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Curtis Feeny

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Rated 4.2 / 5.0 by 13

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Title:     Managing Director

Location:  Seattle, US West

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Rated 3.0 / 5.0 by 22

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Company:   Voyager Capital

Type:      Medium Private VC

URL:       Firm Homepage

PERSONAL SPECIALTY: None.

FIRM DESCRIPTION: Voyager Capital is a leading West Coast information technology venture capital firm, providing entrepreneurs with the resources, experience, and connections to build successful companies. Voyager invests in early and growth stage business software and services, wireless and digital media companies, where its domain expertise, team-building exposure, and go-to-market resources help build market leaders. The company has offices in Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; and Menlo Park, CA.

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Curtis Feeny and Voyager

Fund: Voyager Capital

Posted by tenali500 on 2008-03-27

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Curtis is a great guy - someone I'd trust and would work with again on my next company. He's knows everyone and has made early introductions for Tropos at some of our key customers like Google back in 2005. At a personal level he's very easy to get along with and we often go biking together - he and his friends got me to take up road biking in the first place (for health). No games - he will tell you what he thinks.
Both from my own experience at Tropos and what I've seen of Curtis and the other Voyager partners during their interactions with other Caltech classmates of mine, I know Curtis really understands what excites technology-entrepreneurs and he wants to find ways make their new technology companies successful in the long term. Whether at board meetings or in social situations, I found all the partners at Voyager to be very helpful, they treat people with respect, and brainstorm with alongside us as part of our team.
As a firm, Voyager stuck with Tropos back from the late-2002 (pre-revenue) and saw us through to where we are today. They are big believers in niche marketing for getting high-tech companies off the ground ("Crossing the Chasm" ala Jeffery Moore) and they have a partnership with the Chasm group. They introduced us to this methodology back then and it helped us focus Tropos onto the public safety markets.
They're very good partners to have.

Sri/Tropos

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They Passed, I'D Go Back to Them

Fund: Voyager Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-02-22

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We pitched Curtis Feeny during our last fund raise. Curtis was sharp and had good operational insights. The communication with them was direct and efficient. They passed for good reasons. Curtis offered to help with some introductions regardless of whether they invested - and kept his promise. Positive overall experience, I'd pitch them again.

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Voyager: Supportive, Knowledgable and Decisive Firm

Fund: Voyager Capital

Posted by AlpineSurfer on 2008-02-18

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Voyager Capital is a Series A investor in my Seattle-based internet company, and Bill McAleer is a BOD observer of the company. Overall Bill is a high-integrity individual who is very thorough, strategic and supportive. He and his firm have particular strengths in helping early stage companies focus on market segments and build product marketing strategies. Bill has deep finance and operations experience (with both large corporations like Westin and growth companies like Aldus), and is able to provide meaningful insights based on this experience. Bill has been helpful in our recruiting efforts, having made several good introductions to engineering talent in the Seattle area and in interviewing executive candidates along the way. In addition, Bill has introduced my company to other executives/entrepreneurs in the Seattle area and within the Voyager portfolio to share knowledge in key marketing strategies for internet companies (SEO, customer segmentation, etc).

In addition to Bill, I've also worked very closely with Tom Kippola who is a Voyager venture partner and a Managing Director with the Chasm Group (based in the Bay Area). Tom has helped us with segmentation, marketing strategy, and product strategy. He is a great asset to Voyager and their portfolio companies.

I've had less interaction with other Voyager partners, but during the due-diligence process of our Series A was able to work with Erik Benson, Enrique Godreau and Randall Lucas, all of whom participated and provided good insights during their assessment of our technology architecture and product development process. Randall has provided some very relevant technology/database infrastructure advice to our firm, and Erik has been supportive in our recruiting efforts as well.

Voyager moved fast to reach a decision in the fundraising process, and while they were not the "lead" investor on this deal, they proved to be quite agile in getting to the close and staying flexible in responding to our company's needs and the needs of our other shareholders/investors. They thoroughly analyzed the deal structure at each turn, and arguably were more on top of the final closing details than anyone else in the process (including our law firm). One thing I liked was their transparency in giving us feedback on the due diligence process: where they saw strengths, and where they saw potential weaknesses, with suggestions on how to fix them.

Voyager has a good mix of operations, product marketing, and technology experience at their firm and also seem to have good rapport and teamwork among the partnership. I enjoy working with them on a personal level as well. They are well connected in the Seattle community, to the WTIA, and host several "Innovation" events during the year with impressive guest speakers. They have a CEO summit that is very valuable with good speakers...and very fun (in Montana in october). They also have some good ties to Silicon Valley via Curtis and Jodi.

Voyager recently closed a new fund, and I would encourage entrepreneurs of early stage companies to "pitch" the firm.

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Voyager Capital and Erik Benson

Fund: Voyager Capital

Posted by mktgmann on 2008-01-27

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NOTE FOR ENTREPRENEURS: Voyager prefers A & B round companies in business software, online advertising and telecom, preferably with at least $1M in revenue and at least half the exec team. You must preferably be based somewhere between the Bay Area and Seattle. Notable exceptions were Ontela (pre-revenue) and us (in San Diego), but 80% of their investments are in the above category.

DISCLAIMER: I have known Erik Benson 10 years, so it was no surprise that I pitched him and his firm.

Still: they did full due diligence and were tough but fair. I don't get treated any differently than any other Voyager CEO.

The best thing about Voyager that makes them particularly helpful once they have invested is that they know who they are. Not as glam as KPCB or some of the other bay area firms, but very hardworking. They really focus on their 3 principles: go to market strategies, high performance teams, and exit readiness.

For go-to-market, they secured Tom Kippola (author of the Chasm series) to help us with our strategies. For high performance teams, they secured Keith Krach (founder of Ariba) and Nofsinger Strayer (executive coaches) to help us with team building. For exit-readiness, the entire partnership helped with raising my B round.

The other notable thing about Voyager that I don't hear from other entrepreneurs is that the entire Voyager partnership is involved with us. Even though its only Benson on our Board, every one of the Voyager partners has their strengths and has helped us one way or another:
Curtis is incredibly well connected, especially in the Bay Area, and has helped bring us a lot of sales and partner opportunities.
Bill is more the financial type, and always has good operating comments and thoughts.
Enrique is the thoughtful product guy, and had great ideas for product strategy.
Tom Kippola has been highly active in helping us with marketing strategy.
And of course Erik Benson talks not just to me, but to my exec team and sales staff at least once a week, providing ideas, leads, coaching, etc.

Overall, one year after the initial funding, we have found Voyager to be incredibly high value-add on a tactical and strategic basis. They were also instrumental in helping us raise our B round, and I was highly pleased that they went for more than their pro-rata in the round, with a big show of support.

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Solid Firm, Very Helpful

Fund: Voyager Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-10

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I run a Voyager portfolio company and, although I wasn't involved in the pitching since I came post-funding, I can say that these folks really deliver. Many/most VC firms will try to tell you that they are different and they all say they are different in the same way -- that they bring more than just money, they bring expertise, contacts, and other things you need to be successful. In my experience, most other firms say this but don't do squat. These folks do. They operate as a team and even though only one sits on my Board I can go to any of them for help and ideas. They bring lots of outside partners to bear on issues as well, such as Tom Kippola from the Chasm Group. If you're early stage and looking for funding, give these folks a try. I've met a number of other portfolio company CEOs that were involved in the funding process and, although it's rigorous, they all tell me it's been worth it and they are pleased with the post-funding performance of Voyager.

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Bad Memories From Long Ago

Fund: Voyager Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-03

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Solid Regional Firm

Fund: Voyager Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-26

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Good, smart guys. Supportive and helpful, thoughtful and deliberate. They historically are slow to make decisions but have been changing that around lately.

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