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Aberdare Ventures

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Rated 3.6 / 5.0 by 15
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3.8
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3.5
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3.6

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FIRM OVERVIEW: Medium Private VC founded in 1999 based out of San Francisco, United States (US West)

TEAM MEMBERS: Christina Fong, Dan Kisner, Jake Odden, Naheed Ismaili, Paul H. Klingenstein, Terry Spraker, Vince Kim,

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Aberdare: Well Led ... Klingenstein's Experience Counts

Fund: Aberdare Ventures

Posted by Earl Fender on 2009-11-19

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Aberdare is one of our early investors (VertiFlex Spine), led by Paul Klingenstein. I had lunch with him this week, and what I told him personally, I thought I'd share with you here. In my 1.5 years as CEO here, I've routinely sought Paul's advise, and listened to his valuable counsel. The point is: he's insightful, experienced, trusted, smart and intuitive - his guidance on multiple isses has been spot on. Others of my investors feel the same about him. If you're a CEO, I hope you have such a " go to" guy.
Earl Fender

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Good People, Solid VC's

Fund: Aberdare Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-08-14

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Aberdare is an investor in my current company, and they have been refreshingly calm in an otherwise chaotic investor group.

Paul K. is our board member, so he's the partner that I interact with the most, but it seems like the whole team takes his lead. He's a very experienced and rational investor who believes that the best way to get good returns for his limited partners is to invest in good management teams, not to try to do the management himself.

Paul works by the "no ass****" rule, which means that he doesn't hire them and he doesn't invest in them. I don't know if this improves his returns or not, but it sure makes them a pleasure to work with.

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Solid Team, Younger Guys Need Some More Experience

Fund: Aberdare Ventures

Posted by deviceceo on 2008-07-25

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But they are learning and they are definitely a nice, honest and fair group!

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Solid Team. Honest VC's: a Rarity!

Fund: Aberdare Ventures

Posted by ls md on 2008-07-19

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These guys really impressed me with their honesty and sincerity. That is a real rare attribute in the VC world!

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Good Team, but a Little Young

Fund: Aberdare Ventures

Posted by Medical guy on 2008-05-19

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They have strong senior team. The younger partners seem a little inexperienced. Seems like thye need someone in between the senior and junior team members. But they are very good and solid. helpful and supportive. Sami is very impressive.

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Paul Klingenstein Has Built a Very Strong Team

Fund: Aberdare Ventures

Posted by MartyManley on 2007-11-28

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Paul Klingenstein invested in my startup as an angel when he was in transition from Accel and invested four more rounds in Alibris over the next six years.

My first experience with Paul was a nightmare -- for him. I called him to say roughly the following: "as you know, Paul, we are closing our financing tomorrow. But this afternoon, I got a call from a guy who works at the small company I just bought. He advised me that the FBI had just entered our data center with their guns drawn and seized our servers".

I am not making this up.

For most VCs, having the federal government seize your servers would be what is known as a "red flag" -- a hint that perhaps not everything is as we thought and that a touch more diligence would be in order. Especially since your capital is about to be consumed in litigation.

Paul wrote his check. This was not a check from a fund of OPM -- other people's money. This was a very healthy personal check. He had decided that he believed in the business and in the management team, so he would see it through -- and he did.

Paul is better at working with CEOs than any VC I know. He gives thoughtful advice. He is happy to ask if you even want advice. And when the time comes, he is not remotely bashful about beginning a sentence "If you want to remain CEO of this business.....".

Every venture investment is based on extraordinary optimism -- but the test comes when times turn bad. Alibris is not the kind of investment that Aberdare usually makes -- they focus on health care technologies, especially device and drug discovery. Paul frankly does not know much about e-commerce. But he is an experienced financier, he knows how to work with management teams, he is smart, and he brings very strong professional values to the table -- and not every VC can claim that.

Paul has assembled a wonderful team at Aberdare. Jake Odden was consistently thoughtful and Vince Kim and Naheed Ismaili appear to be leading next generation VCs, although I did not work with them directly.

Paul does an annual party with his portfolio companies. At the level of drinks and dinner, these are some pretty happy campers, but that is not data and I do not speak to the folks who don't attend.

Would I use them again" In a heartbeat. If I were a health care technology startup, Aberdare would be my first and second phone call.

-- Marty Manley

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Sami Hamade is a Star in the Making

Fund: Aberdare Ventures

Posted by MedTech Expert on 2007-09-12

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We pitched Aberdare and did not gain a consensus of support. They were professional, attentive during our presentation, and responded quickly with their decision. While we ended up getting our deal done with some big names in the life science segment, we would have loved to have Aberdare involved, particularly Sami Hamade. We think he is going to be an industry super star. He has the right mix of market knowledge, intellect, curiousity, operational know-how (how things get done successfully), and authenticity to be someone people will enjoy having on their team.

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