100+ Angel Investors For Startups
Today, I bring you a list of 100+ Angel Investors for Startups. This post aims to put together all this free content for Startups, Entrepreneurs, Founders, and students of Entrepreneurship.
The purpose is to find everything that you need for your Startup in one place.
Angel Investors for Startups: Definition, Differences, How to Pitch Investors and where to find them.
Angel Investors Definition
They are individuals that invest in early-stage Startups, in most of the cases. They are individuals with extra cash looking investments with return from this extra cash.
Why to get invested by an Angel Investor?
It is less risky than a loan. If you fail with a loan, you must to pay in all the cases. With an Angel Investor, they usually look for a partnership or become a co-founder.
How to choose the correct Angel Investor for your Startup?
You must clarify all the terms in advance, so it is not against you. Another critical point is the vertical market, relationships, and expertise by them. They will “open a lot of doors” for you and your startup in the best case.
In this article I explain everything in details: What are Angel Investors?
Now that you know who they are, you want to know: Where Can I find an Angel Investors for Startups? I made a list by location to help you with this matter. You can see who is the best, depending on your location and who are the most active Investors.
How do I get Angel Investors for my Startup? By Jitka Sladkova
Longer I have been in a start-up environment, and Bas and VCs too, more often I see “early start-upers” trying to reach the investors. In 99 % of cases, they were unsuccessful. Some of them could even close their door for future cooperation. Why? What is needed to be done before you go to an investor?
First investment tips for startups: Idea is not everything, it is everything
Some of the cases were in this situation: Damn, I have such a good idea; no one does; everyone would be interested in supporting it with their money. No. It just did not work like this. First, you need to work on your idea a lot. A LOT. And remember – good idea but bad management = no success at all. Bad idea and great management = can lead to profit. Interesting, but true. Because there is always customer out there waiting for you, even you do the craziest thing in the world.
So you work at your startup’s idea, well done.
When you start to work on your idea, do market research, make a prototype, talk to potential first users, then give your prototype to them to try and explore, you collect the feedback from them, make a logo, buy a web domain, make a web page, do all the copywriting there; you can have a feeling you did a lot. And now it is the time to grow, but you need more money for that – the investment. The question is – is it enough?
FFF – Friends, Fools, and Family
It might be enough of what you did so far, but more energy, time and yes, money too, you will invest in your idea in the beginning, the higher is the probability of gaining interesting investors later on. It is your idea. You are the founder of the whole situation. You have to be the most enthusiastic about it, and your enthusiasm must be contagious. If it is so, then it might be easy to persuade your friends and family to get engaged. Then the fool well actually might come by themselves.
First real customers
That is the right time when to come to the investor. Not while your fools are paying – not with the first really paying customers, but after few early adopters. What you might be able to do in the meantime is to introduce your idea to as many people as possible, to get on track fast when it is the right time.
One of the most important investment tips for startups: Marketing – word-of-mouth.
It is important to let to know about yourself. Anytime, anywhere. Be annoying with it. Even though they will tell you, in the beginning, your idea is not cool, the potential is low, the competition is strong etc. It is easy to do a lot of marketing, and PR especially, even with almost no budget. Go to start-up competitions, talk about your project at different seminars and places. But never talk about your project. But talk about the benefits of what you do, about the customer values. Never features, always values. Like this, you will get a lot of word-of-mouth, and the investors probably hear about you already.
WOM and Early adopters.
This is the right time to go to an investor. You get to know the market, know your business, have paying customers (also your value got higher), did a lot, have more information, better-shaped visions for future development. This is the right time. If you already tried to attract the investor earlier than this, no problem. Work on your project, continue, and come again later. The investor will like to see the development you already did.
Plans, real-time plans.
Before you go to an investor, you should know what you want. How much money. What you are demanding and what you are selling. For what you will use that money. How you plan to grow. Never ask for money, if you do not have an idea of how to spend them. That is silly and easy to detect. If you ask for money and have a no-good and precise idea of how to spend them that can make you lose the investor, even the investor was interested.
So before you approach an investor: work, work, work, and them make plans.
List of Angel Investors for Startups by location.
New York City
In this article I speak about the Top 3 in New York City:
- Fabrice Grinda: 179 Startups invested.
- David Tisch: 134 Startups invested.
- Peter Kellner: 127 Startups invested.
Only these 3 people have invested in over 440+ Startups. The other 20+ Investors are not so active as them, but you should consider to contact them to get invested at your Startup. You can find more: 23+ Angel Investors New York City.
In this list, the most active investor in San Francisco or the most important ones are two:
- Bobby Yazdani: 120 Startups invested. featured by CB insights as #1 out of 2000 angel investors for successful follow-on funding.
- Auren Hoffman: 120+ Tech Startups invested.
Only these 2 people have invested in over 240+ Startups. You can find more: Best 11+ Angel Investors San Francisco
In this list, the most active investor in Los Angeles are:
- Eric Manlunas: 350+ Startups invested in the past 17 years.
- Richard Wolpert: A pioner of this industry.
- Ashton Kutcher. We can highligh the following startups investsments: Airbnb, AeroFs, Bitpay, Airtable, Airtime, Bloomthat. He has also co-founded some startups like Aplus and A-grade.
- Talmadge O’Neill: 150+ Startups funded.
They have invested over 600+ Startups with some big names. You can find more: 13+ Angel Investors Los Angeles
7+ Differences: Angel Investor VS Venture Capitalist
Would you like to know the difference between an Angel Investor and a Venture Capitalist. Here are the 7 main differences.
- Amount of the Investment. As individuals the amount of the investment by Angels are very limited compared with the VCs. In most of the cases VCs have a bigger capitals compared to an Angel Investor.
- Return on investment. VCs invest bigger amounts but they also request bigger returns compared to individual investors.
- Structure. An Angel Investor is an individual and the Venture Capitalists are companies. The structure is completely different.
- Due Diligence. In most cases, the individual investors don’t take part in the Due Diligence. This statistic is different in the case of the VCs. They participate more in this matter.
- Motivation of Investment. A VC is a company, thus they have to do a bigger research compared with individual investors.
- Specialization. Most of the Angel Investors are focused on early-stage startups. In the case of VCs, the specialization is more distributed. It means, in both cases they invest in early-stage and late-stage startups. However, the first group is more focused on new startups.
- How to pitch them? To a VC, you pitch a company and, in the second case, to an individual. In both cases, you need to make the best impressions, and to achieve this, you have to do research. So, the main differences are the interest of the individuals and how to pitch them.
You can find the extended information at the following post: Angel Investors VS Venture Capitalists
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