search: results update below


browse funds: selections are stored



recently rated:

Rated by 17
1.9
 

top rated funds:

Rated by 14
3.1

Rated by 12
3.0

Rated by 13
3.0
 

Rated by 20
3.0
 

Rated by 24
3.0

Rated by 26
3.0

Rated by 27
3.0

Rated by 43
3.0

Rated by 19
3.0

Rated by 22
3.0

Rated by 29
3.0
 

Rated by 17
3.0

Rated by 11
2.9

Rated by 21
2.9

Rated by 14
2.9

Rated by 13
2.8
 

Rated by 13
2.8
 

Rated by 12
2.8

Rated by 15
2.8
 

Rated by 38
2.8
 

Rated by 13
2.8

Rated by 16
2.8
 

Rated by 24
2.8

Rated by 10
2.8

Rated by 28
2.8
 

Rated by 11
2.8
 

Rated by 15
2.8

Rated by 40
2.8

Rated by 15
2.7
 

Rated by 11
2.7
 

Please take a moment and make a financial contribution to TheFunded. If we have helped you, help us with resources to further grow the both the site and our entrepreneur training program, The Founder Institute.

Welcome

TheFunded.com is an online community of over 20,000 CEOs, Founders and entrepreneurs to discuss fundraising, rate and review angel investors and venture capitalists, and discuss strategies to grow a startup business. Enjoy the site, and be sure to join us at our Founder Showcase events to meet the community.

  Sign-up for Membership  

TAGS: Director (1)   shareholders (1)   Lead (1)   Latin America (1)   pricing (2)    More
NEW SHOWCASE: Aprix Solutions: The Salesforce.com for Marketing (Software/B2B)

TAG: Angels

0
Agree
0
Disagree

The Decline of Angel Investing?

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-01

Tags: Venture Business Angels

0
Agree
0
Disagree

Series Aa Angel Round Open Source Docs

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-31

Tags: Negotiation Angels Terms

0
Agree
0
Disagree

How to Treat Ongoing Investor Funding?

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-28

Tags: Operations Terms Angels

1
Agree
0
Disagree

Angel Group’S that Want Whole Business Plan as Part of Initial Application?!! Thoughts?

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-04

Tags: Pitching Angels Busines Plan

0
Agree
0
Disagree

Any Insights or Recommendations Regarding Angel Soft’S Pitch Videos?

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-06

Tags: Pitching AngelsSoft

0
Agree
0
Disagree

Angelsoft's "Investor Community" Worth It?

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-02

Tags: Funding Sources AngelsSoft Angels

7
Agree
0
Disagree

Angel Proximity to Startup

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-13

Tags: Preparation Angels Location

6
Agree
0
Disagree

Finding Money Online Through Financing Web Sites

TheFunded.com Advice

Posted by SevenX on 2009-02-11

Tags: Funding Sources Intermediaries AngelsSoft

PUBLIC:

[The Founding Member has suggested that this post, originally written in response to a query on the discussion board, be reposted here for broader visibility.]

No web site site can promise to find you money. Period. In fact, perhaps the best way to figure out whether a site is legitimate is the extent to which it DOESN'T promise to find you money!

Of the various possibilities out there, there are realistically four categories, in pretty much the following order:

1) Angelsoft.net: doesn't promise anything, is primarily a site that investors use themselves, doesn't expose any of your information publicly, has by far the best free search engine for legitimate early stage funding sources, and lets you prepare and send applications and videos for free directly to a limited number of screened, legitimate investment groups. If you want to pay $250 extra, you can promote your offering by posting it in a pool that 15,000+ accredited investors (and ONLY accredited investors) can browse through. They publish their stats online, and they show that between 1.3% and 5% of posted deals get funded. So your odds are between 20:1 and 75:1 against. (As Winston Churchill said about democracy: "It's the worst form of government there is...except for all the others.")

2) Vator.tv: the biggest public pitch site, legitimate, but wide open. Good news is that it's free, and that you'll likely get a lot of views of your video. On the other hand, very few of them (if any) will be from legitimate investors. Instead, you'll probably be approached by more than a few service providers, which may (or may not) be what you want, and scammers. But it's good for general exposure, and they are adding a bunch of neat new features, including micro-blogging for company updates so that interested parties can follow your corporate news. So if you're not concerned about the public nature of the site (or if you think that's a good thing), it makes sense. (Just be very, VERY wary of any "funding" leads that result from your posting.)

3) The legitimate attempts at investor matching: there are VERY few of these out there (and virtually all are not in compliance with SEC regulations) including for-profit ones (such as FundingUniverse) and not-for-profits (such as ActiveCapital (the only truly SEC-approved, legit one) and TheFunded's sponsor, IdeaCrossing). They mean well, but have few investors (usually starting from a local group or area: Utah in the case of FundingUniverse, Cleveland, Ohio for IdeaCrossing), and the for-profit ones are not cheap.

4) Everyone else: there are several dozen of these (perhaps even a hundred or more), ranging from out-and-out scams (any one in which you get an instantaneous response promising money, asking for money, or asking for financial information), to sites that function primarily as lead-generators for service providers. I don't personally know of a single company that has had a good experience with FindThatMoney, FundFinder, GoBigNetwork, RaiseCapital, Go4Funding, etc. etc. etc.

The bottom line is that raising capital is very, very (did I say VERY?) tough, particularly in this economy, and only a teeny, tiny fraction of companies will EVER get outside equity financing. The stats suggest that's something like 0.25% for venture money, and 1-2% for angel money.
So anyone who promises you quick and easy money is either well-meaning-but-delusional (the rare exception) or a scumbag-with-a-hand-heading-to-your-pocket (the vast majority.) As a first pass heuristic, if an "angel group" is not listed on either the Angel Capital Association web site (http://www.angelcapitalassociation.or...) or the Angelsoft Group Finder (http://angelsoft.net/entrepreneurs/an...) you should be extremely wary of any claims they make...but then, of course, you would be anyway. Right? Right??

Remember the immortal words of Robert A. Heinlein: "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch."

PRIVATE: Members Only

1
Agree
0
Disagree

Angel Investment Prospectus

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-26

Tags: Preparation Presentation Angels

0
Agree
0
Disagree

Encouraging Angels to Participate

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-21

Tags: Funding Sources Participation Early Stage Angels

2
Agree
2
Disagree

Angel Group Requests to Pay First

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-18

Tags: Funding Sources Angels Fees

1
Agree
0
Disagree

Funding Through the Credit Crunch

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-17

Tags: Funding Sources Angels Crisis

1
Agree
0
Disagree

Best Place to Raise Angel Money for a Green / Clean Tech Startup?

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-29

Tags: Funding Sources Angels CleanTech

1
Agree
0
Disagree

Is Angel Soft Worth It?

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-18

Tags: Funding Sources Angels AngelsSoft

1
Agree
0
Disagree

Raising Money From Angels

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-09

Tags: Funding Sources Angels

0
Agree
0
Disagree

Friends and Family Round

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-17

Tags: Preparation Angels Friends

1
Agree
0
Disagree

Post Crash Angel Investing

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-17

Tags: Funding Sources Angels Crisis

1
Agree
0
Disagree

Northern California Angels

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-14

Tags: Funding Sources Angels

0
Agree
1
Disagree

Angels vs. VC

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-24

Tags: Venture Business Fund Diligence Angels

0
Agree
0
Disagree

Funding a Startup Which Will Make Under $10m a Year

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-20

Tags: Funding Sources Angels

0
Agree
0
Disagree

Finding Aerospace Investors?

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-07

Tags: Funding Sources Angels

0
Agree
0
Disagree

Angel Investor Describes What He Invests In

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-06

Tags: Funding Sources Angels Crisis

1
Agree
0
Disagree

How Much to Vet an Angel Investor?

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-09-16

Tags: Pitching Due Diligence Angels

3
Agree
3
Disagree

Is Open Deals / Angel Soft Bad for Angel Investing? I Think So...

TheFunded.com Advice

Posted by J on 2008-09-13

Tags: Venture Business Angels AngelsSoft

PUBLIC:

I have been trying to pitch organized angel groups, more and more of whom are using Angelsoft. When I contact someone from the group, I normally get a response to put my deal into the Angelsoft system, which also apparently powers www.open-deals.com.

The problem is that nobody responds:

http://www.thefunded.com/funds/item/4157
http://www.thefunded.com/funds/item/3833

I have been an angel investor in the past, and it has always been more about coaching and personal relationships. It's not about scrutinizing a young financial model that arrives through email to evaluate hypothetical returns. It is about helping an entrepreneur to realize those hypothetical returns by sharing experiences and providing some capital.

With Angelsoft, all of the personal aspects of angel investing seem to be removed from the equation. My materials are submitted through Angelsoft forms, and then disappear into some system that encourages a group of busy angels evaluate the opportunity in a black box. Do they like it" Do they hate it" Do they even read it" I have no idea, since I have never heard anything!

My advice is for angel groups try to find a way to interact with the entrepreneurs that pitch, and entrepreneurs should try to get in front of angels if they really want to close a deal...

PRIVATE: Members Only

0
Agree
0
Disagree

Angel Involved with Day to Day Operations.

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-09-08

Tags: Operations Angels