OpenView

OpenView is an expansion stage venture firm that helps grow software companies into market leaders.

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5.0
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Recommend to another founder: 100%
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About OpenView VC fund

Founded:
2006
Number of funds:
7
Number of investments:
114
Number of exits:
31
Headquarters:
Organization type:
Venture Capital

How OpenView VC fund invests

Portfolio - latest investments by OpenView VC fund

Founders' reviews of OpenView VC fund

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Waste of Time
Their associates will tell you that you are in their sweet spot and follow up to dive into your financials and other confidential info only to waste your time and gather intel.
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Unethical Behavior
One of the partners engaged in some shady behavior recently. He had his associate reach out in the guise of wanting to know more and invest in our company. Turned out he was just collecting intel for a company where he is a board member that ended up releasing a directly competitive product a few months later. Luckily, I suspected something and broke off engaging early on.
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Be Careful
The usual story "we are different than any other VC." The ACTUAL story, they have a very prescribed formula, an almost cult-like language and process, and very little operational experience. Different? Yes. But be very careful, do your homework, and if you feel uncomfortable with their "stepford wives" approach to "helping" businesses, steer clear. Bad investors are worse than no investors (because with no investors you can keep improving your product until you merit good investors, and with bad investors you are saddled with dead weight and will find it difficult to attract other/good investors should you want additional funding).
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Flat Out Amazed
As a three time entrepreneur and someone who has raised a fair amount of capital, I have become slightly jaded when it comes to VC's who pitch themselves as "really rolling up their sleeves and helping their portfolio companies. I typically take it as part of the value added portion of why one funds money is better than another.
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Nice Story, Entreprenurial Smart Team
We got the standard email and had a 15 minute call. Kept in touch with them as our business expanded, mainly a phone call every quarter or so. We happened to be in Boston and they invited us to visit.
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Don't Let Them Waste Your Time
They send out form emails. If you are a VC and you are reading this, stop doing it. Stop wasting our time.
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Efficient and Helpful
I was first introduced to Openview when one of their analysts cold called us. We were not actively looking for VC money at the time but had started to consider a future investment. They understood our technology and model faster and better than almost any VC. Openview is a smaller fund, focused on contributing strategic value to high-growth stage companies. Many firms pay lip-service to "strategic value", these guys jump in and really deliver it.
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Good Pitching and Helpful Attitude
Firas contacted me based on their opportunity discovering process. They are suberb in the way they pitch to companies and very generous with their advice and time. The best first impression I have ever got from a VC firm. No deal with them, though.
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Knowledgeable Team
I know both Scott, Firas and Kamal from a previous venture. All of these guys add significant value to your idea, operation, venture etc... Not only do they assist at board level, they get into the nuts and bolts of the operation and provide good solid advice and guidance based upon experience and not the text book.
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Operational Excellence
Scott and Firas were both involved with the board on my previous company and were tremendous assets as we negotiated an extremely competitive space. OpenView's approach to operational mentoring was a welcomed value-add, especially in the areas of sales process and marketing. Being a new fund, there aren't several exits to speak of right now, but seeing as Scott and this same team were responsible for the vast majority of Insight's most successful exits over the last few years, it's only a matter of time, as this team identifies the winners early on.
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Great Team
Scott invested in our firm when he was still at Insight in New York. He is a great guy, helped us big time - and now assembled a super team at OpenView. I am sure they will do very well.
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