Angel investing doesn’t need to only be about money.
Angel investors often invest for reasons beyond making a buck. Many investors use their capital to back companies that they deeply believe in– that they anticipate changing the world in a powerful, positive way.
Wefunder makes it easy to find companies that resonate with you as an investor with our tags!
You’ll usually have only hours to sign for a company. Optimize your investing workflow beforehand so that this goes as smoothly as possible. This might mean talking to your banker and working out a strategy to move funds quickly.
Founders ♥ A-level investors – they wire funds quickly, sign paperwork promptly, and then quietly move to the sidelines. On a rare occasion, an investor can give advice that entirely changes the course of a company, making them an A+ investor.
(Don’t try to earn that A+ just for the ego stroke, offer advice when it’s requested and when you feel you can speak on the problem).
Demo day attendees rarely mess around – they will likely have done extensive homework and may have already contacted founders before the big day. If you’re interested in a startup, move quickly– you may have very little time or opportunity to connect otherwise.
Wefunder’s accelerator, XX, also hosts a demo day for each of its cohorts! XX isn’t quite as big as YC (yet ;) but our demo day is still a convenient way to learn about and invest in startups we think are pretty exceptional.
Few investors think about what happens after a demo day. It isn’t uncommon that investors maintain a relationship with a founder and then invest later. Your rates will be less ideal with this tactic but it may be worth it for a very risky company that didn’t quite convince you on demo day.
Elad and Pejman offer advice on actually evaluating an opportunity, supporting a young company versus an older one, avoiding bad angel habits and more.
In March of 2018, something big happened: the best startup investor on the planet shared its entire playbook. This investor also happens to be the world’s most famous startup accelerator, Y Combinator. From Airbnb to Doordash to Dropbox to Stripe, YC has funded many of the biggest
startups you can name.
We wanted to put YC’s Startup Investor School videos right at the fingertips of our favorite people out there, Wefunder investors. To that end, we put in some crowdfunding and Wefunder-specific tid-bits, too.
While we are a YC Alum, Wefunder has no current affiliation with Y Combinator. So, many thanks to Y Combinator for all of the video material used on this page! They produced and own all of these wonderful videos while we wrote the summaries.
786 startups have raised $334,160,896 on Wefunder
Wefunder supports three different federal laws that allow startups to raise money legally. To comply with the law, Wefunder Advisors LLC and Wefunder Portal LLC (both owned by Wefunder Inc) also list startups depending on the regulation used.
Legal May 16th 2016
Wefunder Portal LLC
for 693 startups
Wefunder Advisors LLC
for 162 startups
for 3 startups
Curious how well the companies have done? Or how many raised follow-on financing?
Some fine print: 1) These numbers include startups currently live on Wefunder if they pass their minimum target. 2) Some startups use two different laws at the same time (i.e., Regulation D and Regulation Crowdfunding).