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.

5 Things Startups Can Learn from Angel Investors

Up and Running

Angel investors can teach you a lot about money, whether or not you’re seeking funding from them. I’ve seen this over and over in my dealings as a member of a local angel investment group. What we do at the Willamette Angel Conference is the rule, not the exception.

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How to Raise Startup Funding from Unlikely Angel Investors

Up and Running

Angel investors come from a variety of ages, backgrounds, and professions. I’m not your average angel. I’m not active in an angel group. I live in a small town surrounded by farms and I made my first angel investment at 29 because my dad said it was a good idea.

How to be an angel investor, Part 3

Venture Hacks

This guest post is by Tyler Willis , an entrepreneur and angel investor. For several interesting macro-economic reasons [1], more and more people are becoming angel investors. This is a good thing – it allows more investors to participate in a high-growth (but high-risk) area of our economy. People who are just getting started in angel investing should get comfortable with the inherent risks and learn the strategies required to be successful angel investors.

The Startups Weekend Phenomenon and Angel Investors


They had some good ideas, good pictures, a prototype or two, some good video … and an entertaining event. . I’m posting this here for two audiences: angel investors and founders (including would-be and wanna-be founders) of startups. .

7 Entrepreneur Traits That Let You Soar With Angels

Startup Professionals Musings

As a startup mentor, I’m always amazed that some entrepreneurs seem to be an immediate hit with investors, while others struggle to get any attention at all. Finally I realized that Venture Capital and Angel investors are actually humans, despite some views to the contrary.

4 Reasons You Might Not Want to Be VC Funded

Up and Running

While ideally those investors have deep experience and contacts in your industry, they also come with their own opinions about how you do things. Funding a Business Venture Capital and Angel Investors funding small business funding startup funding VC VC funding

Investors Don’t Know What They Want


angel investors are hardly a diverse group. I strongly recommend a quick tour of the ‘ what investors want ‘ collection of videos on this site. It’s a bit like an angel investor role call. Take a step back and be objective, and U.S.

What Angel Investors Look For: Facts Vs. Truths

Growthink Blog

The Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire just released its report on angel funding activity for the first half of 2011. During the first half of this year, angel investments totaled $8.9 That's a lot of investors. Simply put, angel investing is exciting.

How to Find Angel Investors By Acting Like a Headhunter

Growthink Blog

You see, while you can market products or services pretty much anywhere, in the United States there are many laws the regulate the sale of securities, mainly the stock in your company that you may want to sell to individual or "angel" investors. This video explains more.

Finding Angel Investors & Convincing Them to Give You Funding

Growthink Blog

Getting funding from angel investors is the same way. Because the most important time you spend influencing potential investors is done long before you present to them, even long before you even contact them; it's done when you prepare your company for funding.

What I Learned From My Appearance on Shark Tank

Up and Running

The Pittsburgh-based entrepreneur had to go through a lengthy application process, which included a written application, a video submission, and multiple rounds of phone interviews before being asked to audition in L.A.

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My 13 Favorite Alternative Funding Options of 2013

Up and Running

You build a campaign by creating videos, telling your story, participating in social media promotion, and offering “perks”, which are goods or services that you offer in exchange for donations. Investors then use your profile to determine whether they want to fund your request for a loan.

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How important is a video pitch to investors for an early stage start-up?


If you are going around personally to talk to potential high net worth investor to whom you have an introduction, you probably don’t need a video. On the other hand, if your initial contact with a potential investor is online, then (at least in the US, although I assume elsewhere as well) a video can be very helpful. In the context of an organized group of angel investors, it is even more important.

Starting a Company? 5 Videos You Must Watch First

Inc Startups

Here are five videos to watch before you launch. Here are five videos to check out before launching your own business. In this video, he explains how to clarify your start-up''s message--and make sure the "why" drives everything that you do.

How to Pitch, Plan, and Track Your Business with LivePlan [VIDEO]

Up and Running

Recently, Palo Alto Software CEO Sabrina Parsons hosted a webinar for our Bcast members on how to use LivePlan to create a better business plan, pitch your idea to investors, and track your business. To find out how, watch the video above, or check out the transcript below.

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Exit Strategies Videos

Angel Blog

My latest post is a video of a talk I gave on Exit Strategies for Angel Investors and Entrepreneurs at the Angel Capital Association Annual Summit in Atlanta. The Differences Between Angels and VCs. Why Most Companies and Angel Investors Don't need Venture Capital.

Getting Funded: Step 1, Getting VCs to notice

Passionate Intensity

Get on Angel List. I know it has “angel” in the title, but many VCs (including this one) subscribe and follow the companies listed there. Consider angels or seed investors. I often recommend angel investors I know to companies that are too early for our fund.

IM Creator – High Class Websites for the Masses, with 126,000 Websites Created and Counting.

VC Cafe

Here is a 60-second tour of IM Creator: IM Creator is bootstrapped with $250k from the founder Jonathan Saragossi, and a few unknown angel investors. Jimdo – unknown amount of angel funding, over 4 million websites created.

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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. Let’s set them up with their tablet at home with high-definition video.

Lean Business Planning with Tim Berry [VIDEO]

Up and Running

I’m in my seventh year now as a leader and an angel investment group where we just announced an investment last Thursday, and I’m very familiar with how this works for angel investors. Tell your angel investors a story about need.

Exit Strategies for Angel Investors Video

Angel Blog

The Northwest Energy Angels invited me to Seattle to talk about exit strategies for Angel investors. The full video and Q&A from that talk is online in full 720p High Def. Checklist to determine whether an individual company should be financed with Angels only or VCs.

10 Tips for Finding Venture Funding

Up and Running

So before you read these tips, first understand the difference between venture capital and angel investment and then you can add in 5 essentials for angel investment. And keep in mind, as you read that, that venture capital demands everything that angel investors do, and more.

Angel Investor Esther Dyson: How Gamification Changes Behavior [VIDEO]

Inc Startups

Esther Dyson predicts that individuals tracking health data will ultimately change consumer and corporate behavior

Angel Investor Esther Dyson: 'There Are Too Many Start-Ups' [VIDEO]

Inc Startups

Esther Dyson talks about retiring on Mars and the problems that come with an excess of start-ups

What My Startup Accelerator Taught Me About Pitching

Up and Running

The culmination of an entrepreneurship accelerator is the opportunity to pitch investors on your business. After my business partners and I spent eight weeks in a startup accelerator at the JFE Network , we got the chance to show off Credential Cabinet to a room full of attentive investors.

#GivingThanks: David Cohen and the Techstars Foundation

Feld Thoughts

He told me we were co-investors in a few companies as angel investors. He then explained why he wasn’t enjoying being an angel investor the way he was then doing it. Remember, it’s 2006 and angel investing is not trendy.

Valossa’s Patent Pending Descriptive Video Search Technology Raises $650 000


Oulu-based startup Valossa announces closing a $650 000 seed round with Butterfly ventures and several Finnish angel investors. s from the University of Oulu in Northern Finland – Valossa can reach down into video content, identify it and make it searchable.

Fundraising Recommendations for Startups (Part I)

VC Cafe

3) In his class CS183 , on startup conception , launch, scaling, and growing of a successful tech company, valley investor Peter Thiel referred to two different decks for the same company. I found Startup-Videos to be an excellent resource for seeing what’s out there.

How to Make Your Gust Account Stand Out to Investors

Up and Running

I know a lot of other entrepreneurs who use or have used Gust to seek funds, but their profiles don’t always get attention from investors. Include the right kind of video pitch. Your Gust profile allows you to upload a video on your profile page. Let angels know about Gust.

New Video: Key Startup Investing Risks for Friends, Family, and Angel Investors

Pascal's View

Establishing a mutual understanding between investors and entrepreneurs as to what each expects from the other is essential to a harmonious beginning for a new venture. The future is likely to be challenging; if entrepreneurs expect to be able to count on additional support from their friends, family, and Angel investors, several key risks that must be addressed in advance. This video is Chapter 2 of the Entrepreneur Essentials Video Series.

Is #NewYork the Next Startup Land of Oz?

Scalable Startup

Just watch the Disrupt videos, they’ll give you a glimpse. Angel Investor Business Development CEO Succession early stage founder photography Revenue Growth Scalability startup startup CEO Tom Nora venture advertising angel investor business Cash Flow CEO blog CEOing CoFounder facebook first revenue leadership revenue growth scalability Software Development startups technology tom nora venture capital

Angel Investor Esther Dyson: 'Automate All the Boring Jobs' [VIDEO]

Inc Startups

Esther Dyson discusses her current investments in the health technology industry and what she sees for the future

Series A Crunch.just Darwin at work

Professor VC

While this has been discussed ad nauseum on twitter and the blogosphere, I have relevant perspective given my three different roles in the new venture ecosystem - investing in seed deals as an angel, raising seed investment as a start-up CFO and teaching entrepreneurial finance as a Professor.

The Gifts Project Announces New Investor and a Partnership with eBay on Social Shopping

VC Cafe

The company raised $1 million in seed from Gemini and a few days later, European VC Index Ventures was mysteriously added to its investors page. The company raised $1 million in seed from Gemini and a few days later, European VC Index Ventures was mysteriously added to its investors page.

The Things I Wish I Could’ve Told Young Mr Fishkin | Rand Fishkin, Moz | BoS EU 2016

Business of Software Blog

Slides, Video & Transcript below. Video. Be first to see new videos, join free speaker hangouts, stay up to date on BoS Conference programmes and a regular dose of thought provoking ideas from around the web that will make you look smarter at home & at work.

VideofyMe Monetizes Independent Videos


VideofyMe , a Sweden-based start-up, is trying to serve that need by helping independent bloggers monetize their original video content. VideofyMe is seedfunded by Almi Invest and angel investors like Ulf Sandberg, Christopher Muenchhoff and Patrik Frisk (now CFO at the start-up).

Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Paige Craig

Scott Edward Walker

Each week, we share a favorite video of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business leader on a variety of topics. This week, we present Paige Craig , the founder and CEO of BetterWorks and a very impressive entrepreneur and angel investor. Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed angel investor BetterWorks entrepreneur helping entrepreneurs Paige CraigTo Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series “ Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.”

Some problems are so hard they need to be solved piece by piece

Chris Dixon

Now we are seeing the rise of vertical solutions that are significantly better, e.g. Stack Overflow for developers and Behance for designers (at least that’s what I believe – I’m an angel investor in both). video, news) and lots of startups suffered.

Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Brad Feld

Scott Edward Walker

Each week, we share a favorite video clip of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business leader on a variety of topics. This week, we present Brad Feld , the managing director at Foundry Group , and a very smart investor (and indeed impressive guy). Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed angel investor Brad Feld entrepreneurs Foundry Group helping entrepreneurs helping entrepreneurs succeed passion vc