ATA Ventures

ATA Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on seeking out early stage private companies which appear to offer above average prospects

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About ATA Ventures VC fund

Founded:
2003
Number of funds:
2
Number of investments:
94
Number of exits:
22
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Organization type:
Venture Capital

How ATA Ventures VC fund invests

Average ticket size:
3.41M USD
Smallest investment:
971K USD
Biggest investment:
7.14M USD
Would lead round:
Yes
Would coinvest:
Yes
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Portfolio - latest investments by ATA Ventures VC fund

Founders' reviews of ATA Ventures VC fund

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Positive 1st Meeting
I had a great first meeting with Pete Thomas and Michio Fujimura. I found them to be in tune to the presentation and they asked insightful questions. Both seemed highly knowledgeable across a number of topics. In fact, beyond the specific Q&A on our proposition, Pete and Michio provided me some good general guidance on the process and allowed me to ask questions of them. I expect to hear back from them soon - so will keep fingers crossed.
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Impolite
Contacted Mike Hodges and received back a positive sounding e-mail. Then we corresponded more regarding a demo, and he suddenly and abruptly went silent. He would not return an e-mail offering any explanation.
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Good Investors, Good Partners
ATA has participated in two rounds of my company's funding, the second closing very recently, and has been consistent, supportive and involved. All of the partners that we have been exposed to (we have not met Mike) are experienced businessmen, entrepreneur-friendly and are geniuinely concerned about building successful companies. Our lead, Michio Fujimura keeps himself up to date on the company's activities, participates in our governance religiously and proactively uses his extensive network in Japan to explore new opportunities for us.
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Longterm Partners
ATA has been a true partner to us from the very beginning. Michio, who sits on our board and led our round has been a solid long term supporter. The true test of a VC s when things don't well as planned. We've had our share of down times, and it was during those times where Michio's support was invaluable. Saying don't worry we'll get through it, and providing additonal capital instead of flailing us for being behind is the kind of support any entrepreneur needs. That's backing! Long term thinking from mature guys is what helps make a company - these guys have that!
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Professional and Positive
ATA was a positive experience for our management team throughout the relationship. They made their decision to invest with us quickly and provided fair terms. Our partner was Hatch Graham. He made himself available to the management team and guided us through some rough waters with his own historical operational and investment perspectives. He provided advice that was truely advice...the decisions were ours. While our opportunity did not achieve the upside we were all hoping for, ATA remained positive and patient as we sold the company. I would work with ATA again in a heartbeat and encourage you to take a closer look. They truely have a venture spirit (just take a look at their portfolio) not the herd mentality that dominates the venture community.
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Small Dynamic Team
ATA is a small fund which means that they can and do move quickly. The team has a mix of experience giving operational and international perspective.
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Ata is a Solid VC
I pitched to Hatch Graham last year and he ended up participating in our Series A and B. I have found him to be decisive, knowledgable in our market, and a good team member amongst our syndicate players. ATA has just raised their second fund and they have fresh capital to work with. They are not shy about participating in early deals yet they can also participate with a wide range of capital from small to large.
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Supportive, Straight Shooting, & Helpful
I've pitched to multitude of VC's over the past 8 years, and I am always very thankful when pitching to sincere, interested, and action-oriented venture teams with real operational experience.
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If You Like Sincere, Genuine Folks, Talk to These Guys
I like these guys. Very polite, very sincere, and totally not like what you'd expect given that all the partners have been around forever. They're one of the few fund managers I've found who say exactly what they think and you don't have to try to find hidden meaning in what they are saying.
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First Class Operation
Just closed an A round of financing with ATA and found them to be professional, courteous, decisive, reasonable in negotiations and easy to deal with. Negotiated with Mike Hodges and Pete Thomas, both first rate individuals and VC's. Mike is now on our board and he has been extremely helpful in many diverse areas of our business. Highly, highly recommend them!
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Ata: Slow and Divisive
We pitched and presented to ATA in a partners meeting. Never received a term sheet. Never were turned down. Very polite, but slow and strung the process along.
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