Challenges and Rewards for Angel Investors


One of the most common questions we get is: What are the biggest challenges and rewards of angel investing? High net worth individuals become angel investors for a number of reasons, but the opportunity to work with entrepreneurs and provide guidance to founders is typically high on the list.

Angel Investors Are Still The Lifeblood Of Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs who require funding for their startup have long counted on self-accredited high net worth individuals (“angels”) to fill their needs, after friends and family, and before they qualify for institutional investments (“VCs”). Rose, according to his recent book, “ Angel Investing.”

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30 Questions Angel Investors Will Ask You

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When you pitch a startup to angel investors, you want to get questions. Don’t expect that when you’re pitching real angels. Right or wrong, most angel investors consider themselves busy, full of insight, and worth listening to as much as they are worth talking to.

Angel Investors Spotlight: An Inside Look at Hudson Valley Startup Fund’s Investment Process & Advice for Founders


The post Angel Investors Spotlight: An Inside Look at Hudson Valley Startup Fund’s Investment Process & Advice for Founders appeared first on The Gust Blog. Investors' Insights advice angel investors entrepreneursHudson Valley Startup Fund brings together a network of the region’s successful business and community leaders to give back, supporting the launch of the next Hudson Valley visionaries.

10 Action Items to Keep Angel Investors Hovering


ABC Shark Tank Angels via Elite Daily. Every new startup I know dreams of being funded early by one of the 318,000 active Angel investors in the USA alone. Don’t expect the pomp and celebrity of the Angels on Shark Tank , but they do ask a lot of the right questions.

10 Action Items to Keep Angel Investors Hovering

Startup Professionals Musings

Every new startup I know dreams of being funded early by one of the 318,000 active Angel investors in the USA alone. Most of these investors are members of Angel groups that have a rigorous filtering and screening process, to select the top 3% and most fundable proposals.

How to Impress Angel Investors and Make It into “Startup Heaven”

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Got a question for one of the angel investors mentioned below? Today is Ask an Angel day! Tips from real angel investors about how to impress them and stand out from the crowd. How Angels Invest. I also learned quickly that no two angels are alike.

Four Qualities Every Angel Investor Looks For When Backing A Startup


Securing adequate financing for any new venture nowadays is an exceptionally difficult proposition, which is why angel investors are considered so valuable to the startup ecosystem. In general, angel investors tend to group entrepreneurs into two distinct categories.

5 Things To Look For In An Angel Investor


by Tom Britton, co-founder & CTO at Your first investors can be your most valuable assets so when looking to raise finance you should always look beyond the capital to what else the angel can bring to your business.

Getting Value from Your Angel Investors

Rob Go

Nearly all seed rounds we are a part of include angel investors. In almost all of these cases, these smaller investors were included into a syndicate because they “added value” either through domain or functional expertise or through their network.

Suggestions for Angel Investors

Feld Thoughts

I’m on an Acela train between Boston and New York (listening to Boston’s More Than A Feeling – how recursive) on my way to the TechStars Boston 2010 Investor / Demo day. I wasn’t able to make it to Boston yesterday for the Angel Boot Camp as I was running around NYC with the CEO of a company I invested in last week introducing him to a bunch of potential customers and partners. It sounds like Angel Boot Camp rocked. Run in a pack: The best angels run in packs.

How to Find and Close Angel Investors from a Standing Start

View from Seed

Whether an entrepreneur is raising a smaller (pre-)seed round entirely from individuals or she has a seed-stage or larger VC firm involved in (leading) the seed syndicate, it’s somewhere between necessary and optimal to have multiple individual angel investors involved. First and foremost, angels can provide capital. That’s especially true for angels. Again, that’s especially true for angels.

The Why and How Of Updating Your Angel Investors


But almost nothing concrete is available on the care and feeding of your investors. The reason is: The CEO is the investor''s user interface into the business. It''s how investors see what''s going on, and in some minimal ways, interact with the business.

Entrepreneurs Court New Super-Angel Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

I see now emerging a new wave of investors, popularly known as “super-Angels,” micro-VCs, or “super-seed” investors. Due to the struggling economy as well, traditional individual Angel investors haven’t been able to fill the gap.

The Startups Weekend Phenomenon and Angel Investors


I’m posting this here for two audiences: angel investors and founders (including would-be and wanna-be founders) of startups. . I was one of four judges, all of us members of local angel investment groups working with the platform.

Startup Angels Brings its Workshop to Austin to Teach People to Become Angel Investors


But Startup Angels, based in Washington, D.C., And Leslie Jump, its founder, is coming to Austin next week to do a workshop to train high-net worth individuals how to be […] The post Startup Angels Brings its Workshop to Austin to Teach People to Become Angel Investors appeared first on SiliconHills. By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Entrepreneurs are everywhere in Austin and Central Texas. Investment dollars are not.

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How and Why To Be an Angel Investor

David Teten

Dave Kerpen, founder and CEO of Likeable Local , just published an interview with me on Linkedin, which I’ve included below. Enter Dave: Angel investing is a great way to make a lot of money. Either way, angel investing is on the rise! Q: How popular is angel investing ?

Top Lessons Learned From Great Angel Investors

Rob Go

We held an awesome Angel Bootcamp yesterday at MIT. It was an amazing collection of speakers sharing their experience and wisdom around angel investing. Even though we are a seed-focused VC fund, we were very excited to help organize this event because of our belief that increased angel activity is critical to keep propelling the Boston startup ecosystem (and the local economy) further. Focus on founders that just won’t give up. The best angel investors hunt.

The Company Milestones Angel Investors Care About

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The Milestones Angel Investors Care About. When raising pre-seed capital from friends, family, and founders (FFF) you’ll want to consider the milestones that Angel investors care about and be sure to raise enough capital to reach those milestones.

What are some things that truly committed angel investors do for startups?


The ideal angel investor would spend a great deal of his/her time working on behalf of the company in support of the CEO, in every way other than being a full-time employee. In addition to doing the kinds of things that anyone (employee, friend, parent, founder, etc.) the best angels are good for the same categories of contributions that not-for-profit institution look for when recruiting board members: the Three Ws of Wealth , Work and Wisdom.

The Decade of the Angel Investor


This decade will be remembered as the decade of the angel investor, said Paul Singh, partner in 500 Startups. He spoke to a gathering of angel investors and startup founders at Capital Factory in Austin Thursday night. The number one mistake angels make is that they take the entire round,” Singh said. The post The Decade of the Angel Investor appeared first on SiliconHills.

Entrepreneurs Turned Angel Investors: A Look At Some Of The Best


An angel investor who also has experience in the start-up world has a much greater understanding of how businesses work, what fears and concerns the start-up owner or owners have and much more. 3 Great Examples of Entrepreneurs Turned Investors.

12 things you should know about raising money from angel investors

The Next Web

When you need funding, angel investors can seem like a godsend. However, raising money from angels isn’t as easy, or as simple, as it might seem. Don’t tie your happiness on that day to the positive or negative responses you get from potential investors, because.

10 Words an Angel Investor Wants to Hear

Inc Startups

This founder has raised more than $142 million by communicating the right things to potential investors

10 Steps to Success With Angel Investors

Business Plan Blog

10 Steps to Success With Angel Investors. Raising funds from business angels may be difficult, time consuming and even frustrating but for the right founder with the right project it may be the preferred option. Nominate one lead angel to lead the group.

David Rose: What Angel Investors Look For in a Startup

Inc Startups

The famous investor shares his insights on the qualities early-stage companies and their founders must demonstrate before he agrees to fund them. Every year, angel investors invest more than $20 billion into U.S. But at this point, angels no longer fund ideas.

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. In a syndicate there is usually a"lead" investor who negotiates the terms with the startup. If the company raises more money later, the new investor will takea chunk of the company away from all the existing shareholders justas you did.

If You Need Angel Investors, Avoid These Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

We are talking about angel investors here, meaning people who invest their own money in early-stage startups for a share of the equity. Generally, the same criteria applies to venture capital investors, although they invest other people’s money, at a later stage, in larger amounts.

How Serious Angel Investors Think About Startups

Inc Startups

Legendary angel investor David Rose talks about what he looks for before he invests. Rose, founder of and author of the new book: Angel Investing : The Gust Guide to Making Money Having Fun Investing in Startups. Here''s my interview with David: How many angel investors are there, and how much do they invest every year? The book, Angel Investing, is the first comprehensive instruction book for would-be professional angel investors.

Get Inside the Mind of an Angel Investor

Both Sides of the Table

What is wonderful about this interview is that I got Tom on the record on: what angels look for and how they work? This is one reason I always suggest getting talented angels involved in deals – whether it’s exclusively an angel round or whether you combine them with VCs.

If You're Looking for Angel Investors, Try This Unexpected Place

Inc Startups

Ratha Chaupoly and Ben Daitz, co-founders of sandwich chain Num Pang, describe how they went about finding capital when their business was first expanding

Raising Capital As A First Time Founder


A year ago, in mid September 2014, I walked out of a Starbucks in San Francisco with the very first check from an angel investor for Glassbreakers. The post Raising Capital As A First Time Founder appeared first on The Gust Blog.

Tips on Raising Funds from Angel Investors at CTAN Workshop


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Raising money is really, really hard, said Bob Baughman, co-founder of HUVRData. “I HUVRData closed in August on $2 million in a Series […] The post Tips on Raising Funds from Angel Investors at CTAN Workshop appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Austin Startup Week Central Texas Angel Network CTAN Halo Fund Houston Angel Network HUVRData Rick Timmins

7 Things You Should Know About Angel Investors

Inc Startups

Angel investors have been muscling in on traditional venture firms. Angels Are on the Rise Thanks in part to the plunging cost of technology, angels have enjoyed a growing competitive advantage in funding very early stage companies. Don''t be fooled by the word ''angel.''

How does someone get a meeting with angel investor David S. Rose?


The most useful meetings with an investor are ones where going in everyone understands that there may actually be a rational reason for the investor to be interested. The biggest problem, as I’ve discussed elsewhere, is the sheer overwhelming number of overtures I (and many other higher profile investors) receive. In practice, this means you should create an investor relations site on (hey, it’s free!),

5 Things You Must Know About Angel Investors

Inc Startups contributor Erik Sherman gets a sneak peak at the forthcoming book, What Every Angel Investor Wants You to Know. He has written, with John Kador, a book called What Every Angel Investor Wants You to Know. Also, angels are in the game for something other than money.

3 Tips From Warren Buffett For Angel Investors & Founders

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Is there any commonality between these two camps? Read on

How to Get Money from VC and Angel Investors


By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Austin has one of the nation’s most active angel networks through the Central Texas Angel Network, known as CTAN. Every angel investor is doing it because [.] The post How to Get Money from VC and Angel Investors appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Brett Hurt Central Texas Angel Network CTAN entrepreneurs investors Laura Kilcrease Michele Skelding Rick Timmins RISE startups VCs venture capital

Got "Founder Fit?" If You Want Venture Capital, You Need It

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A few weeks ago I spoke with Boris Wertz, founder of JustBooks, COO of AbeBooks and founding-partner of Version One Ventures. In Were they down to him being a more open-minded investor? Version One Ventures does not look at founders in a gender specific light. Boris Wertz.

4 Reasons You Might Not Want to Be VC Funded

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What a lot of startup founders don’t realize is that when you take on VC funding, you also take on business partners. While ideally those investors have deep experience and contacts in your industry, they also come with their own opinions about how you do things.