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 digress [harumph].
When I started my angel investing over a decade ago, there was no such thing as a site to handle the surprisingly-challenging process of keeping track of all the information regarding all the companies with which I was working. So I had to create one!
[shameless plug alert…but you asked!]
Gust (the company I founded) is the online platform used by over 45,000 accredited angel investors and VCs, from over 1,000 angel groups and venture funds, in 74 countries, to manage their startup deals. It is the official startup deal flow management and collaboration platform of virtually every national and international angel investing organization in the world, from the Angel Capital Association and the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds in the US, to the equivalent national federations in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Russia, Belarus, Kazakstan, China, India and half a dozen other countries, all the way up to the World Business Angel Association (the international NGO representing the industry.)
What Gust does is to greatly simplify the whole investment process, ensuring that investors have all the information they need to make smart decisions, and providing an integrated suite of powerful tools for collaboration, syndication, communication and diligence connecting entrepreneurs and investors.
At the moment, use of Gust is available only to members of organized angel groups and networks, to VC funds (including many of the so-called ‘super angels’), and to accredited investors who have been specifically invited on to the platform by one of the 150,000 startups that use Gust to manage their investor relations. But there will be some forthcoming announcements that will soon extend the platform to a significantly wider audience, so watch this space!
Written by David S. Rose
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