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8 Insights For Startups To Attract Angel Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Here are eight key insights that will help you find a productive match: Angels want equity ownership, not causes. alone.

Understanding Different Types of Angel Investors

View from Seed

These angels, however, come in many different shapes and sizes. It can also help founders better approach angels in the first place.

A Choir of Angel Investors Sing Different Parts

Genuine VC

Just as often, however, we’re investing alongside individual angel investors who are participating in the round as well.  Angel investors come in many shapes and sizes, however.  The choir of angel investors out there is comprised of a number of players which sing different parts: The Super Angel

How to Be an Angel Investor

When youhear people talking about a successful angel investor, theyre notsaying "He got a 4x liquidation preference." Mechanics Angel investors often syndicate deals, which means they join togetherto invest on the same terms. Dont feel like you have to join a syndicate, though. How much does an angel invest?

Is @AngelList Syndicates Really Such a Big Deal?

Both Sides of the Table

If you track the venture capital industry it would be hard to miss the conversation going on this week over AngelList “Syndicates.”

As a new independent angel investor, how will I find new companies to invest in?


For a new angel investor, by far the best thing to do is to join a local angel investor group that belongs to the Angel Capital Association. But regardless of the specifics, what they all have in common is bringing together a group of active Accredited Investors interested in supporting young startups.

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of AngelList Syndicates

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

company called AngelList came out with a new product called AngelList Syndicates. The angel investors will get 15 percent.

The Importance of Robust Angel Ecosystems

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

Earlier this week I gave the keynote address at the Colorado Angel Capital Summit. Specifically: Put Entrepreneurs First.

What are the biggest global events for Venture Capitalists and Business Angels where they can learn about their own business?


There are surprisingly few such conferences, for the very good reason that there are actually relatively few such people (venture capitalists and ‘professional’ angel investors) to attend them! But that said, here are the biggest (i.e., “only” events of their type): Business Angels. Both Angels and VCs.

AngelList Syndicates: Why Pooling Resources Is Good for Early Stage Investing

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

With 300 syndicates, this will change the way companies get funded. Today, almost 300 syndicates are on AngelList. for syndicates.

Visiting Angels and Entrepreneurs in Northern Europe

Angel Investing News

My wife, Ann, and I visited Ireland, Russia, Estonia and Finland, from mid-March to mid-April (2012), sharing experiences in angel investing through lectures, discussions and workshops.  We met passionate entrepreneurs with exciting startup companies and engaged angels investors in all four countries. Ireland. Moscow. Estonia.

What is a good site or Gmail extension for an angel investor to manage their startup deals?


Gust News angel investor Gust startup deals Boy, do I wish there was a magical Gmail extension to let me manage my startup deals!

Interview with Bril Flint, angel investor and tech strategist

Austin Startup

mobileTech Tuesday special – A Podcast with Bril Flint, angel investor and technology strategist. Click on this link to open a new browser window taking you to the channel’s home page.  A big thanks to for encouraging and syndicating this original, mobile-focused content - Steve Guengerich.

A Choir of Angel Investors Sing Different Parts

Genuine VC

Just as often, however, we’re investing alongside individual angel investors who are participating in the round as well.  Angel investors come in many shapes and sizes, however.  The choir of angel investors out there is comprised of a number of players which sing different parts: The Super Angel

Pari Passu or F.U.little guy

Professor VC

This is the feeling you get from watching the venture capitalists talk about the entrepreneurs and other investors in the film. Lucky us!!

Pioneer Square Labs – Investing More In Seattle

Feld Thoughts

Geoff worked with Greg at Madrona for a decade and is one of the most prolific and successful angel investors in the Pacific Northwest. We’ve made over 60 investments through FG Angels – our AngelList syndicate – and are one of the most prolific investors on that platform. billion.

When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

View from Seed

In theory, there are three levels of pricing for an entrepreneur to potentially signal to a prospective investor: 1. Lower-Than-Market Value.

The Silliness Of Recapping Seed Rounds

Feld Thoughts

company raises $1m of seed money from angels in a convertible note with a $6m cap. The first release is underwhelming, but they iterate aggressively, with feedback and support from some of their angel investors. One of their angel investors, who happens to be a VC firm, decides to invest another $500,000 in the company.

Leading vs Following

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Hunter Walk has a good post up on the coming competition among angels with syndicates to get into deals. Hunter observes: My guess is there are also some angels who were popular when they represented a $25k check but won’t be as sought after if they try to push $300k into a round. USV is a lead investor. Many won't.

Where would I go to invest in startups or emerging companies?


” and the second is “Are you an  Accredited Investor  by that country’s standards?” This will be changing next year, however, because of a new law called the  JOBS Act of 2012 , which establishes a new, limited type of  Crowdfunding  for small companies and non-Accredited investors. Once the  U.S.

The Top 25 Angel Investors

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Ranking the top angel investors. Now YouNoodle's teamed up with BusinessWeek to use the same vetting process on angel investors, with some surprises. And Hunch confound Chris Dixon, who may not be a top tier influencer, does have the most diverse portfolio, as well as YouNoodle's endorsement as the top investor in tech.

How to Evaluate Firms for a Seed VC Syndicate

Genuine VC

There are essentially two distinct basic strategies for startup entrepreneurs to raise a seed round of capital: Subscription approach – An entrepreneur sets a structure (usually a convertible note) and recruits individual angel investors who subscribe to the round, all without a term-driving lead investor. Period.

Angel Investing: Know (What Motivates) Thyself

Agile VC

think the most important thing any new angel investor can do is to candidly assess their motivations for making startup investments. Angel investing, particularly for entrepreneurs and others who’ve chosen a startup career path, can be rewarding in many different ways.

The Market Size Fallacy for Seed-Stage Startups

View from Seed

I once showed a company to another VC for an investment we were syndicating. But these were the early days of the company.

Venture Deals: Chapter 1: The Players

Ask The VC

While it might seem like there are only two players in the financing dance—the entrepreneur and the venture capitalist—there are often others, including angel investors, lawyers, and mentors. In Chapter 1, we describe and discuss the entrepreneur, venture capitalist, angel investor, syndicate, lawyer, and mentor.

Crowdfunding for start-ups: A durable trend or a bull market phenomenon?

Information Arbitrage

Angel investing is red hot as is the concept of crowdfunding start up investment. Syndicates have been thought by some to be directly competitive with venture capitalists, initially Micro VCs but then perhaps larger venture firms down the line. If Syndicates exist to push more angel dollars into the early stage ecosystem, that is fine.

Angel Bootcamp, The Blog Post: A Primer on Angel Investing

View from Seed

A little under a year ago, we hosted an event called Angel Bootcamp that was a primer for folks thinking about getting into angel investing.

Let Me Count The Ways Entrepreneurs Fund Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

Solicit venture capital investors. Apply to local Angel investor groups. entrepreneurs funding investors startups

Getting An Outside Lead – The Myth Of Third Party Validation

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

One of them is that getting “third party validation” by going outside of the current investor syndicate to find a new lead is good for the company and good for the investors. have come to believe this “wisdom” is nothing more than lack of conviction on the investor’s part.

11 Business Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

Up and Running

See Also 11 Angel Investor Blogs You Should Be Reading. 5.  The key is finding worthwhile podcasts to listen to. Dorm Room Tycoon. TWIST.

Make Your Own Decisions

Feld Thoughts

We describe Foundry Group ‘s behavior as “syndication agnostic.” ” When we make an investment, we are completely agnostic as to whether or not we have a co-investor. We make our own decisions to invest, or not to invest, independent of what other investors are thinking. Are you making your own decisions?

Trophy Entrepreneurs Can Land Trophy Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Bockerstette, Main Street Venture Fund Angel investing in most parts of the country remains a relatively informal and unstructured process.

Old School VC and Entrepreneurship Ideas

Rob Go

Many of them for the better, as there has been a great surge in great talent going after big ideas and greater access to capital at the early stages.  It’s an exciting time to be an entrepreneur and investor in this ecosystem. Knowing your investors. . Investors that Lead, not Follow. But this is slowly changing.

The Advantages of Being an Angel (vs. a VC)

Rob Go

This week, we helped organize an Angel Bootcamp where some of Boston’s most successful angel investors shared their experiences and lessons learned to a crowd of aspiring angels and entrepreneurs. Finally, angels can also pro-actively go after rounds that are pretty close to closing.

HBS Alumni Angels assets for investing in women and minority-led startups

David Teten

In the article, I discuss why we think that smart early-stage investors should target women and diverse entrepreneurs, and why we think HBS Alumni Angels in particular is well positioned to be very successful. HBS Alumni Angels of NY has many Members (including me) who are institutional venture capitalists. High quality.

Valuations 101: Scorecard Valuation Methodology


Individual accredited investors in typical angel deals put personal capital at risk for an equity share of growth-oriented, start-up companies. million and is established by negotiations between the entrepreneur and the angel investors.  And, as has been discussed earlier, scalability is critical to investor returns. 

Some Reflections on VC Investment Decisions

Both Sides of the Table

Seed investors are aplenty and of course they need downstream money to fuel their early-stage bets. Angels have been prolific for years now and they, too, rely on downstream money to cover their bets. But if you’re a concentrated investor who takes board seats then you know the hard bit starts the day after. Disrupt.

A Visit With the European Startup Community


The goal was to share our experiences in the realm of angel investing with an array of global audiences, by participating in various lectures, discussions and workshops. In all four countries we met passionate entrepreneurs who were eager to discuss their exciting startups, as well as angel investors looking to support them.

What Do Angels Want?


Sun Microsystems co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim was one such angel. So what do angels want? Angels are not likely to take a back seat.

Announcing K9 Ventures II – A $40M technology-focused micro-VC fund

K9 Ventures

K9 Ventures II will still be syndicating most investments with other seed and angel investors.

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