Should startups seek an “angel” before knocking on a VC’s door?


If you want to get VC in the future, should have been getting to know them yesterday.

Your BEST advisor for what it takes to get Venture funding is NOT likely your Angel. You want to make sure you know what the VCs will think so you can plan to get there.

Now, do you likely need to have raised Angel money before you’ll get VC? Yes, likely, though not necessarily.


  • Friends and family
  • Angels
  • VC
  • Private Equity

Still, talk to your VCs now. You want to learn from them and they are more likely to invest when they’ve gotten to know you.

Money from the sources isn’t as easy without money from the previous.