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Rated 3.3 / 5.0 by 39
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FIRM OVERVIEW: Large Private VC founded in 1995 based out of Menlo Park, USA (US West)

FIRM DESCRIPTION: We are all entrepreneurs first and foremost. All members of our team have founded technology companies and helped them grow. We've known success and we've failed more than a few times. We know what it's like to pitch for payroll and we remember when some of our partners stuck by us during tough times while other partners ran at the first sign of trouble. Over the years, we have had the privilege of building such great companies as Atheros, Netflix, CommerceOne, EnerNOC, ShoreTel, Peribit, Interwoven and many, many more. Call any of our entrepreneurs to get the real scoop. Ask them what it's like to work with us. We're extremely proud of our relationship with our companies and we take great pride in having earned a reputation for being "smart", "down-to-earth" "great to work with", "extremely supportive", and "different from most other firms". We look forward to hearing from you.

TEAM MEMBERS: Adam Grosser, Ashmeet Sidana, Bill Elmore, Charles Moldow, Jim Anderson, Kathryn Gould, Mike Schuh, Paul Holland, Paul Koontz, Rich Redelfs, Warren Weiss,

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Entrepreneur Friendly

Fund: Foundation Capital

Posted by sarto on 2007-08-08

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The team's track record as successful entrepreneurs really comes through. Charles in particular thinks like an entrepreneur and was supportive and constructive. In order to pitch them, think they want to see the $1b idea. but, they will help you think about how to get together.

I do think there is a pecking order there which it makes it important to interface with someone has some clout-- otherwise you might spin your wheels.

we got a term sheet but backed out because of valuation.

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Mike Brown == Great Partner.

Fund: Foundation Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-02-07

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Mike brought us into Partech for our Series-A with himself and Nicolas El Baze. Could not ask for a better partner with more insight and integrity. Sometimes a young company can experience growing pains, and Mike was right there with us rolling up his sleeves to help in any way he could. I wouldn't hesitate at the opportunity to work with Mike again.

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Mike Brown's Got Fans!

Fund: Foundation Capital

Posted by phdlance on 2007-08-03

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[Had to chime in on this one!] I'm in lock step with wazapandy. Mike was the reason that we chose Partech to lead our series B round also.

Even after switching, Mike continues to play a hyper-active role with our company. He's done a ton of biz dev for us all the way from high level intros down to cold calling potential advertisers. On top of everything else, he's a great guys and you'll be happy having him on your team.

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Mike Brown / Great New Hire by Foundation!

Fund: Foundation Capital

Posted by wazapandy on 2007-08-02

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foundation should be very happy to have a new partner on board: mike brown. mike worked for partech before moving on to foundation.
at partech he was the main reason why I decided to let partech lead our B-round...

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Mike Brown is Amazing

Fund: Foundation Capital

Posted by abeson on 2007-08-01

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Mike is an advisor to my company and has alone added more value than the remaining full slate of advisors combined. He contributes tremendous insights for a wide breadth of business challenges faced by a young startup such as ours. In addition, he has a shockingly large rolodex, even for a company which is outside the traditional sectors covered by Silicon Valley venture capitalists. Having worked in venture capital for a number of years, I have spent time with many VCs and have found few that truly add value like Mike does. His business savvy and tremendous intellectual horsepower are an enormous asset for the companies he advises.

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Elmore is a Good Guy

Fund: Foundation Capital

Posted by tech_vp on 2007-05-24

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Worked closely with Bill recently and have nothing but great things to say about him. Level headed and willing to work for you. Just what you want from a VC.

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6 Months to Reply to an Email

Fund: Foundation Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-04

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The longest time to reply to an email that I've ever experienced. I kid you not... 6 months. Why bother replying"

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The Hot Receptionist Was the Only Thing of Value

Fund: Foundation Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-02

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Charles Moldaw was nice. Warren Weiss said that they wanted to move forward but was a total grump. More smart morons.

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