40 Questions Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors Will Ask Startups

Here is a list of questions that angels and VC’s will ask startups when deciding whether to invest or not.  If you have answers to these questions up your sleeve, you should be pretty well prepared.

The Idea:

  • What does your business do?
  • What problem does it solve?

Traction:

  • What progress / milestones have you achieved so far (e.g. number of registrations, downloads, sales, pre-orders, web visits, etc)?
  • Do you have a prototype or demo version?
  • Do you have and patents or IP protection (either approved or pending)?
  • How quickly are you growing?
  • Can this traction be ramped up?

The Market & Competition:

  • Who are your target customers / users?
  • How big is the market?
  • How quickly is your target market growing?
  • What are the current market trends?
  • Who are your competitors?
  • What are your USP’s? i.e. what makes your solution better than the competition?
  • What are the barriers to entry for you to enter the market?

Marketing:

  • What is your marketing strategy?
  • What is your PR strategy?
  • What is your social media strategy?
  • What is the cost per customer acquisition?
  • How long do you expect your customers to stay with you?

The Founders & Team:

  • Who is in your management team?
  • Where are they based?
  • What industry experience do they have
  • Have they ever started a company before?
  • Have they successfully exited before?
  • Do you have any advisors?
  • Which gaps do you need to plug in your team?
  • How do you plan to scale your team?

The Financials:

  • What are your historical turnover and profit (if any)?
  • What are your projected turnover and profit?
  • What assumptions are these projections based on?
  • How much has already been invested in the company?
  • What is your monthly burn rate?

The Deal:

  • How much money do you need?
  • What is the investment going to be spent on?
  • What are you offering in return for the investment?

The Exit:

  • What is your exit strategy?
  • What do you see this happening?
  • Have there been any recent acquisitions in your sector?
  • Who are the potential acquirers?
  • How will the exit valuation be determined?

Have I missed any out?  What other questions do you think an angel or VC might ask?

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:

  • SpaceCurve, a new platform designed to meet the growing volume, velocity & variety demands of big data, lands $10M Series B financing
  • Need, a startup billed as a cross between a retailer and a men’s lifestyle magazine, has closed a seed funding round
  • Mobento, an online educational video hub dedicated to making educational video more accessible to all, lands £1.1M seed funding
  • Honest Buildings, a web platform to connect professionals in the real estate construction & design space, raises $5.5M Series A funding
  • Attendware, which offers software for event check-in and auto-generated name tag printing, has raised $1M million Series A funding
  • Snapchat, a photo messaging app that allows users to send images which ‘self-destruct’ in 10 seconds, raises $60M venture capital funding
  • Password management business my1login has now taken its seed investment total to £1 million ahead of a planned Series A round in 2014
  • Nextt, a private social network that focuses on connecting friends around real-world events and experiences, raises $700,000 seed funding
  • Artisan Mobile, creator of the industry’s first Mobile Experience Management platform, has raised $5.5M Series A financing
  • Invi, a mobile messaging app based in Israel, which has pulled in a $3 million seed round
  • BuildZoom, the service designed to connect homeowners with licensed contractors, has closed on $1.4M in seed funding
  • 7write, which is aiming to be the world’s number one self-publishing platform, raises $250,000 angel funding
  • invino, the first private sale shopping community for wine lovers, has raised over $3 million in venture capital
  • Wifinity, which provides wireless-based energy management, security and smart-grid solutions to enterprises, has closed angel funding
  • Audio mobile advertising platform Appington lands $1.2 million seed funding from a range of angel investors
  • The Bouqs, the Farm-to-Home flower delivery service, has raised $1.1 million in seed funding
  • Watchwith, the leading sync-to-broadcast content management platform and syndication network, completes $5 million venture financing
  • Restaurant reservation service Resmio has received a six-figure seed funding round from a German publishing holding group
  • Lightpoint Medical Ltd, a developer of innovative imaging technologies for cancer surgery, has secured £175,000 seed funding
  • BabyList, the online universal baby registry which lets couples request unconventional items, has raised $620,000 seed funding
  • DataTorrent, a Hadoop-based, real-time data streaming platform, has raised $8 million funding led by August Capital
  • Storefront, the online marketplace for short-term retail spaces, has secured $1.6M seed funding

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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:

  • Indonesian online real estate marketplace UrbanIndo has concluded a Series A financing round led by Japan-based GREE Ventures
  • Flocktory, the market leader in Russia’s social referral marketing for online retailers, has closed US$1.5M Series A financing
  • WeMonitor, a developer of home energy efficiency monitoring products, has received $5.3M Series A funding
  • SocialBro, a handy tool for managing, analysing and monetising Twitter communities, raises $1.2M Series A funding
  • Adduplex, a cross-promotion network for Windows Phone apps, has raised €400,000 in seed financing from Practica Capital
  • Graduateland, a large recruitment network of international universities, raises seed funding from Accelerace Invest
  • Mobisante, a medical device company that makes smartphone and tablet based ultrasound imaging systems, lands Series A Financing
  • NationBuilder, a unified CMS, CRM, and communications system for every type of organization, attracts $8M Series B venture funding
  • Shopgate, a powerful and innovative mobile commerce platform for online retailers, lands Series B funding from Northcap & Creathor Ventures
  • Survey research services provider Survata has raised $1.5M seed funding led by PivotNorth Capital and SoftTech
  • Anchanto, a white label mobile commerce platform to help brick & mortar retailers to launch mobile shopping channels, raises angel funding
  • Prizeo, which sells digital raffle tickets for once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities, has raised $2.5 million seed funding
  • Gurgaon-based startup Bright Lifecare Pvt Ltd, which runs the online health store HealthKart.com, lands Series B funding
  • Likeable Local, whose software makes social media easy and effective for small businesses, closes $660,000 seed funding
  • TourRadar, a social travel startup that helps travellers compare & book 20,000 group tours worldwide, lands angel funding
  • imagoo, a social polling app for consumers, brands & businesses to solicit opinions and challenge competitors, raises $1.2M angel funding
  • Qwaya, a technology company focused on building tools for paid social media marketing, has closed $3 million Series A funding
  • Spinnakr, which helps websites display different messages to different kinds of visitors, lands seed funding from VC’s & angel investors
  • SageCloud, a leader in ultra-reliable storage systems at disruptive price points for archival & backup data, raises $10M Series B funding
  • InternMatch, an online platform that helps students navigate the brave new world of employment, has raised $4M Series A funding
  • MaxTradeIn, a website that maximizes the trade-in value of cars by letting dealers compete, finalizes $1.2M seed funding
  • Namely, a startup that helps companies keep track of employees in the cloud, raises $3.35 million Series A funding
  • Truckily, an app that aims to connect food trucks with customers, has raised a $120,000 seed round
  • nCino, the leader in secure, cloud-based bank operating solutions to the financial services industry, has raised $9M Series A funding
  • Wysada, a flash sales site based in Jordan, has announced an undisclosed investment from MENA Venture Investments
  • Tabtor, a high-touch yet scalable and affordable educational offering that supplements learning in schools, has closed $1M seed funding
  • Bib + Tuck, a members-only site that lets women trade their fashion items for virtual currency, has received $600,000 seed funding
  • WorldDesk, a virtual desktop that enables users to take their files, apps & desktop profile from one PC to another, raises $1.25M funding

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Infographic – The Marketing Benefits Of Social Media

This infographic from Wishpond collects data from a Social Media Examiner study into one, easy-to-read visual, looking at the top benefits achieved by social media by more than 3,000 marketers in 2013.

Highlights include:

  • More than half of marketers who have been using social media for more than 3 years say that it has helped them increase sales
  • More than half of marketers with at least one year of social media experience were generating leads using these channels
  • 62 percent of businesses with 10 or fewer employees agreed social media reduced marketing expenses
  • 78 percent of participants found that website traffic increased with as little as 6 hours per week invested in social media marketing
  • Overall, the percentage of marketers reporting improvements has increased in all categories since 2013

Infographic – Meaningful brands outperform the stock market by 120%

The results from Havas Media Group’s 2013 Meaningful Brands study statistically demonstrate that meaningful brands outperform the stock market by 120%. It demonstrates, in hard financial terms, how the relationship between people and brands can benefit from measuring, communicating and delivering increased wellbeing.

Meaningful Brands – Havas Media Group’s new metric of brand strength – is the first global analytical framework to connect human wellbeing with brands at a business level. It measures the benefits brands bring to our lives. It’s unique in both scale (700 brands, over 134,000 consumers, 23 countries) and scope.

It measures the impact of a brand’s benefit alongside its impact on 12 different areas of wellbeing – health, happiness, financial, relationships and community among others – for a full view of its effect on our quality of life.

Infographic – Why do so many start-ups fail?

Building a successful business is every entrepreneur’s goal – but only 1 in 12 succeed. Why do startups fail? The Startup Genome project analyzed data from 3,200 companies and came up with some answers.

At the core of any successful business are two things: a good product and a large market for that product. In other words, a startup should be able to scale. And to scale properly, it must balance the growth of five core dimensions: customers, product, team, business model, and funding.

The dominant reason for failure: premature scaling of one or more of those dimensions. View the infographic for more!

 

Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Twitter Roundup

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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: 

  • Judicata, a search platform that makes sense of legal precedent, has raised $5.8M Series A-2 funding led by Khosla Ventures
  • Squirro, which develops software that adds context to information, lands seed funding
  • Bedbathmore.com, an e-commerce shop that focuses on home décor, bed, bath and other furnishings, has raised Series A funding
  • Carnet de Mode, an online boutique that connects up-and-coming fashion designers in Paris with stylish consumers, raises $1.5M funding
  • Mobile payment service Clip has raised $1.5M to help bring its Square-like reader to the Spanish-speaking world
  • Cortica, a company developing image recognition technology to improve ads, has raised $7 million in new funding
  • StickyADS.tv, a leading premium video ad network and ad exchange with over 200 contracted publishers, raises €3.1M Series B funding
  • NetBus, a system which provides you with real-time data about the bus you’re waiting for, has closed a seed round of financing
  • Betapond, an Irish technology company that develops social media solutions primarily for Facebook, has raised €2 million VC funding
  • Appurify, a debugging, performance optimization and continuous integration testing platform for mobile apps, lands $4.5M Series A funding
  • CoTap, a mobile app for employees to communicate quickly and easily through short messages similar to SMS, raises $5.5M Series A funding
  • Etece, an online platform for people who need a job doing but don’t have the time to do it themselves, closes €450K Series A funding
  • Nosto, a personalized shopping engine experience that provides recommendations based on your preferences, scores $2.5M seed funding
  • KelDoc, a French startup that books doctor and dentist appointments online, has nabbed €700,000 funding from Alven Capital
  • Dering Hall, a New York startup that runs an online marketplace focused on high-end home design, has landed $1.4M seed funding
  • Visier, the innovation leader in workforce analytics and planning solutions, has raised $15 million Series B financing
  • Runscope, a provider of solutions to monitor API traffic, raised $1.1M seed funding from angel investors and VC’s
  • Zoobe, a Berlin, Germany-based creator of animated avatars for mobile messaging, closes a seven digit seed funding round
  • Fanatix, a mobile-first social network for sports fans, lands $1 million seed funding from UK-based angel investors
  • Linea, an app that allows users to upload photos, sync to multiple devices, share with friends and print albums, closes $4M seed funding
  • CPAExchange, a service that allows customers to place and manage ads online using the click-per-action model, gets seed funding
  • TrackMaven, a business intelligence platform for enterprise marketers, has landed $1.25 in angel funding
  • Captricity, a cloud-based service that turns paper information into digital data, lands $2.4M Series A financing
  • Shopmium, a mobile couponing and promotion service, has closed a $5.6 million Series B funding round
  • Scripted, an online marketplace to connect freelance writers with companies who need written content, has raised $4.5M Series A funding
  • Real estate portal Housing, which started as a flat rental services platform for Mumbai, has secured $2.5M in pre-Series A funding
  • Malaysian startup iMoney, an online personal finance platform, has raised $500K seed funding for its expansion across Southeast Asia
  • MOVABLE, developer of MOVband, a simple, fun, wrist-worn activity monitor, has taken in $1.9M seed funding
  • Sunrise, the startup behind the acclaimed email service and iOS calendar app of the same name, has raised a $2.2 million seed round
  • OMsignal, developer of a revolutionary line of bio-sensing clothing, has secured $1M seed financing

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Interview With David Johnston of BitAngels a multi-city angel network and incubator formed to invest in Bitcoin startups.

David Johnston, the Executive Director of BitAngels — a collective group of angel investors who invest in Bitcoin startups — talks about how BitAngels got started and some of the exciting new startups they will be announcing funding for soon.

How big do you think the Bitcoin market is going to be?

Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Twitter Roundup

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