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FIRM OVERVIEW: Very Small Angels founded in 2003 based out of San Francisco Bay Area, USA (US West)

FIRM DESCRIPTION: Professional angel investor in California-based software start-ups.

TEAM MEMBERS: Eric Di Benedetto,

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Great Investor and Strategist

Fund: Active Starts

Posted by Jean Sini on 2008-01-14

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I first heard Eric (Active Starts' founding partner) talk, years ago, at a venture capital seminar, and was struck by his crystal clear explanations, his no-nonsense attitude and his systematic, transparent approach to investing. We pitched him in 2005 while raising our initial seed round and, ever since, he has proven tremendously insightful and helpful, not only during the funding process but also afterwards, as lead investor and board member: he's consistently been extremely thoughtful and resourceful, a strategic thinker and a great ally.

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Great Partner: Good Times and Bad

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Posted by saasceo on 2008-02-04

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I have worked with Eric for 8 years, and have had a fantastic experience. He was instrumental in helping us find the strategy that has led to significant growth for the business over the last several years, and was a critical ally even when we had hard decisions to make about the business.

I respect his business acumen enormously and would work with him again in a heartbeat.

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Great Early Stage Investor , Great Assistance in Business and Funding Strategy

Fund: Active Starts

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-24

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I've worked with Eric for more than 4 years. Much is said by the fact that his prior investments have both a high success rate and a high regard for Eric. This is not just their opinion, they frequently co-invest with him on start-ups.

Eric is insightful and provides valuable helps in both the business strategy and funding strategy. He is very well informed and offers a perspective, integrity and ongoing contribution that any entrepreneur will value.

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My First Call, Every Time

Fund: Active Starts

Posted by Jody Sherman on 2008-03-13

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I've known Eric since 1997 and have been involved in several deals with him -- as an advisor, an investor, a consultant, and an employee of companies in which he is invested.

I've never know Eric to be less than right on target with his advice, criticism, analysis, and execution. I've seen him in some of the least optimal scenarios and he never loses his poise or his dedication to seeing things through.

Don't get me wrong, I don't mean to imply that Eric will continue to back a losing play, but before it is determined that the "patient is actually terminal", Eric will work tirelessly with management, investors, and the board to make sure that everything that can be done, will be done.

Eric is a loyal investor and friend and you will never be sorry if you make the decision to have him involved in your company or personally. You will get immense value out of every interaction.

I can't wait until I have another company in which he can invest. He brings a ton of value and his network is immense and effective. If I am lucky enough to have him involved, then I know I must be on to something big.

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Excellent Ally

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Posted by jasonwiener on 2008-03-03

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I worked closely with Eric in 05 and have stayed in close contact since. He's a wonderful person and truly insightful when it comes to 'what's next.' He's one of the first people I go to when I want a no-nonsense barometer of something I'm considering. He's strong, candid and (most importantly) smart money.

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