Business Tips: How Do I Raise Money From an Angel Investor or Venture Capitalist?

Business Tips: How Do I Raise Money From an Angel Investor or Venture Capitalist?

Awesome Tip: How Do I Raise Money From an Angel Investor or Venture Capitalist?

Gary Vaynerchuk builds businesses. Fresh out of college he took his family wine business and grew it from a $3M to a $60M business in just five years. Now he runs VaynerMedia, one of the world’s hottest digital agencies. Along the way he became a prolific angel investor and venture capitalist, investing in companies like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Uber, and Birchbox before eventually co-founding VaynerRSE, a $25M angel fund.

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46 Replies to “Business Tips: How Do I Raise Money From an Angel Investor or Venture Capitalist?”

  1. What a pompous jackass! What about seed or startup capital, Gary? You can't imagine that there might be people that need a particular level of capital which is out of their reach? If one has a product, things like patents, sourcing, production samples, testing, etc can cost tens of thousands and more. How does that fit into your arrogant, unthoughtful and insulting, dismissive answer? If that's how you treat your followers, why the hell do they follow you? Not to mention that you don't know that your approach to finding Angel/VC money only works for the smallest of the small. Look, you're the man (RIGHT NOW) because you're in the right place at the right time. Online marketing is a cinch for ANYONE with mediocre talent and tech skills. So, pump the brakes on yourself…remember everything changes.

  2. I started working for a small personal training studio. 2 years later I opened my own personal training studio after saving enough capital. A year after that, I bought out the original studio I worked for. I am now 28 years old with 2 personal training studios. But, I have an idea for a small commercial gym with a somewhat niche demographic the fitness industry is completely missing. A much more expensive venture that I do not have the capital for. I have a couple of very wealthy clients who I am prepared to ask. Anybody watching this video have any recommendations on how to approach them? Or, any other recommendations for raising capital for my next business venture.? All advice is appreciated.

  3. Gary, your answer is correct. HOWEVER! You don't get to answer the question as a subject matter expert!

    Gary, your answer is correct. HOWEVER! You don't get to answer the question as a subject matter expert!

    Your legendary story is: you took over your family wines business when it was worth 3mm. You did not build it alone. YOU took advantage of new technology and had time to transform your family company from a storefront centric establishment to the internet when it was a new thing. You did not struggle like people who don't have $10 but have an excellent idea for a business.

    Perhaps the question people are asking you is how did Mark Zuckerberg and company ask you to invest in 'THE FACEBOOK'? how did Mark ask you for Money?

    I agree with your answer. I think the way you answered the question is coming from a place of frustration. That is what it sounded like. People ask YOU every day how to borrow or get money without even trying or believing in themselves. After a few hundred times, I am sure it gets frustrating after a while.

    Perhaps the way to answer those peoples questions is "believe in yourself and your idea. The money will come." Then point them to mentor programs for entrepreneurs.

    True Fan

  4. I know of company’s that started with literally zero without an angel investor so u basically did not answer the question for the ones that have asked u the question. They question at hand “how to get an angel investor” to me that sounds like a person has a great idea but does not have the money to fund the idea

  5. Um, if I were really successful with some great product everyone wants and am getting famous and rich, why would I care about investors then? I hear all about investors putting millions into startups that have NO product or customers yet. They just believe in the idea and the people behind it. So, if I go at it alone without investors and become successful and that come knocking, I’ll be like the Little Red Hen and say “Where were you when I was dying and killing myself trying to make this business? Your money back then would have made things so much easier, but you said NO and now you come wanting to invest money in an already very profitable company? F the F off

  6. So in order to "build" a good enough business, when the product is finished and ready for market and you need to finance the first "production run" of said article" you just "build a good enough business they come to you"? What? I don't understand. How is the first production run in manufacturing financed?

  7. tricky one…. even facebook did it this way… My issue is ive learnt code, built an app but i know if it is good and works i wont have the money to create the wave to flood the market in time to stop competitors and someone else stealing the concept…maybe this creates the question about if my 'moat' is big enough around my business but thats a chicken and egg discussion.

  8. Hello everyone. My name is Felicia. My family will be hosting these two adorable girls from an Orphanage in Ukraine this summer through the Organization Courageous Families. We have raised $600 of our $6300 goal to cover the expenses. I am asking for any donation. Much appreciated.Here is the link!!

  9. I have two jobs, went bare bones money wise and have nearly completed our test of a working model. If people like your product and see your hustle they ask to invest. We even had an Angel FIND US based on a convo she overheard.

  10. I don't even know how I ended here. I was watching something else, I didn't even click this video. I wasn't going to comment, but this guy is so condescending and patronizing to start ups. I couldn't stand listening to him. Please do not watch this video. When starting a small business seek to those that inspire you to keep going. Starting a business is hard and many great businesses have had help from angel investors. Don't listen to this schmuck. Good luck to those on their way to starting a business. Look elsewhere for sound advice.

  11. Heres my 2 cents. I have an idea which requires big investment to materialize. But i didnt look for any investors. Instead i started working in that field. After 5 years, i went to angels and made my proposal. Already got 2 offers, looking for better. Hope this helps

  12. I don't agree here, If you could make such a business that Angel Investor knock your door, then my friend you actually do not need investment to start your business because u already did. What most people are asking is how to kick start their business?

  13. if you make a huge profitable business then you don't fuckin need an investor… that's the point of an investor Gary. When my business will be so big that people send me emails about how they want to be part of it or invest in it, at that point I don't need them anymore. Right now I have a growing business, making money and I invest 100% of my income for growing. I may be big in 5-10 years with this speed, but I would reach my goal in 2 years with an investor. That's the point of an investor, so you contradict the point of investors with your idea in this video…

  14. Beyond the fact that this video contains no information of any value to young entrepreneurs, it's delivered in a condescending tone by an individual who is dressed like a slob, and uses profanity professional advice comes from professionals, and this guy is far from it. We can all just assume the rest of his videos are of the same "quality".

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