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FIRM OVERVIEW: Medium Private VC founded in 2006 (prior funds started in 2000) based out of Reston, USA (US East)

FIRM DESCRIPTION: New Atlantic Ventures (NAV) is an early-stage information technology venture capital fund based in Northern Virginia and Cambridge, Massachusetts. We focus on businesses in high-growth emerging mass markets. We are active investors and play an active role within our companies. We partner with entrepreneurs who have the energy, vision, experience and passion to build great companies and help them succeed through hands-on team building, partnerships, advice and support.

TEAM MEMBERS: Geoff Mamlet, John Backus, Scott Johnson, Stephen Marcus, Thanasis Delistathis, Tim Rowe, Todd Hixon,

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Be Careful What You Say

Fund: New Atlantic Ventures

Posted by blackfish on 2009-05-05

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They'll call you to do due dili when they're investing in other companies.

Spent quite a while on the phone with one of their principals who had reached out to us. Asked a lot of detailed questions about markets and business models. He then disappeared and no longer responded to emails.

A few months later they invested in a competitor of ours.

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VC

Fund: New Atlantic Ventures

Posted by user on 2012-12-12

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We pitched DFJ NE/NAV back in mid 2007.

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Early Stage, Management Friendly

Fund: New Atlantic Ventures

Posted by castriker on 2010-08-21

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NAV has been a delight to have as an investor. Through a mutual acquaintaince, they found out about a small internal round we had decided to do in early 2009 after the financing market collapse in Q4 2008 made a large Series B undesirable. They did the fastest deep dive due diligence I've ever experienced as an entrepreneur. Within six weeks, they invested $1.5 million and accepted the same price and terms (except, of course, modifying the term sheet to secure a seat on our board) that we had negotiated with our insiders, which was nicely up from our seed. Their questions and data requests were very focused and involved just about all of their partners, as they each knew someone who would have perspectives on our market and business model. I'm sure this contributed to their quick investment, so I don't know whether that is the norm or not. The lead partner on our deal even flew across the country to attend a pitch to a prospective customer with our sales folks.

As an investor and board member, NAV has been very supportive. Each partner has had extensive operational/entrepreneurial experience, so they fully appreciate that progress isn't always as linear as one would like. They don't get easily spooked, certainly since they believe in our long term success. This is what you want in an early stage investor. They are much more active than most VCs I have worked with, perhaps because they limit the number of boards each partner participates on. They do a good job of helping us focus on strategic and operational priorities. I especially like the positive feedback when things go right. All too often, investors dwell on the negative. Not so with NAV.

NAV did their full pro rata in our recently completed B round. They probably would have done more if we had the room.

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Great with Our Exit Strategy

Fund: New Atlantic Ventures

Posted by healzx4 on 2008-09-30

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The team at NAV was great to work with. They helped us grow the business from the beginning stages through a sale, 5 years later. They were a stragetic business partner who kept our team focused on the important issues and didn't get overly nervous when we would hit a "bump" in the road. Overall, great partners and I'd do business with them again!

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Scott Johnson Seems Quite Good!

Fund: New Atlantic Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2014-05-06

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Not-so-great:

Like many VCs, seems a bit too focused on "the pitch" (the deck, show, and script; "pitch as performance") rather than regarding the pitch as the time-wasting, full-tangent/kabuki contrivance it is (having little predicative merit).

Don't come too early. All seed-stage funds claim there's no such thing; however, they're lying. If your ducks aren't in a row, you'll blow the opportunity.

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Responsive and, while ultimately disinterested in having us pitch, actively helpful. That is unheard-of. I've spoken with him quite a few times, and find him smart and good natured. None of these guys are princes, but he's orders-of-magnitude more engaged and engaging than most other VCs.

All VCs talk about "disrupting, disintermediating, re-inventing," blah-blah-blah. They're more vapidly aspirational than they claim us entrepreneurs to be. Scott is notably different. I believe he actually likes what he does. He doesn't froth at the mouth, isn't beguiled by his own rhetoric, and is smart enough to actually help direct the ball.

Get org'ed, make sure you have a really solid opportunity and know how to exploit it, and find Scott. He makes almost every other VC I experienced look cranky and inept by comparison.

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Fund: New Atlantic Ventures

Posted by Outoftheblue on 2012-08-28

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I submitted my business plan at 11:03 pm and had a response by 08:54 am the next morning. My application was declined but the response time was super quick and professional.

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Great Support

Fund: New Atlantic Ventures

Posted by EBB on 2012-01-16

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NAV has been a critical partner for us in our early stage and has stuck with us through a slow start in a difficult market. The partners are thoughtful, helpful, fair, and appropriately involved. They have been supportive as well during a recent leadership transition and continue to invest, helping us through a critical period while we position ourselves for growth.

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Efficient Deal Process

Fund: New Atlantic Ventures

Posted by mediastartup on 2010-03-25

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Worked with Scott Johnson through the whole process. Very intelligent partner and quickly understood our market and how our technology could be adapted quickly. He has a deep understanding of the interactive advertising space. Despite the 2009 market, the terms were favorable and we do recommend east coast startups to pitch to them. Post closing, he was quick to help us recruit top talent for select roles.

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Straightforward

Fund: New Atlantic Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-22

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We met with each of the partners and received approval from each of them. You'll have quite a lot of diligence with these guys. Nevertheless, they'll treat you fairly and are one of the better investors outside of New York.

If you're looking for a lead and not on the east coast, don't bother.

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