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Hatch Graham

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Title:     Managing Director

Location:  Redwood City, US West

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Rated 3.7 / 5.0 by 9

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Company:   ATA Ventures

Type:      N/A Private VC

URL:       Firm Homepage

PERSONAL SPECIALTY: None.

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Ata: Slow and Divisive

Fund: ATA Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-06-06

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We pitched and presented to ATA in a partners meeting. Never received a term sheet. Never were turned down. Very polite, but slow and strung the process along.

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Impolite

Fund: ATA Ventures

Posted by taurus on 2008-02-13

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Contacted Mike Hodges and received back a positive sounding e-mail. Then we corresponded more regarding a demo, and he suddenly and abruptly went silent. He would not return an e-mail offering any explanation.

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Supportive, Straight Shooting, & Helpful

Fund: ATA Ventures

Posted by ron on 2007-08-18

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I've pitched to multitude of VC's over the past 8 years, and I am always very thankful when pitching to sincere, interested, and action-oriented venture teams with real operational experience.

The ATA partners were attentive and respectful in all of our meetings, while not hesitating to ask the tough, probing questions. It was very reasonable and professional. Their process is straight forward, and I was pleased with the cadence of the milestones...the time frame from initial discussions to partner meeting to signed term sheet was very reasonable.

I worked with Mike Hodges through the entire process, and he was very helpful in keeping the process and due diligence moving at a nice clip.

ATA ended up leading our Series A round, and Mike is now on our Board. He is a very helpful director, and provides me with appropriate guidance and assistance as we grow our business. Mike has extensive operating experience, and its nice to have a Board member who's been in my shoes several times before. He knows what my team and I have to deal with, and he's got a great practical sense of business operations.

All in all, Mike and the ATA team are very supportive and helpful, and I couldn't ask for a better relationship.

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First Class Operation

Fund: ATA Ventures

Posted by tem@timesarrow.net on 2007-08-09

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Just closed an A round of financing with ATA and found them to be professional, courteous, decisive, reasonable in negotiations and easy to deal with. Negotiated with Mike Hodges and Pete Thomas, both first rate individuals and VC's. Mike is now on our board and he has been extremely helpful in many diverse areas of our business. Highly, highly recommend them!

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Positive 1st Meeting

Fund: ATA Ventures

Posted by zenrunner on 2011-02-27

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I had a great first meeting with Pete Thomas and Michio Fujimura. I found them to be in tune to the presentation and they asked insightful questions. Both seemed highly knowledgeable across a number of topics. In fact, beyond the specific Q&A on our proposition, Pete and Michio provided me some good general guidance on the process and allowed me to ask questions of them. I expect to hear back from them soon - so will keep fingers crossed.

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Longterm Partners

Fund: ATA Ventures

Posted by jeremy on 2007-09-23

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ATA has been a true partner to us from the very beginning. Michio, who sits on our board and led our round has been a solid long term supporter. The true test of a VC s when things don't well as planned. We've had our share of down times, and it was during those times where Michio's support was invaluable. Saying don't worry we'll get through it, and providing additonal capital instead of flailing us for being behind is the kind of support any entrepreneur needs. That's backing! Long term thinking from mature guys is what helps make a company - these guys have that!

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Good Investors, Good Partners

Fund: ATA Ventures

Posted by semiguy on 2007-09-23

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ATA has participated in two rounds of my company's funding, the second closing very recently, and has been consistent, supportive and involved. All of the partners that we have been exposed to (we have not met Mike) are experienced businessmen, entrepreneur-friendly and are geniuinely concerned about building successful companies. Our lead, Michio Fujimura keeps himself up to date on the company's activities, participates in our governance religiously and proactively uses his extensive network in Japan to explore new opportunities for us.

ATA is well-respected by their portfolio companies and we have secured business opportunities with some of these companies strongly biased by the connection through ATA.

With this firm, the partners are on the front line and you can expect to deal directly with the key decision makers.

ATA Ventures is a valued partner.

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Professional and Positive

Fund: ATA Ventures

Posted by D. Alms on 2007-08-31

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ATA was a positive experience for our management team throughout the relationship. They made their decision to invest with us quickly and provided fair terms. Our partner was Hatch Graham. He made himself available to the management team and guided us through some rough waters with his own historical operational and investment perspectives. He provided advice that was truely advice...the decisions were ours. While our opportunity did not achieve the upside we were all hoping for, ATA remained positive and patient as we sold the company. I would work with ATA again in a heartbeat and encourage you to take a closer look. They truely have a venture spirit (just take a look at their portfolio) not the herd mentality that dominates the venture community.

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Small Dynamic Team

Fund: ATA Ventures

Posted by simonn on 2007-08-25

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ATA is a small fund which means that they can and do move quickly. The team has a mix of experience giving operational and international perspective.

Our board member (Hatch) has a design background which is helpful when considering strategy.

They are engaged and enthusiastic supporters of the company.

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Ata is a Solid VC

Fund: ATA Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-08-25

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I pitched to Hatch Graham last year and he ended up participating in our Series A and B. I have found him to be decisive, knowledgable in our market, and a good team member amongst our syndicate players. ATA has just raised their second fund and they have fresh capital to work with. They are not shy about participating in early deals yet they can also participate with a wide range of capital from small to large.

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If You Like Sincere, Genuine Folks, Talk to These Guys

Fund: ATA Ventures

Posted by anonymous on 2007-08-14

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I like these guys. Very polite, very sincere, and totally not like what you'd expect given that all the partners have been around forever. They're one of the few fund managers I've found who say exactly what they think and you don't have to try to find hidden meaning in what they are saying.

It is almost unnerving how honest and straight up these guys are and by straight-up, i don't mean the type who try to skewer you for the heck of it like a lot of VCs do. They ask questions that are genuine questions; they're not trying to ask you one thing and get an answer for something else (something I've never figured out why most VCs think it's somehow the "smart" way to operate.)

I know that sounds silly, but it makes all the difference in the world. Even after having them on our board for the longest time, we never have to worry about being "optically" correct -- we're straight up with them, and their straight up with us. It's a remarkably liberating feeling not having to watch every word you say in a meeting.

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