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Insight Venture Partners

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Rated 2.7 / 5.0 by 14
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2.6
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2.4
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Assistance
2.5

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FIRM OVERVIEW: N/A Private VC founded in 1995 based out of New York, United States (US East)

TEAM MEMBERS: Alex Crisses, Benjamin Levin, David Honig, Deven Parekh, George McCulloch, Hilary Gosher, Jeff Horing, Jeff Lieberman, Jerry Murdock, Kobie Fuller, Larry Handen, Mike Triplett, Nikitas Koutoupes, Peter Sobiloff, Richard Wells, Ryan Hinkle, Scott Maxwell,

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Insight Ventures: They Kept Changing the Terms

Fund: Insight Venture Partners

Posted by thermocline on 2007-05-08

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A few years back we got a term sheet from these guys and almost took their funding. In the end we turned them down mostly because of our experiences with Jerry Murdock. Every time we met or spoke with him he tried to reduce the original terms. We took another term sheet because we simply felt we couldn't trust the management at their firm. It felt like we were dealing with a used car salesman when we had to deal with Jerry.

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Harvesting Competitor Info Before Investing

Fund: Insight Venture Partners

Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-20

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I had a frank and open conversation with Insight on the basis that they were interested in investing our company. I subsequently discovered that they had already signed a term sheet with a competitor and were just fishing for competitive information.

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More Fishing for Information?

Fund: Insight Venture Partners

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-21

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Post withdrawn.

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First Class Group

Fund: Insight Venture Partners

Posted by danwalter1 on 2007-07-07

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I have found these guys to be a first class group of investors. I have been a part of a company historically that was funded in large part by Insight Ventures and found them to be highly knowledgeable and interested in the business. I think that Mike Triplett, Ben Levin and Jeff Horing were the best and highly "Insightful" in their advice and not overly involved in daily management.

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Multiple Term Sheets, Multiple Valuations.

Fund: Insight Venture Partners

Posted by Anonymous on 2012-04-10

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We were very impressed with Insight Venture Partners. We met two partners and 1 associate, and all of them "competent" in our field. They ended giving us a term sheet a couple of days after we met. The following are in order and accurate;

1. Termsheet Signed
2. Asked the team to think about being acquired by a Portfolio Company
3. New Termsheet Signed (Portfolio Company and Insight)
4. Last minute left us at the table with 1 month runway
5. Came back a week later with a 50% reduction in valuation
6. We had no choice we signed and sold the company for pennies on the dollar

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Great to Work With

Fund: Insight Venture Partners

Posted by Nick1 on 2010-02-04

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I found Insight great to work with - they have an excellent knowledge of the software business and can help bring your company to the next level.

Most importantly i found that Insight was flexible and responsive when doing the deal. In addition, after the deal, they would stick to the 'gentlemans agreement'. Even though certain things had not been agreed in writing, or for example when there were minor accounting mistakes on my part - they would be understanding and give me the benefit of the doubt. On the whole i found them very fair during and after the deal.

Within Insight, I worked with Jeff Horing, Mike Triplett and Alex Crisses all of whom are honest and dependable guys.

I highly recommend doing business with Insight!

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Large Investments Only

Fund: Insight Venture Partners

Posted by anon on 2007-10-22

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Insight Ventures typically invests only $10M+ in companies, so if you're looking for less than that then they shouldn't be on your shortlist. That said, they are starting to flirt with smaller financings, and my experience with them so far has been positive. They have lots of connections, so even if they don't fund you they might refer you to new business or another funding source.

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CEO

Fund: Insight Venture Partners

Posted by gnaspo on 2007-09-06

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I have worked with Insight for almost three years. I have worked on a couple of their portfolio companies and have found the support to be incredibly helpful.
Mike Triplett and Hilary Gosher have served on my board and offered solid advice and great support. I have also worked with Peter Sobiloff and found him with a wealth of knowledge in sales/marketing. Others within the firm such as Larry Handen, Scott Maxwell (now with OpenView), Deven Parekh and Jeff Horing all have offered support and encouragement.
I believe that when Insight decides to make an investment in you and your company they intend to help you take it to the next level.

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Good Experience, Triplett is a Good Guy

Fund: Insight Venture Partners

Posted by jhi247 on 2007-07-05

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Insight has invested in my firm a few years back. Triplett was appointed to our board. They are tough to do business with - but once on board fair and extremely supportive. In total this was a good experience for us.

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Insight Venture Partners

Fund: Insight Venture Partners

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-08-25

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Received and unsolicited call from an associate from Insight Venture Partners. The associate seemed to be intelligent and understand our space. Said that we came to their attention from one of their portfolio companies. Careful not to share too much information. Stated that they have a market cap of $3.2B and invest $8-100M. Wanted to keep in touch when we were closer to our "A" round next year. Ambivalent about them given the limited interaction.

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Associate Fishes for Competitive Information

Fund: Insight Venture Partners

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-02-21

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I had originally pitched George McCulloch and his Analysts. Both guys were easy to pitch, great at getting back to me, and didn't over burden me with requests to supply a lot of company confidential information. George let me know that we are good fit, but weren't quite large enough for Insight and if I wanted to, I could check back in 6 months when we were larger.

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So Far So Good

Fund: Insight Venture Partners

Posted by expathos on 2009-10-05

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So far talks have been great, very helpful and lucid. We agreed to resume talks next year as we are shifting our business model.

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