*This post originally appeared on my personal blog on Medium*
Most angel investors aren’t full-time in their efforts. They have intense day jobs, are active operators, and have to figure out when and how to navigate this cluttered and noisy world. This describes me as an angel investor quite well.
Venture capitalists have the benefit of investing in startups for a living, with management fees, aka salaries, teams and other resources, that enable focus to make their bets with robust information and due diligence. Sure, their check sizes are bigger, but it’s not typically their own money and money is certainly relative to the personal bank account.
I was recently asked how I manage my angel investing in the flow of my busy life. With my day job at Dyn in full force growth mode, and a young, growing family prioritizing my time, I’ve found a set of tools to help me streamline this side effort. I love the work and it drives my portfolio approach to business, that highlights how I view my long game career plans.
*You can see and track my portfolio at my personal website, YORK.ie.*
Some tools are obvious and mainstream, others are not. In the quest to find and work with the best founders and startups in B2B SaaS, it requires a tight strategy and even tighter organization. I also benefit from a baller executive assistant in Ashley Goodwin, who is loyal and been with me for nearly 5 years (don’t poach her!). See below and let me know if I’ve left out any can’t miss products or services to leverage.
AngelList — Portfolio and deal management (my profile)
Contactually — Contact and relationship management
CrunchBase — Startup investment information site
Crystal — Personality matching and communication platform (my profile)
Datanyze — Market intelligence platform
Dyn Dig Mobile App — Domain name information tool
Dyn Internet Intelligence — Performance and infrastructure data/analytics
Google Apps — Email, collab & storage tools (inc Google.com for news/info)
LinkedIn — Networking and recruiting platform (my profile)
Mint — Personal financial management and deal tracking
Slack — Messaging app for teams (new in my toolkit)
Twitter — Real-time information and communication (my profile)
Weebly — Website and content management system (YORK.ie)