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New Feature: Investing in Startups via a Tax-Advantaged, Self-Directed IRA


FundersClub has rolled out a new feature that allows accredited individuals to invest in startups via a tax-advantaged, self-directed IRA account. A "self-directed" IRA account means that you have complete control over selecting and directing your own individual retirement investments. The feature has been built to allow accredited investors to... FundersClub has rolled out a new feature that allows accredited individuals to invest in startups via a tax-advantaged, self-directed IRA account. A "self-directed" IRA means that you have complete control over selecting and directing your own individual retirement investments. The feature has been built to allow accredited investors to invest ...

Evaluating Technology Solutions From Startups


Investing in startups requires a healthy dose of curiosity. No matter what your background is, there’s always plenty to learn to be successful in this business.  I understood this three years ago when I first decided to become an angel investor.  Although I had a good background in technology and... Investing in startups requires a healthy dose of curiosity. No matter what your background is, there’s always plenty to learn to be successful in this business.  I understood this three years ago when I first decided to become an angel investor.  Although I had a good background in technology and ...

Talent and Commitment: My Approach to Angel Investing


I don’t fund a startup based on its idea or its business model. So what criteria do I actually use? First of all, I want to stress that I don’t expect to make money from angel investments. I invest (more like donate) to give back to the startup ecosystem. Hopefully, I... I don’t fund a startup based on its idea or its business model. So what criteria do I actually use? First of all, I want to stress that I don’t expect to make money from angel investments. I invest (more like donate) to give back to the startup ecosystem. Hopefully, I ...

Investing in Emerging Market Startups? 10 Things to Keep in Mind


Investing in emerging markets comes with its own unique challenges, but the rewards can be well worth the extra effort. I’ve lived in 11 countries and visited a few dozen more as an investment professional. After seeing a couple thousand investment proposals, meeting many entrepreneurs, and trying not to contract malaria, I’ve found 10 key takeaways to keep in mind when investing in startups in exotic locales.   Investing in emerging markets comes with its own unique challenges, but the rewards can be well worth the extra effort. I’ve lived in 11 countries and visited a few dozen more as an investment professional. After seeing a couple thousand investment proposals, meeting many entrepreneurs, and trying not to ...

Startup Funding: Embrace Bad Ideas and No Business Model


In early 2010 my husband Keith, and I were having dinner with two of our old Yahoo! co-workers at a taqueria near Downtown Mountain View. One of them was Brian Acton, who had been a long-time family friend and the best man in our wedding. He was working on a new messaging app on iOS with another Yahoo! friend, Jan Koum. They had a couple thousand users, had a steady growing user base, and wanted to hire more engineers. In early 2010 my husband Keith, and I were having dinner with two of our old Yahoo! co-workers at a taqueria near Downtown Mountain View. One of them was Brian Acton, who had been a long-time family friend and the best man in our wedding. He was working on a new messaging ...

FundersClub March Digital Magazine


FundersClub review of top startup and investor news, videos, events and articles worth sharing. TOP NEWS FundersClub Fills Void for Startup Investors  By Laura Baverman, USA Today Recent coverage about how FundersClub is enabling high-growth startups and private investors to connect beyond Silicon Valley.   Read More → Facebook Buying Oculus Virtual-Reality Company for $2 Billion  By Victor Luckerson, TIME Facebook is set to purchase ...

Do Your Customers Really Like You?


Many would-be entrepreneurs who learn about lean startup or read Blank’s The Startup Owner’s Manual often survey their customers once. If they get a positive response by their customers, they consider their idea (or their morphed idea) to now be validated. This is a grievous sin in the process and many entrepreneurs are falling victim to it. Here are four key takeaways to have in mind so you avoid making this mistake. Failing fast leads to startup success. That’s what the lean startup movement and the teachings of Steve Blank, Alex Osterwalder, and others in the customer and business model validation worlds have told us. Many entrepreneurs seek to apply these principles and validate their business models and hypotheses about who their ...

FundersClub February Digital Magazine


A summary of investor and startup news including top articles, must-read blog posts, FundersClub portfolio news, articles worth sharing, upcoming events and videos. TOP NEWS First FundersClub Exit: TalentBin is Acquired by Monster  By Charles Luzar, CrowdFund Insider TalentBin has been acquired by Monster Worldwide (NYSE:MWW). The acquisition of TalentBin completes one key component of a larger strategy designed to help Monster grow, says Monster CEO Sal Iannuzzi.     Read More → Facebook ...

FundersClub Returns Data: 41.2% Unrealized Net IRR in the first 18 months


On January 25, 2014, FundersClub celebrated its 18 month anniversary. Since our launch, we’ve invested $12M in 60 stellar founding teams and their companies across a variety of technology industries around the world. The capital came from our global community of over 8,000 accredited individuals and the investments were led... On January 25, 2014, FundersClub celebrated its 18 month anniversary. Since our launch, we’ve invested $12M in 60 stellar founding teams and their companies across a variety of technology industries around the world. The capital came from our global community of over 8,000 accredited individuals and the investments were led ...

7 Ways to Get Funding for Your Business


Though you often hear of the monster VC funding rounds in the tech media, there are actually a number of ways to get funding for a startup company. Here is a Quick Guide to 7 categories that come to mind along with some benefits and costs of each.   Though you often hear of the monster VC funding rounds in the tech media, there are actually a number of ways to get funding for a startup company. Here’s a Quick Guide to 7 categories that come to mind along with some benefits and costs of each:   1. ...