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Posted by twist on 2008-04-22

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I've been to a number of angel organizations and they rank as one of the better run. The meetings were organized, well attended, and presentations were, on the whole well done.

My suggestion is that if you're curious attend one of their meetings when a company in the same field as yours is presenting an update. You'll learn a lot about the level of expertise in the room.

You don't have to pay until you get to the final round. Would I pay, probably not, very few ever get funded, and those that do rarely receive what they need.

On the downside their 'review' teams can be random, rarely expert about your field, sometimes new, and have huge chips on their shoulders, either from failed invsestments in the past or just ego. So, if you do decide to pitch to them, go in knowing what you're getting in to, ask to know the people you will be pitching to and their backgrounds, and look at the actual funding levels of their companies, and what portion of the asked amount was funded. Just relax and take away what you can.

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