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Ignition Partners

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Rated 2.4 / 5.0 by 30
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FIRM OVERVIEW: N/A Private VC founded in 2000 based out of Bellevue, United States (US West)

TEAM MEMBERS: Adrian Smith, Bill Malloy, Brad Silverberg, Cameron Myhrvold, Carolyn Duffy, Ike Lee, John Connors, John Ludwig, John Zagula, Jon Anderson, Jonathan Roberts, Martin Tobias, Michelle Goldberg, Richard Fade, Richard Tong, Robert Headley, Steve Hooper,

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Jon Roberts Has a Fantastic Reputation

Fund: Ignition Partners

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-12

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A Very Good Experience So Far

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Posted by Rand Fishkin on 2009-07-01

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I've written very publicly about my experience with Ignition so far on our blog - http://is.gd/1jHiT - and I'll share the same thoughts here. We were pitched by Ignition to take investment, offered very good deal terms and put the money to use ($1.1 million, a relatively small amount). They've been great to work with - very friendly, accomodating, really care about us as people as well as the company. They've got a good network that's helped us, recruited some smart folks to assist around product direction and seem to genuinely value their entrepreneurs (at least, the other CEOs I've met from their portfolio companies).

While I have not prior experience with VC firms investing (this is my first company as founder/CEO), I'd definitely recommend Ignition to anyone looking and have done so for several friends, who've reported positive experiences as well (even just for chatting/pitches).

Michelle Goldberg is on our board, and to be very honest, I wish there were more people like her in the venture industry. Thoughtful, honest, upfront, but caring and emotionally sensitive as well. From the other VCs that I've met, I'd say that while these are not impossible qualities to find in a VC partner, they're rare, and valuable.

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Have to Agree with the former Ms Bias

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Posted by Anonymous on 2007-06-02

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Connection to Nathan Myhrvold?

Fund: Ignition Partners

Posted by Winston1 on 2009-10-13

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Good Experience for a First Time Entrepreneur

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-02-11

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John Connors spent an hour or so with me after I made contact via an introduction. As my partners and I consequently discovered, we were pretty early in the development of our commercialization strategy, but John kindly gave feedback and asked intelligent questions. He had clearly read our plan. I would say John fits the VC stereotype as far as offering polite yet indirect feedback. Ultimately we weren't the kind of opportunity Ignition was looking for, but John provided helpful insight and stayed in contact after the meeting to offer further help. He helped us up the entrepreneurship learning curve. I would definitely contact him again with an appropriate opportunity.

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Good Depending Upon Which Partner Gets Invovled

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Posted by Anonymous on 2007-12-06

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We met several times and they gave us the run around. Steve Hooper was good and gave helpful feedback. Adrian was a nice guy, but a terrible listener and not up to date on the actual happeneings in wireless. He reads the news, but, we felt he was way off base with his perceptions of the actual happenings. Having said that, if you can get Ignition to invest, they have a good newtork and have a managed some decent exits.

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Good for Mobile and Enterprise

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Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-05

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Good experience in the mobile and enterprise infrastructure space, especially Steve Hooper. Some of the other folks aren't as good.

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Big Hat. No Cattle.

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Posted by Anonymous on 2007-04-04

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They have a very high opinion of themselves, but shouldn't be VCs. A bunch of ex-Microsoft folks, they simply are not entrepreneurial and know nothing about starting or growing a business. Not well regarded by other VCs.

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Expect to Wait a Long Time for Emails

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Posted by bootstrapper on 2007-06-23

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I'm unsure if it's just some partners but they take a seemingly long time to reply. Some 2 months later.

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Terrible Phone Pitch

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Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-17

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Been pitching for a couple months now, have about half our round committed. Was intro'd to Ignition by one of our new investors.

WORST experience I've had with any of the ~35 funds/angels I've spoken with in person or on the phone. This is the first time I've ever been compelled to leave a negative review on TheFunded.

The guy we spoke with, who's not a partner, interrupted just about every time I spoke. He'd ask a question, and when I'd start to answer he interrupt and either imply I was wrong or say that he already knew what I was saying.

Seemed to have no interest in listening to me. Was probably nothing I could say to please him. He must have had an opinion before the call and wasn't going to change that no matter what I said.

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Ignition Partners and Blowtorch Entertainment

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Posted by gratitude101 on 2009-03-25

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Currently a Mess

Fund: Ignition Partners

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-26

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After the Entellium debacle, Ignition is a mess. They now are requiring an additional 6-8 weeks of due diligence, assuming you can get that far. This is in the wake of tremendous pressure for them to have a successful exit. The pressue is really on and they haven't risen tot he occassion.

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Not in Redmond Anymore Boyz

Fund: Ignition Partners

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-04

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They treat start-ups like little business units in a Microsoft division.

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