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
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):
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
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.
The answer is no, yes, 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
This is obviously a softball question that I’ve been Asked to Answer, as I’m the Founder/CEO of Gust. The answer, of course, is Gust—because that’s exactly the purpose behind the platform!
Gust is the infrastructure that underlies much of the professional world of early stage finance. It is used by hundreds of thousands of companies in 195 countries to organize all of their investor relations material; it is used by over a thousand angel investor networks, venture capital funds and startup accelerators to manage their deal flow and collaboration; and it is used by over 50,000 individual accredited angel investors in 75 countries to collaborate with their investor peers and keep track of the startups they are evaluating/ diligencing/ investing in. Read more
Boy, do I wish there was a magical Gmail extension to let me manage my startup deals! Unfortunately, there isn’t (and since Google hasn’t fixed Gmail yet, if you’re actually a paying customer for Google Apps, instead of a free customer, you have strictly limited Gmail mail storage, and are not allowed to purchase more, at any price!) But I digress [harumph].
When I started my angel investing over a decade ago, there was no such thing as a site to handle the surprisingly-challenging process of keeping track of all the information regarding all the companies with which I was working. So I had to create one! Read more
If you could pick the top five countries with the most newly created startups, which countries would you choose? The United States? What about India, or Brazil? With thousands of new entrepreneurs creating startup profiles on Gust each month, we’re excited to share with you some of the major findings that are happening in the startup world. To capture the global reach of startup growth, we’ve put together the Gust quarterly startup map. The map visualizes all new startups profiles created in Q3 of 2013. We’ve highlighted some of the major industries, countries, and cities from across the world with the newest startup activity. Take a look below.