I have been a highly active, participating member on the Angel List which was founded in 2010 by serial entrepreneur Naval Ravikant and Babak Nivi. AngelList offers investment syndicates in which startups raise money from accredited investors investing alongside prominent angel investors. The company is also looking at equity crowdfunding with unaccredited investors after the passage of the US JOBS Act. Naval cites his own experiences as a serial entrepreneur and the of finding funding, as the impetus for the AngelList platform.
I have been a startup member at The Startup America Partnership since 2012. Startups are engines of job creation. Entrepreneurs intent on growing their businesses create the majority of new jobs, in every part of the country and in every industry. And it is entrepreneurs in clean energy, medicine, advanced manufacturing, information technology, and other innovative fields who will build the new industries of the 21st century, and solve some of our toughest global challenges. In January 2011, President Obama called on both the federal government and the private sector to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of entrepreneurs across the country.
FounderDating is a network of talented entrepreneurs helping one another start and grow companies. All too often you know people with similar backgrounds and skills sets to your own. With FounderDating you find world-class people with complimentary skill-sets, expert areas and knowledge.Like so many good ideas, FounderDating was born out of a cup of coffee (or maybe it was diet coke) and personal frustration. We have met countless uber talented people who want to become entrepreneurs but haven’t yet found the right co-founder(s)/team or idea to work on. We believe team and finding the right fit is of the utmost importance and we don’t want to see anyone walk away from entrepreneurship because they don’t have the right partner.
StartEngine is an equity crowdfunding platform that connects startups with investors online. They were involved in pressing the Securities and Exchange Commission to establish rules for new Regulation Afunding options under the JOBS Act passed in 2012. StartEngine had two offerings begin gauging interest on the day newly established rules for equity crowdfunding went into effect, June 19 2015. Elio Motors became the first offering to complete Regulation A funding through StartEngine in February 2016 raising $17 million in equity from over six thousand unaccredited investors.