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FirstMark Capital - Pequot Ventures  CERTIFIED

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FIRM OVERVIEW: Medium Private VC founded in 1997 based out of New York, USA (US East)

FIRM DESCRIPTION: FirstMark Capital is committed to partnering with leading technology innovators who share our passion for making an impact by building exceptional, world-changing businesses. With nearly $2 billion in capital commitments, FirstMark Capital has decades of real-world experience and leadership in core technology markets. Our team is comprised of investment and operations professionals who work closely with entrepreneurial visionaries and their management teams. We partner early in our companies’ lifecycles — frequently as the first institutional investor – to collaborate early and often with our entrepreneurs. Based in New York City, you'll find us at the forefront of the most complex and rapidly evolving industries, among them media, advertising, IT, financial services, video gaming, and retail. In addition to our traditional early stage investing, our FirstSteps seed program is designed for early stage technology companies seeking investments of $50K-$1MM. We prefer companies to be based in the New York City area, but will consider opportunities outside the region as well. Because we encourage our seed companies to surround themselves with a strong network of advisors, we frequently invest seed capital alongside angel investors or other institutional seed investors. Current active investment portfolio of 40+ companies including: SecondMarket, Riot Games, Lumos Labs, Conductor, Clickable, Dovetail Insurance, IMImobile, Boomi, amongst others. Select historical investments include: Netgear, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR); First Advantage Corp. (NASDAQ: FADV) acquired by First American (NYSE:FAF); StubHub, Inc (Acquired by eBay, Inc.); Netegrity, Inc. (Acquired by CA Inc); Flarion, Inc. (Acquired by Qualcomm, Inc.); OutlookSoft Inc. (Acquired by SAP AG); Vallent (Acquired by IBM); and Navic (Acquired by Microsoft).

TEAM MEMBERS: Amish Jani, Gerald Poch, Lawrence D. Lenihan Jr., Rick Heitzmann,

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Could Not Ask for a Better VC

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Posted by sbesmertnik on 2007-09-24

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Going with Pequot Ventures has been a solid choice for our early stage venture. Our partner, Amish Jani, adds ego-less advice and guidance, and they are very focused on creating long term value. We would go straight to Pequot for subsequent rounds for our current venture and for any other ventures. Feel free to ping me for more feedback.

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Be Careful

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Posted by Anonymous on 2007-08-13

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Decent firm and some very smart successful people. But you better be prepared to listen to their direction or risk your job. Deborah B is very agressive, which is both good and bad. This is a true NY firm so you better be able to handle it.

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Deborah Bernstein is a True Professional

Fund: FirstMark Capital - Pequot Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-08-13

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Pequot ended up not investing in us, but I think they are a quality firm.

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Telephone Pitch Feedback

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Posted by davenelsen on 2008-10-14

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Today I spoke with associate Heekyung Kim. She had proactively contacted us. She was very friendly and had a compelling pitch on how her firm can help us. She was impressed with our traction (in terms of users/listeners - now over 1 million per month). However, after we talked about our revenue model and current progress, she indicated that in this economic environment, they're looking to invest in companies that have reached a minimum of $1MM annually. Good to know. I'll work to that goal and then resume the conversation.

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Initially High Interest

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Posted by Farlington on 2007-08-07

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Initially showed high interest but then went radio silent. Bernstein cancelled twice and tossed a third meeting to an associate - was told by assistant she was out of town but saw her walking the hallway. IF you can get her engaged prepared time - she is solid. Be warned: she is arrogant, New York arrogant.

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Fishing

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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-03-04

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was contacted by an associate at what is now firstmark. Went through a phone call with said associate and was promised fast response by end of week on whether they would want to move to next stage and have us present to the partners.

Considering they contacted us an answer in my opinion on whether we would take next steps is deserved. After a follow up email a week past the promised response date we have yet to get any kind of response from firstmark.

I don't mind not getting a response, so long as there is no expectation of getting a response.

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C'Mon Ny

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-04-04

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They contacted us. We set a phone conference. When it came time to demo, they couldn't watch because their PC was running Windows 2003. C'mon NY. It's 2008, already. Haven't you seen the broadband adoption numbers" Time to step into the 21st Century and be able to judge deals with technology for streaming video, AJAX, and other broadband enabled software. Sheeesh!

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Key to Getting in the Door at Pequot

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-05

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They have very nice associates who actually care. Yes, they will read your business plan. If you find the right associate, she will read your entire business plan. VC's are human too.

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Met with Rick Heitzman and Jason Yeh

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-21

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Initially spoke with Jason and there was interest. Was going to be in NYC anyway, so stopped by their office and met with Rick to talk about our business plan. They were able to squeeze me in which was great and both were attentive during the presentation. Unfortunately as a West Coast based company, they were more likely going to be follow-on investment. Jason seemed to be pulled in multiple directions and unfortunately was afraid to make the bets to tell Rick to champion our investment by the year's end. No worries, we got our investment from another fund, but the apprehensiveness of associates is a little worse in New York.

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They Approached US, Liked US, Then Disappeared

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-08-29

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We were approached a few months ago by Jason Yeh, after he read about our company in a business maganize article. We sheduled a conference call with my team in which he never showed up and called me later to apologize. We had a chat then and I later emailed him our business plan. After that, he never even responded. I sent him one email a week later, to get some feedback from him but no response. The best part is, we were not even actively looking for funding at that time.

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