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Silicom Ventures

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FIRM OVERVIEW: N/A Angels founded in 1999 based out of Los Altos, United States (US West)

TEAM MEMBERS: Gadi Behar,

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Silicom Ventures = Scam Artist. It's a Social Club with a Veneer of an Investing Organization

Fund: Silicom Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2012-10-31

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I generally don't put a lot in the public post, but Silicom ventures is such a scam for anyone pitching that I feel obliged as a decent member of humanity to warn you. Save your time, energy, and most importantly - your money.

I recently pitched at Silicom for a healthcare related company. I was told by Gadi (the guy in charge of silicom) that Silicom is a group of serious entrepreneurs, ex-ceos turned investors, angels, etc. I was told that they meet once a month to learn about and actively invest in startups. The only thing that's true about this statement is that they meet once a month.

The average Silicom member is: an Israeli who moved to the US and did reasonably well in high-tech. In 95% of the cases "did reasonably well" means that they worked as engineers at a semi-conductor company and got paid more than $150k a year. Read: not the kind of people who can really put in $100k+ into a startup. There are a few exceptions to the rule - there are indeed ~5 members who were CEOs of big companies and have the means to infuse a lot of capital into a startup. Apparently they occasionally do. Let's be clear though - the website shows "members" like Steve Wozniak, Yossi Vardi, and Doug Engelbart. None of them are really members. Maybe they once paid the anual fee (I hope not...what a waste), but they definitely haven't been to a meeting in years (I asked).

The real problem with Silicom is that because 95% of the members can't/don't actively angel invest they're not going to Silicom with the intention of ever putting $1 into a company. Silicom Ventures is nothing more than a glorified social club for some smart, snarky, Israelis in the valley (by the way before anyone gets offended at my calling a spade a spade - I am Israeli). They come to eat "free" (they pay ~3k/year, which also goes to Gadi) food, meetup with their friends, shoot the breeze, and finally to be entertained. Who entertains them? YOU. Well - kind of. You're not even the highlight of the night! They bring some external speaker to give an hour long lecture. The speakers are impressive and have included people like William Perry, Khosla, etc (http://www.silicomventures.com/speake...). THAT is what the members are there for...and of course the intellectual pecker measuring contest during Q&A.

You "get" (pay) to give a 10 minute pitch to a group of people who aren't even there to listen to you. This would all be fine (eg just a waste of your time) except that YOU HAVE TO PAY to present. They charge entrepreneurs $1000 to give a 10 minute pitch. If you negotiate with them they might give you a break - down to $500.

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Top Tier Networking Via Personalized Medicine World Conference Event

Fund: Silicom Ventures

Posted by lyf4462 on 2010-11-02

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We presented at PMWC2010 and later to their smaller group. I found the contacts made at PMWC2010 to be well worth the cost for participating in that event.

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Don't Bother

Fund: Silicom Ventures

Posted by engineer on 2009-05-14

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I have pitched at one of their group events. They are more of a networking group than an active investor group. I had about 6-8 of their members approach me trying to sell me outsourcing services, recruiting services, marketing services, etc. I did not have a single person approach and ask anything about the investment opportunity. I spoke with every other entrepreneur at the event and they said the same, although there was one advertising play that seemed to get at least a few questions.

I have pitched to four other angel groups and all were better than this.

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Angel, May Be Worth Pitching

Fund: Silicom Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-08-07

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A well organized angel group. A large % of the group is composed by executives with strong links to Israel and startups/companies from Israel.

There is a cost to pitch to a group and most likely will request a second pitch with additional costs. The costs support a well organized meeting forum with dinner. While it can be costly for a startup, the costs are there to encourage angel participation of about 75 members. A sub-group will form if there is any interest to invest. Usually takes a heard approach in the investment. Will most likely invest on deals which have existing customers and revenue. Unlikely to move on a early stage, pre-revenue or pre-customer deal.

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