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Investor Connect Podcast

Investor Connect is for investors interested in learning more about investing in startup and growth stage companies. Experienced investors share their experiences and advice with those who are considering an investment into startups and growth companies. It includes a podcast series of interviews with investors to inform others about the process of funding startups as well as a resource list and a discussion board.  

Topics include sourcing, analyzing, and researching companies. Other topics include valuations, terms Sheets, board of directors, board of advisors, due diligence, syndicates, venture capital, angels, angel networks, family offices, crowdfunding, exits, and more.

Investor Connect is a community program. We welcome your suggestions for speakers and topics which you can send to us through the Contact page. No registration is required to use the resources.  Discussion boards are available to post and answer questions about startups and growth company investing through which registration is required.

Investor Connect is a program under the Texas Open Angel Network which is a 501(c3) non-profit dedicated to the education around startup funding.

Disclaimer: Hall T. Martin is the Director of Investor Connect which is dedicated to the education of investors for early stage funding. All opinions expressed by Hall and podcast guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of Investor Connect. This podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a basis for investment decisions.

Sep 26, 2023

Building Your Network for the Fundraise

Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

Before launching your email campaign, build out your network of investors.

As you meet investors it’s important to collect their emails into a list to provide updates.

Sort the list by type of investor -- angel, venture capitalist, family office, etc.

Note their investment interest -- consumer, enterprise software, healthcare, or other.

Capture names of connectors -- those who know investors and can connect you to them.

Six months before launching your fundraising campaign go out to your network with the message 

‘We’re not raising funding now but in six months we’ll do so.  May I keep you informed of our progress.’

This requires no commitment from the investor so most will say yes as many want to see what you have.

Over the following months, send updates to the investors educating them about your deal.

Focus on key points about the business such as sales pipeline, team activities, product development status, and planned fundraising amounts with valuations.

Ask for advice and feedback as well to engage the investor.

An investor email campaign will be far more effective if you’ve built a list of investors who know your deal.


Thank you for joining us for the Startup Funding Espresso where we help startups and investors connect for funding.

Let’s go startup something today.


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