Faked Google Customer Reviews From Sequoia Investor And 20+ Verkada Employees

By John Honovich, Published Aug 24, 2021, 08:59am EDT

20+ Verkada employees and Sequoia Capital Partner Konstantine Buhler, a Verkada investor, faked customer reviews on Google. This 30-second video overviews:

The Sequoia partner told IPVM that he made the review in his "personal capacity" rather an as a Verkada investor, denying violating Google's policies.

Verkada's spokesperson refused to comment to IPVM on whether the reviews violated Google's policies.

Inside this report, we examine the problem of faked customer reviews, Verkada's employee reviews, the full responses provided, and how this fits within a pattern of Verkada acting as if rules do not apply to the self-proclaimed 'rocketship'.

Executive *******

****** **% ******** ******* *** *******(** ** **) ******* the ***** ** ******* associates (*********, *********, ** partners) ***** **************'* "********** *** ********** content". **% ** ******* 5-star ******* ******* ** Verkada **********. *** ******* associates **** ******* *-**** reviews ** ******. *** image ***** ********** ****:

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** ********, ******** ****** one-star ******* ********** ***** Verkada's ***** ******* *** these ******* *** *********** suppressed ******* ** ******* associates' **** *-**** ******.

Fake ******** ******* *******

**** ******** ******* *** a ******* *** ****** and ** *********** *** unethical *******, ** ** deceives *** ******. **** is **** *****, **** the ******* ***** ****** covered, *.*.:

***** ******* **** *** sell ** ******, ** operates * ******* **** calling / ******** ********* with **** ******* ********* trying ** ****** *** Verkada **.

Google - "**** ******"

**** ********* ****** ****** reviews **** ***** **** they "**** ******" **** Google's *****:

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*** "********** *** ********** ******* Policy" ***** *** ******** reviews *** ************ ***** "disallowed *********" ********* ******* about ***'* ********** **********.

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Verkada ********

******* **** ****:

** ** *** *******'* policy ** ****** ********* to ****** *** ******** on ****** ** *** other ******* ****** *********. The ******* ******** *** decision **** ****** ********* whether *** ******* ** its ******** ****** **** its ***** ** *******.

** **** **** ** create * ********* *********** for *** *********, *** welcome ****** ** ***** their ****** ******** ** Glassdoor ** *********, ******* good ** ***.

******* ******* ** ******* on ******* ******* ******** reviews ******** *****'* *****, how *** ***** ******* employees ****** ****** ******* on *******, ** ******* Verkada ***** ****** *** employees ** **** ********* Verkada ** ******.

******* ******* ******

******* ******* ****************** *********** ******* ** * Verkada '******* @****** *, C *** ******" ****** a ****** ****** ** Verkada:

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****** *** ** ********** *******'* **** ****** B ***** ***** ** Meritech *******. ***** ** 2019, ****** ***** ** Sequoia ******* ***, ******, **-****** *******'* ****** C *****.

******** ******

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******, ******* *******'* ** of **************, ******* ******** to **** ****:

* ****** *** ****** in * ******** ******** as * ******* ******* user ******* * *** the ******* *** ******* in **, *** * stand ** *** ********* reflected ** *** ******.

******'* ******** ******* *** inquiry **** "****** ********* *********** **** * '******** of ********' ***, ** an ******** ** *******,********* ******* ****."

***** ********, ****** ****** denied *** *********:

* **** **** *** policy *** ****** *** I *** *** ******* it.

**** *********:

*** *** ****** ********* on *** *** ******* you *** *** ******* it?

** ** ***** *** are ** ******** ** Verkada, *******? ** ** agree **** ***** ** investor ** * ******* creates * ******** ** interest ** ******** '********' reviews ** *********, ********'* ************?

****** ******* ** *******.

Reporting *******

*** *** ****** ****** reviews *** ********** **:

  1. ***** ** *** ******* Google ****** ****.
  2. ***** ** *** ***** vertical **** *** **** click "****** ******"
  3. ****** "******** ** ********" on "****'* ***** **** this ******" *** **********

********** ***** **** ********* "Report ******"

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*** ********* **** ** wrong **** *** ******:

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******'* **** **** *** provide *** **** ***** area *** *******.

Manipulated ******** *****

******* *** **** * good *** ************ ******'* reviews **** ****** ******** a ******* ********'* ****** as *** ******** ***** to **** ****** *****:

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*******,********** ******* ******* **** year.

Suppressing ******** *******

**** ** **** ******* employees ******* *-**** *******, it ************** ******** *** total ****** *** **** it ****** ** **** various ******** ******* **** were ******:

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VP ** ***********

*** *******-******* ******* ******** who ****** *** ** of ************** *********** **** ******* *-***** but **** ** *******:

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New **** *****

*** ****** ****** *** this ***** ******** * new ******* ***********:

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**** ******* ******** ****** reviews **** ****** ** 2020.

Rules ***'* ***** *******

*** **** **** ******* manipulate ****** ***** ******* its ****** ** ****** employee *******, *** *******'* unwillingness ** ******* *** problem *********** *** "***** don't *****" ******* ** Verkada.

**** **** ****, ******* literally******* ** ******* ** deny **** *** ******* offers ****** ***********, **** ***** *** city ** ******* ****** rejected ** ******* ** obviously ******** ****** ***********.

*** * ***** ***, Verkada ******* ** ******* that **************** **** ***** ****** for *** ************ *** ******* ***** outreach.

*** ******** **** ************* this ****, ******* ***** not ********** *** ******* of******** ******** ********* ****** to ******** *****, ******* customer **********, ***** **** *** publicity ********* *** ********* report.

*** *** *******'* ********, a ******* ** ****-** firm *******, ****** ** can ********* **** **** conflict ** ******** ** saying ** ** ***** it ** *** "******** capacity".

*** * ******* **** chants "***** ** **********", **** ** * fitting *** ********** ********.

Comments (19)

** *** ********* ****, Verkada *** ***** ********* anyone ** ***** ********* reviews. * ******* ****** told **** ****:

**** *** ***** *** hire ** ***** ***** door ******* *** **** examples ** ******** *****. They **** ***** ******** to ********* ***** ********* to “**** ** ***” and ***** * “***” bad *********.

*******, **** *****, ** MDRs (****** ***********) **** *-**** ******* on *** **** ***, below ** * ********* of ** ** ****:

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****, *** ** ** Google **** ***** ******* total, * ***** ** Verkada *********:

***** ****:

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****** ****:

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******* *********:

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******* *****:

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***** ******:

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***,****** **** ***** ****** and ****** ******:

***'* ****** *******, ********, or *********** ** *** own ** **** *** the ******** **** ******* it.

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******* ********* ** ***** Verkada **** *******...

*** ****!!!

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********** *********, *** ***** anyone *** ** *** with *******? *** * company ******* * ****-** model, ****'* *** ***** argument *** ****** **** does ***** ********.

* **** * ** not ***** ** ******* to **** **** ** unlock **** ** ***** older -*** ***** **** relevant- ****** ** *******. Sadly, ***** *** ***** plenty ** ********** **** giving **** * ***** to ***** **. ****** they **** **** ***** once **** **** *** contract.

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* ** ********* ******* that ***** ******* **** coming ** ** **** when ****** ** ***** a ******* ***** ***** a ******* *** ******* that ***'* * ******** "S" ****!!!

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*** ******:

(*) ******* ************ *** I **** **** *** forth ***** ** **** had **** ********** ***** the ********, * ******* to ****** / ****** some ** *** ********* if **** **** ******* to ** ** *** record ***** **** ******* but ********** ******* ********* with "***'* *** ******** ****** what **'** ******* *******".

(*) ** ********* ** more **** * ******* companies (*******, ******, '***********', etc.), *******'* ******** ** highly ********.

*** ******** ************* ** strategy ** **** * case ** ** ******* with ********* ****: "***, thanks *** ******** **** to *** *********. ** were *** ***** ** these ******** ****** *******. While ** *** *** certain *** ****** ***** decide ** ***** *****, we ****** *** ********* and ****** *** **** to ***** *** ********** of ***********. **'** ***** our ********* ** ****** these ******* *** *** post *** ******* ****." To ** *****, **** if *** ******* *** deeply ********* *** ******** such **********, *** ************* PR ****** ** ** feign *********, ******* ** be ********** *** *** to **** **** ***** the ***.

**** ******* *** **** now ** ** ******* show *** ******* *** no ********** ** **** pretending ** ** *******.

***, ******* ********* ** use ***-********** ** **** **** Heller:

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* ***'* **** **** advice **** ****** ** giving ** ******* *** what ******* ** ***** here ** ******* ********** with *******'* '***' ******* and ************ **** **** I **** **** ** sophisticated ** **********.

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**** ******* *** **** now ** ** ******* show *** ******* *** no ********** ** **** pretending ** ** *******.

**** * ***** ** honest ******** :)

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******

****** *** *** ********* that **** ** ****, for **.

* **** *** *** joking *** ****** ***** be ********* **** "**** we **** ** *** violating ******'* ******** *** we ***'* **** ***** what *** ***** *** don't ***** ****** **** do ******** *** **** if **** **, *** worse **** **** ** is ****** *** ******* and **'** ******* *** by ****** **** *** more **** * ****."

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******: "* **** **** the ****** *** ****** and * *** *** violate **."

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***** ** * *** of **** ***** ****** nowadays. **** ** *** a ****** **** *** Adventure *** *****, **********, and ***********.

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*******,***** *******,******* ********** ******* *********,'**********' ******* ** ********:

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********'* *************** ********** *** ******* ****** your *** ********/********.

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*************, * ****** ** Verkada ********* ************ ****** Google ******* ******** ******* employees *** *** ******* refuses ** ***** **** is * ******** ** interest ********* ******'* ********.

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* **** **** ******* but ******** **** ******* and ******. ** *** ask ****** ** ***** companies, **** ***** ** a ***** ***** *** they *** ****** *******. Intelligent ****** **** ******.

* **** ***** ******, I **** ***** ********, I ***** ***** *** them ** ********* ******* for ********. *** *** put ***** ********* ** the **** *** *** they ***** ******** **** alike.

******* **** ***** ********* were ***** **** **** were *****, ***** **** corrected ***** **** *****, chose ** **** "*****" and ** ******** *** reviews **** ***** *********. They **** **** **** they *** ***, *****, do ******** **** **** as **** ** **** achieve *** *** *******.

*** *** **** **** companies **** **** ** you *** **** * stand *** ***, "****** is ******" *** **** others **** ****** ** the ****. **** **** get ** ******** *** I **** ****** *** word.

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**** ** **** ****** when ** ******** ****** people **** **** ********. I **** ** ***** Verkada *** ******* ** understand ***** ****** *** culture.

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"*** ******* ******* **** IPVM **** ** **** the ****** ** *** "personal ********" ****** ** as * ******* ********, denying ********* ******'* ********."

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******, *** ******:

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**** ******* ******* ***:

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** *** ********* ****, 4 *** ******** ******* in * ***, **** detailed ****** *****:

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**** ***'* ******** **** you ****** ******* **** you **** ** ** make ** ***** **** while ** ****the **** * ***** anymore.

'*** **** * *****' sounds **** *** ***** were ******** ********* ** the * **** **** - ** **** **** it.

* ****** **** ** was?

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**** ******* ******* **** about ******* ******* ** a ** / ** / ** / ** schedule ******* ** *** typical ** / **/ 25 / ** (*** that **** *** ******* to *** ********** ******** since *****). **** ******* the ****** ** ******* one **** ** ********* leave ****** *** ***** 3 *****, ***** ** common ***** *******'* ******** issues.

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