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How Working With The Venture Capital Firms Can Help Your Startup Earn Huge Profits?

How Working With The Venture Capital Firms Can Help Your Startup Earn Huge Profits? | Startups | Scoop.it

Venture capital is the money invested to support small, unproven or newly started businesses which are typically not bankable but have a bright future. To be true, venture capital is not meant for all and the fund is too hard to raise. So, it is advisable to be realistic in your approach to the various startup funding methods, especially if it is venture capital. If you are looking for the venture capital firms to invest in your startup, you better be ready with all the essential requirements.

The venture capital firms prefer to invest only in those startups that can return their investments not just with the interest but also with huge profits. Also, if you are highly concerned about your control over the company, it is better to look for a source other than venture capital as the investors will be actively involved in the critical matters of the company so as to ensure that the company is moving in the right direction to gain huge profits.

 

If everything falls in place, i.e., you have a viable business plan, a great management team, a strong network and someone who can introduce you to the venture capital firms, you cannot even imagine how efficiently your business is going to run under the guidance of these venture capitalists. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

 

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#Venture capital is not your average #funding. You need a highly scaleable product or service with a huge #potential. And you need to be introduced. You don't just walk in like in your local bank.

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7 Lessons from 500, YC, Angelpad alum — How to Prepare For Any Accelerator Interview

7 Lessons from 500, YC, Angelpad alum — How to Prepare For Any Accelerator Interview | Startups | Scoop.it

This month 500 Startups and General Assembly teamed up to hold a pre-accelerator program. Last week, we had our mini Demo Day:

I led the final week of the program where, in addition to 60-second pitch workshops, Angel.co profile show-and-tell, and pitch deck review sessions, I organized mock accelerator interviews.

To help me, I called a few of my friends*, Ryan Jackson of Paid and Andrew Norris of Taplytics, both YCombinator alums, Mason Blake at UpCounsel and Tristan Pollock of Storefront (now EIR @500) who went through AngelPad, and Selcuk Atli and me from 500Startups (both of us with YC backgrounds from Boostable/inDinero).

We started with a panel introducing ourselves and the accelerator processes: YC does 10 minute interviews with a few partners and cares more about founders than ideas; 500 does a deeper dive over 20–30 min and focuses on people and growth. With Angelpad, you’ll be talking to Thomas and Carine, and there will be fewer companies in your cohort. Each pre-accelerator company then had a 5-minute mock interview with us.

Despite the differences between us and our accelerators, the six of us noticed very similar patterns in the founders. The following mistakes to avoid and advice will help you prepare for any accelerator interview (and some investor conversations, too!)

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Creating a good pitch, whether it is for an accelerator program or for any round of funding, can be challenging. There are a few guidelines that can help you overcome the most basic mistakes. This article spells it out. Read it, it will help tremendously. Excellent.

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FEEDING YOUR STARTUP | The Importance of Choosing the Right Angel Investors and Investment Strategy | The Impact Angel Group

FEEDING YOUR STARTUP | The Importance of Choosing the Right Angel Investors and Investment Strategy | The Impact Angel Group | Startups | Scoop.it

At the last two of our Summer Learning Series events, some angel investors shared their own perspectives and experiences. Surprisingly enough, the advice seemed to circle back to the concept that the process for choosing investors (and co-investors) needs to be given as much attention and priority as the process of vetting potential startup investments.

As one presenter, Dr. Floyd Taub – physician, entrepreneur and angel investor – wisely analogized – having a startup is like having a baby.  Exactly what and how much you feed it (as well as who might be feeding it) is very important.  As Dr. Taub said:

 

“Entrepreneurs need to be re-educated from the frequent initial thought that they are ‘selling their baby’ to understand that they are selling paper in order to ‘feed their baby’. Not only do babies frequently starve, but those who are underfed, may be stunted or at least have a significant and costly growth delay.”

I’m a real fan of analogies, so this really resonated with me. I thought I’d embrace my analogyitis and take this a step further with a few examples that can apply to both babies and startups…

To read the full article and check out these new startups, click on the title.

 

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, August 30, 2013 1:20 PM

How do Angel Investors think, what are they looking for, how do they educate themselves? What is important to them. Good article.

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20 Reasons Why You Need a Business Plan

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20 Reasons Why You Need a Business Plan

Written by Pete Kennedy on Wednesday, April 9, 2008

1. To prove that you’re serious about your business. A formal business plan is necessary to show all interested parties -- employees, investors, partners and yourself -- that you are committed to building the business.

2. To establish business milestones. The business plan should clearly lay out the long-term milestones that are most important to the success of your business. To paraphrase Guy Kawasaki, a milestone is something significant enough to come home and tell your spouse about (without boring him or her to death). Would you tell your spouse that you tweaked the company brochure? Probably not. But you'd certainly share the news that you launched your new website or reached $1M in annual revenues.

3. To better understand your competition. Creating the business plan forces you to analyze the competition. All companies have competition in the form of either direct or indirect competitors, and it is critical to understand your company's competitive advantages.

4. To better understand your customer. Why do they buy when they buy? Why don’t they when they don't? An in-depth customer analysis is essential to an effective business plan and to a successful business.

5. To enunciate previously unstated assumptions. The process of actually writing the business plan helps to bring previously "hidden" assumptions to the foreground. By writing them down and assessing them, you can test them and analyze their validity.

6. To assess the feasibility of your venture. How good is this opportunity? The business plan process involves researching your target market, as well as the competitive landscape, and serves as a feasibility study for the success of your venture.

7. To document your revenue model. How exactly will your business make money? This is a critical question to answer in writing, for yourself and your investors. Documenting the revenue model helps to address challenges and assumptions associated with the model.

8. To determine your financial needs. Does your business need to raise capital? How much? The business plan creation process helps you to determine exactly how much capital you need and what you will use it for. This process is essential for raising capital for business and for effectively employing the capital.

9. To attract investors. A formal business plan is the basis for financing proposals. The business plan answers investors' questions such as: Is there a need for this product/service? What are the financial projections? What is the company's exit strategy?

10. To reduce the risk of pursuing the wrong opportunity. The process of creating the business plan helps to minimize opportunity costs. Writing the business plan helps you assess the attractiveness of this particular opportunity, versus other opportunities.

11. To force you to research and really know your market. What are the most important trends in your industry? What are the greatest threats to your industry? Is the market growing or shrinking? What is the size of the target market for your product/service? Creating the business plan will help you to gain a wider, deeper, and more nuanced understanding of your marketplace.

12. To attract employees and a management team. To attract and retain top quality talent, a business plan is necessary. The business plan inspires employees and management that the idea is sound and that the business is poised to achieve its strategic goals.

13. To plot your course and focus your efforts. The business plan provides a roadmap from which to operate, and to look to for direction in times of doubt. Without a business plan, you may shift your short-term strategies constantly without a view to your long-term milestones.

14. To attract partners. Partners also want to see a business plan, in order to determine whether it is worth partnering with your business. Establishing partnerships often requires time and capital, and companies will be more likely to partner with your venture if they can read a detailed explanation of your company.

15. To position your brand. Creating the business plan helps to define your company's role in the marketplace. This definition allows you to succinctly describe the business and position the brand to customers, investors, and partners.

16. To judge the success of your business. A formal business plan allows you to compare actual operational results versus the business plan itself. In this way, it allows you to clearly see whether you have achieved your strategic, financing, and operational goals (and why you have or have not).

17. To reposition your business to deal with changing conditions. For example, during difficult economic conditions, if your current sales and operational models aren’t working, you can rewrite your business plan to define, try, and validate new ideas and strategies.

18. To document your marketing plan. How are you going to reach your customers? How will you retain them? What is your advertising budget? What price will you charge? A well-documented marketing plan is essential to the growth of a business.

19. To understand and forecast your company’s staffing needs. After completing your business plan, you will not be surprised when you are suddenly short-handed. Rather, your business plan provides a roadmap for your staffing needs, and thus helps to ensure smoother expansion.

20. To uncover new opportunities. Through the process of brainstorming, white-boarding and creative interviewing, you will likely see your business in a different light. As a result, you will often come up with new ideas for marketing your product/service and running your business.

 

 

 

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, July 21, 2013 10:35 AM

Excellent reasons for writing a Business Plan

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This article is great. Business plan is a must to succeed

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Business funding - it starts with a plan!

Business funding - it starts with a plan! | Startups | Scoop.it

If you’re looking for funding to start your business, one of the first things you need is a business plan.

 

When starting a business I always advise people to write a business plan. Why? The process of creating a plan ensures you work through what you are trying to achieve, it validates your business idea, and allows you to see where you are going and how you intend to get there. It is never just because your bank manager or potential source of finance will want to see one. 


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paulgreen's curator insight, July 11, 2013 7:12 AM

Whilst there is a lot of press coverage about how banks are not lending money, one aspect of this is how poorly a business plan is presented to a bank  in order to receive funds.

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Talking to angels and VCs? Get to 'no' as fast as you can

Talking to angels and VCs? Get to 'no' as fast as you can | Startups | Scoop.it
Startups seeking angel funding shouldn’t be so afraid of the word “no.”

 

By Brian S. Cohen, Chairman of the New York Angels.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, July 1, 2013 5:31 AM

You can get a lot of information from 'no'. Just don't waste your time on the ones who are not right for you.

Best tactic: show up with the best business plan you can put together. Then the 'no' will not be about issues related to your presentation or your numbers. It will be about the right fit.


Don't waste the investor's time either, show up with a great business plan.


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Timothy Wright's curator insight, July 25, 2013 1:31 PM

Great Advice, VCs and Angels can tie you up waiting for an answer, getting a quick no allows you to move forward with your search and see who is truly interested in getting involved.  Speed is essential for early stage funding.

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The Importance of Writing a Business Plan - exploreB2B

The Importance of Writing a Business Plan - exploreB2B | Startups | Scoop.it
Many think the main purpose for writing a business plan is for the presentation to a bank or financial institution for funding. While this may be the case, the ultimate reason should be to ...

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, May 29, 2013 9:23 PM

Yes, number one reason, write that Business Plan for yourself!


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Why Angel Investors Don’t Make Money … And Advice For People Who Are Going To Become Angels Anyway | TechCrunch

Why Angel Investors Don’t Make Money … And Advice For People Who Are Going To Become Angels Anyway | TechCrunch | Startups | Scoop.it

My skeptical perspective on angel investing is colored by my 25 years in the venture capital business and the data I use to teach my students at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


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There’s a dark side to startups, and it haunts 30% of the world’s most brilliant people

There’s a dark side to startups, and it haunts 30% of the world’s most brilliant people | Startups | Scoop.it
Tech entrepreneurs are struggling with depression in secret. Here's how some in the industry want to change that.

The smile on Austen Heinz's face was unguarded and brief. It was the involuntary, small upturn of the corners the mouth that escapes when something genuinely makes you happy.

For Heinz, it was seeing the surfers at Del Mar. He raised his phone to snap a photo for a friend.

Mike Alfred saw the grin on his face, so he took his own photo of his friend's happiness.

Heinz’s long, curly brown hair is whipping back in the wind secured only by a green San Francisco hat. A black North Face vest, one he’s wearing in most photographs, covers his dress shirt.

“He smiled for a brief moment, and it was so beautiful,” Alfred said. "That's the last picture I have of him smiling."

Heinz’s love of surfing with his sister, Jean, would be noted in his obituary, published a month later.

The founder and CEO of Cambrian Genomics took his own life May 24, two weeks after the trip to Del Mar. He was 31.

When news slowly spread on Twitter that Heinz had died by suicide, many were crushed and surprised.

"That was a reminder to me that you can’t predict which founders are struggling," said Y Combinator president Sam Altman. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

 

 

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It's not all unicorns and billions of dollars... there is a lot of struggle and failure. Be careful. Read this article and be prepared.

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New Rules Allow Early Adopters to Become Early Investors

New Rules Allow Early Adopters to Become Early Investors | Startups | Scoop.it
Were you one of the first to identify Uber as a game changer?  What about being one of the first to use Amazon or Google in the early days? If you had..

Were you one of the first to identify Uber as a game changer?  What about being one of the first to use Amazon or Google in the early days?

If you had invested in Uber (now valued at $40B) in 2011, you would currently be sitting on a 600x return. Unfortunately, unless you were already very wealthy, securities laws would have prevented you from being able to invest in the these companies.

Early adopters have historically been prevented from crossing the threshold from customer to investor. However, a fundamental shift in the relationship between consumers and companies has been set in motion by new SEC regulations set to go into effect on June 19th.

Most early adopters interested in supporting private companies have been limited to rewards-based crowdfunding. This type of crowdfunding has proven to be a poor substitute for true early stage investing. Rewards-based crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter allow individuals to pre-order products or donate towards something that they want to exist in the world. These “backers” do not get shares or equity in the company. Although these backers take on significant risk, they do not get any significant upside.

The story of Oculus VR is apt. Nearly two years after its celebrated rewards-based crowdfunding raise, Oculus was acquired by Facebook for $2B. Oculus’ early Kickstarter backers felt angered and betrayed. Though they had a sense of ownership in the company, they reaped no benefits from the transaction. Meanwhile, the institutional and accredited investors who invested in Oculus after the Kickstarter campaign (and in large part because of the Kickstarter campaign) made a large amount of money in a short period of time. $300 in equity in Oculus at the time of the Kickstarter campaign would have been worth approximately $45,000, a 145x return.

Successful technology startups owe it to their early adopters to let them participate in the company’s financial success.  These are the people who realized the company’s potential before the public and provided the momentum to turn that potential into a reality. Read more: click on image or title.




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Early adopters are part of the success of a startup and should be rewarded for their input and commitment. This article digests the new opportunities.

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Here are some of the key takeaways:

  • EMV cards are being rolled out with an embedded microchip for added security. The microchip carries out real-time risk assessments on a person’s card purchase activity based on the card user’s profile. The chip also generates dynamic cryptograms when the card is inserted into a payment terminal. Because these cryptograms change with every purchase, it makes it difficult for fraudsters to make counterfeit cards that can be used for in-store transactions.
  • To bolster security throughout the payments chain encryption of payments data is being widely implemented. Encryption degrades valuable data by using an algorithm to translate card numbers into new values. This makes it difficult for fraudsters to harvest the payments data for use in future transactions.
  • Point-to-point encryption is the most tightly defined form of payments encryption. In this scheme, sensitive payment data is encrypted from the point of capture at the payments terminal all the way through to the gateway or acquirer. This makes it much more difficult for fraudsters to harvest usable data from transactions in stores and online. 
  • Tokenization increases the security of transactions made online and in stores. Tokenization schemes assign a random value to payment data, making it effectively impossible for hackers to access the sensitive data from the token itself. Tokens are often “multiuse,” meaning merchants don’t have to force consumers to re-enter their payment details. Apple Pay uses an emerging form of tokenization. 
  • 3D Secure is an imperfect answer to user authentication online. One difficulty in fighting online fraud is that it is hard to tell whether the person using card data is actually the cardholder. 3D Secure adds a level of user authentication by requiring the customer to enter a passcode or biometric data in addition to payment data to complete a transaction online. Merchants who implement 3D Secure risk higher shopping-cart abandonment.
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5 Tips for Protecting Your Online Presence

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There are a few commonsense ways to help protect your reputation online. Some companies offer such a service for a fee, but you can do …

 

There are a few commonsense ways to help protect your reputation online. Some companies offer such a service for a fee, but you can do a lot yourself to keep your reputation sterling.

The first step for anyone should be reviewing their own social media accounts. Embarrassing photos, status updates, or even the use of foul language can reflect negatively on a person looking for employment, promotion, or business partners. In certain situations, a photo or comment could even cost someone the job he already has. Everyone should be aware of what their social media accounts say about them, and take action to correct anything that could reflect negatively upon them.

The next step is to familiarize yourself with the various privacy policies of social media websites. These vary from one site to another, and while avoiding having embarrassing material show up online should be the top priority, it is also a good idea to be aware of who can see what sections of a person’s pages. Adjusting settings to allow certain things only to be seen by certain people would be a wise step for those who don’t want to revamp their pages completely.

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It's easy to ruin your reputation online by negative remarks or just plain stupid responses. This article gives you some ideas on how to prevent that.

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Tips for Getting Started on Your Startup

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Budding entrepreneurs beware: advice is everywhere and it's easy to fall down a rabbit hole of research rather than getting anything accomplished. If you want to be successful you need to stay orga...

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A few good tips for starting entrepreneurs.



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Expert interview: 13 questions on Funding & Pitching (part 1) - The NextWomen Business Magazine

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Expert interview: 13 questions on Funding & Pitching (part 1) The NextWomen Business Magazine Andrea Cockerton, pitch for funding expert Andrea Cockerton, founder of Mudhut Consulting, the Cambridge-based venture market consultancy works with...

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Excellent article, please READ, READ, READ, this is the information start ups need to know, click on the article headline on top!


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How to Incorporate a Competitive Analysis Into Your Business Plan

How to Incorporate a Competitive Analysis Into Your Business Plan | Startups | Scoop.it
If you’re working to get a small business enterprise off the ground, one of your most important tools will be your business plan. This is the document you will show prospective investors that will give them the confidence and peace of mind necessary to hand you their hard earned dollars.
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DAVID T DEWBERRY's curator insight, November 8, 2013 8:31 AM

Most SBME know their busines, what they do. What most require assistance withis the business of the business, which is beyond what they do(the product or serivces they provide). The busines of the busines is the how they do their business, the Financials, HR, Marketing, Legal, etc.

 

There's the challenge and opportunity, why? They're so involved in doing, working in the business many never get to the point of working on their business. Most business plans sit on the shelf collecting dust on in a drawer never seeing the light of day. A living, breathing business plan that is followed, updated, executed is essentail to reach the business full potential. It dosen't matter if you're a start up or been in business for year, the formular for success is the same. Plan your work and work your plan! a workable business plan has an implemetation plan that is very easy to follow has specific duites and responsibilites with action items , who is to to do what where and when. SMART...Specific...Measureable...Acheivable...Realistic....Timeline!

 

The difference between just being in business and having a succussful business is how the busines owner(s) know and do the business of the business. Trusted advisors, consuktants can assist with expertise and guidance , the ulitmate responsiability and accountability is within the owners ability to not only work in the business , but to work on the business.

 

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Get into the minds of Angel Investors: How do they Think?

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, April 14, 2013 12:49 AM


 

Want to know how 'Angel Investors' think?

 

Here are some answers on Quora  (7 at the time of this posting): the question was:


"As a first time angel investor, how do you approach a startup company you want to invest in?"


Mike Watson, Founder of SnapWorkSocial, SeriousLab...

Just ping me, ask for lunch, and tell me you have money. You'll have my attention. Not sure why it has to be more complicated than that.

Nicholas Chavez, Started and sold 2 companies. 

I've followed the following structure when I've heard of a company in which I am interested in investing:

1.  Read article about company
2.  Find CEO's firstname/lastname
3.  Search GOOGLE for generally accepted variations of FN/LN@company.com if the CEO is a good one, his/her email address is out there.
4.  Send CEO an email congratulating re: article, ask 2-3 intelligent questions
5.  CEO sends thoughtful reply.
6.  Thank CEO via email, mention you will be in the area "next Tuesday" and you'd relish the opportunity to sit down and chat about company's future, mention that you have some funding contacts.
7.  Sit down with CEO one on one.  If you do this right, you'll get a tour of the facility and will get to meet the folks that make the magic happen.
  
Adam Hoeksema, Co-Founder - http://www.projectionhub.com...

Haha you are opening yourself up for a lot of entrepreneurs to start pitching you right here on Quora. 

I think you need to sit down with the founders of the startup and determine:

  1. What problem do they solve
  2. Are they gaining traction
  3. What they need
  4. Why they need it
  5. When they need it
  6. And probably a host of other questions, but you have to ask the questions first.
  
Alex Schiff, I've got one.

If it's sincere, this is the best way to me: Be a user of my product, compliment it in a non-overzealous way, give me a piece of criticism or feedback on how we can improve, and then say, by the way, are you guys fundraising? I'm looking to get into angel investing, and this is what I have to offer: one-line pitch on why you're "smart money" and not just anyone with a big wallet.
  
Pete Griffiths, Multiple previous startups. 

Cash in hand.
  

Mike Moradi, Startup Guy

Like any other deal, a warm intro would be the best way, preferably via a trusted intermediary.  I tend to be wary of unfamiliar stakeholders, though if a lawyer/accountant/friend/business partner can vouch for you, it helps greatly.

But the cold call may also work.  Depends on the CEO...
Marc Diamant, I try to be helpful on Quora

I love talking about my product and would assume most founders do. Thats where it starts. Twitter, Quora, Linked In that's where I can be found.
  
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And another question, with 5 answers:


"What do angel investors want to see in a startup raising a seed round?"


Lee Weinberg, I invest my own money. That makes me an Angel investor. (Lawyer, Investor, Advisor)

  • A management team or real willingness to get one fast (after noting the product and customers, of course).
  • A good description of the product/business, addressable market and market size, and business model for making profits.
  • Some sense of who the customers are and the customer offering/sales proposition has been tested or discussed with potential customers.
  

Christine Herron, Co-founder/first employee at Cycle Pa...

Great team, compelling product, and believable customer acquisition plan.
  

Or-Tal Kiriati, Co-founder and CEO of Saveby.com, an ...

From my experience - it's the people, the initial team, that investors look at first (right after they got excited on your idea and I assume, at seed stage, initial execution...)

Ranjith Regulla, Love to be an Entrepreneur!!

It's the team which plays a major role, next to team idea plays major role..
  
Mike Prozan, Start Up Lawyer

Product and customers

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Direct links to the Quroa questions:


https://www.quora.com/As-a-first-time-angel-investor-how-do-you-approach-a-startup-company-you-want-to-invest-in

 

https://www.quora.com/What-do-angel-investors-want-to-see-in-a-startup-raising-a-seed-round