Angel Investors

Realistic Strategies for Seeking Investor Funding for Research and Development
Ready To Launch

Realistic Strategies for Seeking Investor Funding for Research and Development

If you're developing new and unproven technology, keep these six stages in mind as you seek financial backing.
Martin Zwilling
This Woman Might Be the Most Successful Impact Investor You've Never Heard Of
Impact Investing

This Woman Might Be the Most Successful Impact Investor You've Never Heard Of

How New York-based Sari Miller is making a difference around the world.
David Bank
The 5 Best Pitch Tactics I Heard as an Angel Investor
Pitching Investors

The 5 Best Pitch Tactics I Heard as an Angel Investor

The best pitches tend to incorporate these elements.
Zeynep Ilgaz
Entrepreneurs Can Pay It Forward Through Angel Investing
Investing

Entrepreneurs Can Pay It Forward Through Angel Investing

This type of startup financing gets you in on the ground floor with companies of your choosing.
Brenton Hayden
Don't Let Student Debt Hogtie Your Business
Ready To Launch

Don't Let Student Debt Hogtie Your Business

Four tips for achieving a financial balance as you launch your startup
Kari Luckett
7 Ways to Build Rock-Solid Relationships With Your Investors
Angel Investors

7 Ways to Build Rock-Solid Relationships With Your Investors

They may not be your BFFs, but they can be crucial to your future.
Gideon Kimbrell
Steve Case on Angels, Tech Bubbles and Caution
Tech Bubble

Steve Case on Angels, Tech Bubbles and Caution

The AOL co-founder gives his full view on where today's market stands and whether there really is a tech bubble.
Steve Case
Mark Cuban: Why This Tech Bubble Is Worse Than the Tech Bubble of 2000
Tech Bubble

Mark Cuban: Why This Tech Bubble Is Worse Than the Tech Bubble of 2000

The bubble today comes from private investors who are investing in apps and small tech companies. And there in lies the rub.
Mark Cuban
Look Closely at These 4 M's Before Investing in a Startup
Venture Capital

Look Closely at These 4 M's Before Investing in a Startup

Nobody knows better than venture investors the challenges facing a new company. Take a hard look at the prospects for success before placing your bet.
George Deeb
8 Questions That Will Help Set the Right Expectations With Investors
Ready To Launch

8 Questions That Will Help Set the Right Expectations With Investors

You need to seek an amount that is just right, based on your real needs, and consistent with the capabilities and interests of the investors you are addressing.
Martin Zwilling
Choose an Investor Like You Would a Spouse
Ready To Launch

Choose an Investor Like You Would a Spouse

Incompatible goals can lead to business hell. Here are the issues to think through ahead of time.
Tim Berry
Will These 5 Models of Crowdfunding Replace Angel and VC Investors?
Ready To Launch

Will These 5 Models of Crowdfunding Replace Angel and VC Investors?

The crowdfunding term is used to encompass so many different concepts that everyone is confused.
Martin Zwilling
8 Insights for Attracting Angel Investors
Angel Investors

8 Insights for Attracting Angel Investors

Once your business has some attraction, it's time to tell the angels what they need to hear to get you to the next level.
Martin Zwilling
Due Diligence on Accelerators -- What Entrepreneurs Need to Know
Accelerators

Due Diligence on Accelerators -- What Entrepreneurs Need to Know

Before you commit to a program, understand what's expected of you and what you'll be offered in return.
Wiley Larsen

Angel investors are individuals who provide seed funding for startups or entrepreneurs in return for ownership equity or debt repayment. Angel investors differ from venture capitalists (VC) in that typically they fund smaller amounts than VCs in an earlier funding round -- the average amount is $600,000 -- and are willing to fund smaller companies.

Need to know: Typically, angel investors must meet the Securities Exchange Commission’s regulatory definition of an accredited investor, meaning he or she must have an individual or joint spousal net worth that exceeds $1 million and the individual must make an income of at least $200,000 a year (in the last two years) or a combined $300,000 in a joint spousal income. 

Term origins: The term “angel investor” originates from the early 1900s, referring to wealthy businessmen who invested in Broadway productions. Today, angel investors fund a variety of businesses.