What is the best approach to get funding for my startup?

When you create a profile on Gust, you immediately get emailed a link for a free download of Bill Payne’s excellent book “The Definitive Guide to Raising Money from Angels”, which is an excellent overview of the whole process. Good luck!

*original post can be found on Quora @ http://www.quora.com/David-S-Rose/answers *

What is the average startup rating on gust.com?

The rating system provided by Gust on the investor side is not intended to be used as any type of objective or standardized measurement. That’s because it was designed to be completely customizable for each angel group or venture fund using the platform.

Group administrators have the ability to turn ratings on or off, show or hide them, establish the scale for them, and decide on how many criteria a profile is rated.  As such, it is an extremely flexible system that can be used in many different ways, so an “average” would be like averaging apples and truffles. Read more

What are the biggest global events for Venture Capitalists and Business Angels where they can learn about their own business?

There are surprisingly few such conferences, for the very good reason that there are actually relatively few such people (venture capitalists and ‘professional’ angel investors) to attend them! But that said, here are the biggest (i.e., “only” :-) events of their type):

Business Angels
Angel Capital Association (US) Annual Summit
This is the big one, which rotates among different cities in the US each year. Leaders and active members of all the major North American angel groups attend this three day conference, along with a large delegation of international business angels. Sessions are all about how to improve angel investing and manage angel groups, as well as connecting with other industry players and getting technical presentations. The first day is full of optional educational seminars from The Power of Angel Investing series, developed by the Angel Resource Institute. Read more

The Raise: Fundraising Tips from Investors and Entrepreneurs

The Raise: Fundraising Tips from Investors and Entrepreneurs
The 85-Percent
Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
New York, NY

Navigating the fundraising process can often seem daunting, like you’re trying to make your way through a labyrinth of investors, lawyers, and business advisors. Join Women In Music and The 85-Percent on February 27th for an in-depth discussion on how to start the fundraising process and navigate the world of startup investing. Ilana Grossman, Gust’s VP of Marketing, will reveal expert fundraising tips alongside a panel of investors and successful entrepreneurs. You’ll learn the nuts and bolts of obtaining startup funding, including:

  • Timing your raise
  • Designing an outreach plan to potential investors
  • Qualities investors look for in startups
  • Creating and delivering your pitch
  • Overcoming hurdles when raising capital
  • What happens after the investment


Reserve your seat now. 

Is gust.com a difficult platform to replicate?

The answer is noyes, and it’s irrelevant. :-)

Back in the days of the dinosaurs, my first software company was in the wireless communications space (when that meant “pagers”, not “smartphones”), and our product let you type a message on your computer and send it to a pager, using a very simple protocol known as “TAP”. We were—by far—the market leader in the industry (providing the software for Motorola, Nextel, Apple, Sprint, etc.) despite having lots of competitors. When people would ask a similar question back then about the difficulty of software development, my usual response was “anyone can write a TAP program over a weekend that will work with 80% of the paging systems in the world…but getting it to work on the other 20% will take you a year.”

With that in mind… Read more