A few weeks ago, we launched some new features to help entrepreneurs share their startup profile on AngelList. But sharing can still be a tough experience, especially if you have just a handful of followers. Even if you’re a well-known, established, super-achiever like Blake Commagere, your “share” screen may tell you that you can only share your startup with a handful of people:
Here, Blake can share with only 6 people. Not exactly a huge audience. Isn’t the whole point of AngelList to provide budding startups access to a world of expert investors and advisors?
It is. And you now have another tool to help you do so.
Josh and Andy have just launched a feature that allows you to “nudge” any of your extended team members (your investors, advisors, endorsers, etc) to share your startup with one of their followers.
To start nudging, take a look at your extended team. Here’s Blake’s list of advisors and endorsers at Commagere Ventures:
Blake can check out the followers for each of these extended team members and target them for an intro. Let’s take a look at, say, Adam Rifkin’s profile and zoom in on his followers:
Here’s where the nudge magic happens. Blake can now “Request an Intro” to Thomas.
When he does so, he sees this share-like screen:
Blake nudges Adam, including a note asking that he kindly introduce his startup to Thomas. He also writes a note to Thomas, letting him know why he thinks Commagere Ventures would be a good match.
Adam then receives an email notifying him of the intro request. If Adam agrees to the request, Thomas gets an overview of Commagere Ventures, along with Blake’s note.
And, that’s how you nudge your way to an investor introduction.
Here are some steps you can take to take advantage of the new nudge feature:
If you advertise on Facebook Places, Foursquare, Twitter, and any of the other location-based marketing platforms, you’ll quickly drive yourself insane with the myriad of self-service tools, APIs, formats and unnecessary differentiation that you have to deal with.
MomentFeed is your moment of zen.
MomentFeed has built a sweet dashboard for managing and monitoring campaigns across all of these platforms and all of your locations. And they’ve raised a nice round with some help from AngelList. Here are a few of their investors:
We agree with the twittersphere: airports suck. Thankfully, Dan, Jeff and the team at GateGuru have developed an app that turns down the suck, giving stressed-out travellers in-terminal maps, reviews and tips. Check it out.
The team just announced the closing of their seed round with a little help from the AngelList community, pulling down $800k from investors including:
The best way to have a startup be seen on AngelList is to share it. For investors who have followers, sharing is easy. You find a startup you like, then share it with your followers. But for people with few followers, it can be tough to find a wide audience. We’re trying to change this with some new tools to make sharing easier.
It all starts with the “Share” button on your startup profile…
By default, the share screen allows you to share with your followers.
You can customize the set of people who’ll receive the share. You can share with your followers, your friends (people you follow who follow you back), or you can use the people picker to get really granular. For founders, your list of followers and friends may be thin.
But even if you have only a few followers on AngelList, you still have options. You can add the email addresses of people you know (but you can only share once per email address). You can also access a secure share link. Copy and paste the link to share via email or whatever way you like. Once you’re done raising your round, you can turn the link off.
And don’t forget, if you have a public profile, you can tweet your startup using the tweet link at the bottom of your startup profile page.
More sharing options to come. Stay tuned.
Joey Flores and his team at Earbits have raised $605k in their seed round to-date. AngelList was able to help connect Earbits with investors including Hector Hulian of Panama-based IG Capital and Ravi Srivastava of Chicago’s Purvi Capital.
If you’re into new music, Earbits is definitely worth checking out. It’s a commercial-free Pandora with a sleek interface. We’ve got it cranking in the office right now. While the experience is Pandora-like, their monetization model is unique: venues, artists and labels bid for airtime. As Joey says, it’s Google AdWords for the music and concert industries.
TK and his team at Tout have closed their seed round with some rock solid investors on AngelList:
Tout’s email management tool makes it insanely simple to template and track repetitive emails. In fact, we’re using Tout to let the investors above know that we’re blogging about them. It rocks. Check it out.
Congrats to everyone at Tout, and thanks to Josh Baer for making the AngelList community aware of this gem of a company.
Congrats to Cheryl, Jhony and the team at CityPockets on completing their seed round of $735k.
There are a bunch of companies that aggregate daily deals, but CityPockets aggregates deals post-purchase. With CityPockets, you don’t have to sign in to a million different deals sites to keep track of which vouchers you’ve bought and which are about to expire. The best part of the CityPockets experience is their marketplace where you can buy vouchers you might have missed, or sell vouchers you regretfully bought on impulse. Check it out.
We get excited for companies when they complete a round of funding, but we get doubly excited when they launch their product. In the case of Shopobot, they did both.
Shopobot is like Kayak’s price tracker for gadget lovers. If you’re into cameras, home theater equipment, macs, and sports gear, you’d be insane to not use it.
Founders Dave and Julius were referred to AngelList by the impressive team at AngelPad (currently the top AngelList referrer in California) and were immediately able to meet a diverse set of high quality investors and fill out their round.
Many of the best startups on AngelList have been brought into the community by our users. But we haven’t done nearly enough to recognize these users for their hard work.
Announcing a new feature that we hope will go part of the way to saying “thanks”. Starting today, you can flag yourself as the “referrer” of a startup on AngelList. When you do so, a number of changes happen:
To flag yourself as a referrer, click on the “Add Me to This Profile” button at the base of the profile page for any startup you’ve referred to us, and select “the referrer”.
Consider this our first step in giving referrers credit for their work… more to come. Let us know what you think.
Seattle-based EquaShip today announced a $900k funding round that included a $250k chunk from investors they found on AngelList:
Ron Wiener, EquaShip CEO, is pretty busy building his company, so he only had time to say this about his AngelList experience:
We’ll be back for our second round.
Thanks Ron. And congrats!