For those who want to jump into the funding world, we’ve prepared for you this checklist based on the advice of some of the top Angels from the west. Different factors to consider before Investing in a startup; from what to evaluate in a team to what to look for in a product, check out these key points:
Key points to focus, before investing in a startup
- Entrepreneur Team: As Ron Conway said “Well, we invest in people. I’m not looking at their idea. I’m looking at: Are they a leader? Are they focused on their product? Can they attract the team? What are the cofounders like? I can tell within three minutes.” So what should you look for in a team? For Naval Ravikant there must be 2 to 3 founders, and he highlights that intelligence, energy, and integrity are a must for any team.
- Product: Of course product is one of the main things to evaluate when deciding to fund a startup. Rutger Kemper explains in his thesis that an Angel Investor should look for a product that is attractive to the consumer and easy to adapt. Also checking the legal department to see in which ways the product can be protected is a good idea.
- Market: The last category on this checklist is the market, Reid Hoffman explained that “the formula is to build an audience with a great product – then secure enough funding to figure out how to make it pay.”Naval Ravikant recommends not investing in companies that haven’t made contact with their target customers. That’s why, once again, Rutger Kemper emphasizes the importance that the startup you are planning to fund has a realistic marketing strategy, has engaged its customers and that their product or service has real opportunities in the market.
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