Nivi · February 5th, 2010
Thank you to the well-known investors, successful entrepreneurs, and up-and-coming entrepreneurs discussing these lists on Twitter.
New angels on AngelList
75 new angels have applied to AngelList. We’re going through the applications one-by-one. I added some great investors today:
Chris DeVore from Founders Co-op
Robin Klein in London
Thomas Korte, an investor in Heroku
David Shen, an investor in bit.ly
David Rose, a New Yorker with 75 angel investments
Shervin Pishevar, founder of SGN
Pejman Nozad, an investor in Dropbox
And I didn’t even know these three entrepreneurs were angels until they applied to AngelList:
Silicon Valley has a tradition where entrepreneurs start investing as soon as they can — and that tradition is spreading to the rest of the world.
Startups are getting intros
Since we released StartupList on Twitter a few weeks ago, we’ve introduced 7 startups to 11 investors. With their permission, here’s a list of investors who’ve gotten intros:
Jeff Clavier (Angel in Mint)
Bill Lee (Angel in Posterous)
Mike Hirshland (Polaris)
Chris Yeh (Angel in AppJet)
Naval Ravikant (Angel in Twitter)
Jeff Fagnan (Atlas)
Brian Norgard (Angel in ad.ly)
George Zachary (Charles River)
Alex Finkelstein (Spark Capital)
David Cohen (Techstars)
Matt Mullenweg (Angel in DailyBurn)
How to get on StartupList
We’ve received 50 new pitches from startups. If you’ve got a good pitch, don’t worry about getting lost in the noise. A good pitch will stand out — and we will find a way to help that startup through StartupList or something else. If you’ve got a great startup on your hands, people will insist on helping you out.
Yesterday, we published guidelines for applying to StartupList. We said we look for the same things that early stage investors look for: traction, social proof, and team. But we didn’t mention another critical piece of the puzzle: the quality of the pitch itself.
Spend time writing and re-writing an awesome elevator pitch. Our elevator pitch template is a good place to start. Then get feedback from good writers — writers who have fans. You have 100% control over the quality of your pitch and there’s no reason not to kick its ass.