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FIRM OVERVIEW: Medium Private VC founded in 1997 based out of Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom (Europe)

FIRM DESCRIPTION: We back European start-ups and help build them globally, introducing you to customers, potential recruits, suppliers, and later round VCs

TEAM MEMBERS: Charles Irving, Jamie Urquhart, Kent Godfrey, Mike Gera, Richard Irving,

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Had to Chase Down for a Pass

Fund: Pond Venture Partners

Posted by kinflip on 2009-06-09

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Pitched Kent and Richard separately on a US based deal. Was told upfront that Pond's focus is primary EU given the goals of it's LPs and the bar is very high for N. American companies seeking funding from their firm. Kent is straight forward and asked reasonable questions. Met with Richard who said ( and I quote ), "We don't mess around. We'll give you an investment decision within a week or two". Of course that decision would be whether to move on to diligence or not.

From that point on radio silence. After a number of broken appointments to touch base was given the, "We'll invest if you can find someone to lead" via email six weeks later.

Hopefully blowing off scheduled calls isn't their standard mode of operation. Being generous I suspect they were trying to get something done internally and just couldn't. They may be a good fund, but Kent's bedside manner leaves something to be desired.

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Charles Irving Pond Ventures

Fund: Pond Venture Partners

Posted by laserbeam on 2007-08-17

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Charming man, looking for right partners, great connections in the City of London

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Good Reputation

Fund: Pond Venture Partners

Posted by anonymous on 2007-08-16

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Good reputation around the UK start-up community.

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Only One Type of Fish in This Pond

Fund: Pond Venture Partners

Posted by Y2K on 2007-03-16

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Very deep in anything semiconductor but have the right team to back any proposition in this space. Unfortunately not too keen on anything else. Jamie Urquhart is a legend in the chip industry having been part of original team of ARM. Kent Godfrey is also well respected from his numerous years in industry. Very open in wanting to talk to entrepreneurs without a business plan which is refreshing.

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