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Granite Ventures  CERTIFIED

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Rated 2.2 / 5.0 by 16
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FIRM OVERVIEW: Large Private VC founded in 1992 (became independent of H & Q in 1998) based out of San Francisco, USA (US West)

FIRM DESCRIPTION: We focus our investments on two sectors where our partners have deep domain expertise, broad industry knowledge, and significant investment experience: Communications and Components and Software. We partner with promising and successful entrepreneurs to create businesses that have a competitive edge and help them achieve category leadership.

TEAM MEMBERS: Brian Panoff, Chris Hollenbeck, Chris Mc Kay, Eric Zimits, Isaac Ruiz, Jackie Berterretche, Len Rand, Sam Kingsland, Savinay Berry, Standish O’Grady, Tom Furlong,

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I Would Avoid This Firm

Fund: Granite Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2012-07-31

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Mostly finance folks with little or no operating experience. They are likely to do more damage to your venture than to help it grow.

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Unprofessional and Rude Don't Bother

Fund: Granite Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2011-06-27

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I pitched to the partner team a few times – one of the partners was very rude. During the due diligence they acted extremely unprofessional. So given they haven’t raised any new fund in the last 5 years I wouldn’t bother pitching to them again.

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Good Pitch, Fair Terms, Detailed Team

Fund: Granite Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2010-02-01

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I worked with Granite through the summer of '09 from pitch to term sheet. This is a remarkable group of people who were professional, inquisitive and thoughtful. While they didn't initially know the space well, they clearly saw the opportunity, and spent time investigating our operations, our people, and of course the market.

We met mostly with Chris McKay, however we met on multiple occasions with just about everyone at Granite. Each person was professional and courteous, and most importantly, they really worked hard to get to "yes." It's very easy for a VC to get to "no", but it's hard to get to "yes". Granite’s team did their work to get to ‘yes’.
We had choices between larger funds and even one with, perhaps, a stronger name, but Granite kept rising to the top based on our selection criteria.

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Good 1st Meeting

Fund: Granite Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-23

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Great first meeting. Although I would have preferred a "yes" let's get a second meeting on the calendar, we walked away with a very clear idea of what proof points they want to see.

All in all, very professionally conducted meeting. Will definitely pitch again when the time is right.

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Excellent Support

Fund: Granite Ventures

Posted by uczekaj on 2009-03-13

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Granite provides incredible support to our startup and has participated in all three of our fund raising rounds. Through their leadership we have been able hold together our investment team even in these difficult times to raise a series C. Their broad range of portfolio companies have helped us by giving us access to technologies and expertise when we ran into difficulty. In addition as a first time CEO of a VC based company they provide considerable support through interactions with other CEO's. all in all a top notch group to work with.

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Worst Firm We Presented To

Fund: Granite Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-01

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We have spent the summer of 2008 on a roadshow and have met with 20+ or so firms and this was the worst of them all.

They were negative, critical and argumentative. They constantly irrupted, disagreed with each other and asked to skip the "market section because they already knew all about it then were clueless through the rest of the presentation.

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Easy Negotiations, Easy Money, No Added Value.

Fund: Granite Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-08-13

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Good Pitch and Great Follow Up

Fund: Granite Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-06-20

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We pitched to Granite earlier this year and came back in for a follow-up meeting. We are still in discussions and should wrap something up soon. Our plan and market approach has benefited greatly from the team's feedback and insight. Chris McKay has obviously spent a lot time thinking about and working on our deal. He has been a great champion for us.

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Terrible Experience... Long Ago

Fund: Granite Ventures

Posted by Dot commed on 2008-01-03

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Radio Silence

Fund: Granite Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-12-13

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Pitched our deal to Granite a couple of weeks ago. Three managing directors in the room. Quick follow-up asking for our presentation...then...silence. No response to follow-up call and e-mail. Nothing. I find this completely unprofessional.

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Just Phishing" Don't Take the Call!

Fund: Granite Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-10-08

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Got a call from an Associate who wanted to know all about our company and our industry. Two weeks later we hear about a Partner saying that they were about to invest in a competitor. Clearly, they were well along the path with the competitor when they called me.

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Non Responsive

Fund: Granite Ventures

Posted by goodguy on 2007-10-05

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Pitched the team with no response after the event. Even after several emails and calls we have received nothing in return. You would expect a simple reply regardless of the level of interest or lack thereof.

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Disappointing Experience

Fund: Granite Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-10-03

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After contacting Sam Kingsland, we got a relitively prompt audience with the team, including a local acedemic whom they invited without any pre-notice. The meeting was quite engaged and it was clear there was both domain knowledge and interest from the group. Then silence. No communication or feedback for over a month, despite vmail and email follow-up. When we finally connected, the rationale for no was somewhat confusing, probably because so much time had passed and so was of little help in helping tune the message better. If its a no, just say no quickly! It makes it easier for us to focus and use any valid feedback to improve the pitch.

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Efficient

Fund: Granite Ventures

Posted by sfonative on 2007-08-17

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Standish asked great questions, got our business model quickly, responded quickly.

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Level Headed

Fund: Granite Ventures

Posted by anonymous on 2007-08-16

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Our initial conversation has yielded a measured, thoughtful set of questions about our assertions that led to a set of concrete recommendations from them about ways we can shape our short, medium and long term tactics & strategy.
Our takeaway is the sense that a long term relationship started.

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Len Rand is a Great Guy

Fund: Granite Ventures

Posted by zeidman on 2007-08-08

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I met Len when I was asked to help with due diligence on a company that Granite was considering for investment. He and I hit it off, and I often go to him for advice. I've brought some startup ideas to him, informally, and none of them clicked with Granite. But his advice is always honest and intelligent.

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Supported This Founder and CEO

Fund: Granite Ventures

Posted by Kendall on 2007-06-28

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Granite invested in our Series B. Standish O'Grady was on our board. He is very fair and extremely supportive. One thing that impressed me with Granite is that the whole partnership supports their investments. Serveral times when I told Standish about a job opening I wanted to fill I would get emails from the other partnerns with candidates they highly recommended. They even pitched the story about our business to several journalists that ended up writing stories on us. Also, these guys are fast. From term sheet to having the cash in our bank account was less than a month. During our acquisition negotiations they provided some great guidance that helped us complete a good exit to a fortune 500 company.

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