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FIRM OVERVIEW: Medium Private VC founded in 2007 based out of San Francisco, USA (US West)

FIRM DESCRIPTION: IDGVentures SF invests in early-stage start-ups in new media and I.T., primarily on the West Coast of the United States. New media interestes include content, ecommerce, games, tools, and infrastructire. I.T. interests include hardware and software for both consumer and enterprise markets. The fund applies the market knowledge, contacts and promotional assets of its founding LP, the IDG media empire, to boost growth and reduce risk in portfolio companies.

TEAM MEMBERS: Alex Rosen, Patrick Kenealy, Phil Sanderson,

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Smooth Pitch Process, Easy Terms, Super Helpful Post Round Alex Rosen & Idg

Fund: IDG Ventures SF

Posted by VCfounder16 on 2013-05-28

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IDG was one of the first firms we met in the process of raising our A, which was our first outside capital. While I thought IDG might not be a fit, I still wanted to speak to them, mostly because of all the positive things I heard about Alex Rosen from other CEOs I know. We met with Alex first at our office, he came to us. He had lots of useful feedback and was engaged and very polite, basically smiled the whole time. I didn't think it would go anywhere, but then Alex came back with a lot of insightful questions, showing that he actually did listen (unusual for a VC) and actually did care about what we were building (unusual - same point as previous). I was impressed and Alex and I went back and forth over email for some time.

He invited us to come back to their office and pitch the partnership. You never know what's going to happen in these situations, but we were pleasantly surprised. The meeting lasted a full 1.5hrs, longer than expected, mostly due to the questioning of one of Alex's partners, Pat Kennedy. While Pat had VERY insightful questions, he asked them in a pretty brutal way, almost like we were being cross-examined in court, something my cofounder and I didn't appreciate. I'm not sure Pat has an appreciation for what founders are going through while pitching, but regardless, we all smiled and walked out.

IDG wanted to invest and although we had a pretty competitive round, we definitely wanted them in, mostly due to Alex and the firms deep connections in Asia (an area we'll need help in down the road). Post close, a few mos later, we're super pleased - Alex and IDG have been one of the most helpful funds in our round. While other big name funds have a huge portfolio, the attention you'll get (if you ask) is much greater at IDG, as their stated goal is to spend more time with each company. They're smart guys and you'll want to use that to your advantage... Would recommend them to any entrepreneur.

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Didn't Fund Me but I Was Very Impressed!

Fund: IDG Ventures SF

Posted by speedy on 2012-07-18

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IDG was one of the venture funds we met with while pursuing our Series B funding. We didn't get a term sheet from IDG (although we did successfully complete our $8 million Series B) but I was thoroughly impressed with the entire crew at IDG. Phil, Pat and Alex were great to talk to, clearly had solid experience that was relevant to our sector. They did engage deeply, doing extensive diligence. When they passed on our deal, it was clear why they did and why it wasn't a fit for their fund. We ended up with a successful exit of our company earlier this year, and our positive relationship with IDG has continued.

I recently met again with Phil to catch up and talk about what I would be doing next (after exiting my last venture). He was great to talk to and bounce ideas off of and made some excellent introductions that I am certain will be helpful as we get our new venture off the ground.

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Good Experience

Fund: IDG Ventures SF

Posted by JimKurtz on 2012-03-04

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Alex Rosen was an investor and board member in my prior company. He led our Series B round, and also took the lead in supporting us in a follow-on financing in a difficult time. He has great expertise in e-commerce and consumer web in general, and offers a high level of technical savvy as well. As a board member, he was always accessible, direct, and hard-working. Alex brought us valuable contacts, including an outside industry board member. My current business is in the clean technology industry, so it is outside the focus of IDG Ventures, but I continue to get helpful advice from Alex. I would recommend Alex and his firm to any entrepreneur without hesitation.

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Good Experience

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Posted by JimKurtz on 2012-03-04

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Alex was an investor and board member in my prior company. He led our Series B round, and also took the lead in supporting us in a follow-on financing in a difficult time. He has great expertise in e-commerce and consumer web in general, and offers a high level of technical savvy as well. As a board member, he was always accessible, direct, and hard-working. Alex brought us valuable contacts, including an outside industry board member. My current business is in the clean technology industry, so it is outside the focus of IDG Ventures, but I continue to get helpful advice from Alex. I would recommend Alex and his firm to any entrepreneur without hesitation.

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Smart, Connected, Helpful

Fund: IDG Ventures SF

Posted by johnhelm on 2012-01-09

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Alex Rosen invested in our Series A round (and subsequent follow-ons). He has been super responsive, very helpful, and easy to work with over the years. Since Alex invested, I've met all the partners and found them to really understand what it takes to build a consumer web business. The have good knowledge of the media world and great connections (especially international). Would go back to them with my next company.

John Helm
Former CEO MyNewPlace (sold 8-2011)

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Knowledgeable and Helpful

Fund: IDG Ventures SF

Posted by Anonymous on 2011-06-14

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I have found everyone at IDG to be very knowledgeable about the realities of our business (games/entertainment). Their publishing experience is a great added value from both a connections and experience standpoint. As an experienced former CEO Pat Kenealy offers sound advice about operations and strategy. Phil Sanderson has served on our board and seems to know everyone in our space as well as being on top of what other companies are doing. Alex Rosen is a very astute business person who challenges assumptions when they should be challenged. IDG has been great to work with and has helped and pushed us to grow the company over the last 4 years.

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Great Partner

Fund: IDG Ventures SF

Posted by kurt Abrahamson on 2011-05-31

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Alex Rosen was my Board member for my company and led the bridge round that we completed while CEO.

I have only positive feedback for Alex and his partners Pat and Phi at IDGV. Alex is very direct with feedback but handles it in a positive way. I always felt that he was supportive and helpful and if he said he would do something for you, he would do it. I was always impressed with his ability to understand the details of the business without getting in the way of my attempts to execute. A very supportive partner overall.

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Easy to Work with and Well Connected

Fund: IDG Ventures SF

Posted by Anonymous on 2011-02-18

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We did a Series B with IDG Ventures, and it was a great experience. Deal closed quickly, paperwork and terms were extremely fair (as they promised they would be). I don't think it could have gone any better.

Since we closed the round, they've been a great partner and Phil Sanderson has been a terrific board member. They've been very hands-on and supportive. They've helped us recruit, make introductions to key people and we've received big discounts on IDG properties (ie. Macworld).

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Very Good Experience

Fund: IDG Ventures SF

Posted by Bill Scheurer on 2010-02-15

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I met with all three partners recently, and found them to be very helpful. Their candor and insight was very constructive, and has helped our plans. We do not seek funding from VC firms on our first visit. Our approach is to get to know them first, to see what value they can add in building our company. I came away with a clear sense that IDG Ventures SF would be a strong addition to any round we might put together in the next few months. They know the social media space very well, and they have realistic expectactions about exit paths in the current environment.

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