Topics: Angel Investing

Indian Fintech Startup Raises $5.3m

Indian Fintech Startup Raises $5.3m

Fintech startup PaySense has raised $5.3m in a Series A round, adding to its impressive fundraising efforts. The latest round was led by Jungle Ventures and it also featured Naspers Group and Nexus Venture Partners. The investment round is a clear example of the strength and attractions of the Indian fintech sector.   PaySense’s strong fundraising efforts continue   The [...]

Fintech Startup Airwallex Gets $13 Million in Funding

Fintech Startup Airwallex Gets $13 Million in ...

Australian fintech startup Airwallex just managed to raise funds from a number of global investors. It secured $13 million in total funding, as the startup continues to expand its cross-border payment business overseas.   A successful funding round   The funding round managed to attract plenty of foreign investment from some of the biggest names in global commerce. Airwallex was [...]

Record-breaking – From Seed to Market Dominance, Dealmaking Reaches New Highs

Record-breaking – From Seed to Market ...

The superlatives are flying this week as analysts and companies describe the latest rush of deal activity and news. Here is a roundup of just five of the biggest, the largest, most audacious and record-breaking totals.   Biggest Year on Record for US M&A Market … and Highest Volume Year to Date Ever   A record number (45) of deals [...]

New Angel Model Delivers Returns, Now It’s Aiming for Expansion

New Angel Model Delivers Returns, Now It’s Aiming ...

There are countless stories about successful startup founders who parlay fortunes earned in an IPO or trade sale into becoming early stage angel investors. But what about successful angel investors, what do they do next? Sometimes they form a general partnerhsip,raise a capital pool from limited partners, and join the ranks of the private equity industry. Recent examples are VC [...]

European Business Angels Heading to Dublin

European Business Angels Heading to Dublin

Ireland is carving out a strong reputation for itself as one of Europe’s hottest nations when it comes to technology, and many Irish based businesses and entrepreneurs have attracted a lot of investment in recent months.   It is perhaps fitting that Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, finds itself as the destination for this year’s Eban Congress on 13 – 14 [...]

UK Leads in Adoption of Crowdfunding

UK Leads in Adoption of Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is on the rise with an estimated 50,000 business angels registered on equity financing sites such as AngelList, CircleUp, Seedrs, and Crowdcube. About ten percent of those registered have actually taken the plunge and completed transactions, says a new report from OurCrowd. OurCrowd, which authored and researched the report, claims to be one of the market leaders in this [...]

What are Angel Investors Looking for in Entrepreneurs and Businesses?

What are Angel Investors Looking for in ...

Angel investment can be a very lucrative path to take for start-up businesses. It can provide an alternative to traditional private equity (PE) investment, where funds will typically be looking for established and already profitable enterprises that they can invest in and fund to facilitate the business moving to the next level.   Start-ups who know they are unlikely to [...]

Customers and angels – new sources of early stage capital?

Customers and angels – new sources of early ...

The media’s attention to crowdfunding has not diminished in recent weeks. GigaOm published three articles this week on the topic. One article is about the trend of raising capital from customers. Instead of raising money from venture capitalists or angel to build a product, entrepreneurs can reach out to customers before the product is actually produced.   The idea is [...]

Eight Types of Angel Investors to Avoid: From The Crowd Blog

Eight Types of Angel Investors to Avoid: From The ...

Marty Zwilling, CEO and Founder of Startup Professionals, an advisory firm for entrepreneurs, contributed a column in Fortune’s From the Crowd blog making the point that not all business angel money is equal. He lists eight types that might not be desirable as investors, including “sharks”, “has-beens”, and “litigious” angels.   Sharks, for example, can be identified by a tortuous [...]

Angel Investors in US Go Online

Angel Investors in US Go Online

A new OECD study entitled, Financing High-Growth Firms: The Role of Angel Investors, reveals several important trends and activities in various countries, as well as implications for policymakers.   One trend that caught our eye was that US angel groups and networks are using online tools, such as Gust.com, formerly known as Angelsoft, (The image above is a screenshot from [...]

Super Angel Funds: A New Alternative Asset Class?

Super Angel Funds: A New Alternative Asset Class?

Very early-stage funds are scooping up allocations to venture capital as companies like StepStone, Cendana Capital and AMG National Trust Bank put their money into super-angel funds, reports the WSJ. While the big name VC investors, such as Accel and Khosla Ventures, continue raised large funds, super angel funds seem to be growing in appeal.  SoftTechVC, founded by Jeff Clavier, is [...]

Super Angel Funds Still on a Fundraising Roll

Super Angel Funds Still on a Fundraising Roll

Very early-stage funds are scooping up allocations to venture capital as companies like StepStone, Cendana Capital and AMG National Trust Bank put their money into super-angel funds, reports the WSJ. While the big name VC investors, such as Accel and Khosla Ventures, continue raised large funds, super angel funds seem to be growing in appeal. SoftTechVC, founded by Jeff Clavier,  [...]

Is a Startup’s Success Determined by Angels?

Is a Startup’s Success Determined by Angels?

Josh Lerner and a team of researchers are studying the impact on startups by early-stage financiers.  One of their most recent papers was made available by SuperReturn 2012 organizers this week. We read the report and found that it delves deeply into the dealflow, portfolio, and long term results of two US-based angel groups. The data, although limited, was examined [...]