Private equity is, and always has been, where real fortunes are made. And, for a long time, it was the best-kept secret of the ultra-rich.

But that’s all changed – now, just about anyone can become an angel.

A few weeks back, we talked about the importance of building your reputation as an angel investor.

The takeaway: it’s really, really important. Your reputation plays a huge part in the quality of your deal flow – and that can make or break your track record as an angel investor.

So how do you go about maximizing your deal flow and making a name for yourself in startup-land if you’re not a Silicon Valley hotshot with a million bucks in your pocket?

Optimizing your deal flow can be both the most difficult and most rewarding part of getting started as an angel investor.

Here’s a deal flow boosting tip you can use right away:

Get involved in the startup community. I’m talking about going to tech events, checking out demo days at startup incubators, attending meetups and lectures, and participating in online angel networks (including the comment sections you see here!).

As an angel, you’ll find that your deal flow really takes off once you do.

Finding great deals is all about networking, so it only makes sense that expanding your network will result in more (and better) deals.

Not to mention the fact that you’ll meet other angel investors, some of whom have probably been in the game a long time. These guys and gals are not your competition. Rather, think of them as your mentors – or, at least, as good examples to follow.

Participating actively in the startup community will also keep you up-to-date on everything from startup news to market trends and more. In fact, if you’re not staying involved, there will be a big knowledge gap between you and your fellow angels.

Half the fun of startup investing is the fact that you’re always chasing the next big thing: the hottest startups, with the newest tech, solving the world’s biggest problems. How will you know a great deal when you see it if you’re not keeping up with the overall landscape?

Answer: you won’t. When the founders of Twitter went looking for investors, a great many angels turned up their noses at the deal. Why? Because they didn’t understand the overall market trends that would launch Twitter more than 70,000% in less than 8 years. Ouch.

I’d bet my hat that those angel investors have never stopped kicking themselves for missing that one, especially when you consider how easy it is to stay involved. Don’t be like them.

Until next time,

Neil Patel


Comments

43 responses to “The Simple Secret That Will Instantly Boost Your Deal Flow”

  1. I am new just got here, so excuse me if I sound? but I thought that is why we are working with you? for you to help to screen out the bad deals and follow your coat tails.

  2. my first day/ long time investor in stocks
    rent houses coins etc.
    hope there is a group here.
    watch Robert on shark tank, he is a investor with heart.

  3. I THOUHT I PAID YOU YO RIDE YOUR
    COAT TAILS AND FOR YOU TO WEED OUT THE BAD INVESTMENTS. GIVE US THE RECOMENDATIONS PLEASE,
    AND THE CONTACTS TO INVEST IN. WE NEED CONTACT INFO,
    NAMES OF COMPANIES , MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM OUTLAYS,
    WHO TO TALK TO, THE INFO ON PAPER WORK REQIREMENTS,
    WHERE DO WE SEND A CHECK TO INVEST,
    WHAT FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT WILL WE RECEIVE FOR OUR CHECK
    AND WHAT RIGHTS THIS INSTUMENT WILL PROVIDE.
    WE NEED TO KNOW IF YOU ARE PUTTING YOUR OWN
    MONEY ON THE SAME “JOCKEY” THAT WE ARE.
    REMEMBER WE ARE TALKING “ANGEL INVESTING 101.
    WE ARE INVESTMENT NOVICES AND NOT PROFESSIONALS,
    SO WE NEED TO KNOW ALL THE BASICS FIRST.
    WE NEED THE NAMES OF THE COMPANIES AND THEIR INVESTOR CONTACT INFO AND WHAT WE LEGALLY NEED TO DO TO PROTECT OURSELVES THE BEST WAY WE KNOW HOW.
    WHEN DO WE EXPECT TO GET OUR MONEY AND RETURN BACK?
    WE NEED TO KNOW IF YOU WOULD TELL A RELATIVE OR FRIEND
    ABOUT A PARTICULAR OPPORTUNITY. WE NEED TO HAVE YOUR E-MAIL OR PHONE LIST OF OTHER ANGELS THAT HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULL WITH YOU AND EVENTUALLY AN INTRODUCTION OF SOME SORT.
    WHERE IS THE INVESTOR CHAT ROOM WHERE THESE BIG SHOOTERS DISCUSS CURRENT DEALS BEING CONSIDERED.
    YOURS IN PROSPERITY AND MAY OUR CREATOR BLESS US ALL FOR FINDING YOU GUYS. PS. I HAVE A COPIOUS # OF QUESTIONS.
    SINCERELY: R. GREG LANMAN

  4. I am ready to learn and start investing, keep sending updates and recommendations how to improve making better decisions.

  5. Greg L…Im with you thinking that Neil was going to be that mentor….in investing in the companies that he is…

  6. I am ready to learn and start investing in the right startups. I hope to be riding your coat tail. If I’m not mistaken, I thought I was riding your coat tail.

  7. I am ready to learn and start investing in start ups, those updates and recommendations is a great help to understanding how to invest right

  8. I am requesting step by step information on the process of becoming an active participant in the start up community. What is my next step?

  9. I agree those comments about expecting Neil to do much of the screening for the subscribers and wonder why there have not been any responses from him regarding this issue. I have invested in these kinds of deals already, none have reached payoff yet. There are several “crowd funding” sites that present these opportunities for those interested in looking into them. Seed Investing, Republic, Netcapital, and Wefunder are four of them.

  10. What an opportunity and game changer!! I am ready and excited to have Neil and the Angels & Entrepreneurs Network as my mentors into this exciting investor arena.

  11. Hello all…
    I’m also new here and this all sounds very intriguing.. I am ready and excited too..
    Let’s get this party started!😊

  12. Hi I am new to this too. However I am subscribed to Republic and Wefunder from a startup last month, my first. I was attracted to the
    fact that the founders here have already had the successes and would
    hopefully reduce the failure rate for me.

  13. I am new here when do we start investing in the start up company and do I need E Trade account can anyone tell please. I am ready to invest in a few start up company

  14. I watched the presentation today and I have the same questions as R. Greg Lanman above. Where can we find our answers. Do I need a brokerage account to do this?

  15. I have listened and there’s no follow up. What is the next step for a novice like me? Can I get someone to advise me?
    Thanks

  16. I am waiting to see the 2 deals per month he will present and we can invest in. Getting involved in community: I don’t have time for that.
    Thanks

  17. All I see is instructions to read all the little nonsense topics and maybe you will figure out how to find a great investment but so far I do not see one iota of a start-up company for me to review and consider being an early investor. If I do not find something of substance I will cancel my membership tomorrow…lasted all of 2 days as a member if they do not produce. This is a classic bait n switch tactic in my opinion….show me the beef….

  18. WOW!!!!! So this membership means you go out and find companies to invest in early…they are providing nothing….just telling you to go out and meet other investors and network and go to trade shows to find new startups etc…..this is almost as bad as telling us if you bought Amazon when it went public you would be rich….forget tomorrow…I’m out now!!!

  19. I THOUHT I PAID YOU YO RIDE YOUR
    COAT TAILS AND FOR YOU TO WEED OUT THE BAD INVESTMENTS. GIVE US THE RECOMENDATIONS PLEASE,
    AND THE CONTACTS TO INVEST IN. WE NEED CONTACT INFO,
    NAMES OF COMPANIES , MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM OUTLAYS,
    WHO TO TALK TO, THE INFO ON PAPER WORK REQIREMENTS,
    WHERE DO WE SEND A CHECK TO INVEST,
    WHAT FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT WILL WE RECEIVE FOR OUR CHECK
    AND WHAT RIGHTS THIS INSTUMENT WILL PROVIDE.
    WE NEED TO KNOW IF YOU ARE PUTTING YOUR OWN
    MONEY ON THE SAME “JOCKEY” THAT WE ARE.
    REMEMBER WE ARE TALKING “ANGEL INVESTING 101.
    WE ARE INVESTMENT NOVICES AND NOT PROFESSIONALS,
    SO WE NEED TO KNOW ALL THE BASICS FIRST.
    WE NEED THE NAMES OF THE COMPANIES AND THEIR INVESTOR CONTACT INFO AND WHAT WE LEGALLY NEED TO DO TO PROTECT OURSELVES THE BEST WAY WE KNOW HOW.
    WHEN DO WE EXPECT TO GET OUR MONEY AND RETURN BACK?
    WE NEED TO KNOW IF YOU WOULD TELL A RELATIVE OR FRIEND
    ABOUT A PARTICULAR OPPORTUNITY. WE NEED TO HAVE YOUR E-MAIL OR PHONE LIST OF OTHER ANGELS THAT HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULL WITH YOU AND EVENTUALLY AN INTRODUCTION OF SOME SORT.
    WHERE IS THE INVESTOR CHAT ROOM WHERE THESE BIG SHOOTERS DISCUSS CURRENT DEALS BEING CONSIDERED.
    YOURS IN PROSPERITY AND MAY OUR CREATOR BLESS US ALL FOR FINDING YOU GUYS. PS. I HAVE A COPIOUS # OF QUESTIONS.

    • Hi Michael,
      All deals are posted on our network website, angelsandentrepreneurs.com. Good luck and happy hunting!
      Best,
      Blair S.
      The Startup Investor

    • Hi Michael,
      All deals are posted on our network website, angelsandentrepreneurs.com. Here on The Startup Investor, we do have several articles on finding and investing in startups, including when and how you can expect a return. Good luck and happy hunting!
      Best,
      Blair S.
      The Startup Investor

  20. Blair,
    That was not very helpful. I share the same sentiments as my fellow Angels. The name of the group explains who we are. I understand you cannot legally give investing advice, but you can tell us where to invest without saying so directly. If you told me you invested in a particular startup then I know I should be shadowing you.
    Help us make money as you promised.

  21. It’s all about keeping your workflows going on the right path to successfully complete growth’s with teams group’s networking across our platform sharing option opportunities commodities dividend yield’s long term and short term selling and buying traditional trading 💹

  22. I AM ALSO VERY NEW TO THIS TYPE OF INVESTING.
    PLEASE ALLOW US TIME TO DIGEST AND UNDERSTAND THE WHOLE SETUP. IN THE INTERIM, PLEASE ADVISE IF THERE IS A PLACE WE CAN GO TO AND FIND YOUR CURRENT BEST RECOMMENDATIONS TO PUT SOME OF OUR MONIES IN. WITHOUT THAT SOME OF US WILL NOT BE ABLE TO INVEST FOR QUITE SOME TIME.
    PLEASE HELP.

  23. I am also new to this and thought it would be different. I thought Neil was going to be person that advise us what companies we could take a chance with seeing we are novices. Based on what I do, I really don’t have the time to keep on reading all these bits of information and to do my own research. Can I have a refund please?

    • Hi Ivy,
      Here at The Startup Investor, we focus more on strategy and education. All the actual deals are posted on our network website, angelsandentrepreneurs.com. Good luck and happy hunting!
      Best,
      Blair S.
      The Startup Investor

  24. I don’t see any replies to anyone’s questions from the angel network has anybody got any response to your questions

  25. I’m thinking the same as most above. What next? No answers here? Are the answers in the short videos? Do I strt finding investor groups and see what they have to say about places to invest and perhaps ask how successful they have become? I too was hoping to get quidance and great start up companies, researched by Neil and Robert. Does anyone know? One person said the newbies get a few recomendations. Where and how?

  26. Got scammed? Yes, we paid hoping to get some good deals – not just to be told to go ahead and throw our hard earned money at any deal that comes along. .

    • Hi there,
      Here at The Startup Investor, we focus more on strategy and education. Think of it as a starter course to help guide you through the basics of angel investing.
      All the actual deals are posted on our network website, angelsandentrepreneurs.com. Neil has presented a number of investment options to subscribers on that website, and more deals are coming soon.
      Best,
      Blair S.
      The Startup Investor

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