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Wall of Love

We can wax poetic about what it’s like to work with us, but we prefer you hear it straight from the source. We combed the archives for some our favorite shoutouts that we think best capture what makes First Round a cut above. Some of these folks are founders we’ve partnered with, some are invaluable members of our community, some are regular Review readers.

Kristin Chen
Top.gg

I’ve been a mentor 4 times and it’s been an amazing experience — I highly recommend applying to @firstround Fast Track program as either a mentor or mentee! #mentoring

Kristin is a Fast Track mentor
Eduardo Sánchez-Iriarte
Caper

@firstround has open up its #FastTrack #mentorship program to #Black and #Latinx #startup employees and founders outside of the First Round portfolio — take the opportunity and apply for this cohort! I’ve done it for 3+ years, it’s mind-opening.

Eduardo is part of our Fast Track community
Aaron Schwartz
NPS Ventures

lucky to do Fast Track last session, applying again. Whether you fit more as a mentor or mentee, I can’t recommend this @firstround program enough!!

Aaron is part of our Fast Track community.
Alan Arturo Day
Magoosh

I HIGHLY recommend Fast Track – my mentor has been a continuing source of wisdom and support. And the networking sessions were great 🤠 thanks @firstround

Alan is a former Fast Track Mentee
Vivek Sodera
Superhuman

Yooo @firstround is on Fire. 🔥 No other VC compares when it comes to value-add to the community:

• FR Network (for portfolios)
• Talent
• Expert Network
• First Round Review
• Discovery Assist
• Angel Track
• Fast Track
• Co-Founder Forum
• Unconference + much more

👏👏👏

Vivek is a First Round founder
Mathew George
Merlin Labs

There have been many people involved in the journey so far, but we truly wouldn’t be here without @joshk who took a massive bet on us before we even had incorporated the company. Come join the team at http://Merlinlabs.com!

Matthew is a First Round founder
Lenny Rachitsky
Lenny's Newsletter

This program is almost too good to be true: It’s free, you get to learn about investing from the best investors in the world in an intimate setting, and as a huge bonus you meet a bunch of extraordinary people going through the program with you. I couldn’t recommend more.

Lenny is a member of the Angel Track community.
Emily Kramer
Angel Investor

Angel Track apps are open. Last year, when I was figuring out what to do next, the program helped me build by confidence as an Angel investor and advisor and introed me to a diverse group of operators and investors. Recommend. 2 thumbs up.

Emily is a member of the Angel Track community.
Glenn Soloman
GGV Capital

Congrats to @chrisfralic and @firstround on the amazing @Roblox investment – great post here on the power of the slow bake and non linear valuation growth! (Love it when the good guys win) https://firstround.medium.com/reflections-lessons-learned-from-roblox-after-more-than-a-decade-of-partnership-da3cd9279f5e

Glenn congratulates First Round Partner Chris Fralic.
Sunita Mohanty
Facebook

First Round Angel Track is a gift that keeps on giving: unparalleled access to learn from world class investors and remarkable community. HIGHLY recommend… apply for the next cohort!

Sunita is a member of the Angel Track community.
Bryce Johnson
VRTL Space

@firstround finished my fast track mentor session this morning. I feel like I am getting millions of dollars worth of knowledge and cultivation for free. So thankful for your program!

Bryce is a mentee in our Fast Track mentorship program.
Vivek Sodera
Superhuman

The @firstround Angel Track program was the most impactful experience in my evolution as an angel investor + (part-time) emerging fund manager. Off-the-record knowledge, frameworks, & best practices get downloaded to your 🧠  from highly successful investors. 20/10 NPS.

Vivek is a member of the Angel Track community.
Dan Deren
Klaviyo

This article perfectly sums up the perspective of working at a scaling company. I have seen Klaviyo grow from 200 to 800 employees. Currently going through my 4th role change in 2 years. Now its time for me to find some new legos to build with! https://review.firstround.com/give-away-your-legos-and-other-commandments-for-scaling-startups

Dan gives a shoutout to a fan-favorite Review article.
Sriram Krishnan
Angel Investor

The First Round Angel Track program is THE BEST angel/ early stage program out there.

I still refer to my Angel Track notes today when I am conducting startup diligence. Also, the people in the program are phenomenal.

Applications are open! 💯 would recommend applying!

Sriram is a member of the Angel Track community.
Jordan Smallwood
Amazon

Fast Track was awesome. Highly recommend. Literally changed my life trajectory.

Jordan was a member of Fast Track
Elmarie Porthouse
Career Coach

I have read thousands of articles giving advice on startups, entrepreneurship, C-Suite executives and boards. This one written from a podcast featuring Anne Raimondi, is by far one of the best. https://review.firstround.com/from-exec-roles-to-board-seats-lessons-for-the-startup-c-suite-from-zendesk-guru-ebay-and-more

Elmarie shows some love to a Review article.
Charley Ma
Alloy

Would highly, highly, highly recommend the @firstround angel track program!! The amount of effort and time the team puts into each session is world class and has helped me structure my own thinking around angel investing. Plus I’m still learning from the broader community too!

Charley is a member of the Angel Track community.
Brian Rothenberg
defy:vc

I have gotten so much out of @firstround’s Angel Track, from the amazing learning opportunity to a tight community of amazing and diverse individuals. One of my most valuable networks, and I hope and expect it to be a very value-added one for founders too.

Brian was a member of Angel track
Chris Bakke
Starting Up

Early customer conversations are hard, even if you have a big network. @firstround Discovery Assist is the most helpful program I’ve ever seen from an early-stage VC: https://discoveryassist.firstround.com @grlalx and @markmunro introed us to 20 incredible companies over the last 3 weeks.

Chris was a part of Discovery Assist
Nmachi Jidenma
WhatsApp

The program was extremely well structured and was extremely high impact for mentors and mentees alike. I really appreciate all the hard work that you put into making the program a success. It didn’t go unnoticed.

Nmachi was a Fast Track mentor
Steve Hopkins
Compusoft Group

Congratulations on the Unconference yesterday. It was one of the best events I’ve been to for the last number of years and was a lot of fun. Thanks again for all your hard work pulling it together!

Steve joined our Revenue Unconference
Eric Tillberg
GOAT

I just wanted to write to thank you for putting me in touch with GOAT. The interview did indeed go well and I just accepted an offer from them this morning. So, thank you once more for putting me in touch with them! I really appreciate the help you’ve offered me and if there is anything I can do for you, please do let me know!

Eric was placed at GOAT by our Talent Team
Esther Crawford
Squad

So grateful to have had @haleybay & @firstround by our side. Thanks for believing in us and investing in us (not just financially — but also as people). Choosing you as our lead investor was one of the smartest choices we made along the way!

Esther Crawford founded Squad, which was acquired by Twitter.
Kevin Caldwell
Ossium Health

I want to give you and the FRC team a special thanks for investing in Ossium for a third time. Your consistent support across more than 4 years has been truly invaluable. The intros you’ve made over the years — including Village Global and B Capital — have created game-changing opportunities that have far exceeded our highest expectations. FRC has been the model of a supportive investor. Ossium is proud to be a portfolio company.

Kevin Caldwell is the co-founder and CEO of Ossium Health
Mike Lyngaas
Webflow

Here’s my yearly endorsement of the awesome Fast Track program. First Round is so thoughtful about matching mentors with mentees, and providing a framework for time to be well spent. ✨

Mike was a part of our Fast Track program
Jomi Cubol
Thirty Madison

I got connected to my current company @thirtymadison through @firstround. Can vouch for how great the folks over there are for matching me with an opportunity that fit my level, interest, and ambition. I’m a huge fan, highly recommend! firstround.com/talent/

Jomi was placed at Thirty Madison by our Talent Team
Ali Schwanke
Simple Strat

@firstround is on the top of my must read list. ALWAYS. I’m constantly forwarding their content onto someone!

Ali is a newsletter subscriber
Patrick O'Shaughnessy
Invest Like the Best

I’ve really enjoyed @brettberson‘s new podcast. Unique guests, very deep and detailed conversations. Lots to learn for the builders out there.

Patrick is an In Depth podcast listener
David Nunez
Stripe

This program is robust! It’s like the Equinox of mentorship programs.

David was a mentor in our Fast Track program
Kevin Yien
Square

This is nuts. First Round just productized the most time-consuming part of customer discovery (finding and connecting with relevant people). I guess “value add” isn’t a myth 🙃

Kevin is a Discovery Assist fan
Niket Desai
Time by Ping

I wanted to send a note of gratitude to you — the candidate you sent our way accepted our offer. We’re at a vulnerable moment in our company’s life paradoxically as we have benefitted from the turbulence of the Coronavirus in terms of the legal industry instantly becoming remote and adopting new, modern tooling. On the other side of that reality, the requirement to execute our vision and offer an incredible service in this demanding space while returning time and recouped revenues to our users and firms has never been more paramount.
Our biggest risk in doing this was shipping the sophisticated product for which the candidate has extensive experience and years in industry (22+!) we will leverage to help us achieve our goal. His contributions to our team will be compounding for years. For that we are truly grateful for your help in our journey as a young company with unreasonable ambitions.

Niket found a top hire with our Talent team
Julie Bi
Cash App

@firstround is top notch at building a platform + community. First angel track then the designer track now technical track. They understand how to play the really long game

Julie shared some love for our Tracks on Twitter
Jeff Weinstein
Stripe

I super recommend this angel investor program, even if you’re just starting to consider ponying up small dollars to back early stage teams and ideas. @firstround has brought together a great set of humans to learn from and they helped reduce my anxiety of those first few checks!

Jeff joined our Angel Track program
Janesh Gupta
Time by Ping

On a personal note, I am so thankful for all that you’ve done for our team and me. Alongside everything else, I believe the incredible value of First Round shines through people like yourself and the programs and community that you and your team have put together.

Janesh is a member of the First Round Community
Alfonso Morris
Netflix

So excited to have participated in such a great program with such great people/design leads. Shout to @firstround, it’s been truly an honor to learn from such veterans. We family now! Thanks for everything @WhitnieLow and Ryan B.! 🙌🏿

Alfonso joined our inaugural Founding Designer Track
Rahul Vohra
Superhuman

In 2015, @btrenchard from First Round led the seed round in @Superhuman. We had no traction at the time; literally zero users. Thank you Bill and the whole @firstround team for your belief and evangelism! 😁 🙏👌

Rahul is the founder and CEO of Superhuman
Caroline Newstead
SugarCRM

Dear First Round Capital, the amount of effort you put into your interviews and thoughtful content (and have for years now) is amazing. Brand journalism at its very best. Inspiring and helpful. Sort of like Fast Company magazine, but more surgical and relevant for tech. Just love it. One of my favorites from your archives was the $0 to $1B piece you wrote on Slack.

Caroline is a Review fan
Matt Wallaert
Behavioral Scientist

I’m always shocked when someone turns down money from @firstround. Their own @Quora, HBR, recruiting network, event series, massive mentorship program…if I was ever to found again, they’d be my first stop.

Matt is a First Round community member
Steven Broudy
Bevy

I’ve sat through a lot of community-centric sessions/conferences/unconferences. This one was easily in the top three for the year. Thanks for all you and the team do for revenue leaders out there. Keep up the great work!

Steven attended our Revenue Unconference
Andrea Chesleigh
Boxed

I’ve been a mentor in the Fast Track program for the last 2 years, and it has been an incredibly worthwhile experience. Being able to give back through mentorship has been so rewarding, and I’ve met amazing mentees along the way from whom I’ve also learned a ton. First Round makes it so easy with such a well-run program, and I hope to continue as a mentor in cohorts to come!

Andrea's a multi-time FastTrack mentor
Payom Dousti
Cozy Finance

if you’re at a @firstround company, spend the time to get gold status so you get access to the forums after you leave. such an invaluable resource.

Payom is a First Round community member
Isaac Aboah
Change Africa podcast

@firstround has single-handedly the most practical advice on building startups on the internet! Just endless, the the podcast is shaping up beautifully as well.

Isaac is a Review and In Depth podcast fan
Ashish Nagar
LevelAI

Writing good content in newsletters is hard. Conflicting goals of promoting your enterprise and be valuable to your readers. @firstround team does a great job. Don’t talk about portfolio companies raising or new partners they hired just content helpful to founders.

Ashish is a newsletter subscriber
Gabrielle Wilkerson-Melnick
Divvy Homes

Just wanted to say thank you for such a thoughtfully put together and well-executed conference. I used to run events like this for my last company and I know how many logistics and moving pieces go into this, so thank you! I was skeptical that a Zoom conference could feel intimate but you did a phenomenal job. Congratulations!

Gaby attended one of our virtual Unconferences
Mimi Chakravorti
Landor

This program is so well run and organized. I always felt supported as a mentor and received lots of opportunities to get more for myself out of the program. It’s been a learning experience all around. Thank you for the opportunity!

Mimi was a previous Fast Track mentor
Bill Fitzgerald
GTM Advisor

I’d like to sincerely thank you again for this experience and opportunity to be part of the Fast Track program. It has been wildly fulfilling, both professionally and personally. I still have weekly or bi-weekly 1:1’s with each of the Mentees with whom I’ve been working over the past 23 months. They are awesome individuals and leaders within their respective organizations. I am truly grateful to First Round Capital for these relationships.

Bill is a multi-time Fast Track mentor
Alejandro Oropeza
flavrs

Thanks for opening this up beyond the First Round Portfolio! It’s truly a transformational experience. As someone who has been involved in large scale diversity efforts at Alphabet and beyond, I believe this to be the most significant effort any VC firm is doing today!

Alejandro joined our Fast Track program as a Mentee
Maryam Jahanshahi
TapRecruit

My Mentor is a fantastic coach and a wonderful data leader. I always looked forward to our conversations because they were a perfect mix of advice that was actionable and things that I would have to plan/think about in the future.

Maryam was a Fast Track mentee
Lauren Berson Sugarman
Stealth

Grateful to have been a part of the @firstround Angel Track program this spring. I joined a brilliant, thoughtful, & diverse group of entrepreneurs and operators for a bootcamp in all things 😇 . The program far exceeded my expectations. @firstround is top notch.

And a very special thank you to @cm_brown90 @lafillemouen @brettberson for bringing me into this rewarding experience. Their diligence, structure, thoughtfulness are top notch!

Lauren joined Angel Track
Tim Salau
Guide

My thoughts on @firstround’s discovery assist platform:

👏🏾 Great for pre-product founders

👏🏾 Benefits the firm and allows them to vet market potential while empowering the founder.

👏🏾 It’s EQUITABLE in directly connecting founders with a network of customers

That’s how you get it done @firstround. Now make sure you ensure diverse founders from all backgrounds participate in discovery assist. You’re on the money. Keep it up

Tim showed Discovery Assist some social media love
Dave Girouard
Upstart

This man speaks the truth. @joshk and @firstround were with us when it counted most.

Dave's company Upstart went public in 2020.
Greg Ratner
Troops

Thank you to @WhitnieLow & @firstround for this awesome founder swag kit, and most importantly for all the amazing support and programming. Feel insanely grateful to be a part of this community!

Greg joined our Founder Track.
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
Promise

Thank you @btrenchard. I will never forget the day I called you and offered to return the investment because I did not believe in the future of the criminal justice work and you told me we invest in people and to keep the money and figure it out.

Phaedra is one of our First Round-backed founders.
Corinne James
BlueConic

Per usual, pure gold from @firstround and this episode of #InDepth with @anneraimondi. Must-listen for execs, especially in startups. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/in-depth/id1535886300?i=1000507717461

Corinne is an In Depth podcast fan.
Bobby Powers
Spokn

This @firstround article about @Superhuman is honestly one of the best articles I’ve ever read. “Ask your users how they’d feel if they could no longer use your product. The group that answers ‘very disappointed’ will unlock product/market fit.”

Bobby gives a shoutout to a fan-favorite Review article.
Manu Sharma
LabelBox

First Round is the finest seed stage VC. Highly recommend founders to work with them if possible.

Manu is one of our First Round-backed founders.
Tanaka Mutakwa
Names & Faces

First Round Review by @firstround. Lots of great content from different perspectives. The Review is about liberating untapped knowledge out there that can transform the way people build technology to inspire and accelerate action.

Tanaka is a First Round Review fan.