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Top 3 Startup and Angel Investors in Washington DC:
1. Ross Blankenship (Most Successful DC Angel Investor)
Venture Capital Expert & Board Member:
Ross Blankenship advises top cybersecurity, e-commerce, and biotechnology companies through the fundraising process and serves on the board of pre-IPO startups. Blankenship has successfully raised capital for startups and been featured in TechCrunch, Mashable and US News and World Report magazine. He has made more investments in venture capital before the age of 30 than most venture capitalists have made in a lifetime.
6x Bestselling Author on Investing:
Author of most recent bestseller "Kings Over Aces" and more than 360+ published articles on topics from startup finances, investing, venture capital and private equity.
Investor in "America's Top Startups:"
Authy (acq'd by Twilio), Buffer, CafeX, Checkr, Codementor, Compology, Crew (unsplash), Dil Mil, Experiment, Headout, Homelight, InDinero, Kueski, Luxe Parking (Valet), Managed by Q (Google Ventures), Mavrx, Maxwell Health, Numer.ai, OneMonth, Pakible, RadPad, Rappi, SendHub, StudyHall, TuteGenomics, Verbling, VOIQ, Wheelys Cafe, Wevorce, Weave, Wealthy Buyers Global, Try.com, True & Co (Acquired by PVH), Pantry Retail, Planetary Resources (Google-backed VC).
2. ROb Ness
Rob Ness has done over 55 angel deals, which he feels are positioned to do exceptionally well. Rob is a perfect example of the Hustler (find out more from our book, Kings Over Aces). He's known for having spent years studying and attempting to master every aspect of the craft of angel investing. Some of his investments include: inDinero, Wanderu and Neighborly.
As one of the most successful angel investors in Washington DC, he continues to make smart decisions to help startups around the DC area.
3. bradley c. harrison
An MIT alum, Bradley is a seasoned business development executive in both Fortune 500 companies and his venture capital investments. Harrison's strengths include negotiations, structuring deals and closing deals. Some of his investments include: Hullabalu, Nestio and Sidestep.
Top 3 Startups in Washington D.C.:
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JOBS Act of 2012
Why not become an angel investor at the place where the JOBS Act was actually passed, where more crowdfunding opportunities became possible for emerging startups? The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (“JOBS Act”) in 2012 has opened so many doors for investors who want to be a part of a startup company's success story. It took the idea of the "American dream" to the forefront by increasing the number of avenues for small, emerging businesses to receive funding from angel investors. With more possibilities to actually receive business funding, more startup companies are pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams. More emerging startups mean that you, the angel investor, have more opportunities to meet and help develop the future Steve Jobs and Bill Gates of today.
So, here's the Top 5 Things to know about the JOBS Act:
1. The JOBS Act increased the number of shareholders from which you can raise money before reporting to the SEC.
2. The JOBS Act allowed crowdfunding sites to be a platform for startups and investors to meet together.
3. It allowed startups to raise money and generally solicit to a large audience thanks to Regulations A and D.
4. Regulation A is what just promulgated the rules behind it. At its core, Regulation A is a mini IPO, pre-IPO. If you're a startup and raising money and you're not quite ready for the public markets, you can do what's called a regulation circular offering. This offering gives you an opportunity to raise significant amounts of money without having to go through all the listing requirements that you would have to do if you listed on NASDAQ, the New York Stock Exchange, or one of the public markets. One of the kickers behind Regulation A and what makes it a little more difficult is that the numbers and the financials have to be audited, so that is cost prohibitive for some startups. You can't just do unaudited statements, PLs, balance sheets, and whatnot, you have to do this mini IPO process, raising 10, maybe 20 million dollars. You've got to make sure that the retail investors, the non-accredited investors have audited financial statements.
The three key things behind Regulation A or the JOBS Act are one, this targets non-accredited investors, number two is it's called a mini IPO, so you can raise a more significant amount of money without having to list publicly or on the stock market. The third thing is that it allows for retail investors the first time to get in on startups. There are some risks involved and there's a lot of discussion here, because Regulation A is very new, on how this will impact the industry. Will this be the rise and fall of the venture capital firms? That's still to be determined.
5. There are two parts to Regulation D.
Regulation D, Rule 506 (b) states:
Companies can raised unlimited amounts of money from accredited investors and a maximum of 35 unaccredited investors. Under Rule 506 (b), startups are only allowed to advertise fundraising to accredited investors.
Regulation D, Rule 506 (c) states:
Companies can publicly raise an unlimited amount of capital, but must verify investors are actually accredited.
So now that we've made sure you're an accredited investor, how do you start investing?
See that book on the left? That's the book you need if you ever have questions about how to invest your money. It'll tell you everything you need to know from how you do know a startup will fail to how you can actually start investing in small businesses and startup companies. So, make sure you check out Kings Over Aces today.
But back to your question...
How do you start investing in companies? How do you actually start meeting these entrepreneurs and start figuring out for yourself who has a great idea vs. who has a terrible idea?
Don't worry! We've made a video tutorial for that too! We kept it short and sweet for you, but if you have any additional questions, make sure to contact us.
Your volume acting funny? Follow along below to learn more about Ross Blankenship's discussion on how to start investing your money:
"There are three primary ways to get into investing in startups. The first way is through local Angel Investment groups. Examples include, New York Angels, if you’re in New York City. The Next Gen Angels in Washington D.C. is another great organization. There's many, many out in San Francisco, Palo Alto. Angel Investor groups are really nice places to not just meet people and network, but also to find some very cool startups, who might be raising.
Another way to start investing in startups is through equity crowd funding. Websites like Angel Kings, Angel List, where you want to invest in startups but you also want to see some information behind them. With the Jobs Act of 2012, that opened the door for equity crowd funding to take place.
The third place to invest in startups or to find out about startups, are at local competitions. If you are interested in local events and you want find out what startups are pitching, you can literally look online. We host events at Angel Kings where you can come and either be a judge if you’re an investor or be part of the crowd. That's a nice way to see what competitions are taking place, and what competition startups shine in most.
The combination of Angel investor groups that are local, equity crowd funding sites and third, competitions. Those are three primary ways to get in on startups at ground up."
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