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:  

  • Embed.ly, which creates embedded content for any URL on the Web, has received a $320000 seed round of debt funding
  • SimpleRegistry, an online service that allows you to create a single gift registry that draws from several retailers, lands seed funding
  • Tracelytics, a performance analysis and diagnostic service for web applications, raises $5.2 million funding led by Bain Capital Ventures
  • RainingClouds, whose flagship product AppSurfer provides multiple-platform access to android apps, raises Rs 1 crore seed funding
  • Bonusbox, which offers local restaurants, spas, entertainment, etc, raises an initial round of funding in a deal led by Wellington Partners
  • iimjobs, a job portal run by Delhi-based Highorbit Career Pvt Ltd and focused on mid-to-senior level placements, has raised angel funding
  • Social media analytics startup Campalyst has raised a new seed round (undisclosed size) from Amsterdam-based venture capital firm HENQ
  • tweetTV, the real-time social TV guide that groups TV-based conversations happening on Twitter, wins $750,000 from angel investor Joe Kalfa
  • Mob Science, a social games developer and Zynga Platform partner, has received $1 million in seed funding from angel investors
  • Cambridge (UK) green lighting company, iSotera has closed a £1.1m funding round led by Qi3 Accelerator
  • TiEQuest 2011 winner Rna Diagnostics Inc has secured funding worth $$925,000 as part of a four-angel network investment deal
  • Applied Isotope Technologies, who creates new technologies, products & services for environmental & biological analyses, lands $1.5 million
  • London-based HyperBees has won the Get Discovered Android mobile game contest with a quiz game that will land the startup a funding deal
  • MediaPass™ (www.mediapass.com), a leading subscription solution for websites, has raised a $1.75 million Series B round of funding
  • Mobile web and ad optimization startup AppStack has just closed a $1.5 million seed round from venture capital firms and angel investors
  • YogiPlay, a Menlo Park, CA-based developer and provider of a mobile application platform for families, has raised $1 million seed funding
  • Famigo, a start-up dedicated to creating a better mobile experience for families, closes $1 million seed funding led by Silverton Partners

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“As an angel investor, revenue trumps no revenue,” says Jonathan Mellinger, successful entrepreneur and member at Robin Hood Ventures

Jonathan Melllinger has experience on both sides of the investment ecosystem, first as a successful entrepreneur and now as a member at Robin Hood Ventures.

Mellinger told an audience of entrepreneurs and angel investors at the Science Center’s Angel Education event that he uses instinct and experience to choose companies to invest in, but he also laid out his model for making early stage investments Tuesday.

The programming is part of an ongoing effort from the University City life sciences research park to broaden its mission and the awareness of regional investors to smaller, more consumer-facing ventures.

First, when Mellinger is looking at a company, he looks at the management team.

“I like to see some experience from the management team in the space they’re going after,” said Mellinger, as he explained why he decided to invest in Onetwosee, which provides TV companion content for mobile devices.

Competition is another important factor. Mellinger looks to see that a company has a “a valid and proven revenue model” that approaches the competition in a new way.

“What I did like about OneTwoSee is when I looked at the competition in general they were attacking their market with the revenue model right up front,” said Mellinger. “Tim Geithner, at some point said, plan trumps no plan. And as an angel investor, revenue trumps no revenue”

Lastly, Mellinger said that having a product that works and is easy to use is an important factor as well.

“What I need to know from a company is what their customers consider a successful product,” said Mellinger.

Companies that can’t answer that question effectively get a pass, he says.

Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Twitter Roundup

Angel Investment News:  

  • A second round of funding to lure venture capitalists to Ireland has been announced by the Government: http://ow.ly/9JzAQ
  • Missouri entrepreneurial activity ranks among nation’s highest for 2011: http://ow.ly/9MK2F
  • Ravi Kiran and Shravan Shroff launch an angel-backed start-up accelerator in India called VentureNursery: http://ow.ly/9NshL
  • Crowd-funding bill, which will make it easier for regular people to invest in a start-up business, passes Senate: http://ow.ly/9PI0j

Business Plans & Pitching:

Fund Raising:

Marketing & Social Media:

Start-Up & Entrepreneurship:

  • Infographic: The Startup Ecosystem – Predator vs. Prey. If Startups Were Fish, What Kind Would You Be? http://ow.ly/9OebW
  • 9 Startup Lessons From The Founders Of Gilt Groupe: http://ow.ly/9LcDw
  • The Top 30 Reasons to Be an Online Entrepreneur: http://ow.ly/9ObVo
  • Seven common mistakes have led to the demise of thousands of startups, says Mashable’s Ben Parr. Here’s what not to do: http://ow.ly/9OcE0

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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:  

  • Koding, a developer community & cloud development environment where developers come together and code in the browser, has raised $2m funding
  • InGamer Fantasy, which produces what it calls “real-time second screen gaming” for sports publishers, wins funding from five angel investors
  • OpenTable for hair stylists and other salon professionals StyleSeat grabs $775,000 angel funding from A-Grade and actress Sophia Bush
  • PixyKids, an interactive and immersive social media platform for kids aged 6-12, has raised $3 million from ATA Ventures and angel investors
  • SkillKindle, an online content marketplace for students and teachers, has raised angel funding from i3 Consulting
  • InBed.me, an Airbnb for hostel Hoppers, lands a $1.2m seed round to push social integration and mobile services from VC’s & angel investors
  • Retrofit, who offer data-driven weight-loss programs with one-on-one coaching from fitness experts, raises $2m venture capital funding
  • Richard Branson & Jerry Murdock put $1m into MySocialCloud, a web application that allows you to manage your online life in one simple cloud
  • Stormpath, who is building an identity access control service for cloud and enterprise applications, has raised $1.5 million in seed funding
  • Kaptur, maker of a social discovery platform for photos, has raised $2 million Series A financing from angel investors & Green Hat Partners
  • Slated, a site that connects independent film producers with investors, has raised $2 million in a Series B round of funding
  • ClearStory Data, a startup focused on bringing big data technology to the masses, has raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding
  • Dog Vacay, the online marketplace that matches dog owners with qualified pet caregivers, raises $1 million in seed funding
  • KnowledgeMill, a company that has developed a cloud-based email management software platform, lands £1.5m growth capital investment
  • Edutor, which designs develops & markets technology-based educational products, raises Rs.2 Crore seed funding from Hyderabad Angels
  • Gridtest Systems, developer of measurement tools for the electric vehicle market, wins seed funding from Pasadena Angels & Tech Coast Angels
  • Tripbirds, which lets users pick up travel recommendations from friends via other social networks, lands a seed round of $740,000
  • Grand Cru, a start-up game developer based in Helsinki, secures $2 million in seed funding to develop cross-platform mobile adventure games
  • JobSync, which matches candidates to the jobs that fit them best, lands $1.6M funding from Pasadena Angels, Tech Coast Angels & other angels
  • fruux, a startup that develops a sync and backup solution for contacts, calendars and to-dos through the cloud, has raised seed funding

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Infographic: A Very Short Introduction To Crowdfunding

The so-called “crowd funding” amendment has passed the U.S. Senate and is expected to pass the House and be signed by the president.

The proposal expands access to capital for start-ups and small businesses by allowing investors — large and small — to put money forward via social media or the Internet.

White House officials issued a statement Thursday saying they were pleased with the measure.

“The President is grateful that the Senate acted in a bipartisan way to … help our small businesses and startups access capital they need to grow and create jobs.”

Infographic: The Startup Ecosystem – Predator vs. Prey. If Startups Were Fish, What Kind Would You Be?

If you have ever worked in a startup before, you will get a huge laugh at some of these different fish and how they’re described in the startup fish ecosystem. Some of my favorites include:

  • Tech Blogger, prey includes venture capitalists, founders, and CEO’s. It’s predators: Apple. – Hilarious since we do cover quite a bit of tech news ourselves, I have seen news sites and tech bloggers take down some of the biggest companies and their products with bad reviews or snarky commentary, so this one is completely on point.
  • Angel Investors are dolphins, Venture Capitalists are sharks – Pretty funny, and somewhat true. Angel investors tend to be nicer and closer to the product when investing in ideas founders come up with, while VC’s tend to be a tad bit more brutal and are mostly in it for the returns when the company exits.
  • The eco system includes the Attention-Deprived Significant Other, portrayed by an angler fish – For those who don’t know, female angler fish and male angler fish mate and then the male dies. Slightly gender bias, but hilarious none the less.

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Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Twitter Roundup

Angel Investment News:  

  • Halo Report (which provides data affecting early stage entrepreneurs and investors) illuminates Angel Investor trends: http://ow.ly/9AcHm
  • Angel groups invest $118M in New England in 2011:http://ow.ly/9Acif. That’s 13.5% of the total angel investment across the country
  • Brian Cohen, the first investor in Pinterest, explains why he backed it:http://ow.ly/9C46E
  • Bloomberg’s Scarlet Fu reports on which industries have the most entrepreneurs applying for Angel Funding: http://ow.ly/9Eb39
  • Maryland governor announces $84M raised for venture capital fund known as InvestMaryland: http://ow.ly/9H2dR

Business Plans & Pitching:

  • Here is the first investor pitch deck from Airbnb, who has raised more than $112 million at a $1.3 billion valuation: http://ow.ly/9DhGL
  • When you know where your business is going, it’s easier to reach your goals. Here’s a business plan that works: http://ow.ly/9GjbQ

Fund Raising:

Marketing & Social Media:

Start-Up & Entrepreneurship:

  • Dave McClure, the brash-mouthed angel investor and entrepreneur-magnet, shares his lean start-up philosophy: http://ow.ly/9AVRO
  • Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and first outside investor into Facebook, is to teach Stanford class on startups: http://ow.ly/9Cvyl
  • 8 Qualities of a Successful Entrepreneur: http://ow.ly/9CvcE
  • 10 Successful Celebrity Business Owners: http://ow.ly/9Ea5K
  • Infographic: Startups Exposed – The Anatomy of a Newborn Tech Company: http://ow.ly/9Ecn5
  • Five Things Startups Should Not Spend Money On After Raising Capital: http://ow.ly/9FABH
  • Infographic: 35 Startup Buzzwords Every Entrepreneur Should Know: http://ow.ly/9FAqn

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