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The Angels Forum

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FIRM OVERVIEW: Very Small Angels founded in 1998 based out of Palo Alto, United States (US West)

TEAM MEMBERS: Carol Sands, Ed Esber, Jeff Yu, Leif Langensand, Michael Madison,

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Hopelessly Out of Touch

Fund: The Angels Forum

Posted by Anonymous on 2011-05-13

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Carol Sands spoke at a workshop for my entrepreneurship class at Stanford. Somebody mentioned Quora and she said that she had never heard of it. Later on when a student gave her an elevator pitch, he used the word "hyperlocal", and she said that she had never heard that word before.

It think these anecdotes speak for themselves.

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Great Mentoring

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-06-07

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Carol Sands is terrific. She knows startups and she knows her group, The Angels Forum. Very generous with her time so that your company will do its best.

The members of TAF are far less professional than their website would suggest. They seemed to be ready to be entertained at lunch, but not experienced enough to dissect a deal.

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Taf Member, a Real Help

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Posted by intrago on 2007-11-20

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We presented to Patricia and another TAF member, and found it to be a very positive experience. They took a real interest in our presentation and immediately offered a number of helpful suggestions for us to consider. Patricia's experience with product development was clear to see and her realistic understanding of this process was valuable to us. We were pleased to have her interest in our company as well as the on-going guidance she has provided us with since.

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Good Experience and Taf Funded My Company

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Posted by knatex on 2007-09-16

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We were initially turned down after a first meeting - and then brought back by a member who liked the deal. After two big presentations, they actually surprised me by coming into a room where were told to wait and telling us that they were in for $500k. Two members did a great job of coaching me and helping me with the presentation. I received great help from Patricia Roller, Kevin Sullivan and Mike Moshier in particular.

My seed deal was technically led by the Band of Angels and TAF had no issue with following their lead with the term sheet and legal dealings. They also invest as an LLC which is very nice as it keeps you from having to deal extensively with individual members (which can be a time suck).

They received a seat on my board (Patricia Roller) and a board observer position (Mike Mosier) and I've been VERY pleased with their contributions and active assistance.

While not my company's area, I believe they are particularly interested in biotech and medical technology.

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Quality Members in the Angel's forum Llc

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Posted by joescout on 2007-09-14

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I pitched directly to a couple of individual members of the group and ended up adding one member of the Angel's Forum to our venture-led A round. Patricia has been asset to our company so far; she has helpful ideas and follows through on my requests for assistance.

I recommend pitching the group once you have solid and vocal support from one of its members.

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Really Terrible!

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Posted by Anonymous on 2007-08-17

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I completely agree with fundedagain. It'd be a better use of your time to work on an SBIR grant. These guys are really painful to pitch to and its even more painful to answer questions that indicate that they haven't a clue what we do. Bottom of the heap for me.

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What a Waste of Time

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Posted by fundedagain on 2007-05-09

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Weird presentation format. You don't know the names of the people you are presenting to, so I recognized a few faces but couldn't place them. Twenty-plus people in the room, almost no reactions/questions. And they asked us back, so clearly there was interest. The founder of the Forum asked the only questions, and she was so uninformed about the internet I thought she was some wealthy woman who'd never worked.

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