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Rated 3.6 / 5.0 by 63
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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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Smart, Team Oriented, Connected

Fund: Trinity Ventures

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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What's a Handshake Worth?

Fund: Trinity Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-03

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We had a handshake deal with a partner at Trinity that I've known for years to lead our next financing round based on solid progress during the year. The terms we shook on were clearly stated, including valuation. I was warned by a fellow CEO who had a bad experience with the same partner recently, but I ignored my better instincts and continued on. Emails and meetings follow with my expanded team. The partner promised to get back to me immediately and then backs out of the deal with a weak excuse about valuation a couple of weeks later.

It was waste of time in my opinion, and made me look bad in front of my board. I should have paid attention to the CEO who had already been down this rabbit hole. I will skip Trinity in the future. We closed our financing with a much better fund.

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Ajay Chopra Shows Class, Poise and Experience

Fund: Trinity Ventures

Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-14

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In my dealings with Ajay Chopra, he has shown nothing but the utmost intelligence, care for his companies and a desire to mentor those who reach out. In his learning as founder and CEO of Pinnacle Systems, he has invaluable operating experience that will help any company that signs with Trinity Ventures excel.

I would highly recommend Trinity Ventures and Ajay Chopra if you are considering Venture Capital as they are a great fit for those who want to take their company to a higher level of business.

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Ajay is a True Gentleman

Fund: Trinity Ventures

Posted by anon. on 2009-03-15

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Have interacted with Ajay Chopra for the last couple years. He has good instincts, reads people well. Shrewd business guy, but he's upfront with his intentions and draws from his operating experience.

Human dynamics matter most in selecting a VC, Ajay ranks highly in my books.

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Trinity is Fair

Fund: Trinity Ventures

Posted by sarto on 2007-08-08

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we met several times and with many partners without getting a term sheet despite a lot of verbal indications we would. on balance, i can't fault them. they could have been more decisive at the outset but not out of bounds. think they were careful and generally supportive. at the end of the day, they wanted us to show more progress with our concept-- which is reasonable. across the board, the partners were approachable and had constructive comments- Ajay, Gus and Tom in particular.

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All Value No Bs

Fund: Trinity Ventures

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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Class Act

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Posted by johnhelm on 2012-01-09

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Trinity led my A and invested in every subsequent round, and were great investors. Noel Fenton sat on my board for over 5 years, and almost all their other partners at one point or another helped me - they function as a real partnership. Trinity has a reputation for being Entrepreneur friendly, and it is deserved.

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Good Initial Call

Fund: Trinity Ventures

Posted by beowulf on 2009-12-15

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Had a great initial call with Larry Orr. He knew our space pretty well, and had thought out a number of the business issues we're facing. We're still in their process, but so far Larry has been very thoughtful, professional, and quick to get on the calendar.

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Tim vs. Fred

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-02-20

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I've pitched Trinity twice, and Tim McAdam, is definitely smart, engaged and helpful. He asked good, productive questions and seemed sincerely interested in our business. Fred Wang seemed totally aloof and uninterested. Perhaps he is smart, but he definitely needs to work on his meeting skills. It seemed from the start that he had an attitude that we were wasting his time. He's clearly shouldn't have even taken the meeting. It's clear that he was a consultant and has never been an entrepreneur.

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