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FIRM OVERVIEW: Medium Private VC founded in 1989 based out of Palo Alto, USA (US West)

FIRM DESCRIPTION: Labrador invests in information services, applied materials science, software, messaging and data communications.

TEAM MEMBERS: Larry Kubal, Nina Labatt, Sean Foote, Stuart Davidson,

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Foote: Honest Feedback, Expect Metaphors...

Fund: Labrador Ventures

Posted by ronp on 2008-02-22

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Sean spent about an hour with me on the phone giving very good feedback. At one point after about 40 minutes, he got "it" and re-phrased my concept into a nice little elevator pitch - much of it I use today.
They didn't invest, but we were talking in the context of our deals "tweener" state. In the end, he advised we should try angels.

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Never Got Back to Me After Calling It 'A Good First Meeting'

Fund: Labrador Ventures

Posted by ld on 2007-10-13

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I had an interesting discussion with Stuart Davidson. He was a strange guy but I found him to be quite interesting to talk with. He seemed interested and called it a 'good first meeting'. Said he would get back to me but never did despite an email from me. I think this is sloppy after I made the time to drive down to meet him.

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Larry Kubal: the Kind of Board Member to Have

Fund: Labrador Ventures

Posted by mraneri on 2007-08-17

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Larry is a great board member to have. He provides the kind of balance board discussions need when there are differing opinions around the table. He moves the conversation forward and helps drive discussion to get to decisions that need to be made. Larry is the kind of board member that speaks when he has something to say. When he does it is thoughtful, direct, and with respect. He understands the daily issues and pressures of running and early stage company, and often has provided opinions that have led me through some tough spots.

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The B Team

Fund: Labrador Ventures

Posted by anonymous on 2007-08-08

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My sense is that Larry is a good guy to have. He realizes that you have to figure consumer deals out with iteration. He must keep this firm afloat.

Sean should be in banking instead of venture capital.

Stuart is an asshole. Don't even bother trying to talk to him. He has no wins and it's clear why.

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Lucky if You are Funded by Labrador

Fund: Labrador Ventures

Posted by rjones@sentinelvision.com on 2007-05-28

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They have funded over 100 companies over 5 funds all at institutional seed (working prototype, etc) level investment. There are few funds that really invest at this risky stage. Labrador has been very supportive of my company over the years, funding development that cost more and took longer than any one had imaged. They not helped us with their $, they are available for advice, and they are well connected and make introductions at the critical time. They also let us execute, they are not in our face for meaningless updates. Reasonable, rational and experienced, this is what you want on the BOD. Close them if you can.

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Portfolio CEO Experience

Fund: Labrador Ventures

Posted by rlabatt on 2007-05-26

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Full Disclosure: My wife works at LV as well.
My experience with Labrador is limited to after the deal. I have worked closely with Sean and Stuart. Brought in over three years ago to turn around an already funded portfolio company, my experience is that the partners at Labrador have been nothing but very attentive, creative and helpful. If you are an entrepreneur who wants "after the deal" involvement and introductions, Labrador delivers. If you don't like to consider new ideas or other veiw points then other VCs may be a better bet for you.

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Sean Would Like to Invest in Toothpicks

Fund: Labrador Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-07

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I was pitching Sean and he explained to me that he really does not care much about the businesses themselves. "We would invest in toothpicks if it gave us our target returns". I guess the comeback would have been that all VC money spends the same. I was not impressed but he may have been having a brain freeze that day.

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CEO

Fund: Labrador Ventures

Posted by astirrup on 2007-05-06

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Larry, Sean and Stuart are top notch professionals. They are smart, they listen and they work hard to understand and validate your business model.

Sean is on my board and he has been great. He is constantly thinking out of the box and pushing me to the next level. He is really active in board meetings and puts great thought into the right strategy for our company.

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What a Bizarre Bunch

Fund: Labrador Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-04-08

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We pitched these guys and got funded by others. Stuart constantly interrupted Larry and Sean in the middle of questions...it was bizarre. You wonder during the meeting if you would even take money from this bunch. Things that other firms 'just got', these guys took two or three turns just to understand what was happening.

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