I've had many investors ask me how to get into my deals. With syndicates, you can now gain access to my proprietary dealflow automatically. You can sever your relationship with me and stop backing at any time, and not invest in any deal for any reason. Backing me gives you a guaranteed allocation so you don't miss out on deals. I'm doing this to help give me negotiation leverage on deal terms for startups, and to bring value-added co-investors into my deals.
I'm only interested in investing in startups that have venture-class returns, rather than startups that raise a Seed, then a Bridge, then nothing. So most of my deals are done alongside seed funds and VCs, to help provide sufficient runway for the startup, to provide follow-on capital for future rounds, to confirm it's venture-class with an actual check, and to have help to watch the deal. In the case where a startup is too early for VCs or funds, I'll validate that they're interested in a future round prior to syndication during diligence.
I'm very selective and turn-down 98% of the dealflow that I see (even venture-led deals, since often times difference of opinion, rather than FOMO, is what creates outsized returns in venture). My sector focus is generally B2B SaaS and marketplaces, but I'll occasionally drift for an amazing team chasing a big market. I'm a stage-agnostic investor. What I care about is that the startup has long-term defensibility at-scale, ideally with strong network effects or high switching costs, and can produce outsized returns. I am not trying to go for small exits or quick wins, since that strategy rarely works for investors (small exits favor entrepreneurs, not investors).
Please note: Angel investing is risky. Whenever you make an angel investment, you should always do so with money that you don't need, since most investments fail. You should also assume that exits can take 7-10 years. Please read the Angel Investing FAQ I wrote (see my profile page) to learn more from my experiences as an angel investor.
I've been an angel investor for over 5 years, and have been fortunate enough to invest or advise some great startups. The deals I invest in come from a referral network of other entrepreneurs I've helped, through paying-it-forward with them by mentoring at incubators, helping startups fundraise, as well as advising CEOs. I also collaborate with VCs, who both use me for advice on their deals, as well as send me dealflow, and protect my angel deals by co-investing with me. I've helped raise millions for startups over the past few years and have a strong relationships with other co-investors. I look for startups with traction, a strong team, in a big market.
Here are some of the startups I've invested in or advised:
• AngelList [platform for startups]: http://angel.co Raised Seed, Series A, Series B, operational and growing
• Canva [Disrupting Adobe Photoshop]: http://www.canva.com, Raised Seed, Series A, operational and growing
• ScriptDash [Disrupting Walgreens]: http://www.scriptdash.com, Raised Series A
• Protectwise [Enterprise Security for Internal Networks]: http://www.protectwise.com, Raised Series B
• Joyrun [P2P Delivery Network]: http://www.joyrun.com, Raised Series A
• Molekule [Disrupting Air Purification]: http://www.molekule.com, Raised Seed, operational and growing
• PreNav [Drone Inspections for Wireless Cell Towers]: http://www.prenav.com, Raised Seed, Series A
• Crowdcast [Virtual event platform]: http://www.crowdcast.io, Raised Seed, operational and growing
• Weave [SMB communications platform]: http://www.getweave.co, Series B
• ScaleArc [Enterprise-class database proxy]: http://www.scalearc.com, Series C
• Nav.com [Credit Karma for SMBs]: http://www.nav.com, Series B
• MagicBus [Transportation network], http://www.magicbus.io, raised Seed prior to them joining YCombinator, growing and operational
• KindlyCare [Marketplace for In-Home Care for Aging Relatives] http://www.kindlycare.com Raised Seed, growing and operational
• UMake [Disrupting 3d Modeling] http://www.umake.xyz Raised Seed, Series A, growing and operational
• Boxc [International shipment logistics]: http://www.boxc.com Raised Seed, operational and growing
• PickCrew [marketplace for quality tech talent projects]: http://www.pickcrew.com Raised Seed, operational and growing
• OwnLocal [Transforming newspaper industry through mobile/web technology]: http://www.ownLocal.com, operational and growing
• KeepStream [curated tweets] -- http://keepstream.com/ Acquired by InfoChimps.
• Simple Honey [Travel Bookings]: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/simplehoney-acquired... Acquired by Ripple Labs
• Precog [Big data]: http://www.precog.com Acquired by SlamData
• Webify Solutions: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/integration/wbsf/ Acquired by IBM
• Sauce Labs [testing for websites]: http://www.saucelabs.com Raised Seed, Series A, Series B, Series C, growing and operational
• Contactually [Helps you stay in touch with your network]: http://www.contactually.com Raised Seed, Series A, growing and operational
• Luxe Valet [marketplace for parking attendants]: http://www.luxevalet.com Raised Seed, Series A, Series B, growing and operational
• Seamless Planet [API for travel experiences]: http://www.seamlessplanet.com Advisory round, growing and operational
• NodeSource [Node.js Enterprise Software] http://www.nodesource.com Raised Seed, Series A, growing and operational
• Holidog [European Pet Marketplace] http://www.holidog.com, growing and operational
• HackHands [Uber for Programmers] http://www.hackhands.com Raised Seed, Acquired by Pluralsight