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Fund: Trinity Ventures

Posted by dougklein on 2007-10-22

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In the interest of full disclosure, I had the pleasure of spending 3 months last year as an EIR with Trinity, so you can slant my comments either positively or negatively based on your view of that sort of VC involvement :)

I found the team at Trinity to be of the highest ethical standards. I have worked with some firms that have exhibited some pretty questionable behavior - I never saw anything questionable at Trinity. I strongly recommend them (and indeed, am trying to convince them to fund my current company :). Each partner had value to bring to the party, especially in terms of basic business planning and on market analysis. The team as a whole is extremely supportive of their portfolio companies, even stepping in with operational help when necessary (which is never what anyone *wants* to happen to a startup :).

They do tend to be very conservative, however, focusing mostly on Series B stage deals. You'll have the best luck if you are looking for growth funding, i.e., you are more into execution risk than market risk.

NOTE: I later added a comment to this post but it appears that comments require a bit of digging to see, so in the interest of fairness, let me just add it to the main text body also:

A friend pointed out to me that in recent past over half of Trinity's investments have actually been Series A, so my comments may be a bit mis-leading. A better way of stating what I was trying to get across is that if you're very early (more seed than traditional VC stage), Trinity, like most of the more convervative funds is less likely to participate. They're quite conservative. What I have found over the past few months as I've worked on my current company is that they are extremely helpful in terms of advice and introductions as you build yourself up to the point of presenting a solid story to them :) This is actually just further evidence of the value a good investor can bring to the table - the connections and feedback I have received from Trinity over the past few months have allowed us to get close to a point at which I may convince them to invest.

Bottom line: highly recommended firm.

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