Infographic – The rise of the angel investor in the US

The average US angel investor is 47 years old, has an income of $90,000 a year, invests in one out of every 10 deals he sees, puts $37,000 into each investment, and lives in California.

The number of angels has risen substantially since the early 2000s. In 2002, there were an estimated 200,000 active angel investors in the US, but that number jumped 60% to 318,480 by 2011.

The amount of angel money invested has also gone up. Angels funded 66,230 companies in 2011, compared to 36,000 in 2002, pumping $22.5 billion in entrepreneurship in America. That’s  a 84% rise from $15.7 billion in 2002.

Check out the full infographic below:

The top 20 tech US venture capital firms of 2012

The top 20 technology venture capital firms of 2012 have been tabulated by PrivCo, a company that provides financial analysis of private companies. Based on the number of private tech company exits in 2012, Intel Capital ranked No. 1. Take a look at the full rankings in order below.

The rankings are part of a 350-page annual private tech company report: http://www.privco.com/top-20-venture-capital-firms-with-the-most-private-tech-company-exits-in-2012.

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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:

  • Social network monetiztion startup Feeligo, whose goal is to become the “Google AdSense of the social web”, has closed €250k seed funding
  • FreedomPop, a freemium internet service provider based in the US, lands $4.3M funding from DCM and Mangrove Capital
  • Batterii, a startup that helps clients maximize collaboration within their organization and with customers, has closed $2.5M seed funding
  • NanoSatisfi just raised $1.2 million in seed funding to disrupt the aerospace industry with small, affordable satellites
  • Bee Cave Games, a social game developer, has closed an initial seed investment round of over $1.4 million
  • Timbre, the concert discovery app, has raised $360,000 in seed funding
  • Nomi, a platform that allows brick & mortar retailers to gain greater insights by tracking consumer behavior, lands $3M seed funding
  • Livrada, an e-book marketing and gifting startup, has raised seed funding from ICG Ventures Inc and angel investors
  • TravelerVIP.com, a curated collection of the world’s best luxury hotels, secures $1 million seed funding led by VC firm BECO Capital
  • CloudSway, a cloud based financial project management application, raised $1.4 million from local angel investors
  • Kolkata-based startup iKure Techsoft, which is into tech solutions for delivery of healthcare services in rural areas, lands angel funding
  • CoverHound, an insurance startup that is redefining how people shop for and manage their insurance, has raised $4.5M Series A funding
  • Ping4, a mobile app that “pings” smartphone users with deals when they’re close to their favorite stores, gets $4M from angel investors
  • Pune-based Signature Technologies, which runs the ticketing and event management platform Ayojak.com, has raised angel funding
  • Nextdoor, which lets people create private social networks with others who live in their local neighborhoods, has raised $21.6M funding
  • Ribbon, a payments company that allows you to buy/sell items within any platform, has closed a $1.6 million seed round
  • MetGen, a green enzyme developer, has raised €2.2M financing led by Sofinnova Partner’s Green Seed Fund
  • KnexxLocal, whose free app helps local businesses get more word-of-mouth referrals online, lands $1.1M seed funding
  • Mobile app and game optimization company Leanplum has closed $825K funding from VC’s and angel investors

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Infographic – Pinterest For The Small Business

Pinterest is the fastest growing social network in history and as such, has businesses everywhere exploring how they might utilize this virtual pinboard to their advantage. One of the main reasons for Pinterest’s popularity is its ease of use. It essentially allows users to bookmark, organize and share visual ideas found on the Web.

For businesses, Pinterest can also be used as a valuable marketing and sales tool and it’s easy to get started. You probably already have electronic images, brochures and other collateral on hand. So why not pin it? This Pinterest infographic published by Wasp Barcode will show you how to get started.

How does your business use Pinterest?

Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Twitter Roundup

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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.

Infographic – New Chicago Startup Launches Every 44 Hours

Built in Chicago, the online community for Chicago startups and entrepreneurs, has just released its 2012 Digital Startup Report, and it’s got some pretty interesting and encouraging tidbits that you might be able to use in your own pitches or at least to feel in solidarity with the rest of the community.

For example:

  • More startups launched in 2012 than any previous year.
  • A new startup launched every 44 hours. 197 of those were digital startups.
  • 59 companies raised more than a million dollars.

Infographic – Black-owned businesses are on an Upward Trend in the US

Of all the minority groups, African-American owned businesses posted the most gains in the early 2000s. This infographic from CreditDonkey.com explores the gains the black community achieved, as well as some tips on how those who own small businesses can continue the trend of upward growth.

Infographic – What Really Motivates Employees?

It’s no secret that happy, satisfied employees are a key ingredient to a successful company. But what really motivates people? Traditional thinking follows that the more you pay someone the more loyal and satisfied they are in their job.

But, the truth behind employee motivation is a more complicated mix including praise, autonomy, and leadership opportunities. Take a look at the infographic below for more on the many factors involved in motivating employees.