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  • 1. AngelList 101 Mayel de Borniol Co-Founder of Babelverse
  • 2. ! solid, exhaustive profile (= executive summary)
  • 3. angel.co/babelverse
  • 4. avoid those voice-over animations
  • 5. ! show founders + product in action, ! video is best
  • 6. ! A/B test your 1 line pitch
  • 7. ! try different 
 markets + tags + locations 
  • 8. link to short deck
  • 9. why are you different?
  • 10. ! how much are you raising?
  • 11. transparency + storytelling
  • 12. link to angellist from website / email signature / etc
  • 13. ! build a strong network 
  • 14. ! get recommendations / advisors / referrer
  • 15. list accelerators / investors + commitments 
 (incl. any outside angellist)
  • 16. follow people you know / admire
  • 17. create investor wish-list! ✓ ✓ use the filters (look out for ! search for investors in startups that share your DNA (but not competitors)
  • 18. use CRM or simple spreadsheet to keep track  
  • 19. reach out 
 (incl. outside of the platform) LinkedIn, personal site/blog, Rapportive, Crunchbase, Quora, etc
  • 20. use a template message, 
 but customize  Hi Mike,! Are you actively investing at the moment?! I think your experience at Airbnb would be valuable to Babelverse (the “universal translator” for spoken communication, which connects you to a real native speaker). ! Our lead investor is 500 Startups, and we’re looking to close this round by April 30th.! Please take a look: https://angel.co/babelverse and we can set up a call to discuss. You can schedule at time directly via https://calendly.com/mayel ! Best,
 Mayel
  • 21. meet in person ! when possible, otherwise video calls
  • 22. a strong 
 lead investor 
 helps
  • 23. have detailed deck + supporting docs (metrics/ financials) ready to send  Tip: sending Google Docs or Dropbox link will let you keep updating them
  • 24. Delaware corp. + standard terms sheet makes things simpler!  
  • 25. better a explainable no than a prolonged maybe  
  • 26. ..but investors in inner circle, seeing progress = 
 may invest later 
  • 27. Invest Online! ! makes it easier for investors to jump in! ! requires lead investor 
 for the round at $100K
  • 28. Syndicates! ! great for founders
  • 29. Public Fundraising! ! half way there: still only accredited investors
  • 30. Q&A please follow: 
 angel.co/babelverse 
 and sign up: 
 babelverse.com