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De Novo Ventures

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Rated 2.3 / 5.0 by 11
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2.8
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1.4

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FIRM OVERVIEW: Small Private VC founded in 2000 based out of Menlo Park, United States (US West)

TEAM MEMBERS: Cathy Minshall, David M. Mauney, Frederick J. Dotzler, Jay Watkins, Joe Mandato, John B. Simpson, Kurt Vedder, Richard M. Ferrari,

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Great Group! Solid Talent, Only One Weakness

Fund: De Novo Ventures

Posted by MD on 2008-07-19

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These guys are really solid. Fred is a real gentleman and helpful! Rich is a dynamo. Jay is incredibly thoughtful and knowledgeable (and a nice guy!) Joe is a solid operator and brings some very valuable perspectives.

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Wishy Washy

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Posted by LL on 2008-05-19

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These guys have been pulling signed term sheets lately. I know they recently pulled one on me, and I've heard of a few others. I think they don't know what direction they are doing internally. It's a shame because they currently have such a good reputation....if they don't polish things up, I think they will slip.

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Solid VC's, but Issues

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-04-07

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These guys are pretty good. Solid experience around this table, only one weak link. Problem is, they sometimes can spread themselves WAY TOO THIN, and end up not doing anything.

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Silence After a Meeting?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-02-25

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When we had a meeting with them in the past, they said that they would get back to us. Complete silence since the meeting.

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Be Cautious

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-02-10

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Mixed Bag

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Posted by MedTech Expert on 2007-09-12

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De Novo is a mixed bag. They have some great, proven operating talent and they have some that are not so great. Expect multiple levels of presentations, beginning with individuals trying to establish their credentials and, if you make it to the finish line, presenting to "real" decision makers. One cannot help but feel along the way that De Novo is picking your brains, either for a segment they are considering or for competitive intelligence. But, in the end, if you get there, and with one of the top partners like Rich Ferrari as your lead, your chance of success will increase significantly.

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