My Activity as an Angel Investor
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Here are the companies that I have invested over the last 2 years as an angel investor. Wikio, Plazes, Netvibes, Technorati, Vpod and last week, Moneytrackin, started as a project by two FON employees.
Why do I make these investments? Mostly because the entrepreneurs who run them are friends who I trust, because I believe in the markets or needs they address and because of reasonable valuations.
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Killy-the-Frog on October 13, 2006 ·
Sorry to inform you that http://www.technorati.com can no be accessed from China (at least my home and office).
It may be that the website is in the same server as a censored website. Or maybe this News website has already attract interest of Chinese censor.
I hate censorship
Bernard Leung on October 14, 2006 ·
We are in Hong Kong, next to China and a Special Administrative Region of China, still can reach the site http://www.technorati.com
angel on October 14, 2006 ·
Twain on October 16, 2006 ·
Every entrepreneur invests in people and businesses they know and trust, and figures that they can work with so yours is a wise and widely accepted approach.
Even corporate investors adopt the same policies — even if the due diligence is even more extensive.
In film, there are what are called “vanity investors” who invest without knowing the production process and end up losing all their investments, so “vanity seeding” is never advisable.
For the serious entrepreneurs seeking investors, they tend to approach people with proven track records rather than the man in the pub.
There are established VCs connected to the Top 50 seed investors in Europe.
That’s my primary route. It works.
suresh on August 8, 2007 ·
have u invested in any projects in india?
i am looking forward for someone who can be a partner in my project.
Martin Varsavsky on August 9, 2007 ·
No Suresh, I haven´t invested in India.
Buddha on October 29, 2007 ·
But would you be interested in investing in India? Just a little over say, USD 10 – 20k for a very interesting and novel project? Of course, this would only be the seed funding required… If you are further interested, you could email me and I could let you know what’s it all about…
XL on October 29, 2007 ·
It could be interesting that you actualize this post with the new companies where you have invested, and also wich is the situation of each company.
Elisa Wu on November 7, 2007 ·
We are seeking investment for medical imaging device project, would you be interested?
Hernan Cordova on December 27, 2007 ·
I would like to start a technical and management consultancy company in the Benelux.
We have explored the market and there are a lot of opportunities for this business. I have done the business plan and it is very profitable but we need some initial capital which is around 60k EUR.
Are you interested?
if so, please let me now to email@example.com
T.M on June 6, 2008 ·
Interested in a Supernatural feature film with 8 stars ALREADY attached?
Tom Seis on August 6, 2008 ·
are you interested in energy and fuel savings technology? I have a business opportunity (Manufacturing and Sales) to start as soon as possible on the European and South American Markets. It could be a very interesting investment for you.
Would be glad to hear from you soon.
jbalasubramanian on October 8, 2008 ·
hello martin varsavsky.
I HAVE VALID AGENCY FOR TWO FOREX TRADED FUNDS . I HAVE TO IMPROVE THAT TO ALLOVER INDIA . I JUST NEED 10.000 US DOLLAR OR 4LAKHS IN INR.
I EXPECT YOUR REPLY.
Ben on October 17, 2008 ·
Hi there let me explain my situation from the beginning and hopefully someone can help.My names Ben i live in the UK I’ve just terned 22 I’ve recently left the armed forces after completing four years. I’ve completed two back to back tours of Iraq on the front line.I’m now in the middle of setting up my own charity raising funds for injured troops my charity will also be involved in housing lads and helping them financially when they leave the forces. I’m extremely passionate about my charity and theres no way my charity is going to fail i received a call of one of my close friends a few weeks ago to tell me that one of our lads had took his own life. I think society believe if you haven’t been physically injured then your okay this really is not the case mental illnesses are just as bad if not worse.Anyway I’ve tried approaching loan firms but because i haven’t got a credit score they wont give me the time of day. I’ve also made the mistake of paying fees to con men on the Internet anyway I’ve got a great team in place but i need an investor or private loan lender to lend us the sum of £20 000 to be fully operational this will enable us to become registered as well as buying are charity merchandise and paying solicitor fees.All funds will be paid back no later then 6 months of us receiving it with interest.If you feel you know anyone who may be able to help please contact me asap thanks and take care.
Ben Steven McKee.
Erik Lystad on March 25, 2009 ·
We are a group in the southern Spain who are looking for investors. We have acquired the rights for an American franchise restaurant, that would work very well on the touristified costa del sol in Malaga Spain. We have a full Business plan, and have done research and planning for the last year. we are now in the situation were we are ready to build the first restaurant, and was curious if this is something that might interest you or anyone you might know.
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Facundo Castagna on October 12, 2006 ·
Martín, espero que estes muy bien. Primero, quiero felicitarte por esta brillante idea del blog. Un espacio para el debate de ideas y experiencias que enriquecen. Dos años atrás estuve en tus oficnas de Madrid (recomendación de Esteban Brenman, Andy Freire, Endeavor) para pedir vuestra opinion respecto de un proyecto. Concretamente, trata de una empresa que se dedica al e-procurement en Argentina (tambien pensada en España), al estilo remate inverso. Quería saber tu opinión de como ves el mercado actual para un emprendimiento así y como puedo hacer para conseguir el pequeño capital que necesito (con alianzas conseguí la mayor parte). Gracias por todo, gracias por apoyar a los emprendedores y por representar tan bien a los entrepreneurs latinoamericanos. Un abrazo.