Big Potential in Little Rock

You can be forgiven for thinking that angel investing is a coastal phenomenon. As we’ve observed, the Bay Area still receives as much as 40 percent of the country’s venture capital, with Boston, New York, Los Angeles, San Diego and Seattle collectively receiving around another 34 percent. So where does this leave the rest of the country? Have politicians been wrong in touting small town “Main Street” as the beating heart of America’s economy? (more…)

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Summit for Angels, Foundations for Growth

As much as we try to stay ahead of the curve here at Startup Angels, last week’s was in many ways overdue. As angel investing and entrepreneurship have gained traction outside coastal cities, ecosystems have sprung up in Kansas City, in Little Rock, in Provo and in Dallas, each with their own local leaders and quirks. At the same time, barriers for entry have lowered, creating thousands of new angels and entrepreneurs and making these local networks even more critical. As such, we felt the lack of a national forum convening actors from all over the startup community – investors, corporations, community leaders and entrepreneurs – was a considerable oversight. (more…)

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5 Unusual Birthplaces of Billion-Dollar Companies

With the growth of global alternatives to Silicon Valley and New York, etc, certain commonalities crop up as markers of entrepreneurial potential. What are the common denominators between some of today’s most promising, yet overlooked, countries? This piece, and several more to follow, will explore this question by highlighting major success stories that come from some surprising locations. (more…)

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Prioritizing markets: How we picked our launch list

We launched Startup Angels with a dozen market profiles, representing cities and regions across the world. If you don’t see your market, rest assured we’re likely working on it already. But to speed up the process, we could really use your help: please contact us if you’re willing to be interviewed or offer thoughts on your market.

Determining which markets to launch with was a challenge — there are at least 50 markets that made our “top” list, and another 50 that were strong contenders with interesting startup scenes that need to be explored. The initial list of cities was chosen in part due to their notable levels of startup activity and in part due to ready sources of reliable data. We also tried to select at least a couple cities from each region around the world … because entrepreneurship is global. There are another few dozen markets of equal importance that will be coming online soon. The ones you see today are just the beginning. (more…)

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Our Market Profiles

We anticipate many of you are wondering how we researched and curated these market profiles. Startup investing analytics is a new field, and what exists for the public equities markets doesn’t readily translate here. We’re charting new territory, and to be sure, it’s a tremendous undertaking that requires great focus and attention to detail.

Through our research and market profiles, we hope to understand and convey each market from the perspective of a potential investor. We try to add context to each detail we mention, in order to help you understand why a certain fact or entity is important. Our ultimate goal is not only to be thorough, but to be objective. We want you to decide how to interpret each market according to your own priorities and investment strategies. We hope what you discover sparks your interest, your excitement, and your desire to get involved. (more…)

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Our homepage metrics and methodology

95 businesses created around the world every minute. 27.3 average annual return on an angel investments. $5.17 Trillion in combined market cap of publicly traded tech companies.

We chose to highlight these three numbers in order to shine light on the opportunity around investing in startups, especially in those beyond Silicon Valley. We understand there’s likely to be lots of discussion and questions about these numbers, so we’re making our methodology available. We also want our readers and customers to be aware that there is a distinct lack of quality data around startups and startup investing, especially beyond the United States. Our hope is over the next couple years, measuring, reporting, and tracking will improve and allow us to go into greater depth and specificity. As is, we felt that the numbers on our homepage are the best metrics we can highlight and support with reliable, well-thought-out research. We welcome your comments and input, and hope you engage us in a discussion about how to best calculate these numbers, what other numbers we should consider highlighting, and how we can tell the story that is the global startup revolution.

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