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.
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.
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.
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.
More startups launched in 2012 than any previous year.
A new startup launched every 44 hours. 197 of those were digital startups.
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.
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.