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Which angel investors are interested in crowdfunding startups?

Since equity crowdfunding under the recently passed JOBS Act will not be legal until some point next year, there is currently a great deal of smoke, although not necessarily a lot of fire, around new entrants into the space.  But taking a look at some operating US-based companies that currently come to mind when thinking about the space (Kickstarter, Indiegogo, AngelList, Gust, CircleUp),

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If you could work at any startup in New York City, where would you choose and why?

Well, I’m biased, but let me just describe yesterday’s Summer Outing at Gust:

For background, you should know that by long-standing company tradition, our outings are surprises. And that means a complete and total surprise to everyone, as in “not a single person knows a single thing about it in advance”…except for the CEO, who personally sets everything up, from designing the t-shirts

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Which equity based crowdfunding startups hold the most promise / have the highest growth potential at this point?

Since no equity crowdfunding platforms under the JOBS Act will be able to even begin operations for another six to nine months, it is impossible for any of them to be “the market leader” at this point…even though every single one of them—as in a drawing room farce—is claiming the title.

And since the three logical big players (KickStarter, Gust

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Help with asking for seed funding?

Unfortunately, the reality of entrepreneurship is that raising seed funding is much, much more difficult than you have been led to believe from the press reports about early stage financing. Only one out of every 400 companies seeking funding from venture capital firms actually receives it. And even when trying to raise much smaller amounts of money from individual ‘angel

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What are the best ways to obtain seed or angel funding in the U.K.?

Interestingly, for this past quarter, according to the Gust statistics we released thus week, the UK accounted for the largest number of entrepreneurs seeking funding of any country outside the US!  The take away is that you’ve got a very vibrant and competitive startup economy, which is a Good Thing…unless you happen to be one of the vibrant competitors seeking

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What is the best way to find investors beyond your immediate network? Can social media be leveraged to prospect?

Social media can indeed be a good way to start the process of finding investors. The first thing to do is to use your immediate network to reach beyond it, and that’s where LinkedIn does a marvelous job. I just checked my statistics there, and it turns out that 14 million people can get a warm introduction to me through one or more people

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How important is a video pitch to investors for an early stage start-up?

There is no one thing (aside from integrity) that is an absolute, and what you need to have when fundraising for a startup will depend to some extent on how you are managing your funding process.  A good list of just about everything you could possibly want to have in your arsenal is listed in the answer to What materials

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Gust Startup Trend Map

Gust Startup Map & Trends Analysis – August 2012

Attention startup enthusiasts! Gust is thrilled to have nearly 7,000 new entrepreneurs creating startup profiles each month. To help us visualize the scale and global reach of these entrepreneurs we have put together a monthly startup map, which captures all new startup profiles on Gust. The map showcases new entrepreneur sign-ups

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The Gust-DEMO Fall 2012 Scholarship

Following the huge success of the Gust-DEMO scholarship earlier this year, Gust and DEMO have teamed up again to offer Gust start-ups a full scholarship opportunity for DEMO Fall 2012. The recipient of the Gust-DEMO Scholarship will have a chance to launch their product to some of the most innovative people in the world. During the two-day conference, DEMO provides

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Party Time: Tech Tuesdays @ TriBeCa Grand Hotel

We’re thrilled to be co-hosting Made in NY: Austin with NY Tech Meetup at South by Southwest! To get you as pumped as we are, we will be hosting a pre-party party:

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Tuesday February 21, 2012 7pm-11pm, OPEN BAR 7-8pm