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By wlcummings, July 17, 2019

This is a ”startup investing group” listing and discussing pre IPO startup investing. It is a group headed by Neil Patel and touted by Robert Herjavec. Are they a legitimate service.

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Dewey Hansen
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Dewey Hansen
September 14, 2019 3:35 pm

I need the step-by-step instructions on how to invest in the $50 startups as stated in your presentation at the summit.

Randall
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September 14, 2019 5:35 pm

It may not be a scam, but it sure feels like one. I will not receive any of the information in 4-6 weeks.
I upgraded from a 2 year subscription to a lifetime and they charged me for both without refunding the 2 year. I called several times during business hours and no one every picks up; instead, a recorded message plays stating to call back during business hours. I emailed the support email and the customer service email without a response. I texted them and there is an automatic message stating to call back during business hours. I finally got a number which deals with orders and they stated they do not handle issues like I described and they do not have access to what I paid or didn’t pay. They redirected me to the number no one answers. There are a few companies listed to invest in, some of them require another level up to be able to invest in them, the one I found which I could invest in listed that they raised 1,000,000 out of 1,000,000 does that mean they are not accepting any more investments? Not sure. Also, how do you actually invest. I can’t find any information on how to actually invest or am I on my own? Do they just provide the few companies to invest in and the rest I have to figure out on my own. Perhaps in 4-6 weeks when I receive the information packet, I will learn if there is a way that I could invest. Maybe my investment was the 79+495. I wonder if I get anything at all in return other then a bunch of dead ends. Maybe someone else had a different experience than me??

Rob
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Rob
September 17, 2019 7:26 am

I joined A & E and paid $129 for a 2 year membership. Since then, I have been inundated with their wanting me to upgrade. So far I have not been impressed with the offered startups or the interviews with the startups. Also they announced a great “new” deal with Alpha-9 by Tom Gentile in early Sept 2019. I did an internet search and found the same deal as Dec 2018. I emailed A & E and asked why they presented this as a great “new” deal when it was not. They did not respond. I did not cancel my membership, but will not invest, but only observe.

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Jim C.
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September 28, 2019 3:45 pm
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Rob, same here. I joined at the introductory level, then was foolish enough to pay another $495 for the next level and didn’t get any additional good leads that make sense. It is ironical how Neil talks about focusing on companies that solve a real problem and yet their recommended companies are not major problem solvers…more like niche needs. If you want in on a red-hot deal….such as this company that supposedly solves the hacking problem….they’ll share that with you if you join the next level membership for $2,495. They keep sending emails about this next level sometimes two times a day. The walks, quacks and smells like a bait and switch. I initially joined because I respect Robert H. but later read that he was a paid sponsor and not really a partner. Color me “not happy.”

Jacinta Huskey
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Jacinta Huskey
June 1, 2020 7:08 am
Reply to  Jim C.

I just joined last night… Well I thought I joined last night. I bought into the gold package. For ‘founding members” at 79.00 discount price . Original price was like 1295.00.. they immediately took my payment some upgraded me to the platnum membership… Then tried to upgrade me to the elite lifetime package with the deal flow
I said no thank you. And they sent me to a payment plan option and told me to call… When I checked my email I got no welcome package for the initial introduction investment into the program… My plan was to stay working and diving into it today but… NOTHING! not one email from them. Now upon reading these reviews I’m kind of skeptical about the whole thing

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betsy
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betsy
September 17, 2019 10:37 pm

Is the book, “How to Hack your Taxes with A&E” at all useful? Does it take 4 weeks to receive it? It’s in the $129 membership.

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michelem
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October 11, 2019 3:38 am
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That report is on the website. To my knowledge it didn’t come as a separate hard copy. Useful info that I was not aware of, but I’d like to think a good cpa would know these things?

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Michael
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Michael
September 26, 2019 12:42 pm

Agree with most of the threads so far. Seems all you get is a constant flood of emails enticing you to upgrade. Each time you literally have to spend hours listening to the videos, only to find out that if you want to know the startup you have to get out your CC again! . The deals he is promoting take you to sites like Republic, Start Engine, and Microventures, and they charge nothing and they list numerous other deals to review. I am planning on cancelling within the 60 Day window.

I think its very misleading to pay for a service, and then find out over and over again that to get the full service, you need to pay again and again.

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Devin G
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Devin G
September 30, 2019 3:21 pm

Hi everyone, I joined about a month ago and am starting to be disappointed in the service. Supposedly they will give us good leads and I have made some small investments under $500 in a few companies. I have a little time to decide if I want to stay in it, but I joined the lifetime membership for under $600 I believe. Someone below said they are being paid to promote these companies to us, that sucks. Now that I know where these investments can be made on Start Engine, etc., I feel like I am not getting much from the program. I also am a little weary of Crowd SAFE’s which I have seen for a lot of these investments.

I also briefly joined the Private Deal Flow, and went lifetime on that as well, roughly $5k. I wanted to see the “VIP” investments to be made, but shortly found out that they were way above what I could handle, mostly $5-20k minimums. I could maybe handle $1k here and there, but I couldn’t even qualify for the $20k deal as you had to be a millionaire to do so. So what’s the point, I got a refund pretty quickly.

I also have been receiving these new opportunity emails, one being pumped super hard right now, Cannabis Lots. I was disappointed to see this one in particular. I have been following that sector everyday for 4 years, and unfortunately my portfolio is getting hit super hard right now. I know the summer lul, but this is worse than the last 3 I have been through. So to see Neal and these other guys pushing this one really hard, just leaves me wondering. They call them lots, as far as I have heard they are Options. Well they act like its new, but they really are not. Just seems like a lot of BS in the video. Yeah some of those companies went crazy for awhile, and right now may be a good time to dip back in, or for me avg down, but I really feel like they are taking advantage, and it was just unfortunate to see Neal backing it.

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