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Trinity Ventures  CERTIFIED

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Rated 3.6 / 5.0 by 62
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3.7
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3.6
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3.4
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3.4
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Assistance
3.9

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FIRM OVERVIEW: Medium Private VC founded in 1986 based out of Menlo Park, USA (US West)

FIRM DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1986, Trinity Ventures, a boutique firm, partners with passionate entrepreneurs to transform revolutionary ideas into reality. With over a $1 billion under management, Trinity Ventures was founded on the principle of personal engagement and mutual respect with the entrepreneurs we fund. Trinity Ventures focuses on early stage technology venture with a particular emphasis on digital media, Internet services, mobility, security and software markets. Trinity Ventures has invested in more than 100 ventures, including such leading companies as Aruba Networks (NASDAQ: ARUN), Blue Nile (NASDAQ: NILE), Crescendo Communications, Extreme Networks (NASDAQ: EXTR), Forte Software, Illustra, LoopNet (NASDAQ: LOOP), Photobucket (acquired by News Corporation: NWS), Speedera Networks (acquired by Akamai Technologies: AKAM), Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) and Sygate Technologies (acquired by Symantec: SYMC).

TEAM MEMBERS: Dan Scholnick, Fred Wang, Gus Tai, Kathy Murphy, Larry Orr, Noel Fenton, Patricia Nakache,

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Fair Dealings

Fund: Trinity Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-10-06

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Out of the VC firms that we spoke to I believe Trinity was the most upfront. Have noted a marked difference between the "money guys" (those that work in finance and have never run, much less understand, how to build a company) and former entrepreneurs. Alex O being one of the latter (and they are statistically much rarer) is a much better character to deal with.

I'll offer my personal opinion on the sharply divergent opines presented here on Alex. He's a very direct person; if he thinks your business model is wack he'll probably say so right to your face. On the other hand some frankness in an industry of vague mumbling non-speak is refreshing and there's a (big) difference between constructive feedback and being a jerk.

After what we've learned about the VC industry I'm not sure we'll elect to go this route after the self-funding and angel options. What the last poster has referenced about the VC industry is true across the board - somewhere the VCs took the V out of it, and due diligence has become borderline, and perhaps just pure and total fear. Regardless if we were to consider this route in the near future, Trinity takes top marks in all the firms we spoke to for pure honesty in what point they would want in, what to do to make it succeed, and how quickly they would move.

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More on Alex O

Fund: Trinity Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-08-30

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I'm a little thrown off by the polarized reactions to this guy. In my experience, he's never been less than totally curteous, direct about his reservations, never cutting or condenscending. Not like some other, ahem, uncouth VC guys I've spoken to. But I haven't yet made the pitch in person. Anyone want to take a stab at why the divergent opinions"" Good to flesh this out before the meeting...

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Maybe, but in a Good Way

Fund: Trinity Ventures

Posted by fundable on 2007-08-21

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I pitched my early stage company to Trinity just to get on their radar for a series A in 4-6 months. I was pleasantly surprised that they gave serious thought to an immediate investment. Ultimately they decided it's too soon, but in this case I'm happy to have the "soft maybe" from Trinity. They seem sincerely interested in participating in an A round down the road, and are offering continued guidance along the way.

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Down to Earth VC's

Fund: Trinity Ventures

Posted by anonymous on 2007-03-19

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Dealt with Patricia Nakache, Jim Tybur and Gus Tai. Very good insights during our extended pitch process. Were very helpful with contacts and referrals to potential business partners even during the discussion phase. Dealt with Patricia the most. She was extremely easy to deal with, fair, and very engaging. Absolutely no ego. She'd be the first on my list of VCs to contact for my next venture.

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All Value No Bs

Fund: Trinity Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-11

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I have raised money from a number of well known firms and Trinity by far is best I have dealt with. They are a rare combination of super smart, hard working fair and reasonable people but without the supersized ego you find with other firms. When they say they will help you, they do. They don't micromanage you. The partners that I know all have operating experience, so the advice and perspective you get is real-world experience, not a repeat of something that they heard in an MBA class 5 years ago. There is a big different between theory and practice and the Trinity guys excel in having been there and done it. I will work with this team again in another company. I can't say that about some of my other investors.

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Class Act

Fund: Trinity Ventures

Posted by johnhelm on 2012-01-09

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Trinity led my A and invested in every subsequent round, and were great investors. Noel Fenton sat on my board for over 5 years, and almost all their other partners at one point or another helped me - they function as a real partnership. Trinity has a reputation for being Entrepreneur friendly, and it is deserved.

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What's a Handshake Worth?

Fund: Trinity Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-03

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We had a handshake deal with a partner at Trinity that I've known for years to lead our next financing round based on solid progress during the year. The terms we shook on were clearly stated, including valuation. I was warned by a fellow CEO who had a bad experience with the same partner recently, but I ignored my better instincts and continued on. Emails and meetings follow with my expanded team. The partner promised to get back to me immediately and then backs out of the deal with a weak excuse about valuation a couple of weeks later.

It was waste of time in my opinion, and made me look bad in front of my board. I should have paid attention to the CEO who had already been down this rabbit hole. I will skip Trinity in the future. We closed our financing with a much better fund.

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Good Initial Call

Fund: Trinity Ventures

Posted by beowulf on 2009-12-15

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Had a great initial call with Larry Orr. He knew our space pretty well, and had thought out a number of the business issues we're facing. We're still in their process, but so far Larry has been very thoughtful, professional, and quick to get on the calendar.

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Quick on the Uptake

Fund: Trinity Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-06-01

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We pitched Gus Tai and he got our business and model immediately. One of my co-founders remarked that Gus provided more helpful feedback than we had gotten from our seed/A VCs in over two years of board meetings.

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