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Category Archives: Gust News

What are some good things about Gust that some founders might not know?

As the largest global database of startups (bigger than Crunchbase and AngelList combined, and more than double the size of StartupGenome), searchable by keyword and location, and with all entries written by the startups themselves, it can provide a quick sanity check before you go around saying “we have no competitors”. Rest assured that your potential investors have already used

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New Startups Around the World – Q1 2014

Thousands of entrepreneurs continue to create new startup profiles on Gust each month. Take a look below to see which industries, countries, and company stages had the most activity in Q1.

 

What are the best innovations to come out of the financial industry in recent times?

From a completely biased perspective, I’d nominate the nascent and not yet completely visible rise of online equity investing platforms.

While Gust is generally flying under the radar, and currently accounts for an infinitesimally tiny fraction of the marketplace, the actual numbers may be a bit surprising.

What has been the highlight of your week and why does it stand out?

SIIA (the US Software and Information Industry Association) named Gust the Best Collaboration Solution of 2013, at the gala during the All About The Cloud annual conference in San Francisco on Thursday.

What is the best approach to get funding for my startup?

When you create a profile on Gust, you immediately get emailed a link for a free download of Bill Payne’s excellent book “The Definitive Guide to Raising Money from Angels”, which is an excellent overview of the whole process. Good luck!

*original post can be found on Quora @ http://www.quora.com/David-S-Rose/answers *

What is the average startup rating on gust.com?

The rating system provided by Gust on the investor side is not intended to be used as any type of objective or standardized measurement. That’s because it was designed to be completely customizable for each angel group or venture fund using the platform.

Group administrators have the ability to turn ratings on or off, show or hide them, establish the

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What are the biggest global events for Venture Capitalists and Business Angels where they can learn about their own business?

There are surprisingly few such conferences, for the very good reason that there are actually relatively few such people (venture capitalists and ‘professional’ angel investors) to attend them! But that said, here are the biggest (i.e., “only” 🙂 events of their type):

Business Angels Angel Capital Association (US) Annual Summit This is the big one, which rotates among different cities

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The Raise: Fundraising Tips from Investors and Entrepreneurs

The Raise: Fundraising Tips from Investors and Entrepreneurs The 85-Percent Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST) New York, NY

Navigating the fundraising process can often seem daunting, like you’re trying to make your way through a labyrinth of investors, lawyers, and business advisors. Join Women In Music and The 85-Percent on February 27th for an

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Is gust.com a difficult platform to replicate?

The answer is noyes, and it’s irrelevant. 🙂

Back in the days of the dinosaurs, my first software company was in the wireless communications space (when that meant “pagers”, not “smartphones”), and our product let you type a message on your computer and send it to a pager, using a very simple protocol known as “TAP”. We were—by far—the market leader in

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What is a good site or Gmail extension for an angel investor to manage their startup deals?

Boy, do I wish there was a magical Gmail extension to let me manage my startup deals! Unfortunately, there isn’t (and since Google hasn’t fixed Gmail yet, if you’re actually a paying customer for Google Apps, instead of a free customer, you have strictly limited Gmail mail storage, and are not allowed to purchase more, at any price!) But I

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