Here's a few examples:
=> our own YC clone run by Jerry Kennelly of Stockbyte, with pitches to top investors in Dublin, London and Silicon Valley.
What we need is to collectively get off our asses, stop blaming the government for everything, encourage successful entrepreneurs to run seed programs, and to make serious incentives to capture ambitious smart graduates from India, China and the like. Abtran, a startup company a few years ago in Cork, now employs over 1000 people for example. Granted, it's only a call centre, but it shows what can be done.
Kinda sad that the only two startups I am listed for are things I founded, and didn't invest in.
Overlapping feature sets. Conflicts of interest. Picking the winners. Contrived rejections. Leaks. Angelgates. Portfolio loading. Brain picking.
Buyer beware in my view.
They always appreciate it, and in fact I've some say "I know, but can i pitch you anyway just to get feedback?"
In those case I say "sure, but please don't tell me anything that's not obvious or public, because although I would never share what you tell me with an existing investment, I wouldn't want to have that appearance out there."
I'd love to see a private equity database that tracks venture investments by angels or super angels. Maybe something automated that monitors outgoing links on portfolio pages, or something like that.
Open question: which investors have websites, as linked from their twitter accounts, that display all their investments?
Does Y Combinator?
Hell, the firm who put $6MM into our Series B is also the lead investor in our biggest competitor. That's a legitimate conflict. Worrying about an angel bringing $50K to the table is a waste of time - if it's really an issue, they'll be the ones to raise it.
A surprising number of entrepreneurs either think their idea is so special that a one-liner will give it away OR want to meet without giving a summer. Hmph.
however, keep in mind that 90% of businesses in Florida are scams (really, look it up).
Did they make it through their FDA struggle? The FDA was shutting them down due to the caffeine they had in the drink, even though a vodka redbull had N times the caffeine that Lotus had.