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John Lilly: Efficient, Knowledgable, and Very Helpful

Fund: Greylock Partners

Posted by Steve Kirsch on 2011-07-08

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At Reid Hoffman's recommendation, I pitched John Lilly on June 8, 2011 at Greylock on a new identity management startup, OneID. We met for 45 minutes.

I had previously talked to John when he was President of Mozilla.org, but that was only a brief conversation.

John was fully engaged, understood the pitch and the significance, and quickly jumped to the key issue: adoption. I agree. He saw it immediately.

He's also the only VC I've pitched that knew what federated identity is (and other buzzwords that only people deep in my space would know). So he understands the technology.

He said he'd get back to me on Monday and he did. They turned us down and he explained why.

Despite the turn down, he's kept in touch and has been helpful in identifying some top technical talent and to making introductions at some large companies I wanted to contact but wouldn't otherwise be able to meet with.

All in all, I couldn't have been happier. Of the people I've pitched, he's been by far the most helpful.

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