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Invest with Steve Bennet
$32K
Syndicate Backing
$25K
Typical Investment
4
Expected Deals/Year
Note from Steve

I have been actively investing over the past 20+ years directly as an individual angel investor, two accelerators I've managed (CrossCoin Ventures and Menlo Incubator), a venture capital firm (Outlook Ventures) and as a member of Sand Hill Angels. I've also been teaching entrepreneurship at U.C. Berkeley and San Jose State University for over 20 years (my former students have started a number of interesting companies including Eventbrite, Xoom, 500 Startups, Marimba, LinuxCare and have been investors at venture capital firms including Mohr Davidow Ventures, Kapor Capital, and Founders Fund)

Throughout this time, I've also been part of the management team of over 25 startups (including iControl Networks, Fliqz, Valchemy, Greystripe, Orbital Data, Callisto Media, GolfWeb, Qvivr, Revel Systems) as CFO and many others as advisor and/or board member (including WaterSmart Software, Anonymizer). I'm also an advisor or limited partner in a number of venture and debt funds (including Angel Investors LP, New Atlantic Ventures, Right Side Capital, Montage Capital, 500 Startups, Bullpen Capital, Liquid 2 Ventures). Given the above, I have a very strong network to source interesting investment opportunities.

I believe in working hard with founders of the teams I invest in and like to share investment opportunities with others who do and believe the same. Because of this, I have sat on the sidelines and not created a syndicate to date as I didn't want to take a carry from other angels. That is why I am offering a "no-carry" syndicate (AngelList still gets 5% for their value-add). This way all of our interests are aligned. If the entrepreneur wins, I win, and you win!

Dealflow

I plan on syndicating all deals where I am making a significant investment of time and money assuming I can get an allocation. I've been making 4-6 investments/year and plan on continuing that pace over the coming years.

Investments
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Backers
Ryan Merket
Entrepreneur
Currently: Startups at Amazon AWS. Previously: Product at Reddit. Founded Appstores.com (acquired by InMobi), Ping.fm (acquired by @Seesmic), early @Facebook.
Lance Cottrell
Angel
Founded Anonymizer.com. Created Mixmaster open source project. Chief Scientist of Ntrepid Corp. Privacy, security, crypto expert. Active advisor, and investor.
Mark Pui
Management consultant and corporate financier, with wide range of exposure in Asia. Passionate about working with owners to grow businesses.
Can help with
“Where startups would be keen to expand into Asian markets for business (or raise capital out of Asia), I would be happy to assist.”
Kathy Salmanowitz
Angel
Angel investor, managing director Golden Seeds, focus on social impact investments
Rod Ullens
Angel Investor
Invest in startups that profitably improve our planet
References
Steve's passion for helping entrepreneurs is undeniable. Steve has personally helped my startup in more ways than I can count. He's extremely knowledgable and always there when I have a question.
Ryan Merket
Co-founder of a company Steve Bennet founded
Steve was my instructor at UC Berkeley for a class that I took a while ago. He is an awesome teacher as well as a investor now. Great source of inspiration!
Steve was an advisor to my previous company, Overstat. His operations knowledge is unparalleled and his understanding of the inner workings of startups has proven a tremendous value. I think my favorite quality is that he listens. Instead of spouting generic truisms, he actually take the time...more
Matthew Cordasco
For Steve Bennet's work with MyCrowd QA
Steve has a ton of experience in investment
Marco Montes Neri
For Steve Bennet's investment at saldo.mx
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