April 29, 2022
by daymond john
star of shark tank and founder of fubu
Hi, my name is Daymond John.
I’m proud to call myself an angel investor – someone who invests in small, privately held startups that are just getting off the ground. Angel investors have the guts to back the visionaries that will shape our economy’s future… Months, even years before they become a household name like Amazon, Facebook, or Google.
These billion-, even trillion-dollar heavyweights wouldn’t be where they are today without their first angel investors. Today, I want to take you under my wing and show you how to become a startup investor just like me.
Now, you’re probably wondering, “Where do I start?” Becoming an angel investor is easy! Just follow these three simple steps…
In the past, angel investing was strictly reserved for elite venture capital firms and rich and powerful Silicon Valley executives. That means Main Street Americans had to wait around until a company IPO’ed (listed on a public stock exchange like the Nasdaq or NYSE) to invest.
Not anymore! Today, 210 million American citizens (anyone over the age of 18) are eligible to become angel investors. And you can get in on some of these deals for as little as $50.
At any moment, there are hundreds of private businesses to invest in – but you should avoid 99% of them. It’s critical for you to do your due diligence and know which startup is right for you and worth your investment. (To get things started, I’ve already identified two private startups for you that pass my 1,000X Formula!) Which brings us to the next step…
If you’ve never invested in a startup before, the first thing you need to do is identify a private company with 1,000X upside potential. (Here are two that already passed the test.) You want to target privately held companies – because by the time they go public through an IPO or SPAC, 95% of the gains have already been taken off the table by angel investors.
For instance, back in 2010 and 2013, Moderna and Zoom were just tiny startups. They IPO’ed in 2020 and 2021 – but angel investors could grab pieces of these companies when they were just getting started.
Now, compare the peak valuation growth angel investors experienced versus IPO investors.
No doubt, these examples are rare and exceptional. So you need to be careful. You can’t invest blindly. If you want to invest in privately held startups, you need to know which companies have the greatest possibility of success and why. That’s why I’m hosting a special event for new angel investors called “America’s Comeback Summit.”
I’m recruiting everyday folks to become angel investors like me. Together, we’re going to hunt for the American startups that pass the 1,000X Formula and have the ability to create new jobs fast.
Startups are the number-one source for new job creation, adding over three million jobs in 2020 alone to the U.S. economy. We’re hunting for the best of the best when it comes to putting Americans back to work.
OK, so let’s say you’ve found a startup that has the potential to become the next Uber, Airbnb, or SpaceX. There is still one more step you need to know before you can become a successful angel investor.
Thanks to a groundbreaking piece of legislation by Congress, today angel investors can invest as little as $50 in a startup. However, the top venture capital firms like Andreessen Horowitz or Sequoia Capital can cut massive seven-, eight-, and even nine-figure checks. That makes them extremely valuable to a startup. It’s why they have what’s called deal flow.
They have the most coveted startups knocking down their doors. Those VC firms can move fast – and so can those “cream-of-the-crop” startups.
To help you find startups with this level of upside, I’ve enlisted a group of ultrasuccessful entrepreneurs and angels. This team of rockstars includes early backers of Robinhood, Coinbase, 23andMe, and Airbnb.
Today, we’re revealing the two startups that pass our “1,000X Formula” live at “America’s Comeback Summit”. You can attend the summit for free!
I’m going to personally invest $100,000 in the startups we select. During the summit, you’ll also discover the “who, what, when, and how” of angel investing.