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-03-14

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