"Gabriel Venture Partners has been an investor since our early days and continues to be a partner to Boston-Power. Scott Chou is a pleasure to work with and his insights facilitate a strong relationship between our organizations."
--Dr. Christina Lampe-Onnerud, Founder, Boston-Power
“Having worked closely with Rick Bolander for eleven years- since he invested in Exodus, as well as becoming a Venture Partner shortly after he founded Gabriel in 1999, I am proud to be a member of the Gabriel family as an advisor and portfolio company CEO. Rick and the team played a significant part in making Netscaler the success it was- from the long days and nights helping reposition the company during the crash to the undying support for the company and the management team before the market rebound. Rick and his team’s commitment to LPs, to return value on their investment, and to the entrepreneurs, who have a dream to succeed, make them a pleasure to work with. I very much look forward to working with the Gabriel team once again in the future.”
--B.V. Jagadeesh, CEO, Netscaler
“After founding Encentuate and funding it out of my own pocket for two years, I did my due diligence on Gabriel before having them as my first institutional investor in 2003. I chose them based on their dedication to adding value, which they demonstrated pre-investment and time and time again since. It’s great to find a VC that shares my own entrepreneurial spirit, and have been able to help me in a variety of areas.”
--Peng Ong, Founder and Chairman, Encentuate
"The Gabriel Venture Partners team has been with us from day one, investing in our earliest rounds and continuing to support our growth over the last two years. Rick Bolander understands the needs we're addressing for both kids and families, is willing to put his connections to work for us, and is a strong advocate for the kajeet team. We feel fortunate to have such an active and committed venture firm on our side that is as enthusiastic as our customers and those of us who work at kajeet."
--Daniel Neal, CEO and Founder, kajeet
"Gabriel's keen insights on strategic direction and tactics helped us structure and complete a key financing round that is usually difficult to do in our market place. Gabriel is working very closely with us and really knows how to motivate our team. They are smart, extremely hard working, and really completely honest. We could not have accomplished what we have without them."
--Peter Howley, Chairman and CEO, IPWireless
"Chegg would not have survived and thrived without the ongoing support and entrepreneur-friendly approach of Rick Bolander from Gabriel Venture Partners. Rick was key in helping us to figure out our working capital model, define strategic relationships, and secure funding. Rick's down-to-earth style and honest approach are hard to find in the VC world nowadays."
--Osman Rashid, Co-Founder, Chegg
"Starting PlantSense from the ground-up has been a fast-paced, challenging, and extremely rewarding experience - and we could not have achieved the rapid growth and success we've had without Gabriel's support. Jim Long has been an active member of our team, offering strategic advice and hands-on guidance from the earliest days, as PlantSense grew from the seed of an idea into the highly successful consumer product company it is today."
--Matthew Glenn, Founder and CEO, PlantSense
Gabriel Venture Partners has been an incredible partner to NextG. Their financial backing, experience, network contacts, and consultative approach in working with management has allowed NextG to grow into a successful enterprise. I recommend them with enthusiasm to any entrepreneur looking to start or grow their business.
--John Georges, Ph.D, CEO, NextG Networks
"Rick Bolander took the time to truly learn the unique aspects of Concord's business so he could contribute to the strategy and direction of the business, and not just attend the board meetings. Rather than just providing names and number to call for industry contacts, Rick made the call on our behalf, increasing the effectiveness of such calls. The Gabriel partners' industry knowledge and contacts should be of substantial value to budding entrepreneurs."
--Jack Blaeser, Chairman, President and CEO, Concord Communications
"I have worked with a few Venture Capital firms and what differentiates Gabriel from the rest is simple... Good values, long term views, and prudent business sense. These characteristics define Gabriel and its principles. They have been very helpful with guiding our board, providing strategic planning, market reconnaissance, and more. Gabriel is an integral part of our development and is a primary contributor to our success."
--Brian Hand, CEO, Crossmedia Services
"The Gabriel partners, with strong operational backgrounds, are not just financial representatives on the board. They are willing to spend time together, participate in strategic sessions, proactive with ideas, assist in selection of senior personnel, yet not cross the border. With the emergence of the Internet, and venture capital becoming readily accessible, startups formed by people with innovative ideas need help in the operational aspects to build an exceptional company. If you want a VC who will roll up his sleeves, help with design of the plan, refine it, enhance it, talk to Gabriel."
--K.B. Chandrasekhar, Founder, Exodus Communications
"Rick Bolander is an intellectual and understands business fundamentals, and with a genuine understanding of the company, participated actively on the board in shaping its strategy. For a new company, Gabriel delivers lots of value in the business planning to ensure that it is sharp, crisp, and executable; help in tracking the program, adding value in measuring against the plan, and assisting in its adjustment as necessary."
--Matt Taylor, Chairman, CTO and Founder, Tut Systems
"Few people are as enthusiastic with high energy as Rick Bolander of Gabriel, bringing technical acumen with all aspects of business knowledge, to a venture. At Gabriel, the combination of enthusiasm, high energy, on a solid foundation of business expertise, is undoubtedly an invaluable resource for the young entrepreneur."
--Sal D'Auria, President and CEO, Tut Systems
"Gabriel is brilliant at drilling down the value proposition and identifying new opportunities. They are always available to us as a mentor and a vital team member... This is demonstrated by the commitment of the Gabriel team to stand side-by-side to achieve our business objectives."
--Chandra Venkatraman, CEO, Arula Systems
"Gabriel Venture Partners is a multi-faceted VC house, bringing two strong energies: first, experience and ideas for appropriately building/sustaining brand(s), and second, help in defining a company's singular focus in the marketplace. They have a deep understanding that companies go through several growth stages, and help in ensuring in strategic/tactical resources are in place for the next stage. They ask insightful questions from a different perspective, which makes you stop, consider, and think; helping generate new ideas, new thoughts, new approaches, that may not have thought of until then. In summary, keywords that describe the Gabriel partners, are nurturing, caring, wisdom, depth of experience, and winning, and above all, having fun in the process."
--Barry James Folsom, CEO, PlaceWare
"A great venture partner provides more than a capital injection. Gabriel Venture Partners has been a great advocate and supporter of Persistent Systems over the past four years. Rick Bolander's advice and counsel has been particularly valuable as we have rapidly grown the company. We look forward to many more years working with Gabriel Venture Partners."
--Dr. Anand Deshpande, Founder, Chairman and Managing Director, Persistent Systems Limited