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Business Rockstars segment on crowdfunding and why @AmplifyLA rules.

I’ve been meaning to write a full blog post about my experience at Amplify, but I’ve been too busy.  I’ll get around to it soon.  Until then, in this segment I did on the radio I talk a little bit about why Amplify rules.

This is my first segment on Business Rockstars repping Invested.in, talking about Crowdfunding and Startup Accelerators.

Full episode: http://businessrockstars.com/br/2012/10/business-rockstars-ep93-wed-1024/

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How we got 400+ followers on AngelList before ever raising a round…

A lot of people have been asking me to help them build up their AngelList following, so I thought I would put this blog post together.  Please let me know if you have any other tips in the comments section!

I started building our following on AngelList when our buddies at NetPlenish told me about how valuable it was for them and gave me some tips.  I figured that it couldn’t hurt to start building a following, even if we weren’t ready to raise a round yet.  So I followed their advice and dug in a little.

As I started building our following, I started making great connections and getting great meetings.  These connections consisted of great bizdev leads, intros to investors, and good connections to other entrepreneurs.  I was hooked.

Here’s a checklist off the top of my head of the things I did to build our AngelList following:
  • Goto angel.co/social and follow friends.
  • Follow your favorite startups.
  • Fill out your shit.  Personal AND Startup. (Make sure your co-founders do the same!)
    • Don’t leave stuff blank.
    • Add your team, advisors, investors and incubators to your profile.  EVERYONE.
    • Try setting the referrer for your startup to someone who is not related otherwise (someone you won’t add as an investor/advisor/employee).  Try someone who has a bunch of followers and would be willing to pimp you out.  Feel free to use me.  ;-)
    • Add multiple markets and locations. (More places to be discovered.)
  • Post an update at least once a week.  Brag.  @Mention your startup on your personal posts.
  • Share your profile on Twitter and Linkedin.
  • TELL PEOPLE TO SHARE YOUR STARTUP!  Don’t be shy about it.  See the text below that I use.
    • Send it to your email list.  Send it to people you know on AL.
    • Share startups and ask them to return the favor.
  • Post really big news as a comment on your profile.  This gets sent out.  Don’t do this too often.  Maybe once a month.  You don’t want it to overpower the comments that were made by investors and advisors.
  • Hit the “Like” button on comments about you, have your co-founders do it too.  This used to post it back into the top of the timeline.  Not sure if it still does, but couldn’t hurt.
  • Engage.  Send emails through AL, post comments, post updates.  Have your face show up everywhere.
    • One thing I did at the beginning, was message everyone who followed my personal page, with a link to the invested.in page and asked them to follow.  You can power through it by opening a ton of tabs and using cut/paste.
  • BE PERSISTENT!

It really helps our ranking and showcases us on AL when people “Share” us.  Could you go in and do that for us real quick?  It only takes a second.

Goto:  http://angel.co/invested-in
Click on the “Share” button on the upper right corner.
Click in the “To:” field and change it to “All Followers”.
Click “Send”.
No need to write a note or anything.

Again, if you have any tips I didn’t mention, I’d love to hear them in the comments.  If you’re interested in reading a much longer, way too wordy blog post I wrote about promo, and building a crowd, check it out here.
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The pressure builds up day by day…

As most of you know, I am doing a FitFunder fundraiser for charity.  So far, it’s great!  As of right now, I’ve raise $409 from 22 supporters, gone on a couple great hikes, some insane bike rides and a short run.

The only scary part, is that if I don’t reach my goal of running/hiking/biking 100 miles by the end of the month, none of the pledges go through.  So far I’m at 44.2 miles, which means I’m about 14 miles behind!  Gonna make it up this weekend!

If you’ve got a minute, please check out the fundraiser:  http://fitfunder.com/100-miles-for-charity

Pics from the hikes:

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