Open Angel Forum is Building Something Great

On Tuesday night, I participated in the 3rd Open Angel Forum San Francisco.

Overall, it was a great night filled with awesome angels and some great pitches.  About 15 active angels (and myself as a “angel-friendly early-stage VC”) attended with five entrepreneurs presenting their companies in short five minutes pitches (followed by five minutes of Q&A.)

Last night, the companies who presented were:

  • SwipeGood – Give a little bit everytime you buy
  • TicketCake – Promotion and Distribution platform for tickets
  • Seeport – Easy-to-use video communication platform
  • Micromobs – Group communication tools
  • CardMunch – Card Scanning with Human Labor

While five minutes seems like a short time for a pitch, Jason did a great job coaching each presenter on the key points to cover in their talk and teaching them to focus on the product demo as the anchor for the pitch.  Kudos to each of the team’s for doing such a great job.

Beyond the pitches, the event itself was very different from the Demo Day at Y-Combinator – small intimate setting with just a few angels and a few companies.  Because the pitches were so short, everyone felt much more comfortable staying after the presentations to chat and mingle in a more laid back atmosphere.

The events continue with Open Angel Forum Boulder on December 9th and a bunch of new cities starting in the New Year.  If you’re an entrepreneur looking to meet investors or an investor looking to get connected to great startups – you should check them out online and get involved now.

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I work for True Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund with offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto. We partner with promising entrepreneurs at the earliest stages in the technology market providing hands-on management support to guide our portfolio companies through the challenges of early growth.