Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Twitter Roundup

Angel Investment News:  

  • Internet entrepreneur and investor Bill Liao advises investors on how to look after start-ups (video): http://ow.ly/arVm4
  • Venture capital poured into enterprise software in Q1. IT was the only big industry to gain in both deals and dollars: http://ow.ly/arV3H
  • U.S. venture capital funding off to a slow start in 2012: http://ow.ly/arV9e
  • Top angel investor Bill Payne covers US trends (video):http://ow.ly/arVBb
  • Israeli high-tech firms raised $483 million in venture capital in Q1 of 2012, after raising $2.14 billion in 2011: http://ow.ly/atBdR
  • Andreessen Horowitz Made $78M Off $250,000 Investment in Instagram: http://ow.ly/atBCY
  • Video – Bill Liao offers advice to angel investors: http://ow.ly/awRg4

Business Plans & Pitching:

  • Small Business Coaching Basics: The 8 Key Elements of A Business Plan: http://ow.ly/awQET

Fund Raising:

Marketing & Social Media:

Start-Up & Entrepreneurship:

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Infographic: Warren Buffett: Financial Genius – Inside the mind of the world’s 3rd richest person

Ever wonder who the richest people in the world are? Carlos Smith is number one, coming in at a $69 billion net worth, followed by Bill Gates, who comes in at $61 billion worth, and then there’s Warren Buffett, who has a fortune valued at $44 billion. That’s just crazy amounts of money.

Ever wonder what it’s like to be one of these guys? TrustableGold.Com did, and they did something about it too. They bring us this next infographic which is loaded with all sorts of personal and interesting facts about the Chairman & CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and legendary genius investor, Warren Buffet.

You have to check this thing out. It’s loaded with lots of great insight on the billionaire and it covers everything from strange hobbies to his main investment principals. Studying it won’t make you an investment genius, but you might just learn a little about what makes the 3rd richest man in the world tick.

Source: http://www.webpronews.com/warren-buffett-financial-genius-infographic-2012-04

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:  

  • Chez Gourmet from Marie, a 4-year-old healthy food company handcrafting a variety of veggie burgers, lands $250,000 from Oregon Angel Fund
  • Lifecrowd, a startup that helps consumers participate in group social events in their cities, raises $5 million funding led by Lightbank
  • Web design and development community Treehouse wins $4.75 million funding from Social+Capital Partnership and the Greylock Discovery fund
  • ImpulseFlyer, a private sale platform for hotels, gets seed funding from Neoteny Labs, a Singapore-based tech startup incubator
  • EndoSphere, who develop endoscopically implantable devices for the treatment of metabolic diseases, lands $1m from Innovation Ohio Loan Fund
  • ExamsGuru.in, which provides industry-specific training and tests online, has raised Rs.15 lakh in angel funding from Simarjit Singh Khera
  • Horizontal e-commerce startup Mouse-e.com by Bangalore-based Mouse eRetail Pvt Ltd has raised Rs 1 crore of angel funding
  • Playsino has raised $1.5M funding to support building the largest, social casino game publisher on both social networks and mobile platforms
  • Parking Panda, the startup that wants to make it easier for drivers to rent spaces or unused driveways, has closed $250,000 seeding funding
  • Locu, the data-focused startup launched from Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s lab at MIT, lands $4m Series A funding led by General Catalyst Partners
  • DoubleDutch, which helps businesses collect data from mobile employees through geolocation apps, has raised $2 million funding
  • Chirpify, which links users’ Twitter and PayPal accounts letting people send money with a tweet, has raised $1.3 million Series A funding
  • LocalBonus, which gives customers loyalty points when they shop at local businesses, has raised more than $500,000 in a seed funding round
  • VoloMetrix, an analytic applications company pioneering the Talent Results Management category, has raised $1.6 million in Series A funding
  • CoinLab, a Seattle startup working on projects involving the Bitcoin digital currency, attracts $500,000 in Venture Capital
  • Citrus Lane, which offers subscribers a monthly care package aimed at mothers and babies, has raised $5.1 million funding
  • Artify It, which provides monthly access to original high-quality art from local artists, has raised $800,000 angel funding
  • Independa, a provider of telehealth solutions that enhance independence for older adults, has raised $750k in funding
  • Perk Dynamics, developer of a SaaS product that manages coffee operations for staffed and stand-alone beverage machines, lands $1.3m funding

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Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Twitter Roundup

Angel Investment News: 

  • Irish Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has announced a new €1 million fund aimed at start-up firms: http://ow.ly/akuZq
  • The Latest Celebrity Craze – Start-Up Investing: http://ow.ly/aiPGC
  • Adelaide the next Aussie start-up hub? http://ow.ly/amayY. ANZ Innovyz Start has chosen Adelaide as the location for its accelerator programme

Business Plans & Pitching:

Marketing & Social Media:

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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:

  • GreenerU, a provider of energy efficiency and sustainability consulting services to college campuses, raises $1.7 million in venture capital
  • Insieve, an intelligent sharing network that understands what one shares (within your network) and recommends content, has secured funding
  • Practically Green, a web platform and mobile app that measures users’ sustainability, has raised $1 million seed funding led by CommonAngels
  • WalkMe, a B2B service for creating website tutorials, has raised $1 million in Series A funding from Mangrove Capital Partners
  • Pretzil, a platform that allows users to find apps suitable for them using social media and location information, lands angel funding
  • Beamit, a new international mobile payments service, has raised $2.4 million seed funding (with much coming from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos)
  • Micrima, who is developing a safe, low-cost system to improve the detection of breast cancer, has secured £900k funding
  • MindMixer, a platform that generates a broader audience and creates more effective community participation, has raised $1.9m seed funding
  • ThirdPresence, a cloud-based mobile video platform, has raised $800k seed funding from a group of senior executives and seasoned investors
  • LearnZillion, a platform that gives students, teachers & parents access to a video library of standards-based lessons, raises $2.4 million
  • SocialKaty, a startup that helps small- and medium-size businesses manage their social media, wins Series A funding from Lightbank
  • KeraFAST, which offers innovative tools and solutions for life science research, has closed Series A financing with FCA Venture Partners
  • Indian Angel Network has invested Rs. 2 crore angel funding in Birds Eye Systems, an intelligent traffic monitoring solutions venture
  • Social dating network, theComplete.me lands $1.2 million seed funding including Intel Capital, PlentyOfFish, CrunchFund & angel investos
  • RentStuff, a service that lets you rent out useful possessions to people nearby, has closed a $600,000 round of funding
  • BitRhymes, the gaming startup behind a bingo game with about 400,000 active daily users on Facebook, has raised $1 million in angel funding
  • Plastyc, provider of a prepaid debit card which says it exists to serve “the unbanked”, has completed a $2.27 million funding round
  • TransferWise, a money transfer start-up using a crowd-sourced model that lets users transfer foreign exchange, nabs $1.3 million funding
  • Threadflip, a social marketplace which allows you to buy and sell clothes as well as share styles, lands $1.6 million seed funding
  • Alt12 Apps, a San Francisco, California-based publisher of social health apps, has closed its $1.26m seed funding round
  • oncgnostics, a Jena, Germany-based developer of molecular cancer diagnostics, has raised seed funding from High-Tech Gründerfonds and STIFT
  • DealAngel, which uses pricing analytics to rank hotel offers by value rather than price alone, has secured seed funding Foresight Ventures

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Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Twitter Roundup

Angel Investment News:

  • Angel investor market recovers in 2011. Software leads sectors where money flowing: http://ow.ly/aaZZU
  • Joanne Wilson, wife to fellow venture capitalist Fred Wilson, is changing the Angel Investing World: http://ow.ly/ab0hY
  • Track Instagram’s brief but explosive history from launch in Nov 2010 to its $1 billion exit to Facebook in April 2012: http://ow.ly/aemm7
  • Venture Capital Bounces Back: http://ow.ly/afLYU

Business Plans & Pitching:

Fund Raising:

  • 5 Frequently Asked Questions From Angel Investors And Venture Capitalists: http://ow.ly/ab0qG
  • Instagram’s First Investor Explains What He Looks For In Companies: http://ow.ly/aeycG

Marketing & Social Media:

Start-Up & Entrepreneurship:

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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.

The Latest Celebrity Craze – Start-Up Investing

We’re all used to reading about every detail of celebrities private lives in the newspapers – who they’re dating, what they’re wearing, how much weight they’ve put on, how much weight they’ve lost, whether they’re getting married, whether they’re getting divorced, whether they’re getting re-married or anything else that will fill inches on the gossip pages.  But now a group of celebs are making the headlines for a very different reason, because they’re trying their hand as angel investors and investing in start-ups.

Perhaps the most prolific over the last couple of years has been Ashton Kutcher.  In between his high profile divorce from Demi Moore, the model-turned-actor (and now model-turned-actor-turned-investor) has been busy backing a number of early-stage tech companies. Just last week he invested in Dwolla, which lets users transfer money or pay for items through their smartphones, or online for 25 cents a transaction. Impressively,  he seems to have a pretty good eye for it too and has backed some of the most talked-about Internet start-ups in recent years, including Foursquare, the mobile social network; Path, a photo-sharing application; Skype, which lets you make free calls over the internet; and AirBnB, a global marketplace of accommodation offered by locals. David Lee, co-founder of SV Angel, an early-stage investment firm in Silicon Valley, went so far as to describe Kutcher as “one of the most insightful investors I’ve worked with”.

On top of financial backing, Kutcher also brings huge marketing clout to the table.  He currently has over 10 million followers on Twitter and 12 million fans on Facebook, which is a pretty good way to create hype around a company, especially considering it doesn’t cost anything. Kutcher even took advantage of his new role on ‘Two And A Half Men’ to subtly show off some of his business interests. In one scene on the show, he was shown using a laptop computer covered with stickers from several of the companies he’d invested in (including GroupMe, Foursquare, Chegg, Flipboard and Hipmunk).

Justin Timberlake is another high-profile celeb who has also decided to become an angel investor. In 2010 he played tech-savvy entrepreneur Sean Parker in the film ‘The Social Network’, and he also launched his career as an angel investor in the same year when he put money into photo-sharing service Stipple and music education start-up Miso Media. Then last summer, he acquired a stake in the ailing social network MySpace and days later invested in Dekko, an augmented reality platform.

Pop star Lady Gaga has poured some of her wealth into music-sharing service Turntable.fm and Backplane, a social start-up geared toward celebrities. Justin Bieber has put some money into PhoneGuard, a smartphone app which blocks texting when a phone is travelling faster than 10mph. Even Bieber’s girlfriend, Selena Gomez, has got in on the act by investing in Postcard on the Run, which allows users to instantly create and mail real photo postcards directly from your Android phone. Last year Leonardo DiCaprio led a $4 million seed round in real-time visual media platform Mobli and joined the company’s board of advisers.

Other celebs involved in the world of tech start-ups either as investor or founder include Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Fry, Lance Armstrong, Dr. Dre, Will Ferrell, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and M.C. Hammer. U2 frontman Bono took things a step further when he cofounded his own private equity firm Elevation Partners in 2004.

The growing list of celebrities who are also start-up investors (or ‘celebstors’ as I like to call them) can only be a good thing for the start-up community.  Not only are they helping get start-ups off the ground with their financial backing and exposure but they’re also raising awareness of angel investing among the general public, which is great for the economy. Let’s hope it’s a trend that carries on.

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:  

  • A handful of angel investors have invested $10m in ItsMyMeal, an online outsourced kitchen start-up that delivers homemade ethnic food
  • Bangalore-based startup YourCabs.com, an online cab booking service provider, has received an undisclosed amount of angel funding
  • New Zealand based kids’ social networking start-up MiniMonos has taken on a high-profile European investor in a NZ$1.6m funding round
  • Olacabs, a marketplace for cabs and car rental services, has raised series A funding from private equity firm Tiger Global
  • Koupon Media, a provider of mobile coupon and offer delivery technology, has raised $4.5 million Series B funding led by Trailblazer Capital
  • Vienova Education, a Delhi-based affordable education provider, has raised approximately $3m from Bamboo Finance who manages the Oasis Fund
  • Mobile application and infrastructure provide appRenaisance has raised a $1.5 million seed round led by FirstMark Capital
  • SkuRun, a Los Angeles-based mobile B2B application for sales and marketing content, has closed an undisclosed amount of seed funding
  • KULA, the world’s first global currency for charitable giving, has closed $1.1 million in angel funding to fund marketing and sales efforts
  • OneID, the next-generation in digital identity, has raised $7 million in funding led by Khosla Ventures and North Bridge Venture Partners
  • TalkTo, a mobile application that allows consumers to communicate directly with businesses, lands $3m Series A funding from Matrix Partners
  • TaxiGUIDE.in, an online car rental booking service, raises Rs 25 lakh angel funding from Anand R P, investment director at Squadron Capital

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