What is a good way to find investors for a start up?


I have developed my SAAS on a shoestring budget and I have just made it production ready so I am now looking for ways to market it to my customer base. I, however, do not have the funds available to market it on any kind of meaningful scale so I was thinking that now might be a good time for investment funds so that I could market my service. I could start with low brow marketing straight to a single customer and try to build from there but it seems that there might be a better more scalable way to do it.

What is a good way to get my software in front of potential investors and what will they be looking for in order to make an investment decision?

Thanks for your help,

Tim - VA

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asked Jan 2 '12 at 23:38
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  • What would you do with the marketing money? – Jeff O 12 years ago
  • My target market is Government IT departments, Federal, State and Local so I need to reach the managers in these various departments either by snail mail with a brochure or by setting up a series of booths at Government trade shows demonstrating my system. I also have an opportunity to reach independent IT consultants but I am unsure how to market to this group as of yet. So, if I stick with the Government angle then I can use the funds to create the marketing materials and to locate and distribute that material to my target group. – Tim 12 years ago
  • Are you sure you'll be able to sell to any government entity in the USA without an RFP competition? – Dnbrv 12 years ago
  • Local and State Governments may be a challenge but I have a strategy for the Federal level which I believe is my biggest market. – Tim 12 years ago
  • Government procurement is done through competitive contracts. – Dnbrv 12 years ago

2 Answers


Congratulation on getting this far.

The first thing you need is some traction - any traction. That is, you need at least one customer. There's a huge difference between having no customers and one customer. Having the first customer makes it a lot easier to sell to other potential customers than if you had no customers at all. Investors know this and are rightly hesitant to invest in any product without a single customer.

While building a product, you should engage at least one potential customer for customer development purposes. That way, not only do you have a good chance of building something that other similar potential customers could actually use, the person you engage will almost definitely become customer number one.

So the bad news is that you may need to engage in customer development and subsequent rework before trying to sell your product to a broader audience.

answered Jan 3 '12 at 00:01
Steve Taylor
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If you haven't already, I highly recommend that you watch some (or a bunch) of the videos on thisweekin.com (also on YouTube). There are two relevant series: "This Week In Venture Capital" and "This Week In Startups." Both are hugely informative. They interview lots of entrepreneurs and investors, and give both basic education and high-level insight with respect to various startup and investment processes.

You may also want to read the blogs written by some of the most well-respected and prolific investors, such as:

Another good place to go is AngelList (http://angel.co ). It's basically a social network for entrepreneurs, startups, advisors, and investors. You can do some good research there and find investors in your area who are interested in the type of product you've created, then you can follow them on AngelList and on Twitter to learn more about them.

I hope that's helpful. Good luck!

answered Jan 3 '12 at 17:46
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