I, like many active angel investors, receive several meeting requests a day from companies looking for angel funding. As Iwas going through my inbox today, I started thinking about what separates the best meeting requests from the rest of the pack.
When deciding to answer an email from an entrepreneur, I ask myself these questions:
Here’s a warm intro that recently got me a meeting for MergeLane:
I hope you are well. Are you open to an intro to Elizabeth Kraus? I recently invested in her accelerator and thought you might be interested in speaking with her. She asked me to send along this note to you. Just let me know if you’d like to be connected.
Thanks and looking forward to seeing you next week – Bob
My name is Elizabeth Kraus and I am an active angel investor and the co-founder of MergeLane, an accelerator for high-growth women-led startups. MergeLane is out to prove that investing in women is not just the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do. Our inaugural class started in February and we’ve been more than pleased with the companies we’ve accepted and the overwhelming support we’ve seen from our startup community. Some of our investors and mentors include people like Kat Cole, the former President of Cinnabon, Jane Miller, a former President at Heinz, and all of the Foundry Group venture capital firm partners.
We are looking for a few additional high-value investors to add to our network and I came across your profile on AngelList. It looks like you have an interest in women-led companies, and we currently have three consumer internet-related companies in our cohort (Sugarwish, Havenly, TomboyX).
Would you be open to a quick phone call? I am available between noon and 3pm PST every day this week. Just let me know if you’d like to connect and which number I should reach you on.
Looking forward to connecting,
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