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AngelList is great - but how do you get in touch with investors?

As entrepreneurs, we are all fully aware that fundraising is a full-time job in itself. Our network is fairly big, we've got solid traction, and we can scout out startups that are similar to ours...and their investors. But, what is the best way to get in contact with angels that I find on angellist? Tips and tricks?

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Eric Sullivan
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Eric Sullivan Entrepreneur
CEO at FoundationLab
I have had luck either just getting their contact off of their VC or Angel website or just messaging them on linkedin and asking for a call or in person meeting.
Mathieson Sterling
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Mathieson Sterling Entrepreneur
Senior Software Engineer at Apprenda
We're in the same boat - I'd been holding off contacting till our deck and public sites were perfect, but I'm wondering what is the best time to contact investors?
Joe Monastiero
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Joe Monastiero Advisor
CEO, Founder nFlate
Find investors whose investment interests match yours on AL. If you have compelling foundational traction and a good story, reach out to them using InMail on LinkedIn. I've found its best to try to work with syndicators IF you can get their attention. But angels that have done a number of deals in your space that are not syndicators are also good targets. Syndicators are like small seed VCs, very picky.
Kevin Lentz
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Kevin Lentz Entrepreneur • Advisor
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Find the other companies they have invested in, and contact those founders with 'Hey, I noticed that XYZ recently invested in you. We've been considering her/him. Can I buy you coffee and hear about your experience with them?'
Then at that meeting, if it makes sense, ask the founder if he/she could introduce you to the investor.

Robb Miller
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Robb Miller Advisor
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Hi Mackenzie - I like the suggestions from Eric, Kevin, Joe and Mathieson. Also, have you tried the Gnito iPhone App? It helps you leverage your network to find the right pathways for a Warm Introduction to US Accredited Investors on any platform. (its a MVP, all feedback welcome!) bit.ly/Gnito, gnito.me. Warm intros change everything! Check out this blogpost,and this blogpost.(Best of luck! let us know how it goes)
Kevin Lentz
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Kevin Lentz Entrepreneur • Advisor
Let's ship great products
Mathieson, I often find myself approaching things the same way - 'Perfect is the enemy of good enough.'

My new approach, and I think many Angels would agree, is that it is better to begin a relationship over a handful of meetings. This allows your solution to unfold over time. 30-sec elevator pitch -> coffee about idea -> in depth meeting with customer discovery data to backup problem/solution fit and answer questions from mtg #2 -> ask

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