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You’ve heard me say it many times: angel investing is all about networking.

Professional angels and venture capitalists don’t even need to try to find the best deals… they just go about their lives while world-class deals come to them.

Why? Because they’ve established themselves in the startup community.

Their glowing reputations make them a hot commodity for founders seeking funding.

In fact, building your reputation as an angel investor is one of the best ways to boost your deal flow.

That’s because the best startups are those led by experienced entrepreneurs.

And, to put it simply, a savvy CEO knows that not all money is created equal.

I’ve seen plenty of angel investors with perfectly good checks get elbowed out of the deals they wanted, all because of one sour grape along the vine.

Others spend months and months hitting the pavement, searching for opportunities… but hear so few pitches that they never end up liking one.

If this sounds all too familiar, don’t let it get you down.

Even today’s most famous angel investors started out the same way.

So how do you go from zero to deal flow?

1) Become an active participant in the startup community

The best way to get noticed as an angel investor is to show up to events and introduce yourself as such! Most cities and even some smaller communities have some kind of relevant network you can join. Look for startup-related Meetups, lectures, and events. Look up whether your area has any angel networks you can join, or startup incubators hosting demo days.

2) Keep your online profiles up-to-date

As a reasonably well-known angel investor, I receive messages from startup founders nearly every day on no less than 5 platforms. The vast majority of them aren’t worth more than a cursory look. Still, I’ll never turn my nose up at deal flow. Further, keeping your profiles current makes you seem more credible. Believe me – everyone, including CEOs, VCs, and other angels, will try to look you up online before doing business. Don’t be invisible.

3) Be the kind of person that other folks enjoy working with

Read: don’t be a pain. You have valuable advice to give the founders you support. Offer it, but don’t be pushy. If you’re the kind of angel who tries to run the business from the sidelines, word will spread – and your deal flow will suffer. Remember that the founders are the only ones who know how to run their business. You are not here to tell them what to do. By investing, you’re sending a message that you trust in their ability to execute – so let them do it.

Building your reputation in the angel investing space sounds tougher than it is. Really, it just takes time.

Believe me – I had to work at it, too. Actually, I still am. You’re never “done” branding yourself.

It’s not hard work… all you need to do is stay relevant and contribute value.

In short: just don’t piss anyone off.

And, if you need a little more help getting deals in the door…

Give my favorite angel investing strategy a shot. Click here to read more.

Until next time,

Neil Patel


36 responses to “How to Build Your Reputation as an Angel Investor”

  1. I would like to get help from you. I am 87 years old, but want to be active to shed off my loneliness and earn some money to pay my current expenses. I am literally broke at present. I was in export business from India to USA during 1956-1998, started from Zero, was successful, made my family living, but lost all due to wrong decisions. Now I need money for remaining days of life.How can you help me?

  2. Neil, I was under the impression that we would learn now to angel in with small amounts of funds. If that is so how do i get started?

  3. HI Neil, I am bit concerned that if I don’t buy up to the next level that I may miss out, I don’t have the cash flow to add more money into subscription fees, eg. my Private Deal Flow membership.
    will the basic membership for A&E still give me access to great opportunities or are the best deals reserved for the higher cost memberships? thx

    • Hello iRM…. I agree. It seems like the best ones are an extra $2500. It’s disappointing although Neil does offer two each month and he’s extremely genuine.

      I just wish all the GREAT ones that he mentions would be available with our original memberships.

      Fred W.

      • I feel the same way, but try and reflect back to patience. This is something I’ve never had enough of. We have to start somewhere and in due time I’m confident that we will have those opportunities. No, unfortunately not that specific deal, but their will be plenty of interesting deals come our way.

        What I’m more happy about is the fact that I’m not by my self in this venture. I see alot of posts like this… thanks for sharing. It only reminds me that we’re just beginning and the future is bright!

  4. THANK YOU NEIL for the opportunity to be an angel investor. I’m really following all your advice your giving us I really like to know if I increase my investment with you and go platinum for 2 grand a year you send me the real good deals that u actually invest in.
    Please let me know .
    THank you Bruno.

  5. Neil,
    I invested in your Special Deal Flow Program but cannot open Click Flow, Private Deal Flow, Special Reports, Virtual Boardroom & Media Room. Why?
    I wanted more info on JETSON AI and couldn’t open it either.
    My Credit Card shows you have my money. What’s up?

  6. Hi Neal,
    I thought there would be a
    Start-up package on the
    Deal flows in the mail. So far I’ve received only emails. When time
    to invest in a deal, will this info also come in email form?

  7. Sometimes I click to see additional information and my cellphone give me a message that the site I’m going to is not secure. I would think all of your sites and links would be secure. Please answer this ASAP

  8. Hello Neil, Great advise –I am new at this way of investing and have already invested a small amount ini 3 different start ups!! I am excited to be part of Angels & Entrepreneurs!! Hope everyone on this comment sit has a great day! Mary Ellen

  9. Hi Neil, I have read your e-mails and I am so excited to learn how to invest with you and Robert. I am retired and I would love to get involved in business again. I owned my business in Chicago before I retired, I miss being involved and making money. Making a difference and being successful is my desire in life. Hoping in the near future you and Robert can help me get started. I will send my credentials if you can help I would greatly appreciate it.

  10. Neil,
    I tried to call all of the toll free phone numbers all day on Friday Sept. 13th and they all had the same recording that they were closed even though the rest of the message stated that they should be opened. I am really starting to get a bad feeling about your company after reading everything else that is being written by other members. Maybe you send us an email explaining this.

  11. I joined and have yet to see any investment newsletter or opportunity. When I signed up your site said I would see a package and instructions. From the comments posted it is looking more and more like a scam. Please reply.
    Tony L.

  12. I am still waiting for my package to come for the book and membership stuff. I was told it would be sent out right away. I have been a member now for a few weeks and still have not received the book and welcoming package. When can I expect it? I have not been receiving any of your emails because for some reason they have been going into my junk email. I had no idea I had been receiving emails from you every day. I bought a couple of investments through Republic and then I never heard from you again and I was wondering what had happened. I keep getting the same kind of stuff as if I was not a member. It keeps trying to sell me more packages that have been upgraded and continues to cost more and more money. I am getting a little concerned about your program. Why are these emails going to my junk folder instead of to my inbox? Sandra K.
    Every time I have tried to call I have not been able to reach anyone.

  13. cjventurellc@yahoo.com, September 16, 2019. Hello this is cjventurellc. I have invested in 3 start engine the August 19 2019, I an hoping at least 1 of my investments will pay off. I am planning more investments. Thank you for this opportunity of a life time.

  14. Hello Neil,
    What an exciting time to be involved, angel investing has always intrigued me and I appreciate the opportunity to learn.

    My Best,

    Dean H.

  15. Hi Neil,
    I’m enjoying learning how to invest in startups. I just recently retired and I
    find this amazing. I watch your emails
    everyday and am learning from you.
    Thanks Neil

  16. Is there an Angel Investor community in the Salt Lake City area?

    If you have a contact, please pass it on to me.

    Thank you, Steve Merkley

  17. Hello Neil,
    Thank you for all the advice you’re sharing. Can you give me the best advice how to get involved with other Angel Investors in my area. I live around the Lafayette, Walnut Creek Calif. area

  18. I live in Canada and any deals that are on start engine and seed investors are not letting canadians use these.. . I could not even invest in start engine when they are looking to raise money. I really wanted to invest in monogram orthopaedics inc. But was allowed as I am Canadian. Also on another note a lot of the ones that I would have invested in are still on the deal flow site and they are closed. Why aren’t these removed when they no longer need any money? Feeling frustrated and also couldn’t invest in terracycle as I’m Canadian. Most deals are invest 100.00 to 1000.00 to 5000.00 minimum investment. What’s up?

    • Hi Tammy,

      I’ll try to address your questions in order.

      1. Canadian investors may not be able to participate in some of the deals we post. Whether or not you can invest depends on a few factors, but for the most part it comes down to your province’s securities regulations. We are pretty much powerless to change the situation, as these are the laws governing your province (and country). We do have disclaimers to this effect posted on every deal page, and apologize for the inconvenience.
      2. We leave our deal pages up after raises are closed for a few reasons… For starters, just because these companies aren’t raising money anymore doesn’t mean that our community has lost interest in them. We still send out regular investor updates about startups we’ve featured in the past; this allows investors to stay up-to-date on their portfolio companies. However, if you flag any deal tile as ‘interested’ (using the flag icon at the top of each tile), you’ll see that closed deals read “Funding Round: Closed.” Going forward, we’re hoping to have this line display on all deals, not just those you’ve flagged.
      3. The minimum investment is set by each individual startup. They work with the crowdfunding platforms and the SEC to determine their minimum investment. While occasionally we do see minimums as low as $50, we see that number hover around $100 much more often. We decided that it’s more important to show you the best deals than it is to show the ‘cheapest’ ones.

      Hope these answers help to clear some things up for you. Have a great week!

  19. Hi Neil, could you please give me some practical ideas on how to invest so I can get started on this new adventure?
    Thank you!

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