Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Twitter Roundup

Angel Investment News:  

  • Government funding to help social enterprises in Singapore expand: http://ow.ly/7WgYd
  • Infographic: The Wealth of Warren Buffett, the legendary American business magnate, investor and philanthropist: http://ow.ly/7X0ge
  • Dave McClure, the venture capitalist & founder of 500 Startups, and his team of geeks are visiting India: http://ow.ly/7YfJG

Business Plans & Pitching:

Fund Raising:

  • Ways to fund your business: http://ow.ly/7WieI – angel investors, family & friends, venture capitalists, credit cards…
  • Infographic: Is there another coming of the dot com boom? And how can startups get the funding they need? http://ow.ly/7X1ww
  • 6 Tips For Acing Startup Financial Projections: http://ow.ly/7XFdY
  • Small Businesses Looking for Investors Should Find an Angel, Research Says: http://ow.ly/7YeH9
  • 5 Types of Angel Investors: http://ow.ly/7Zsnk

Marketing & Social Media:

Start-Up & Entrepreneurship:

  • Sean Parker: “Too many VCs, not enough good entrepreneurs”: http://ow.ly/7WiZc
  • Top Tips for Naming Your Startup Business: http://ow.ly/7YTYF
  • 94-year-old UK entrepreneur proves it’s never too late to start up:

To stay updated, come follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/angel__network or visit our blog at http://www.angelinvestmentnetwork.net/.

Read anything interesting? Feel free to add links to any articles or resources you’d like to share with the angel community.

Or are you looking to raise funding?  Send me a summary of your project at mike@angelinvestmentnetwork.co.uk and we’ll try to help.

Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Funding Roundup

Here’s a roundup of some of the recent seed-stage and angel deals from around the world:

  • AppBoy, a platform for developers to expand, engage and understand their user base, has raised $1 million in seed funding  
  • Edmodo, the free and secure network for teachers and students in K12 schools, has completed a new round of venture capital financing
  • Historic Futures, a UK-based provider of global supply chain traceability solutions, has secured £2.6m funding from VCs and angel investors
  • Pluto Games, a provider of mobile entertaining learning tools, has raised $500k in seed funding from YouWeb and angel investors
  • GAIN Fitness, an innovative platform creates a marketplace for both fitness consumers & personal trainers, has raised $650K in seed funding
  • CrowdCompass, a supplier of branded, native mobile apps for conferences & events, lands $1.3m Series A funding led by the Oregon Angel Fund
  • Flowdock, a group chat application for teams and businesses, has raised $650,000 in seed funding from CrunchFund and IDG Ventures
  • OrderWithMe, a group buying site for US fashion & home décor retailers to import inventory directly from China, lands $3m Series A funding
  • Informilo, a news site that covers tech sector developments from around the world, raised seed funding from Måns Hultman and Sean Phelan
  • Social Wavelength, a full-service social media agency, has just raised second round of angel fund from four angel investors
  • Hyderabad-based EcoPaper, a manufacturer of handmade paper products, has raised angel funding from Srini Chakwal
  • WhoAPI, an extensive API to get domain name related information to your web or mobile application, lands €40,000 from angel Mihovil Barancic
  • Biopharmaceutical company Xeris Pharmaceuticals lands $1.5 million Series A financing led by the Central Texas Angel Network
  • CloudSigma, a Zurich, Switzerland-based pure-cloud Infrastructure as a Service provider, has secured a “significant” round of angel funding
  • Indian Ambience Vineyards that sells organic wine under the brand name Yana has raised angel funding from Srini Chakwal
  • Duedil, a free database around company financials in the UK and Ireland, lands angel investment from Jonty Hurwitz, founding CTO of Wonga

To get regular updates, come follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/angel__network or visit our blog at http://www.angelinvestmentnetwork.net/.

Have you managed to raise capital for your company?  We always love to hear from entrepreneurs who manage to get funded.

Or are you looking to raise funding?  Send me a summary of your project at mike@angelinvestmentnetwork.co.uk and we’ll try to help.

Infographic: The Wealth of Warren Buffett, The Legendary Investor

Warren Buffett is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is widely regarded as one of the most successful investors in the world. Often introduced as “legendary investor, Warren Buffett“, he is the primary shareholder, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.

This infographic done with Mint, looks at what his empire, Berkshire Hathaway, is built upon.


Source: http://www.sociableblog.com/2011/10/09/the-wealth-of-warren-buffett/

Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Twitter Roundup

Angel Investment News:  

  • Proposed Changes to Wisconsin Investment Tax Credits Would Encourage Investment By Making Tax Credits Refundable: http://ow.ly/7OSLX
  • The Enterprise Investment Scheme is a vital part in stimulating UK economic growth through tax-incentivised investment: http://ow.ly/7PAOz
  • Do Angels Lose The Start-up Game When VCs Take Over? http://ow.ly/7PBed
  • Email Marketing and Social Media Are Top Areas of Investment in 2012 According to StrongMail Survey: http://ow.ly/7RX3L

Business Plans & Pitching:

Fund Raising:

  • Investment capital: the rise of angel investors: http://ow.ly/7Q5oM
  • Business Funding: 10 Things You Need To Do Before Asking For It: http://ow.ly/7QFai
  • Check Out Five Red Hot Investment Themes: http://ow.ly/7PBy8
  • Advice from Angel & Tech Entrepreneur Sherry Coutu on how Startups should choose & work with great Angels & Investors: http://ow.ly/7RYP0
  • Is Your Startup Positioned in The Funding Gap? http://ow.ly/7S11z. Distribution of funding is not uniform across the funding rounds

Marketing & Social Media:

Start-Up & Entrepreneurship:

To stay updated, come follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/angel__network.

Read anything interesting? Feel free to add links to any articles or resources you’d like to share with the angel community.

Or are you looking to raise funding?  Send me a summary of your project at mike@angelinvestmentnetwork.co.uk and we’ll try to help.

Is Your Startup Positioned in The Funding Gap?

The resources required to start a company vary significantly, depending on the type of company and growth rate anticipated by the entrepreneur. An experienced software engineer, for example, can develop a new mobile app with his or her own resources and market the product on the web with very little capital. A medical device company, on the other hand, may need cash resources to pay for FDA testing, designing the prototype, manufacturing the product, establishing an inventory of the devices and establishing marketing and sales channels for the products. Most high-impact companies need substantial cash resources to sustain their rapid grow.

There are several important sources of capital for entrepreneurs starting their businesses, depending on the stage of development of the company. The following table shows these sources:

It is clear from this table that Friends and Family, Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists provide 95% of the capital for new ventures. Friends and Family typically invest a few thousand to perhaps $10,000, and only a small number of investors provide more than $50,000. Angel investments range from $100,000 to $1.5 million with a small fraction below and above this range, while venture capitalists fund rounds of investment from $4 million to $100 million with a few above and below this range. So, generally, these three major sources of capital are complementary, not competitive.

The figure below shows the number of investors by investment size for startup ventures. This graphic shows that the distribution of funding is not uniform across the spectrum of rounds size in dollars.

Clearly, there is a funding gap between $25,000 and $100,000, and another capital gap between $1.5 million and $4 million. This simply means that there are fewer investors who are willing to provide investments in these two capital gaps than for rounds of investment larger and smaller than these two ranges. To elaborate, seldom can entrepreneurs accumulate $50,000 from Friends and Family, while angels are infrequently willing to provide as little as $75,000 for new ventures. In the gap between $1.5 and $4 million, angels only occasionally fund rounds larger than $1.5 million, while VCs are hardly ever interested in investing less than $4 to $5 million in startup companies. In fact, we estimate that less than 200 investors in the US are routinely investing $2.5 to $3.5 million in entrepreneurial ventures.

So, how should entrepreneurs use this information? Clearly, new companies need to design their achievement milestones with the capital food chain in mind. For example, entrepreneurs who anticipate needing $4 million to achieve positive cash flow need to carefully plan to hit important milestones with perhaps $1 million, and then plan to raise two additional rounds of $1.5 million to eventually achieve positive cash flow. What might these milestones be? Milestones are accomplishments that demonstrate the viability of the business; hence, they increase the valuation of the company. Depending on the company, important milestones may include being granted a patent, receiving a 510k FDA approval, completing a prototype, receiving positive customer feedback on a beta test, achieving first revenues, hitting the goal in annual revenues of $1 million, etc.

The funding gaps can create a bumpy fundraising road for entrepreneurs. It is important that the management team of new companies understand the capital food chain, acknowledge these gaps in capital sources and design fundraising strategies accordingly.

Author: Bill Payne, Angel Investor , Frontier Angel Fund

Source: http://www.gust.com/angel-investing/startup-blogs/2011/12/06/the-funding-gap/

Infographic: Why Does Content Go Viral and What Drives Us to Share It?

These days everyone from marketers to designers, bloggers and video producers dream of “going viral.”  Everyone wants to be the next Charlie Bit My Finger or Old Spice guy.  But striking it viral can be difficult.  There’s no exact recipe or formula and going viral requires luck (and frequently money as well), but ProBlogger has done a little research and asserts that, even if you can’t guarantee virality, understanding the key components of what makes content go viral can help you ensure that your great content gets “the attention it deserves.”

The ProBlogger research has been compiled into an awesome infographic called Understanding Viral Content Marketing.  The infographic covers everything from Metcalfe’s Law of viral marketing to the types and anatomy of viral content, the reasons we share, design, execution and more.

There is tons of great food for thought in the infographic, but I think the biggest takeaway is the idea that “Viral content relies on two things.  The content itself is worthy of being shared [and] the content is shared widely enough to reap the benefits of the networks they are shared on.”  If your content is not worthy of being shared then your odds of going viral are slim to none.  First things first, you need to put a lot of thought into coming up with content that is worth sharing.  Then you can start thinking about everything else.

Source: http://socialtimes.com/infographic-reveals-how-content-goes-viral_b86062

Infographic: The past year in social media: highlighting historical moments, notable achievements, new terms and alarming statistics

Source: http://socialmediatoday.com/your-social-move/401475/2011-social-media-timeline

What other memorable moments would you add? What do you think is the most notable achievement in social media in 2011? We want to know, so leave us your comments below.

Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Twitter Roundup

Angel Investment News:   

  • Irish companies seeking external funding to go up: http://ow.ly/7FdNU
  • George Osborne expected to announce a £300m-plus package of tax breaks to stimulate investment in small UK businesses: http://ow.ly/7JBTX
  • Qatar fund and venture capital firms from Europe, UK, US and Japan eye Irish cleantech companies: http://ow.ly/7FwIS
  • U.K. Tax Breaks for Start-Up Investors Welcomed: http://ow.ly/7K6CV

Business Plans & Pitching:

Fund Raising:

  • Meet the Hottest Angel Investors in India: http://ow.ly/7KaL8
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Raising Capital: http://ow.ly/7Fev4
  • Angel investments have peaked and reached a record high in India, as can be seen from data generated by VCCedge: http://ow.ly/7Kaz4
  • VIDEO: Kauffman Foundation Senior Fellow Paul Kedrosky walks through the various roads to early-stage capital: http://ow.ly/7M7Qa

Marketing & Social Media:

Start-Up & Entrepreneurship:

  • Infographic: Millennials Are An Entrepreneurial Generation: http://ow.ly/7Igsl
  • Richard Branson on When Inexperience Is an Advantage: http://ow.ly/7Jzon
  • The 5 Must-Know Tips for Entrepreneurs–from the Author of the New Book “Venture Capitalists at Work”: http://ow.ly/7JyTD
  • Entrepreneur Reveals 10 Leading Business Sectors For 2012 Amid The Strongest Entrepreneurial Surge In 15 Years: http://ow.ly/7Jzbe

To stay updated, come follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/angel__network.

Read anything interesting? Feel free to add links to any articles or resources you’d like to share with the angel community.

Or are you looking to raise funding?  Send me a summary of your project at mike@angelinvestmentnetwork.co.uk and we’ll try to help.

Infographic: Small business owners believe economy will bounce back

Startling results from a survey by Webs, a do-it-yourself website solution, indicate that the more than 1,700 small business owners surveyed are optimistic about the future and relatively confident about the prospects of their own businesses despite current economic conditions.

Forty seven percent of small business owners believe the economy will bounce back in the next few quarters, and 67 percent of those surveyed believed that their business would generate more revenue in 2012 than in 2011.

“This survey reveals that small businesses see the economy as improving and are relatively optimistic about the future,” said Haroon Mokhtarzada, CEO of Webs. “Small businesses remain an important indicator of economic trends, particularly in periods of long term economic instability and low consumer confidence. When the economy is bad and jobs are scarce, people start their own businesses to make up for the shortfall. The easiest way to start your own business is to build a website that markets what you do or sell.”

 

The survey showed that many small business owners were not willing business owners: 38 percent of those surveyed started their business because they were laid off or could not find full time employment. For many in today’s fractured economy a small business represents the only reasonable choice to generate an income. And because so many people who start small businesses have very little startup capital, a website remains the ideal method for marketing a business. Seventy-six percent of those surveyed felt that a website remains the most cost effective marketing technique available.

The survey revealed several other significant facts about small business owner attitudes and expectations:

  • 37 percent of small business owners surveyed were most concerned with generating new leads and acquiring new customers
  • 45 percent of small business owners were delaying hiring someone new because of the economy
  • Only 13 percent of small business owners were increasing investment in their business, 39 percent were delaying investment

“One of the most important elements we can take away from this survey is that small businesses and their online presences will play an enormous role in the recovery of the economy going forward,” said Haroon. “People have been forced into small businesses because of high unemployment. Small businesses have become ways for people to have more control over their own economic fortunes and destinies. We live in a time where people can build a small business quickly and easily from the convenience of their own home computer. Our company is fortunate to be able to participate with and help this newest wave of small business owners. ”

Source: http://www.techjournalsouth.com/2011/12/small-business-owners-believe-economy-will-bounce-back-infographic/