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FIRM OVERVIEW: Large Private VC founded in 1970 based out of Menlo Park, USA (US West)

FIRM DESCRIPTION:

TEAM MEMBERS: Austin Westerling, Bill Tai, Bruce Sachs, Chris Baldwin, Devdutt Yellurkar, George Zachary, Izhar Armony, Joe Monaco, Joel Rosen, Jon Auerbach, Mike Zak, Rick Burnes, Saar Gur, Sarah Reed, Ted Dintersmith,

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Crv Has Definitely Evolved...

Fund: Charles River Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2012-03-21

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CRV used to be the class of the Boston VC community, and the firm's mid-90's-vintage funds ranked among the very highest performers anywhere. But their early-2000s funds stalled and they even returned capital from one fund without investing it.

Since then, CRV has come down off the WInter Street hill in Waltham, hired a whole new crop of young, aggressive partners to replace those who are retiring on their success (where have you gone, Ted Dintersmith?), and immersed themselves in the Kendall Square/Cambridge community.

10 years ago, you mostly went to CRV later in the process, when it was time to scale up with a Series B and were looking towards an IPO. Then, CRV's bets were big ones, and you didn't even talk to them for less than $5-10 million.

Now, according to a partner we pitched recently, they rarely do Series B's -- concentrating on Series A investments. One common thread, though, is that they get most excited by size of market potential, and want to see a company that has a plausible story that could get them to a $1B market cap.

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Charles River Ventures: Quick Start Program

Fund: Charles River Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-12

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Considering the current economic situation and the predictions of the market’s future described by Sequoia and others, I have the following questions.

a) Should we hold off on submitting to Charles River Ventures - QuickStart program"

b) Does anyone have any information as to whether CRV has placed a hold on funding companies for this program"

c) Or has stopped taking a serious look at companies applying for this program"

We are beyond the idea stage and actually have the technology proven and are in a private beta. We are seeking seed money and have developed our product/service with very little capital by keeping our burn rate very low and with sweat equity. Even when we receive seed funding we have planned on maintaining a low burn rate.

Any thoughts and insight would be appreciated.

Thank you.

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Quickstart Only for Social Networking"!

Fund: Charles River Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-07-03

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Chris told me that Quickstart is ONLY for Social Network Businesses !" WHAT"

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