Browse Sites By Tag: funding
865 days ago 0 comments From: RobGordon Categories: Angel Investor Networks Tags: investor network funding
startups.co — This site claims that "over 300,000 startups have used Startups.co to connect with millions of dollars in funding" - Which is a rather ambigious statement - and they say that if you join you will be able to connect with over 20,000 investors. I found the join form to be easy - they just ask for a two sentence business description, but after they have your information it takes you immediately to the payment page, and the lowest reat is $59 a month. That might be worth it is you have a business that is completely ready for funding otherwise it might be a waste. There is no way to know how good their investors are, or how many would really see your business plan or summary.
dreamstake.net — The service describes itself this way. "Dreamstake works closely with founders to accelerate the success of early stage technology startups. We build teams around ideas, turn concepts into prototypes and match companies with seed capital." They say they have 10,000 members and host "weekly workshops and monthly events providing entrepreneurs with mentoring and knowledge". I completeted the first part of the registration and I can tell you it was extremely daunting. Although the "connect with Linkedin' went smoothly, they ask tons of questions about your startup after that and any error will cause everything to be wiped out - it took me more then a half hour to finish. Once inside the site it seems far less sophistacted than the rather involved registrations process would seem to justify. There is a standard members discussion forum, a blog, an events section where you could buy tickets to paid events- but most were San Francisco Bay Area. There is a "skill swap" section but who would feel comfortable doing that with people you hardly know? I didn't immediately see how I could learn more about the other members. Then I saw the "People and Startup Finder" link, but all it did was bring up a page that was nearly useless - a list of members they had "rated" as being the top including their founder. There was no other way to learn about people as far as I could see but to scroll down this list and click each profile individually. All and all I think this has potential - the guys running it obiously take it seriously, but they should have put as much energy into providing services inside the site as they did in collecting information. Obvously this is the kind of site you don't want to cast judgement on too quickly so expect a follow on report from me on this one.
rockethub.com — RocketHub adds to the traditional crowdfunding model by also giving people the opportunity to vote on projects to receive "Launchpad Opportunities," business and marketing assistance offered by RocketHub. There is no charge to list a project, but it cannot be changed after the listing. Be sure to have a video ready before you create a project as it is central on the project profile page that is produced. In general, it looks like a solid site.
fundable.com — The JOBS act, passed earlier this year, will allow non-accredited investors to get equity in startups. That sparked the founding of Fundable, a US equity crowdfunding site. Until the law is fully implemented in 2013, Fundable operates similarly to Kickstarter off erring rewards for support. Note that this site charges a $99 monthy fee and there don't seem to be any benifits to joining unless that fee is paid.
Kickstarter.com — Kickstarter is a funding platform for artists, designers, filmmakers,musicians, journalists, inventors, explorers. A proposal is made for funding a project, and if enough money is committed, the project gets funded.