I am a founder and Chairman of AngelList. I’m also a Venture Partner at MetaStable. I previously co-founded Epinions (which went public as part of Shopping.com) and Vast.com. I’m an active angel investor, and have invested in dozens of companies, including Twitter, Uber, Wish, Thumbtack, Postmates, Kraken, Yammer, Stack Overflow and OpenDoor.

All opinions on this blog are personal and do not reflect the views of any of my employers.

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  1. Hi Naval,

    Thank you for Venture Hacks, i learned a lot from it, also from your vast experiences and your amazing relationship with Nivi 🙂

    keep them coming 🙂


  2. Hi Naval,

    Just came across AngelList on Twitter. My organization is working on angel investor organizing in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro, primarily in life sciences, but also IT (we are one of the largest centers of medical devices in the world and have a large enterprise software community for health care and retail).

    Would there be a way to partner with AngelList to build a group focused outside of IT and/or with a geographic brand? Or at least to have a discussion around the topic?


  3. Naval,

    I read your post “Who has time for meetings?”. I loved it. I agree that you need something short and sweet to share with potential investors following the introduction. Are there samples that you can share that won your interest or examples that you know that sold other angels to have the follow up meeting?

    We’re looking for investors and I want to make sure we approach angels the right way from the start to win that second meeting in which we can go into more detail etc.

    Let me know as it would be much appreciated!


  4. Naval

    Thank you for the support on AngelList.
    Katherine Barr is a fan.

    Let me know if you have time to speak this week or next?



  5. Hello Mr. Naval Ravikant,

    I am Mr Adolphus Smith Asst Director Budumbura Refugee Camp Ghana,I understand you don’t know me and I don’t know much about you, but I will be very pleased if this transaction will make us know each other as we both are going to benefit from helping the Abdalla Family here in Ghana.

    I am soliciting for a 16yrs old boy Uwa Abdalla, he is the son of late Anthony Hamid Abdalla, a diamond dealer and Farmer in Sudan, who was killed by the Sudanese Rebels due to Crisis that erupted in their country.

    I got your contact when i was searching for the contact information of the late Mr Timothy Peters who was the foreign business partner of late Anthony Hamid Abdalla ,The family is seeking asylum rights in a safe foreign country and require the assistance of a citizen .

    If you agree to assist the family move over to your country , you will be adequately compensated as they have inheritance funds in trust which they are willing to offer a reasonable part to the person who will help them .I will furnish you with further details as soon as i hear from you .

    Thank you for your time and anticipated cooperation and hope my contact to you will not cause you any inconvenience whatsoever .

    Best Regards
    Adolphus Smith
    Contact Telephone Number : +233 200203313

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  7. Hello Naval

    do you fund start up business in the Usa or can you refer me to
    someone . I can send you my business plan for your review

    Kent Williams

  8. Thank you Naval (and Ravi) for the refreshing insights you bring through Venture Hacks. I research and write the newsletter for the Inventors Society of South Florida (www.InventorsSociety.net) and I follow Venture Hacks because you are leading edge thinkers for the independent product developers (inventors) who seek financial success through their efforts. You inspire listeners (in my case, the independent product developers) to stay focused on the goal while they are mired in early deveopment issues. I appreciate the many ways you assert that each step in the process bespeaks the outcome.You are inspiration! Thank you!

  9. Wonderful post. I learn something tougher on different blogs day-to-day. It will always be stimulating to learn to read content from other writers and practice something from their store. I’d prefer to use some while using the content on my blog whether you don’t head. Natually I’ll give you a link on your web blog. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Naval great job!
    I represent eLagaan a company helping Startups incorporate in India and manage the business lifecycle after they have incorporated.
    We would love to connect sometime.

  11. Thank you for all the information you share, we really appreciate a true entrepreneur spirit

  12. My name is Ryo from Anri (http://anri.vc/).
    I’ve found the article “The Bitcoin Model for Crowdfunding” to be very helpful to understand the features of how Bitcoin works. We’d like to translate this great piece into Japanese and post it on our blog so more of Japanese people can read this piece.
    We’ll make sure to make all the credit go to you, and not to make any profit out of this article.
    Would it be okay for us to do the Japanese translation?
    We’d very much appreciate if you allow us to do that!


  13. Hello Sir
    I am interested in forming a valuable contact with you. I am a deal maker and am passionate about helping people get connected to high impact solutions

  14. Any interest in investing in motion pictures or miniseries? We have treatments and scripts for multiple hard hitting, previously established IP’s – if you watch the film “Assault on Wall Street” – it was a 3.5 million dollar film that we made look ten times that amount. We have a treatment for a 7-part miniseries based on In the Name of the King, we have concepts for sequels to the Rampage series and so much more. We just need a visionary investor to make them happen and I thought you of all people would get it and support the underdogs with bold ambitions – as this is what you are known for.

    Thanks so much for your time

  15. Hy Naval, I am a writer that wants to escape his job. At the moment I am using every spare time I have to pursuit my passion including many sleepless weekends, and even though I feel pretty comfortable dedicating myself to the dream, the same cannot be said about my wife and daughter who…kinda miss me.
    I have one sci-fi novel pending publication which gave me enough confidence in my abilities, and about eight more novels and movie scripts in my head, each in various stages of progress.
    One that I am particular proud of if a Sci-fi Psychological Drama …which hasn’t received a name yet, but it revolves around a difficult question.
    “Would you treat your own child badly and have him loathe you for the rest of your life, knowing that is the only way to ensure a future for him/her?”.
    The story is about a scientist, a single father to a twelve year old girl, who devises a machine that can predict people’s lives based on the probability of interaction of every element that might come in contact with that person. The scientist jumps in the machine (as they always do), and sees every possible outcome for his daughter’s life.
    Much to his dismay, he sees his daughter ending up badly in almost every scenario. Either she ends up in jail, dead,drug addict, married to an abusive husband, prostitute etc.
    Only three scenarios predict her with a happy and successful life, unfortunately in all those scenarios, the scientist is an abusive alcoholic father that miss treats his daughter during her upbringing,
    He sees certain things in his daughter’s life, things that the machine predicted when the scientist was in it, which made him alter his mood and follow the guidance of his own project.
    The machine was right, and on her thirtieth birthday, the daughter receives a set of video journals in which her father explains his actions. She sees the recordings from her father’s former workplace where she works as a lead scientist on a device that erases selected memories.

    That is one of eight stories in my head, some are novels some are movie scripts and range from Horror to Sci-fi to a children’s book.

    I have the drive, I have the imagination, I have the skill and determination, what I need is time and the bills paid.
    I guess what I am looking for is someone to believe in me and provide some support so I can write. I tried a kickstarter campaign and received 1£! (Thanks Grandma).
    If I can be at home for around ten to twelve months, I’m pretty confident I can write at least two full novels and a handful of movie scripts as they are all nesting in my head.
    If anyone is interested in my other ideas, I am more than happy to share them and would really appreciate a feedback, as everyone thinks he is a genius until told otherwise, and I would really like to know where I stand from an outside perspective.
    Email is : dan_alexdj@yahoo.com
    Thank you for your time and patience ,
    Dan Alex

  16. Hey Naval. Since your appearance on Joe Rogans podcast Ive reserved contacting you till a good reason came into context.
    Im a artist as well and would like to share what I do with you. Im a metal sculptor, Ive gained traction in the last couple years with a fire pit design. Its a Sacred Geometric Kinetic Functional piece of art. Based around a tripod design with a swiveling element allowing the fire pit to be rotate 360 degrees.
    When you have a bit of time check out my website. shumakedesigns.com
    Itd be awesome to hear from you. Hearing you on he podcast was like someone taking the words from my mouth. So for ideas I had brewing in my mind to be corroborated by your words was a greatly reinforcing and motivating thing!
    Thank you for your time.

  17. Greetings,
    I hope this finds you well. I have a couple of amazing projects that have amazing potential not just for profit but to help communities and set precedence for a sustainable Luxury. I have fallen short on funding and would love to discuss with you getting past this obstacle to start on my dream. I hope you can find a couple of minutes to hear me out and I think you will be as excited as I am. Thanks

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