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Novak Biddle Venture Partners

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FIRM OVERVIEW: Very Small Private VC founded in 1997 based out of Bethesda, United States (US East)

TEAM MEMBERS: A.G.W. Biddle III, Andrea S. Kaufman, E. Rogers Novak Jr., Joy E. Binford, Philip L. Bronner, Tom Scholl,

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Actively Funding

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Posted by Anonymous on 2013-01-07

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Novak Biddle is actively funding as of December 2012 http://www.bizjournals.com/washington...

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Seem Like He Was Trying to Keep Busy

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Posted by Airborne on 2009-01-07

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CEO

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Posted by jnmarshall on 2007-09-25

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Did a recap and they were very supportive and high value add. Know the Ed space very well and have great insight. We're fair and flexible in their dealings with us. Highly recommend them.

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Learn to Say "No": Please

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Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-06

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The people we met were good, but an agonizingly slow process to get to the point where "not now" was the answer.

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Didn't Get Funded by Them but Like Them

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Posted by Anonymous on 2007-08-14

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Tough yes.... fair yes. In dealing with VC's that is all you can ask for. They gave me stright answers about my business. Some I liked and some I did not. But they did not jerk me around and I have to respect that.

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Tom Scholl

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Posted by Anonymous on 2007-08-10

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This guy is a rock solid infrastructure guy. He really understands communications technology and seems to want to build and launch new ideas and technologies. He is a former entrepreneur and has an operator's mindset.

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Overrated

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Posted by imsmooth on 2007-07-09

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Janet Yang is nice but lightweight. Met with us for over 3 hours, even asked to meet the entire mgmt. team. And yet never heard back from her. Don't mind the rejection if it accompanies feedback.

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Very Helpful

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Posted by bootstrapper on 2007-06-22

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I pitched a fairly new partner to the firm and she's provided excellent help and made introductions even though we may not do deal. They are very proud of their historical 49% IRR as they should be; so far great to work with.

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Tough but Good

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Posted by Gronk on 2007-05-15

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These guys are smart. Do NOT pitch them unless you have already pitched good, tough VCs. When you do pitch them, you will learn something for sure.

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Novak

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Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-08

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Novak is the premier boutique firm in the DC area. They are highly regarded and the only ones that are doing anything innovative in the area. Pitched Jack Biddle... he tore us apart. Heard later that he has a reputation for beating up on entrepreneurs and business models. Although he passed on us, overall the "beat down" was worth it, as he gave us frank and direct feedback.

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