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I was in my early 20’s when I started angel investing.

In a way, starting young was a very good thing. I had my “finger on the pulse,” so to speak – and that helped me identify hot trends that could catapult certain startups towards success.

And, by 25, I already knew a thing or two about running businesses… in fact, I had personally launched a few.

Still, angel investing is a little more intricate than just making assumptions about what people will buy.

Great angel investors consider a myriad of factors before signing the dotted line: market trends, legal obstacles, founder history… the list goes on.

It’s a lot to keep track of, especially when you’re still learning how the system works.

Fortunately, a very successful angel gave me a piece of advice that turned my way of thinking on its head.

I won’t name names, but this angel had it all: incredible properties, fancy cars, and a lifestyle to match.

What I learned is sure to help you just as much as it helped me.

Here’s what that super-successful angel said:

When you’re first starting out, you’re bound to make mistakes.

New investors are full of optimism and excitement. That is a great thing.

But it can also make people impulsive – and investing on impulse is never a good strategy.

So how can you learn the ropes without losing tens of thousands of dollars to bad investments?

Ride on the coattails of other successful angels.

Investing alongside seasoned pros won’t just keep you from making rookie mistakes…

It’ll also make your life easier.

The paperwork, the due diligence, the pitch meetings, the negotiations… this stuff takes time. If you’re doing it right, it is a lot of work.

Experienced players have an edge: their process for investment selection and follow-through has already been streamlined by their years of practice.

They know how to avoid the common pitfalls that ensnare novice investors: fear of missing out, unfamiliar territories, mediocre deal flow, and so on.

Luckily, it’s not too hard to find an experienced mentor. You’ve already found one – and a vast network of other angels to boot.

Stay tuned – next time, we’ll be talking about what it really means to be part of the angel investing.

Until next time,

Neil Patel


72 responses to “My Favorite Angel Investing Strategy – and Soon to Be Yours”

  1. I really appreciate all the advice my man. I’m just getting into thus whole investing in start ups and I really don’t have a lot of money to help out companies to much but I figure I have to start somewhere. Then hopefully one day I can be an angel investor that can make bigger contributions later on.

    • Hi my Brother Travis please in the future don’t says you don’t have money. We become what we think about. Don’t attract negative energy in your life. Feel free to contact me for more tips. You were born rich. It’s all started in your mind.

      • Mr. Manima,
        Well said, great words and way of thinking to live by. Thank you for that positive energy!

      • You got it Mr. Manima.
        I love the “THE SECRET” I TRY and follow this teaching. I believe it fits in with what our lives should be. Check it out. IT IS FREE!

  2. Neil thank you for all your information and advice. I too am a first time Angel investor looking to turn a very small stake into a life changing sum. I look forward to following your lead and learning the “Ropes” of angel investing from you. Again Neil thank you.

    • I’m so grateful for this opportunity and all your knowledgeable advice. I’m middle aged, but I’m looking forward to a new start in life for myself, my kids and grandkids. Thank you for all you do to enable us with these opportunities! 😇🙏

  3. Neil, Hey love the good advise. Got a question? If you are supposed to treat this as a business, would you need to get a business name, business cards, letterhead and go out and let people know what you are doing and give them a business card? You never know when someone would call you and throw a idea to you.
    Then I’m pretty sure you will be getting a email from me.
    Let me know what you think?????

  4. agree with all the above, just starting Angel Investing, retired on a fixed income, will need to start small and do hope to keep on track with all your good advice.

  5. I do appreciate these safety check rule guidelines that you are educating me to armour myself with before choosing a good investment. Knowledge is truly power when it is acquired from the right source and used correctly. Thanks, again.

  6. So go ahead and tell us where to follow your purse strings to?
    What are you investing in? You have made millions in your investing.
    I have invested $5,000. Not a small sum for me. And over the past couple of months I have not heard hardly anything from you that has resulted in any increase in my Portfolio. But I have lost over $1,000 from my beginning investing portfolio. All due to my investing in the stocks you have recommended I try.

    • This is not a get rich quick scheme. When you signed up, it was pointed out that this is risky, and you are not guaranteed that you will see any return. Its up to YOU to due your due diligence on which startups to invest in.

  7. I’d like to hear Neil’s response to Anonymous. I’m concerned that this person has not made any money foloowing Neil’s advise, and in fact, has lost money. I call on Neil to give us an explanation about this

  8. Any investment is a risk. If you have any kind of investments now, such as a 401k, IRA, annuity, etc., then you know that the returns fluctuate. Don’t be disheartened if your portfolio loses some money; let it ride. Just like the stock market, it will have its ups and downs. Do you remember the crash of 2008? A lot of folks panicked and sold everything. You don’t want to sell your house when the market is low; so why sell your investments when they are low? You don’t make money that way. Patience is key. Put your money in a few baskets and let it ride.

  9. I would like to hear from you! I ‘m like Anonymous, I know it can sometimes be hard, but I would like to know.

  10. Hi Neil – what you’re doing here is really wonderful! I, like the others, am looking forward to learning from your experience. So hoping Angels+Entrepreneurs is much more than a subscription with Mike Ward. With appreciation,

  11. Neil,
    I have been following these short videos every day for weeks now.
    You say to ride the coattails of other but what about you.
    I signed up for your views but haven’t seen anything with while to invest in.
    The short videos aren’t much help.
    I am looking for deeper content in the material.
    What gives?

  12. Interesting. Lots of diversified comments. For me as I understand it. These type of investments are going to take time. I will patiently wait, learn as much as I can, and study the information Neil is providing. I’m in it for the long-haul, while letting the startups cultivate. So far: My learned strategy is invest small in many.

  13. I have a friend who has a 200 acer farm that is all cannabis plants in a state that its leangle to plant, he just bought 2 more farms that he will be growing more cannabis on he has 200 employees on first farm already.
    he’s hoping some big company like Johnson&Jonhson will buy him out.
    Just wondering if AI would be interested in knowing anymore details about this individual.
    If yes contact me at email below
    PS- I’m an Angel Investor

  14. Great advice,, as with any type of investment, it’s never 100% guaranteed
    Just need to take it slow and try to learn as much as possible

  15. I would like to know if all the startups use Republic. Reading their terms makes it sound like I could lose all my investment by not ever being able to sell it for profit later. I know there is always a risk that the startup my never take off, but if it makes big growth and a person needs to cash in why can’t they?

  16. I love Kathy Miller’s question regarding business cards etc on July 15 @ 2:43p …was there an answer to this question? Also, thank you both, Angie S July 21 1:55p and RobA July 23 10:52p, for the encouraging words! Patience & Diligence. Don’t give up – this is way too early in the game and I’m assuming there will be many more significant tests and trials of my faith in my own success!! What else can I lose….I’m already at the bottom and the only direction is up! I hope I’ve encouraged someone else.

  17. Thank for all the advice and tips.

    I really want to be an Angel investor….like you Neil. Even if you have a special trait in doing this, I probably have one too …in a different way.

    Please continue to guide us. We are so young in this endeavor.

    I’m so blessed to be within this circle. This is for my family across the sea.

  18. I never saw a reply from Neil to the Anonymous comment of July 20. Does he actually monitor these comments and address them, or are they just here so we can vent? I am retired and have a little money to invest, but have joined this network to have some idea where to begin.

  19. I like what has been presented here…I have purchased the $99 package, and I enjoy the video’s from Neil. It Looks like the smart thing to do is Invest in 15 to 20 companies a year (totaling between $1,500 to $2,500) per year….I am going to try doing this with a max investment of $2,500 this year. I have bought CHRGR ($250) and Jetson AI ($250) which on the surface seem like very good ideas, (not to mention Neil likes both of them too)…..I plan on rounding out the rest of my picks at $100 per investment unless i REALLY love what is presented and it gets Neil’s strong backing too.
    I am 58 years old and I feel this is perfect for me. I am close to retiring within a year and I am excited to get started.
    I think this type of investing is best for people that are looking 2 to 5 years down the road for a possible big return.
    I wouldn’t do it if you mentally can’t handle the wait, or can’t really afford to risk the $1,500 to $2,500 per year.
    Good luck to all!
    Thanks Neil

  20. I HAVE RECIEVED so many emails In the last 15 days but nothing in the mail.Whats up with that? The e mails make you feel like 129 dollars is just for the little guy.see it from my view point blue sky, green lights and straight ahead.

  21. Im new here and not new to inventing and investing.
    I need funding for two new food products that you will love if you give them a try, Need: a co packer or two and a huge marketing campaign to get these two products sold for this Holiday season 2019.

    I am a platinum member

  22. I am new to angel investing. What a great concept! I sincerely thank all the people behind this. I appreciate all your advise in these matters. I only have a few thousand to invest rught now but hoping to make that grow! Would like to find that right deal to put some real money on! Looking forward to the future.

  23. I am here. Actually responding few things.
    My money is increasing toraly. But the holders is changing everytime.
    And I am really glad to talk with everyone and go with everyone.

    I am not native English speaker. Sorry for my cheep English.

    GLHF : )

  24. I hear what everyone is saying. I’m also semi retired and failed at everything I tried. Haven’t invested yet but I will. Key to success is after every failure, go to the next endeavor with greater enthusiasm. (A. Lincoln, W. Churchill, G. Washington) .These three men failed many times and are three of greatest men in history and they would quote this quote before the next endeavor. I’m in it for the long haul and with great enthusiasm.

  25. Hi Neil,
    Just a fast note to say ‘thank you’ for all the sound advice. Looking back I’m not even sure exactly how I picked up on your channel, I just feel so fortunate that I did it must have been a smooth and organic process 🙂
    Wishing You Unlimited Success,
    Dean H.

  26. I just want to say thank you for all the advice. Listen to you as an experience Angel investor makes all the difference. I’m looking forward to gain all the strategies that are applicable.

    Valerie F.

  27. I’ve read a lot of all these emails and responses, I want to do this very badly but as one of the people said I already invested money in this program but have not had my kit delivered to me can you please tell me what’s up with that. I am a retired mother of two and more then anything I would like to have a nice nest egg to help my children out when I pass! Unfortunately I had to retire earlier then I wanted to to to a work disability which almost four years later I am still trying to resolve with lawyers and workmen’s Comp!!

  28. Hi Neil,
    I am retired and am interested in
    Learning how to invest in startups. This is an amazing opportunity I believe. I have been investing in the stock maeket for many years and Neil your
    right, usually when you buy a stock from the market place the money is already been made to a certain degree
    by the envesrers in the startups.
    Thanks Neil

  29. I just want to say thanks for your advice.
    I want to start this great adventure with your great advice.

    Gerardo E.

  30. I’m new to investing and to this group. I also would like to see a response to the 8/30 question. I ran into the Cannabis “Pick 3” site outside this site and, when I looked on the web in other places, did not at all feel good about the results people were getting. Many called it a scam. So I’m unnerved that Neil is now asking us to pursue this bit rather than the one he promoted that convinced me to join this group. I’m newly retired from working in education, 72 years old so not that much of a long game player! Now my cynical side is wondering if I’ve been taken in.

  31. Hi Neil
    I’m also a new Angel investor, and Appriciate all your hard work and wisdom. Please continue to monitor and advise us Angels on start ups that you personally & honestly would invest in, according to your findings. This is also how we could become better Angel investors.
    Thanks again.

  32. Thank you. I don’t have a lot of money, but I am so very much interested in investing. I am reading as much as I can to see how to go about starting to invest. I joined the Angel Investors, because you say, we can start with $50.00

  33. I am learning a lot from the videos. And from all the comments. I’m new to investing but I’m in it to stay. I’m looking for some friends to share ideas with I live in Lafayette,Louisiana.

    • Hi Dwayne. I am Daymo, and I am also looking for network to share ideas with before making a move on a deal. It would be nice to have you in my network.

  34. I hope this is approved and I am not encroaching, but: I paid for the program. It is everything Neal says. When you pay, he notes some sites the angel investors can look at start-ups. Reputable people post something like this. Neal’s gift is to teach you, not do your work. He is not going to choose the companies for you, He is selling his experience so you can learn. This is from one company I am looking at. It is right on their investment page: Some investments are risky and speculative. You should do your own research and scrutinize all disclosed risk factors before making an investment decision.

    Speculative. Investments in startups, early-stage ventures and emerging technology companies are speculative and these enterprises often fail. Unlike an investment in a mature business, where there is a track record of revenue and income, the success of a startup, early-stage venture or emerging technology company often relies on the development of a new product or service that may or may not find a market. You should be prepared to lose your entire investment.

    Illiquidity. Your ability to resell your investment in the first year will be restricted with narrow exceptions. You may need to hold your investment for an indefinite period of time. Unlike investing in companies listed on a stock exchange, where you can quickly and easily trade securities, you may have to locate an interested private buyer to resell your crowdfunded investment.

    No voting rights. Investment instruments hosted on Republic are typically held via the Crowd SAFE, which does not provide voting rights to investors. Investors may receive voting rights if that instrument converts to stock, but crowdfunding investors’ voting rights will mostly likely be diluted when as the company raises additional funds. In addition, crypto-assets typically do not have voting rights and owning a token will not give you influence over the token maker or seller.

    Cancellation restrictions. Once you make an investment, you can cancel the investment at any time and for any reason up to 48 hours before the campaign deadline. Some campaigns may have multiple deadlines around rolling closes. Investors should pay attention to notices companies provide regarding rolling closes. Learn more.

    Valuation and capitalization. No exchange or other secondary market is expected for securities sold under Regulation CF. Companies fundraising via Regulation CF are often early-stage startups and are unlikely to have substantial operating or financial histories. There is limited–if any–information for valuing securities offered through Republic and there is a substantial risk that the price of securities purchased on Republic may exceed their value and any amount for which they may eventually be resold. Furthermore, securities sold on Republic may provide investors with inferior terms than similar securities provided by a company in other offerings.

    Limited disclosure. The company must disclose information about itself, its business plan, the offering, and its anticipated use of proceeds, among other things. It’s important to note that an early-stage company may be able to provide only limited information about its business plan and operations because it is still developing its operations. The company is also only obligated to file information regarding its business annually, including financial statements.

    Under certain circumstances the company may cease to publish annual reports and investors may have no information rights.

    Investment in personnel. An investment in a startup, early-stage venture or emerging technology company is also an investment in the founding entrepreneur(s) and/or the company’s management. Being able to execute on the business plan is an important factor in determining whether the business will be viable and successful. A portion of each investment may be used to fund salaries. Investors should carefully review any disclosure regarding the company’s use of funds.

    Possibility of fraud. There is a risk that a company raising on Republic engages in fraud. Republic vets the companies we host, but there is no way to control the actions of a company once a campaign ends and Republic cannot verify everything.

    Lack of professional guidance. Many successful companies partially attribute their early success to the guidance of professional early-stage investors (e.g. angel investors and venture capital firms). These investors often negotiate for seats on the company’s board of directors and play an important role in providing additional resources, contacts and experience in assisting early-stage companies in executing on their business plans. An early-stage company primarily financed through crowdfunding may not have the benefit of such professional investors.

  35. I am member for almost 2 weeks,really I learn a lot from you,i listen tou your videos carefully before I go for investment, thanx

  36. I am new too to this sort of investment. Good to follow the pros in this venture but like always there is a risk in any deal you choose. I been trading stocks for a while now following advice from well known pro and company with little success. I got their portfolio and it shows more losses than gains. I will try to do research in any deals I choose to maybe make more and lose less.

  37. Hi Neil,
    Thank you for your efforts to offer investment opportunities that us old guys are in serious need of–especially those of us professionals that have spent almost a lifetime wondering why our career expectations never reached a level of abundance. I relate that to our education system that refuses to educate the younger generations in financial and business sectors… and continues to do so. When retirement time comes around and the funds are inadequate, nothing makes more sense than finding a way to create wealth rather rapidly. Your system and focus likely will resolve that issue, at least for me.

  38. Hello Neil
    I’ve been recently seeing your invitation messages in my inbox. So to say I want to know how you can make generate daily profits at hand at all time without being broke anymore.
    I deem know your system of money making as an Angel Investor can make me more better in life with generating daily Incomes of survival

    Anticipating your positive response on this
    Thank you Neil
    Michael Olanipekun

  39. In the last deal room where the new medical innovation was talked about,am yet to see any link for us to invest in that start up.Or is it not open for investment yet.

    • Hi there,

      If you’re a VIP Founder, you can head to the company’s deal page and scroll down to “Angel Action Plan” to invest. If you’re not a VIP Founder and are interested in upgrading your membership, please contact our Customer Care team at 866-310-1498, and they’ll be able to facilitate that for you.


  40. Hi Neil, I signed up a few weeks ago because of Robert, from the Shark Tank, whom you partnered in your presentation. That’s why I kind of trust you. I am new to investing. I have not done any investing in the past. But I lost money from being impulsive. I found something that interested me and I jumped with excitement, throw my money in it, and lost. Now I want to venture on Startup investing but have to be extra careful and follow the advice of experienced investors like you. I have been following you and reading your email and your sound advice.

    • Robert (as I understand it) is not part of this. He was just in the advertising material. When I found out about this I was not happy.
      I do like Neil, and he’s done really well as an angel investor (among other businesses), but I too was eager to see what Robert would be saying as well.

  41. Looking for (START UP pre-ipo) for less then $100 dollars, do you have that available ?/IF so direct me straight into it,with the (next email)PLEASE??…

  42. Greetings everyone, I am Lewis and super excited to learn how to be an investor. Thanks for the start. I am also 68 years old. Ready to Rock and Roll.

  43. Angel Investor dilution is a real concern.
    As I understand it, early investors can have their shares diluted commonly up to 80% as a result of ongoing multiple fundraising efforts by the company. This seriously diminishes an Angel’s possible returns – sometimes by as much as 90% from what I have read. What may have been a 1000X windfall commonly can become a 10x (stock-like) gain, with a lot more risk. Seems to me that anti-dilution clauses are as rare as Dracula too.
    There is a lot of hype about these massive returns … $100 “could” return $50k or $100k, or even 1 million! Cant see it happening, especially with large conglomerates gobbling up smaller companies long before they become large enough to even go public.

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