Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Twitter Roundup: News, Business Plans, Pitching, Fund Raising, Social Media, Entrepreneurship

Angel Investment News 

  • IncuCapital set to boost angel funding scene in India: https://ow.ly/698BE
  • Don’t follow the crowd when it comes to investing: https://ow.ly/698MD
  • Investors Warn Of Tech Startup Funding Frenzy: https://ow.ly/6acqt
  • Ohio venture capital deals climbing: https://ow.ly/6blTC

Business Plans & Pitching

  • Developing a Successful Business Plan with Tim Berry, Founder and CBO of Palo Alto Software: https://ow.ly/699aW
  • Essential Elements of a Good Business Plan: https://ow.ly/6ckWt
  • Writing your business plan: https://ow.ly/6dmoR
  • What Hollywood can teach entrepreneurs about delivering a killer pitch: https://ow.ly/6dmID
  • How to Give an Elevator Pitch: https://ow.ly/6dmPC

Fund Raising

  • 11 Things Venture Capital Investors Look For: https://ow.ly/698qL
  • Pitch perfect: A startup’s guide to getting coverage: https://ow.ly/698GA
  • What I learned raising $1 million for my startup – Jessica Mah, founder and CEO of InDinero: https://ow.ly/6acEj
  • 12 Most Critical Questions for Raising Capital for Your Startup: https://ow.ly/6acIL
  • Attracting Angel Investors (or Just Joshua Schachter) Using Google AdSense: https://ow.ly/6cla2
  • Five Keys to Raising Capital for Your New Business Idea: https://ow.ly/6clpK

Marketing & Social Media

  • The Case for Social Media Marketing: https://ow.ly/6998o
  • 3 Search Engine Optimization Tips Every Online Entrepreneur Must Know: https://ow.ly/699kQ
  • 10 ways to find relevant Google+ users to circle: https://ow.ly/6bmhU
  • Six Steps to an Effective Social Media Risk Management Strategy: https://ow.ly/6ckRQ

Start-Up & Entrepreneurship

  • 5 Tools Every Entrepreneur Should Know About: https://ow.ly/698PS
  • 9 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Know Before Starting A Business: https://ow.ly/6cktz
  • The Entrepreneurs Who Look to Steve Jobs: https://ow.ly/6dm7I
  • 6 legal mistakes startups need to avoid when hiring employees: https://ow.ly/6dmzQ

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

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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: 

  • Paypal founder Peter Thiel invests $1.25m in the Seasteading Institute to create floating micro-countries free from the laws of any country
  • NY centric, Web only news startup Capital New York plans to double its editorial staff, after raising $1.7 million in Angel funding
  • DrChrono, who is looking to mobilize electronic health records, has raised $650,000 seed funding led by DST’s Yuri Milner & General Catalyst
  • Antic Entertainment, an independent game studio that focuses on developing casual games for hardcore players, lands seed funding from Nexon
  • Bizbrag, a marketing platform where small businesses can broadcast messages through social media, email & news outlets, raises seed funding
  • iGear Financial Services, who provides an online insurance portal called myinsurance.com, has closed an angel round of funding
  • DDC, the cloud-based critical data management solution for companies, boards, & investors, secures seed funding led by Robin Hood Ventures
  • Memes.com receives seed round of funding for their internet meme website to expand the site to reach and interact with its users
  • E-learning math startup TenMarks Inc. has closed on a $1 million debt financing round. There are 21 backers in the new financing.
  • e2e Materials, a clean tech company that produces petroleum-free, biodegradable composites, lands Series A funding from a set of investors
  • Fanrank, developer of a Facebook application that rewards fans for spreading the word, has raised $320,000 in angel financing
  • Tawkon, an Israeli startup that offers mobile apps capable of measuring cellular radiation, has secured $1.5 million in seed funding
  • ZipZoom.com, that allows consumers to anonymously request a personalized quote from local businesses, has raised a seed round of funding
  • InOpen Technologies, a start-up which develops educational content and teacher training solutions, has raised $500,000 in seed funding
  • Valmarc, who provides solutions for brand owners to shut down counterfeiting, increase sales & build brand loyalty, raises seed funding
  • Rentcycle raises a $1.4 million seed round from Collaborative Fund, Andreessen Horowitz and others

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Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Twitter Roundup: News, Business Plans, Pitching, Fund Raising, Social Media, Entrepreneurship

Angel Investment News 

  • Angel investors help develop Britain’s $1bn tech start-ups: https://ow.ly/63gPO
  • Australian government urged to promote, and fund, media diversity: https://ow.ly/65cm2
  • Well known telecom entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den panelist Peter Jones to Salvage Struggling UK Brands: https://ow.ly/66ick
  • Download the Cooley Report, which analyzes Cooley’s venture capital transactions that closed during Q2 of 2011: https://ow.ly/67gwq

Business Plans & Pitching

  • 9 Elements of a Successful Business Plan: https://ow.ly/63hCe
  • Five Worst Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Pitching Angel Investors: https://ow.ly/63EXb
  • Here is a video of Guy Kawasaki speaking about what he, as a potential investor, would want to see from a pitch: https://ow.ly/63Gbf
  • Ten Ways to Optimize Your Investor Pitch Time: https://ow.ly/65cDq
  • 10 Tips for a Successful Entrepreneurial Pitch: https://ow.ly/65Vvm

Fund Raising

  • Exclusive video interview with Rudy Garza, from the Super Angel venture capital firm G51: https://ow.ly/63hiF
  • 12 ways to make your web start-up investable: https://ow.ly/67gZf
  • Venture Capitalist And Angel Investors, What Are They? https://ow.ly/67huq

Marketing & Social Media

  • 10 Top Content Marketing Tips for Your Startup: https://ow.ly/63gz0
  • 23 Things Great Brands Do In Social Media: https://ow.ly/65VGH
  • Using QR Codes For Small Business Marketing: https://ow.ly/67gQZ

Start-Up & Entrepreneurship

  • Top 10 Must Have iPhone Apps for Entrepreneurs: https://ow.ly/65c9D
  • This Week in Startups – An interview with Dave McClure, Angel Investor and Founding Partner at 500 StartUps: https://ow.ly/65iDB

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

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Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Twitter Roundup

Angel Investment News 

  • This Week in Venture Capital – An interview with Thomas McInerney, angel investor: https://ow.ly/5XSaK
  • Keys to Success as a Foreign Startup Investor in China: https://ow.ly/5XSwe
  • Chart: What’s Happening with Angel Investing: https://ow.ly/5XZk8
  • Entrepreneur Peter Jones talks about schooling, stripy socks and how Dragons’ Den changed his life: https://ow.ly/5Yw0C

Business Plans & Pitching

  • 7 Steps to Turn Twitter Into an Effective Market Research Tool: https://ow.ly/60LrN
  • The new elevator pitch. The trick is to pitch to win the chance to pitch. https://ow.ly/61rdM

Fund Raising

  • Angel Investors – How To find them: https://ow.ly/5ZBaH
  • Diana Ransom talks with David Rose, founder of New York Angels, about the best way to raise funding from angel investors: https://ow.ly/5XuZ7
  • How to Find Small Business Investors: https://ow.ly/5ZB2v

Marketing & Social Media

  • 12 Keys to success in Social Media: https://ow.ly/5XuNW
  • 50 Social Media Stats To Blow Your Mind: https://ow.ly/5Xv55
  • 7 Ways To Promote Your Business Online For Free: https://ow.ly/5XuVs
  • A social media professional takes a test spin on Google+:https://ow.ly/5Xvi8
  • Top 5 Things You Can Do Today to Maximize Your LinkedIn Profile: https://ow.ly/5XJqN
  • The Ultimate Guide to Keyword Research: https://ow.ly/5ZAAw.

Start-Up & Entrepreneurship

  • 50 Inspiring Entrepreneur Startup Quotes: https://ow.ly/5XuI5
  • 8 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Becoming An Entrepreneur: https://ow.ly/5YwJT
  • 10 Blogs Every Young Entrepreneur Should Read: https://ow.ly/5ZAzb
  • The 10 Hottest Startup Web Tools: https://ow.ly/5ZBMw
  • Top 10 fatal start-up mistakes: https://ow.ly/61qPZ
  • How to Price Your Services – Entrepreneur Tips: https://ow.ly/61qSJ

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

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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:  

  • Securus Medical Group, who develop a product that gives real-time temperature mapping in a hollow body cavity, land $750k Series A funding
  • Indian startup SureWaves Media, who provide a digital campaign platform for TV advertisers, lands Rs 10 crore in its first round of funding
  • Rentcycle, a San Francisco-based startup that has been dubbed the “OpenTable for product rentals”, has raised $1.4 million in seed funding.
  • Scour Prevention Systems, who uses tyres to prevent the sea from scouring huge holes around offshore wind turbines, gets £100,000 investment
  • Kinvey, a startup that helps mobile developers streamline the process of building apps, has raised $2 million in seed money.
  • Multi-device social gaming platform Sibblingz has raised $1 million from incubator YouWeb
  • CamStent Limited, a Cambridge, UK-based medtech company, has closed a £350,000 seed funding round
  • EyeEm, a smartphone camera and photo sharing application, has closed a seed round backed by Passion Capital and Wellington Partners
  • EPLA, which provides an innovative ’Intelligent Worming’ service for horse owners, lands a £610,000 investment from a x’nos business angel
  • BigTime Software, a provider of cloud-based productivity tools for growing professional services firms, lands $2 million Series A financing
  • DDC, the cloud-based critical data management solution for companies, boards & investors, has landed seed funding led by Robin Hood Ventures
  • Nanigans, the only real-time bidding platform for Facebook that optimizes advertiser spend, has closed $3 million in Series A financing.
  • iStoryTime, the largest library of mobile children’s book Apps, lands a $2 million Series A investment led by Corporate Finance Partners
  • PodPonics, an innovative technology-driven urban agriculture start-up, raises $725,000 seed funding led by international private investors.
  • GoAct, who has launched a social calendar app, has raised $500K seed funding. Investors include Esther Dyson & 7 Finnish business angels

To get regular updates, come follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/angel__network.

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Chart: What’s Happening with Angel Investing

Last year, the dollar value of angel investments increased 11.7 percent from a recent low of $18 billion (measured in 2010 dollars) the year before, according to analysis by University of New Hampshire’s Center for Venture Research (CVR). While this increase marks the first rise in angel dollars invested in real dollar terms since 2006, the amount put into companies in 2010 remains below that in every year from 2003 through 2007. In 2010, the amount invested by angels was only 5.6 percent higher in real dollar terms than that supplied in 2002.

The trends are very different for the number of companies financed by business angels. Despite a slight dip between 2007 and 2008, the CVR reports a consistent increase in the number of angel-backed companies. Between 2002 and 2010, the number of companies financed by business angels rose 71.9 percent, according to the University of New Hampshire research group.

The result of these divergent trends is a steep drop in the size of the average angel investment from $528,000 in 2002 to $325,000 in 2010 (in real dollars).

Why angels dropped the average size of their investments 38 percent in real dollar terms between 2002 and 2010 remains an important unanswered question. Any thoughts?

Source: Created from data from the Center for Venture Research.

From Small Business Trends

Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Twitter Roundup

Angel Investment News 

  • Benjamin Kuo, the founder of SoCalTech, talks about the 4 kinds of Angel Investors https://ow.ly/5S1x0
  • When an angel investor group has more than 10% women, the number or size of investments increases, says new research: https://ow.ly/5SQ89
  • European Venture Capital Activity Down 28% In The First Half Of 2011: https://ow.ly/5TSaf
  • Why Now Is the Time to Seek Investors for US Businesses: https://ow.ly/5TTbA
  • 7 Common Mistakes Made by Angel Investors: https://ow.ly/5TWJ0

Business Plans & Pitching

  • Dragons’ Den: Top 5 most disastrous pitches: https://ow.ly/5S1ti
  • Steps To Create A Business Plan: https://ow.ly/5S36Z
  • How to Create the Perfect Elevator Pitch: https://ow.ly/5UYJD

Fund Raising

  • The 5 Questions Entrepreneurs Need To Ask In Order To Get Funded: https://ow.ly/5S2fm
  • 5 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Valuation: https://ow.ly/5SQYq
  • Top Tips for Raising Angel Investment Funding: https://ow.ly/5TT4f
  • 4 Ways to Attract an Angel Investor: https://ow.ly/5V0ZP

Marketing & Social Media

  • 10 Tips for Better Startup Marketing: https://ow.ly/5S2s0
  • Why Google+ Will Replace Facebook & Twitter: https://ow.ly/5S7Ul
  • Social Media Best Practices: 12 Tips for Making the Best of Facebook, Twitter, Google + or Any Other Social Site: https://ow.ly/5SQDH
  • 9 Startups With Killer Blogs: https://ow.ly/5SQS4
  • 10 Social Media Mistakes Small Businesses Can Avoid: https://ow.ly/5VY7e

Start-Up & Entrepreneurship

  • Theo Paphitis’ Tips for Small Businesses: https://ow.ly/5SQ3l
  • 6 Reasons Why People Are Afraid to Start a Business: https://ow.ly/5SSmY
  • Rules for Startup Entrepreneurs: https://ow.ly/5TSt2
  • 19 Secrets To Immediate & Exponential Business Growth: https://ow.ly/5U1hp
  • Five Startup Tips from Hotels.com and Getaroom.com Co-Founder Bob Diener: https://ow.ly/5UYik

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

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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: 

  • GoPollGo, a Palo Alto, California-based online polling service, has received an undisclosed amount of seed funding from Idealab
  • Phizzle, who provide solutions to grow fan loyalty, drive monetization and harness brand equity, has closed $3 million A round financing
  • Azumio, a developer of biofeedback apps for smartphones, lands $2.5m Series A funding from Founders Fund, Accel Partners & Felicis Ventures
  • Visual Revenue, the market leader in predictive analytics for online media, has secured $512K from venture capital firms and angel investors
  • Read It Later, which lets you bookmark a webpage and access it later from any smartphone, computer or tablet, has raised $2.5m funding
  • Segmint Inc., who gather and analyze customer purchasing behavior while keeping their identities anonymous, has raised seed funding
  • CloudOne, the leader in lifting software and systems development on to the Cloud, has raised $1.9 million in venture capital funding
  • just.me, a startup playing in the social & mobile spaces, lands $600,000 seed funding from a list of investors including Google Ventures
  • Boston mobile device application startup Crashlytics Inc. has taken in $800,000 of a planned $1 million initial funding round
  • BabbaCo, a maker of educational products for children, has raised $1.2 million from technology investment fund Lightbank and SV Angel
  • Simply Measured, a social media analytics company founded in 2010, has raised $750,000 in seed funding
  • File-sharing startup, Minus, has raised $1 million in seed funding from IDG Capital Partners
  • ChoozOn, the world’s first personalized service for deal discovery and social shopping for deals, lands $3.2m funding from angel investors.
  • COMPANY (www.welcometocompany.com) a social network for contemporary art collectors & online art market lands seed funding of $1.6 million.

To get regular updates, come follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/angel__network.

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7 Common Mistakes Made by Angel Investors

As the head of Angel Investment Network, I’ve had the chance to speak with a lot of angels over the years.  When discussing their experiences, some things kept coming up again and again…

1) Not looking at enough deals

Make sure you look at as many investment opportunities as possible.  The more business plans you read, the more likely you are to find the one that pushes all the right buttons.  It also lets you  notice industry trends and see if any competitors and emerging.  Last year I read about 50 plans about wind turbines, who all claimed to be the best.  You quickly realize that there are so many new players fighting for market share that it would be a very difficult call to make in terms of making an investment. Professional venture capitalists expect to look at 100 companies for every investment they make, so you should join several angel groups to make sure you see as many deals as possible.

2) Not making enough investments

The Rule of 12 says that you need to invest in 12 companies to have statistical diversity. Invest in fewer than 12 deals and you run the risk of them all failing.  Investing in a startup is very high risk, so it’s much more advisable to invest £20,000 in 5 companies than £100,000 in one company. Ron Conway says 1/3 of the startups in your portfolio will lose, 1/3 will get you your money back and 1/3 will be wins.  This shows how important it is to diversify your portfolio as much as possible to increase your chances of picking a hit.

3) Not knowing when to quit

I don’t want to make too close a comparison to gambling, but angels need to have the same mentality as gamblers when things don’t go well.  In the same way that a gambler needs to know when to walk out of the casino when things aren’t going their way, an angel needs to know when to throw in the towel and let an investment go out of business.

4) Expecting a quick return

Most entrepreneurs’ business plans say they expect to exit within 3-4 years, but the reality is that it usually takes much longer than that. Angel investing is a long-term commitment, so it’s important to invest money that you can afford to be without for a number of years.

5) Not doing thorough due diligence.

As with any business deal, it’s important to do through due diligence on the business and management team.  You’ll more than likely be giving your money to a complete stranger so you need to trust them completely and feel comfortable that they’ll spend your money wisely.

6) Not reserving additional capital for the inevitable follow-on round.

The initial investment won’t last forever and most companies will have to raise more capital (either from existing investors, external angels or VC’s).  If you invest in the next round of funding, it’s easier for you to set the company valuation. By participating in the follow-on round, the entrepreneur can go to the VC’s and say we’ve already raised X in this round in return for Y% equity, which values the company at Z. If not, you essentially lose control in that round and the VC’s are in a very strong position to dictate the terms of the deal.

7) Following a herd mentality

A lot of investors like to invest in groups as they get the added benefit of other investors’ expertise, contacts, etc. They feel their pooled experience should give the company (and therefore their own investment).  This is often the case, but I’d remind investors not to place too much trust in other angels’ judgement and to always do their own diligence and research.

There are many ways to avoid these common pitfalls. Joining an angel network is a good way to see more potential investment opportunities, build a portfolio, and find out about other angels’ experience with investing (you may be able to learn from their mistakes).

Investors, are there any other mistakes you’ve made over the years?  Add your thoughts below so other angels can have a much better shot at taking advantage of the great potential returns start-ups can provide.

Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Twitter Roundup

Angel Investment News 

  • A Venture Shift panel discusses the disruption of the VC industry and why angels are here to stay: https://bit.ly/ptW3IS
  • Five Ways To Get More Women In Venture Capital: https://bit.ly/rigkfB
  • Ex-MySpace Director Deep Malhotra launches an incubation facility called Gemini New Media Ventures: https://bit.ly/o0Bv6d
  • New Zealand fund managers are calling for more government intervention to save the struggling venture capital industry: http
  • The Expectations Gap – The Impact Of UK’s Enterprise Investment Schemes: https://bit.ly/o1pbcH
  • Are you an angel? Alternative ways to invest: https://bit.ly/i8waKS
  • Ex-Googlers attract more capital than ex-Microsofties (but report misses a few too): https://bit.ly/mUnNPA

Business Plans & Pitching

  • Tips For the Perfect Elevator Pitch: https://bit.ly/rhFfzH
  • What to Include in an Elevator Pitch: https://ow.ly/5PMN5

Fund Raising

  • Start-ups hungry for financing tips: https://bit.ly/nIRxDn
  • Bootstrapping. Friends & Family. Angels. VC. Which of these ways of financing your start-up is right for you? https://bit.ly/nMTaDT
  • 3 Common Mistakes Made by Angel Investors: https://bit.ly/q8ZJ1Q
  • 5 Non-Traditional Ways to Get Startup Money: https://bit.ly/oaow2Q

Marketing & Social Media

  • Are You Ready For Google+? https://bit.ly/rud2Pr
  • The Top 10 Marketing Sites For Social Media Marketing Trends: http
  • The Complete Entrepreneur Guide to Google+: https://bit.ly/rnYFiu
  • 6 Daily Habits for Facebook Marketing Success: https://bit.ly/pWxSUd
  • 4 Big Social Media Mistakes Small Business Owners Make: http
  • Social media trends 2011/2012: https://ow.ly/5PM7p

Start-Up & Entrepreneurship

  • 10 Must-Have Business Apps for 2011: https://bit.ly/pvVaXF
  • 5 Skills & Traits Every Entrepreneur Should Nurture for Success: http
  • The 10 Most Popular Startup Tools: https://bit.ly/opO7Qf
  • 8 Crucial Elements of Start-up Success: https://bit.ly/raNAaO

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