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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.

May 29, 2020

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

So how do Venture Capitalists raise funding?

VCs raise funding from limited partners which include family offices, high-net-worth individuals, foundations, pension funds, and other sources.

Institutional investors such as pension funds require a track record so first time VCs focus on family offices and high-net-worth individuals. 

Also, the VC fund may be too small. In most cases, institutional investors do not like to be more than a certain percent of any one fund due to concentration limits - usually no more than  20%.

The VC develops an investment thesis which is a reasoning why their approach to selecting and funding deals will be successful.

They build out their investment prospectus which includes the investment thesis, how it’s unique, the fees the limited partners will pay, and how the profits will be distributed.

The VC then meets with limited partners to pitch the investment thesis, track record, and view of the market.

Limited partners look to fund VCs who have a unique investment thesis and access to deal flow they do not.


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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