Ann Arbor VC Firm, EDF Ventures Sends Subpoena To Find Out Negative Anonymous User On The Funded

EDF Ventures is a VC firm based in Ann Arbor, MI. is a startup company that allows startup founders to leave reviews on VCs that they have dealt with in the past.  And EDF Ventures has several negative reviews.  One particular comment left on states that EDF is “to be avoided unless you are desperate.”  Now EDF has sent a subpoena to to find out who that commenter is. may have a hard time figuring out who that commenter is because the company does not store IP addresses, e-mail addresses, or other personal information. 

This isn’t the first time that a company has taken legal action against TheFunded.  A debt firm called Hercules tried using the Communications Decency Act against the company, but TheFunded stated that they are not liable for comments made by third parties.  Hercules then dropped the lawsuit.

Websites where users can leave anonymous comments about companies and teachers have been existing for years. is an example of where anonymous comments can be made about university professors.  I haven’t heard about any cases where these teachers try to subpoena commenters on RateMyProfessor.  And the comments left on that site are much more offensive.  EDF’s actions are quite rare.

Below is a copy of the subpoena that I found via VentureBeat:

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This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

Ann Arbor VC Firm, EDF Ventures Sends Subpoena To Find Out Negative Anonymous User On The Funded Comments

  1. FundedCEO says:

    I have used TheFunded to give honest and blunt feedback…some good, some bad. Now I am very worried that the VC firms that I gave honest (but negative) feedback on will come after me! I am not a ‘techie’ so all this stuff about security and anonymous identities on the web goes over my head. How likely is it that anything will come of this? Should I go back in and delete all (good and bad) of my comments on TheFunded’s site?

  2. Amit Chowdhry says:

    I don’t think you should have anything to worry about. EDF is just an exception. And the founder of The Funded stated that there is no data collected on The Funded about your identity.

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