Every experienced angel investor has a slightly different investing thesis.

In other words, we each have our own way of doing things.

Some of the best angels out there invest based on gut instinct alone. They might know next to nothing about a business, and throw fifty thousand dollars at it anyways.

Other folks prefer to dig deep into every prospect’s financials, looking for golden eggs with snowballing revenue. Still others pick a niche – say, digital marketing software – and invest in anything falling under that umbrella, thinking that at least one of them is sure to dominate the space.

Personally, I like to use a combination of strategies to tackle my portfolio. I like to switch it up sometimes, too. After all, the startup world is changing faster than we’re keeping up with it. The perfect strategy today may not work tomorrow.

But there is one factor that I always, always, ALWAYS take into account when I’m considering an angel investment – no matter what.

That, of course, is the track record of the founding team.

I’ve said it before – I invest in founders, not startups. You should, too.

That’s because great ideas are everywhere. Skilled, efficient, motivating entrepreneurs with the talent and drive to execute on those ideas? Much rarer.

That’s why I always check to make sure that the founding team of any startup has seen success in the past.

Like this startup that’s changing the way we buy home furnishings with its interactive product discovery platform.

Not only have the founders of this revolutionary new business worked together on three different projects… they even have a successful exit in the rearview.

And it’s pretty well-established that a founder who’s made it to an exit in the past is much more likely to get there again in the future. That’s why I’d be willing to hang my hat on this particular team’s success. Heck, a founder who’s made an exit in the past can get my vote even if I know nothing at all about the business!

Still, to get in with the best entrepreneurs out there, you’ll need to build and maintain relationships with them. If you do, you could find yourself on some very important people’s speed-dial lists – and get into bigger and better deals.

Check out the video above for some of my favorite ways to do exactly that.

Until next time,

Neil Patel


Comments

17 responses to “You Could Be On Speed-Dial for Big-Time CEOs… Here’s How”

  1. Neal, I love this. As a serial entrepreneur I couldn’t agree with you more. As a matter of fact, I am clearly better at starting and growing something then I have been in being a random investor. This is why I like this program so much and joined. I missed you Kansas City event and am very bummed about that but hoping there are future meetings to continue and support connections. Thank you for this, it’s pricey but I am enjoying.

  2. I like what you’re saying because it’s so true. Experience. Winning innovations. CEOs who get customers, employees, and stockholderis liquid. I’ve done it 3.times and am now working on my biggest innovation and my last one. I do this because I love it. But this one has billion dollar and life saving potential and requires more than I can bring to it If you can handle a simple NDA I can explore it with you. Steve

  3. Great advice. Sometimes sticking your nose in someone else business can be helpful. If you read this what are your thoughts on “Quantum Technology” ? Your input would be appreciated. Thnks for what you do.
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  4. I have never thought of investing in this way. I only know how to buy stocks, but it won’t get you anywhere.
    I like the way doing it this way but, I have a lot to learn.
    Thanks….

  5. Hey Neil, I really like the idea of investing in all these different ways. I would like to give you a little bit of constructive criticism. How about you make us some money and then offer us ways to invest that money that you make us into something else. All I ever see on this angel investing and start up investors is that you want to get more money out of us before we get anything.. Hope you do well in the future and then you can sleep well at night because I know I can.

  6. I am extremely excited to be working with you as well as the other entrepreneur- minded individuals out there. Wish you the best of luck with this. Soon I am hoping to be one of your success stories.

    Cheers!

  7. Thank you for the information Mr. Neil Patel. I will do that when I become a full time investor. Right now I am trying
    to get out of some financial drag. I don/t have the Time and the Fulltime money right now. This is also why I am not able to join your Private Deal Flow now. However, I will join you once I get out this financial snag.

    Once again, thank you Neil.

  8. Good morning Neil I am moved by this opportunity to be a part of something unbelievable. I have not been a great example of method but I have high hopes and faith in humanity and dedication. What I really have to invest is myself and a business plan that would build our society. I can build tangible things but I admit I am not proficient in building networks.

  9. Hello Neil,
    Thank you for this info.I like it.
    But at this moment I can’t join.
    Your Private Deal Flow yet.
    I’m in the process to get out of
    the debt I have now .
    So, soon I might join you when I got
    out of it.
    Thanx

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