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.

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.''

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New investment: Upverter, a cloud-based platform for the hardware revolution

Version One Ventures

In the design phase, we believe that hardware engineering will follow a similar path as the open source software community that built GitHub. Specifically, Upverter is a collaborative schematic capture and printed circuit board layout platform that lives entirely in the cloud and is aimed at companies, hobbyists, students, and the open source hardware community. News Arduino GitHub hardware Open source hardware Raspberry Pi startup University of Waterloo Upverter

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The Other Amazon Deal this week. Drupal founder attracts over $100 Million in 3 months.

Scalable Startup

As a personal friend of the original investor, I’m very happy for this transaction – after 7 years of work, repositioning, and sticking to it their vision has paid off. is the for-profit company founded by Dries Buytaert, the inventor of Drupal, to support his open source project. When Open Source software projects are launched, the progenitors often start a for-profit sister company to garner some income from training, support and consulting.

The Future of Startups 2013-2017

Scalable Startup

A big part of why venture capital actually is important and enduring is because the public market is flighty and late-stage investors are flighty, and customers for that matter are flighty, and so you can’t — if you are running one of these companies you can’t — you just can’t rely on people being balanced. And you need to have investors at the core of your company who are going to support you through that. They are the place where all the open source code increasingly lives.

The New Rules of Angel Investing

Inc Startups

Today''s capital climate is a fertile one for angel investors --and the entrepreneurs hoping to court them. Specifically, a startup that would''ve needed $5 million to launch 10 years ago can often launch for $500,000 today, thanks to open-source software and cloud computing, he adds.

New Early Stage Financing Options for Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are new to the entrepreneurial world of startups, you are likely confused by the terminology of seed-stage, lean startups, micro-VCs, and Super Angels. Super Angels. This should be a wake-up call for traditional entrepreneurs and investors alike.

Shrinking the Table – How Investors and Startups Are Getting Closer

Instigator Blog

Too often, investors and entrepreneurs think of themselves as being, “on opposites sides of the table.” Raising capital is a negotiation that regularly pits investors against entrepreneurs (and vice versa). When it comes time to negotiate terms, investors are looking for the best deal.

Gust Blog - Thoughts on startups by investors that fund them

Gust

Thoughts on startups by investors that fund them & entrepreneurs that run them. God help the investor who has my sense of what’s coming for the future. The 10 Best Sources of Cash to Start Your Business. 22 » More than 40,000 investors worldwide trust Gust.

Early-stage Regional Venture Funds–part 2 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank

However, four critical advances over the past decade (cloud, accelerators, Lean, and Angels) not only changed the math for tech investing but made regional tech clusters possible. The cloud , open-source development tools and web 2.0

The Cost Equation for a Startup is Better Than Ever

Startup Professionals Musings

Now, with open source software components, and low-cost development tools, the same job can be done by one good hacker for a few thousand dollars. No need to make the assumption that you will need a rich uncle or an angel investor for every idea you come up with.

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Will the Real Crowd Funding Model Please Stand Up?

Startup Professionals Musings

The new hot topic for entrepreneurs these days is crowd funding, which is anticipated to at least supplement, if not replace, the slow and mysterious process of current Angel and venture capital investors. Ideas crowd sourcing. Software crowd sourcing.

Zhongguancun in Beijing – China’s Silicon Valley (Part 4 of 5)

Steve Blank

In the few days I was in China I met with several VC’s, angel investors, business press and spoke to hundreds of entrepreneurs. Closed for You, Open For Us. Beijing Venture/Angel Ecosystem.

4 Considerations for Expanding Your Startup to International Markets

mashable.com

and China, and recently recorded their 1,000,000th download of Bonita Open Solution. Understand the Investor Community It’s important to understand investor tendencies and trends of the market you’re targeting. Also make sure to research which type of investors fit your business.

The Top 5 Tech Investors For 2014

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Here is our list of the top five most influential tech investors for 2014. Jim Goetz has a resume that could turn many engineers and investors green with envy. As a serial entrepreneur, investor, and board member at several large technology firms, he is more of a whale than a guppy.

Primer On Funding Trends for Early-Stage Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are new to the entrepreneurial world of startups, you are likely confused by the terminology of seed-stage, lean startups, micro-VCs, and Super Angels. Super Angels. This should be a wake-up call for traditional entrepreneurs and investors alike.

Why You Should Let Your Employees Do Whatever They Want??

Inc Startups

Here''s what''s taking their place in the virtual, open source era. Make it clear that your company has the right of first refusal to play an active role in turning projects with potential into successes, whether as a partner, agent, angel investor, or shareholder.

Do You Have The Moxy To Be A Parallel Entrepreneur?

Startup Professionals Musings

Investors have long argued the value of a portfolio to hedge and leverage the risk, so why shouldn’t entrepreneurs do the same? Optimize your advisers and investors. Investors building their portfolio love to hear about multiple startups in one sitting, to select the best fit.

9 Tips for Raising Startup Funds on AngelList

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Joshua Baer is the co-founder and CEO of Otherinbox , a prolific angel investor and the director of Capital Factory , Austin’s seed-stage incubator. AngelList is an online community that matches startups with investors to streamline the fundraising process. I’ve referred more than 20 startups to AngelList, vouched for a dozen other investors and am ranked as one of the top connectors on the site. Make It Easy for Investors To Write Checks. Angel investors.

Don’t Be Fooled By All The Hype For Crowd Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

The new hot topic for entrepreneurs the last couple of years is crowd funding, which is anticipated to at least supplement, if not replace, the slow and mysterious process of current Angel and venture capital investors. Ideas crowd sourcing. Software crowd sourcing.

You Don’t Need to be Rich to be an Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Now, with open source software components, and low-cost development tools, the same job can be done by one good hacker for a few thousand dollars. No need to make the assumption that you will need a rich uncle or an angel investor for every idea you come up with.

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Venture Capitalists, Super Angels and the State of Startup Funding

mashable.com

Not only that, but the growing battle between venture capital firms and “super angels&# presents an amazing opportunity for entrepreneurs trying to build the next big thing. The answer is the rise of super angels, Graham said. Angel rounds also tend to close quicker.

Startup founders can have their cake and eat it too

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Angel Investors are willing to invest more at higher valuations, and Private Equity investors are willing to invest huge sums at later stages and allow founders to cash in some of their stock. Traditional Venture Capital (VC) investors would invest $1M to $3M in a Series A and take 40% to 60% of the company. positions,” said Jim Breyer, an early investor in Facebook and a partner at Accel Partners. are very active Angel investors.

Startup founders can have their cake and eat it too

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Angel Investors are willing to invest more at higher valuations, and Private Equity investors are willing to invest huge sums at later stages and allow founders to cash in some of their stock. Traditional Venture Capital (VC) investors would invest $1M to $3M in a Series A and take 40% to 60% of the company. positions,” said Jim Breyer, an early investor in Facebook and a partner at Accel Partners. are very active Angel investors.

Angels vs. Venture Capitalists

Marc Andreessen

To that end, we’ve linked up with Ted Wang who has been working on an open source legal project called the Series Seed documents. I’m speaking here from the point of view as both an angel investor and a venture capitalist, two very different kinds of investors. Angels vs. Venture Capitalists. Why do angel investors exist? After all, doesn’t the definition of venture capital include all of the activities that angels perform?

Why The End is Near for Angels

Inc Startups

Outspoken entrepreneur-turned-VC Mark Suster last night put a date on a prediction he has been making for some time in his blog about a coming crash for angel investors: The end will come next year. Or, Everyone Now is an F—g Angel.

Why Launching a Startup Is More Expensive Than You Think

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After all, high-quality open source software is free, the cloud makes computer power far less expensive, and anyone with an Internet connection can learn Ruby and CSS. Early-stage seed and angel investors all realize that a business will encounter a huge range of flux very rapidly.

The Proliferation of Standardized Seed Financing Documents

Feld Thoughts

As of today’s announcement that Ted Wang at Fenwick & West has collaborated with a group of bay area early stage VC’s and angel investors to create the Series Seed Documents (the site isn’t up yet so I can’t opine on the quality of the docs but I expect them to be fine) we now have – at my count – four different standardized seed financing documents floating around the industry. I’ll include a handful of early stage investors (both VCs and angels) in this effort.

Venture Capitalists, Super Angels and the State of Startup Funding

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Home Social Media Business Entertainment Tech Web Video Dev & Design Apple Mobile Social Good Jobs Business News Advertising & Marketing Small Business Advice Career Development Money & Finance Business Apps Now Trending : Sony Retires the Cassette Walkman After 30 Years October 16, 2010 Ben Parr View Comments Venture Capitalists, Super Angels and the State of Startup Funding email share email share Do you like this story? The answer is the rise of super angels, Graham said.

Why Your Startup Hasn’t Gotten Funded

YoungUpstarts

Startup X launches with XX millions of dollars of seed capital from a star-studded list of investors”. … If you’re spending your time pitching investors, you’re more than likely wasting energy that could be spent moving your startup forward. Venture Capitalist have investors as well.

Startup Resources

www.vccafe.com

VC Cafe highlights everything you need to know from hosting your code in hackathons to open source legal docs. Lean Methodology Sources. High Quality, and open sourced! Mantis (Open source). Nagios (open source). Panda (Open source).

The Coming Brick Wall in Venture Capital & Why This is Good for US Innovation

Both Sides of the Table

Or the Cliff Note’s version: Open Source & Cloud Computing (led by Amazon) drove down tech startup costs by 90%. The result was a massive increase in startups & a whole group of new funding sources: both angels & “micro VCs&#.

Lessons Learned: The lean startup

Startup Lessons Learned

But by taking advantage of open source, agile software, and iterative development, lean startups can operate with much less waste. One that is powered by three drivers, each of which is a part of a major trend: The use of platforms enabled by open source and free software. Whether they also lead to dramatically higher returns for investors is a question Im looking forward to studying.

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The disruption of venture capital

The Equity Kicker

Angel investing has grown – wealth creation in the internet bubble massively increased the number of angel investors, particularly outside Silicon Valley. Startup costs have fallen – open source software and cloud computing have driven startup costs down by a factor of 10. Data driven investing – there is an emerging trend for investors to make heavy use of data.

Essential Startup Funding Tips from 8 Seasoned Investors

mashable.com

This dynamic births serial entrepreneurs and motivates angels and venture capitalists to pull their friends into investment deals. Mashable Mashable reached out to angels, seed stage investors and VC firm partners and asked them to share their wisdom with the rest of us.

10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2013

Inc Startups

Under Tsur’s leadership Kaltura had a big year: Its open-source video player and platform surpassed the 300,000 customer mark, which includes Groupon, Zappos, and Best Buy; it opened new offices in Asia and Europe; and it secured $25 million in a Series D funding in November.

Startup Tools

steveblank.com

interactions, widgets, effects Django – high-level Python framework Cappuccino – open source framework for app development Kodingen – cloud development environment, code editor, hosting service, collaboration platform. Are your lectures (in b-schools) open to public?

Real Unfair Advantages

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

About twenty people on Answers OnStartups have asked this question in one form or another: When I meet an angel investor, he may ask: "What if a big company copies your idea and develops the same website as yours after your website goes public?".

Entrepreneurs, not the government, will save Europe’s economy

The Next Web

Dries Buytaert is the co-founder and CTO and Acquia , a venture-backed software company that offers products and services for open source content management system Drupal. Without a vibrant exit market, it’s harder to attract both entrepreneurs and investors.

Founder to CEO: Tobias Lutke, Shopify

StartupCFO

Before co-founding Shopify, Tobi was active in many open source projects. It takes a village: There is a strong ecosystem around Tobi: An early angel investor continues to play a strong mentorship role.