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Trinity Ventures  CERTIFIED

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Rated 3.6 / 5.0 by 62
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FIRM OVERVIEW: Medium Private VC founded in 1986 based out of Menlo Park, USA (US West)

FIRM DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1986, Trinity Ventures, a boutique firm, partners with passionate entrepreneurs to transform revolutionary ideas into reality. With over a $1 billion under management, Trinity Ventures was founded on the principle of personal engagement and mutual respect with the entrepreneurs we fund. Trinity Ventures focuses on early stage technology venture with a particular emphasis on digital media, Internet services, mobility, security and software markets. Trinity Ventures has invested in more than 100 ventures, including such leading companies as Aruba Networks (NASDAQ: ARUN), Blue Nile (NASDAQ: NILE), Crescendo Communications, Extreme Networks (NASDAQ: EXTR), Forte Software, Illustra, LoopNet (NASDAQ: LOOP), Photobucket (acquired by News Corporation: NWS), Speedera Networks (acquired by Akamai Technologies: AKAM), Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) and Sygate Technologies (acquired by Symantec: SYMC).

TEAM MEMBERS: Dan Scholnick, Fred Wang, Gus Tai, Kathy Murphy, Larry Orr, Noel Fenton, Patricia Nakache,

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Partners Vary

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Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-05

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Gus has a good reputation but some of the others aren't at the same level.

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They Like to Wait

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Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-04

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My experience with Trinity is that they will drag out a conversation as long as possible. In two term sheet discussions, they always bid lowest and took the longest. You never know where you are in the process until it's over. If you have a retail deal, definitely go see them, otherwise move on.

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Seemed Unable to Focus

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Posted by 3.141592654 on 2007-05-01

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Brainspace was clearly somewhere else.

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Ajay is Smart!

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Posted by FounderBelle on 2007-04-17

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Quick, efficient & friendly!

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Great Firm

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Posted by Anonymous on 2007-04-08

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The process was very efficient and pleasant. Gus, Patricia and Larry had extremely valuable insights. Moreover, they were curteous and honest throughout the process. I would definitely work with them again.

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Smart, Team Oriented, Connected

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Posted by Nittany on 2007-03-19

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Trinity has been fantastic to work with. They bring fresh ideas and talented resources to the table. They are very well connected and have plugged us into their network. They act as part of the team, not just a critical spectator.

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Down to Earth VC's

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Posted by anonymous on 2007-03-19

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Dealt with Patricia Nakache, Jim Tybur and Gus Tai. Very good insights during our extended pitch process. Were very helpful with contacts and referrals to potential business partners even during the discussion phase. Dealt with Patricia the most. She was extremely easy to deal with, fair, and very engaging. Absolutely no ego. She'd be the first on my list of VCs to contact for my next venture.

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All Value No Bs

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Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-11

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I have raised money from a number of well known firms and Trinity by far is best I have dealt with. They are a rare combination of super smart, hard working fair and reasonable people but without the supersized ego you find with other firms. When they say they will help you, they do. They don't micromanage you. The partners that I know all have operating experience, so the advice and perspective you get is real-world experience, not a repeat of something that they heard in an MBA class 5 years ago. There is a big different between theory and practice and the Trinity guys excel in having been there and done it. I will work with this team again in another company. I can't say that about some of my other investors.

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Super Smart & Engaged

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Posted by Anonymous on 2007-03-14

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Great firm. All substance. Patricia Nakache, in particular, is a true superstar. She is exceptionally entrepreneur focused and brings superb insight to any challenge...

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