Jul 23, 2013

What Every Angel Investor Wants You to Know—Business Fuel Podcast #42


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According to Brian Cohen, author of What Every Angel Investor Wants You to Know, the biggest source of start-up capital is still angel investors. In today’s podcast, Cohen talks about angel investors, what makes them different from venture firms, and what he looks for before he invests in a start-up.

If you’re looking for angel investment, you’ll want to check out this weeks podcast and hear it form the horse’s mouth. Cohen says approximately 50,000 companies received seed capital from angels last year and angels are always on the lookout for great investment opportunities. “It doesn’t always take great ideas,” he said, “it takes great execution.”

Don’t forget to join us on Friday at Noon Central Time for our live Twitter chat with Brian Cohen. Join us at #businessfuel.


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  1. This was awesome, I really enjoyed it and recieved
    Insight for the early stages of my business..
    Thank you so much,
    Chardai Fisher

  2. I would like to join you and listen to what Brian Cohen and chat with him; but, there is no point. I tried to ask angel investors to fund my business, and they could not because they want me to start paying them every month until you find an investor. I do not have such amount of money to pay them when i do not get an investor yet. They should find investor first, and then I pay them for the service offered to me.
    Yes, I have great ideas for business ( even philanthropic business); but I do not have money to pay every month until they find for me investors.
    What if they find in investor, and then ask for their money!? I would like them to do that; even if I may not have money to pay them, I can find a way of paying them one time ( according to the time they spent on the investor search.

    • Joseph,
      It sounds like you’ve been talking to someone who claims to be able to introduce you to an angel investor. You might still gain from actually talking to Brian, who is a real angel. I hope you’ll join us at Noon Central time on #businessfuel.

  3. So I have 2 ideas that have an exponential growth potential, one already has a prototype, and the other would require alot of money to further from the sketch pad, I was in contact with a “investment portfolio” company that claimed they could find me investors and marketers, for 10% stake in the profits received for the idea or company and a “small” start up fee of 3000$, needless to say, that just didn’t work for me, I don’t have that kind of money laying around, if I did I wouldn’t be looking for investors. Does any one have any ideas that might help me out? I’d greatly appreciate it, it’s not that I mind giving up a % of the profits, I just don’t have that kind of money, and because these ideas are not patented yet, I have a hard time “explaining” what the idea is with out a privacy contract, and no one is willing to sign one. Why is this

    • Scott,
      I hope you’ll join our Twitter chat today. You can talk to a real angel investor about what he’s looking for and how to better prepare your pitch to other angels.

  4. Joseph is correct. I’ve to get no angel investor to help with luxury car rental in Palm Springs valley. No help so far just a lot wasted time. We already have clients just need vehicles to rent out booming market during season with avid golfer, tennis and international tourist.

    • Ricky, join our Twitter chat today at Noon Central time and maybe Brian can give you some insight into what you need to do to better pitch your business to an angel.


  6. Excellent. Thanks.

    We are also actively pursuing and negotiating with angel investors. But while we are waiting for the “equity” crowdfunding we are experimenting with “contribution” crowdfunding. http://igg.me/at/webwizards/x/4095200

    None of it is as easy as it seems it might be, but when you have the “never give up” spirit like we do, you can be successful in your raise. It’s just a matter of time and patience. Never lose site of the dream guys. Never.

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