What Do Entrepreneurs Say About Lateral Capital?

Early Stage investors rarely get negative feedback from the companies in which they invest. After all, you wired them money! So when you read all the positive comments below, use a healthy amount of organic sea salt! Still, companies don’t seem to mind having us as investors.

  • “You have been a great mentor to me over the past five years and I am pleased that things will conclude well for all those that supported the company.”

    - CEO Invested Company
  • “You’re a phenomenal teacher. Often we’ll bring around mentors and they’ll drop lingo like everyone knows it. You took the time to explain the basics.”

    - COO Invested Company
  • “Too many investors have a God-like complex where they have to be the smartest guy in the room by many standard deviations. You give off a vibe in which you’re OK admitting you don’t have all the answers.”

    - COO Invested Company
  • “Every single one of the people at the meeting commented on how much they enjoyed their time with you.”

    - COO Technology Accelerator
  • “I didn’t want you to think for a minute that you were just another talking head. Those 90 minutes had a big impact on all of those entrepreneurs. Thanks for that.”

    - Managing Director Startup Investment Fund
  • “I think you’re one of the few visionaries with enough insight (and cojones) to be able to see the tremendous opportunity in what I’m doing and help us get to the next stage.”

    - CEO Early Stage Company
  • “Thanks so much for your time yesterday and thoughts on [a new business investment]. You gave us some great ideas and insight as to whether this is worth pursuing and if so, how.”

    - Early Stage Investor
  • “Again, thanks for your advice --- it really made a substantial difference in our outcome

    - CEO Early Stage Company
  • “Thanks so much John. I learned a shit-ton. And I’m looking forward to more.”

    - CEO Invested Company
  • “John is one of the natural wonders in consumer products. He provides advice, guidance and deep perspective for the un-enlightened.”

    - CEO Management Consultant
  • “I want you to know that your encouragement and positive attitude was always very important to me. I have in my desk drawer a card you sent me probably 5-7 years ago. On tough days, I pull it out for encouragement. It always works!”

    - CEO Invested Company
  • “The CEO at one of your invested companies bragged about you as his “most valuable investor”. He says your pushes and guidance have a tangible impact on the strategic direction his business takes.”

    - Managing Director Venture Capital Fund
  • “Thank you for including me on your email list. The insights you send are very interesting and always provide food for thought.”

    - Manager Health Insurance Accelerator
  • “Thanks for your thoughts and perspective. You are the type of engaged professional that we truly treasure.”

    - CEO Early Stage Company
  • “It’s one of the most delightful aspects of entrepreneurship to come across people like John who want to help emerging companies in a genuinely caring way.”

    - CEO Early Stage Company
  • “Thank you for your bluntness and honesty… We are surrounded by an incredibly supportive community, mentors, family, friends … who are very encouraging, but don’t necessarily give us hard truths. Thank you for your analysis of our business and your critique of what direction we’re choosing to go. I appreciate what you gave us today.”

    - Spouse of CEO Early Stage Company