Gemini Israel Ventures

Gemini is a venture capital fund that invests in early and seed-stage companies.

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About Gemini Israel Ventures VC fund

Founded:
1993
Number of funds:
1
Number of investments:
138
Number of exits:
36
Headquarters:
Organization type:
Venture Capital

Portfolio - latest investments by Gemini Israel Ventures VC fund

Founders' reviews of Gemini Israel Ventures VC fund

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Consider Them as Last Option
Gemini is one of these VC that like to waist Companies time in a long and tedious process only to give you a no answer which could be given after the first 10 minutes of the first meeting, like we do not invest in this market segment.
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Great Group of People
Gemini Israel Funds has a great group of people on stuff. Honestly, Integrity and willingness to help are values that are felt all through the organization.
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Operational Experience Severely Lacking
I was on a BOD with Gemini and saw their actions first hand. They hired a US CEO and told him to concentrate on the US markets. The founder/VP of engineering was a liar and goofball but Gemini said they would help "manage" him as a big part of their value as the CEO could only make it to Isreal quarterly. As problems naturally occured with the founder, the Gemini guys laid it all on the CEO and told him to be in Isreal more, obviously not part of the deal or efficient use of time. They met the founder on a regular basis and just listened to his "issues" which gave the impression they were supportive of him. When additional BOD members were brought on who were friends of the founder, Gemini folded like cards and hung the CEO out to dry. Dont count on these guys for any operational help even if they offer it. Way too inexperienced.
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Didn't Get It
Meeting was odd. VC was more interested in talking about her ideas and analysis than listening.
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No Meeting
They asked us to pitch over the phone , but as soon as they got that we are first timers, they declined .
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Assaf Frenkel
Going through our pitch, Assaf was very thorough and professional and got quickly to the core, his comments were always direct and honest but still respectful. Interacting with him made me feel positively on working with his fund
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Good Pitch, Turned Down
Good guys, honest and up front and offered time with a solid explanation and dissection of their decline.
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Into Internet Ventures" Go and Meet Ouriel
One of a very few people in Israel which actually understands internet ventures, extremely good feedback with a smile which can help you focus
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Excellent People. Great "Dna" of a Fund
Excellent people. They are modest, bring tremendous value like I have not seen before in many years of working with several VCs globally. They work with you as a team. Excellent track record. Challenge is that they have many many investments already and each difficult "case" they had brings them to "harden" their terms in order not to "fall" again in the same situation. This creates terms which are sometimes hard to commit to. Understandable but still challenging...
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CEO
I have to disagree with the negative comments that were supplied regarding Daniel Cohen. While we eventually agreed that our company and Gemini were not a good fit, Daniel was quite engaged, flew multiple times to meet with us in various locations and gained a good sense of our company in a relatively short amount of time. I would have no problem working with Gemini or Daniel in the future.
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Capable Group Above the Average Israeli VC but Can Be Very Difficult to Deal With
Gemini is a very competitive fund in the Israeli VC scene. They work very hard to get access to the best deal flow they can find. Generally, they are very down to earth group of VCs and less arrogant than the many of the others. They would be very fast and responsive when being approached, however they would be very slow to respond to make a decision on a deal. IT is advisable to make sure that there are other alternatives available in order to get them to respond quickly.
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Fare and Decent Groups
Although they passed on our investment, they have been pleasant to discuss the issues, down to earth and respectful. Understood the issues and knew where they help or not. Next time I will definitely try to pitch them.
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The Problem: Attitude
So here is an interesting story, which I don't even know what to make out of it.
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Easy to Pitch, Hard to Close
Working with Gemini, they are readily approachable and willing to hear ideas. Closing a deal with them as far more difficult. Some of the partners are quite conservative, and would require a long due-dilligence before closing.
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Double Face
We came to meet with Gemini's partner and Analyst. Instead, came the Analyst with 2 other people who turned out to be in-residence entrepreneurs who got initial funding from Gemini for an idea in our line of industry and target market. We were obviously very uncomfortable with this, and their "logic" was that we might "do something together in the future"...
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