Veteran Angel Investor Explains Startup Funding Strategies in New Kauffman Founders School Videos

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Entrepreneurs learn the keys to working with angel investors from one of America’s leading experts

“As an entrepreneur, you’re going to want to decide whether to raise money from an angel investor, a venture capitalist, from both or from neither,” Sobieski says.

Many entrepreneurs need external funding to launch or grow their startup, but the idea of finding investors can seem daunting. In Financing Your Venture: Angel Investment, a new video series from Kauffman Founders School, Ian Sobieski teaches entrepreneurs how to find and work with investors.

As a founding general partner and managing director of the Band of Angels Fund, L.P., Silicon Valley's oldest angel investment group, Sobieski has counseled hundreds of entrepreneurs and understands their funding dilemmas. In seven brief videos, he helps entrepreneurs understand different types of investors, walks entrepreneurs through the process of locating and securing investors, and shares his insights on maintaining productive relationships over time.

“As an entrepreneur, you’re going to want to decide whether to raise money from an angel investor, a venture capitalist, from both or from neither,” Sobieski says. “Venture capitalists are a good source for a few million dollars to help prove a theory. Angel investors are well-suited for raising smaller amounts of money where advice is important.”

Sobieski’s videos complement another Kauffman Founders School video series, Financing Your Venture: Venture Capital, presented by Jeff Bussgang, a venture capitalist with Flybridge Capital Partners.

Kauffman Founders School, a free online education program available at, brings together some of America’s startup experts to educate entrepreneurs in key areas of business formation and success. Other Founders School topics include The Lean Approach, Startups, Entrepreneurial Selling, Powerful Presentations and Entrepreneurial Marketing.

The Kauffman Foundation offers additional resources, educational information and tools for entrepreneurs at

About Kauffman Founders School

Kauffman Founders School taps the potential of online education, presenting a robust curriculum from which entrepreneurs can learn anywhere, anytime. Subject-matter experts present brief, easy-to-access lectures designed to give founders a rich learning experience, engaging them in lessons that will make a difference in what they do in their business today, tomorrow and in the future. Learn more at

About the Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that aims to foster economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit, and follow the Foundation on and

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