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Investor Hunt

A database of 40k+ investors to raise your seed round ๐Ÿ’ฐ

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Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
โšก๏ธโšก๏ธโšก๏ธ 50% OFF FOREVER DISCOUNT CODE FOR PRODUCT HUNT: `EARLY-PH` (expires this week) โšก๏ธโšก๏ธโšก๏ธ ----- Hey guys! ๐Ÿ‘‹ Investor Hunt is a categorized database of 40k+ angel investors and venture capitalists. ๐Ÿค‘ Figuring out which investors are likely to be interested in your project and how to get in direct contact with them is a nightmare. All this data is spread out, and finding it pushes you down a rabbit hole of AngelList, personal websites, Crunchbase, and VC fund portfolio pages. All this can take hundreds of hours of researchโ€“โ€“hours you could be using to *actually* close rounds. For the last few years while weโ€™ve been fundraising for different projects, we've built out spreadsheets of all the investors weโ€™ve met with (and who weโ€™d want to meet) complete with data like where to best contact them. Over the years, our private lists grew to over a thousand investors. After building the data engineering tools to make Press Hunt (https://www.producthunt.com/posts/press-hunt) and Howler (https://www.howler.media/?ref=invhph) possible, we realized it would make perfect sense to use them to grow our lists of investors into a comprehensive all-in-one database. Investor Hunt is a simple SAAS product that aggregates the names, contact info, investment focuses, and past investments of the best investors in the world in one place. Weโ€™ve grown the list to 40k+ investors (~30k of them have emails, and the rest have alternative contact links like Twitter, LinkedIn, and AngelList). The database is still very much a WIPโ€“โ€“weโ€™re constantly enriching data and adding new sources. Weโ€™ve been using this ourselves (and have a few beta users), and have found it really useful, and itโ€™s now 10x bigger than other investor database alternatives. Investor Hunt plans start at $69/mo, but weโ€™ve made a special *50% off forever* lifetime discount code for early adopters on Product Hunt: โ€˜EARLY-PHโ€™. This code expires this week. ๐Ÿ™‚ Weโ€™d love feedbackโ€“โ€“thanks for the time ๐Ÿ™ - Matt, David, Ermek, & Rashid
Justin Edward Steven Novak
@juhaszhenderson Great work Matt, David, Ermek & Rashid!
Mike
@juhaszhenderson Anybody considering using this should know that response rates for cold emails to investors are very low (i.e. < 1%). If you don't personalize the email, it's going to be even lower. So if you're taking all the time to personalize the content of the email, then a small bit of time to find their email address is pretty irrelevant. This product would work great to generically email / spam hundreds of investors, but again, see my first point. Here's an example of a cold email I sent an investor that got a response. I spent 5 to 10 minutes writing it in a way that was most relevant to the recipient. Hello [investors name] - I'm Mike and I founded SeekWell. I've been reading [investors blog] since I started the company and I think we'd be a great fit at [firms name]. SeekWell is SQL / Python desktop app for analysts and product managers that is tightly integrated with Google Sheets and Slack. Users can send data from their database to Google Sheets and schedule data to refresh regularly (e.g. every five minutes). SeekWell also builds a shared code repository that lets users find snippets of code their teammates created. The snippets are automatically linked to conversations in Slack which adds context to their code and makes it easy to find in the future. I know [firms name] values data moats and I believe we're building one with SeekWell. Creating a link between natural language (the Slack conversation) and code will enable us to build models that will automate adhoc analytics and allow non-technical users to get answers by asking questions in natural language. We are x months in and have X paid users with MRR of $X (+X% MoM). Our paid customers include This Big Co (x employees), That Big Co (x employees), and Another Big Co (x employees). Please let me know if you'd like to chat and thanks again for making [investors blog].
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
@justintime4guac Thanks!
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
@mike_seekwell Thanks for sharing this Mike! This is a great example of how to properly cold email. I also recommend including follow ups and using rich media like emojis & gifs (arguably less mature, but more authentic/personable). A note here that the personalizations in this email are variables you could define with a service like MixMax. Having a central place for this data is the best way to build an outreach list so you can then focus on personalizing every bit of outreachโ€“โ€“like an assembly line. Way more efficient.
Dana Todd
@juhaszhenderson Can you sort by gender? I'm specifically looking for funds that are led by women.
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
@danatodd Hey Dana! As of now we don't have that data type. It's a little hard to get reliably. We'll be working on that for future versions thoughโ€“โ€“just will take some time.
Dana Todd
@juhaszhenderson thanks
Ermek Rysbek Uulu
Maker
Thanks PH! We built Investor Hunt because of how scattered investor data is. AngelList doesnโ€™t have emails, LinkedIn doesnโ€™t have investment focuses, and Crunchbase usually doesnโ€™t have a complete list of past investments. Investor Hunt is an all-in-one place for that data so you can spend less time researching investors and more time building product! ๐Ÿ˜ธ
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
@bsmoder ๐Ÿ’ช
Abadesi
I've used AngelList in the past and it gives a great common ground for approaching an investor - its an indication of their willingness to be contacted and interest in funding. What happens with your product? Presumably the investors are not aware they've been scraped from other platforms for inclusion on yours... how do you suggest founders engage with them to maximise the chance of success? ๐Ÿค” @bsmoder @juhaszhenderson
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
@bsmoder @abadesi Founders should do their due diligence on Investor Hunt to make sure that the investors are relevant, then can use any of the platforms we've linked to to contact them OR (cold) email them directly. Relevant, polite cold emails work really well for investor discovery and starting relationships (even if they sometimes get a bad rep when abused like spam). For example, I've been able to get in touch with founders at Atomic and eFounders with cold emails.
Ross Currie
@bsmoder @abadesi @juhaszhenderson You definitely need the ability for investors to look themselves up + request removal without paying for access. I get enough spam as it is.
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
@bsmoder @abadesi @rossdcurrie Even easierโ€“โ€“investors can just tell us their name in our Intercom and we'll remove them.
Agshin Rajabov
I liked! But in my opinion, pricing is inequitable :) It looks too much. ๐Ÿ˜€
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
@agshinrajabov Even with our 50% forever lifetime discount for PH users? It's 'EARLY-PH' ๐Ÿ™‚
Ermek Rysbek Uulu
Maker
@agshinrajabov We are trying to eliminate unserious startups that will just spam investors.
David Zernik
I dont get it..why who would someone pay all that extra money for email/phone number if they can just google their name?
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
@misterdz123 Doing that at scale takes a lot of time. Busy founders are busy
John Lafleur
@misterdz123 @juhaszhenderson agreed. And the pain solved is largely worth the money for a founder trying to raise funds.
Jitesh Dugar
This is interesting and useful. You are sharing confidential information of investors without their permission which might be an issue. How are you handling GDPR?
Robert Loustau
@jitesh_dugar - nothing to do with this project but I have researched this. You are able to email people b2b if there is a common interest (look at PECR, http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2003/2426/regulation/22/made ). For example, if you have a whitepaper on renewable energy, you are able to email people that work in renewable energy to tell them about it. There are a few other rules as to what has to be included in the email. With this project, they need to show that you can easily request to be removed from their db and in their terms they should state that.
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
@jitesh_dugar Hey Jitesh! Following on what @rdlou is saying, this information isn't confidential. Investor contact data was made public by the investors (or their funds) for the intention of deal flow (which we're providing). All investors need to do to get removed from the database is contact us through our Intercom.
Dainis Kanopa
Just a garbage. It is shame it is on the top of the today's list. Most my comments are always positive but this is scraped email db wrapped in a nice template+call to actions buttons. + intercom widget to make some trust.
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
@dainiskanopa Since when is a database of essential info for fundraising garbage? ๐Ÿ˜‚
Daniel Greenberg
๐Ÿ”ฅ Just bought this for my new project ๐Ÿ˜
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
@15greenberg Thanks man! Hope you like it. ๐Ÿš€
Aaron Tsai
Products that help founders save countless hours of mundane research are always welcomed! Looks super useful and UI is great! ๐Ÿš€
Ermek Rysbek Uulu
Maker
@aatsai Trying hard! UI is the key
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
@aatsai Thanks man!
Raad Ahmed โš”
Cool idea and congrats on the launch! Can you download the data after subscribing?
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
@r44d Thanks Raad! Not yetโ€“โ€“we're working on a CSV export feature for v2.
Ermek Rysbek Uulu
Maker
@r44d Thanks for your upvote and the comment :)
Raad Ahmed โš”
@bsmoder got it - will keep an eye out for v.2 :) hope you guys crush it
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
@bsmoder @r44d Hey Raad! Just shipped an update that lets you build a list of your favorite investors and then export that list to CSV. We also added ~80k new data points. ๐Ÿš€ Use our early adopter code EARLY-2 to try it out ๐Ÿ™‚
Daniiar Moldokanov
Hey, guys! You are doing a great job, keep on doing it! Do you also have investors from Russia or CIS?
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
@daniiar_moldokanov Thanks Daniiar! Yes we doโ€“โ€“however not as many as we have from the USA
Ermek Rysbek Uulu
Maker
@daniiar_moldokanov Thanks man! Grinding!
Alan Lam
Saved me so much time
Ermek Rysbek Uulu
Maker
@alan_lam1 That was our goal. It took us 1 week when we had to manually find 400.
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
@alan_lam1 We're glad! ๐Ÿš€
Cem Kozinoglu
This is awesome! congrats @bit_aligned :)
Ermek Rysbek Uulu
Maker
@cemkozinoglu Thanks! We will let David know :D
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
@bit_aligned @cemkozinoglu Thanks Cem! ๐Ÿš€
David Hargat
Maker
@cemkozinoglu :)
Alex Sismanis
Seems like a really cool idea to help founders find not just any investor, but the right investors. Definitely will check it out!
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
@sismanis Thanks Alex! ๐Ÿ™
Ermek Rysbek Uulu
Maker
@sismanis Thanks Alex!
Maximillian Hellerstein
Having personally raised money from folks, this is by far a huge help when trying to seek specific industry investors. It's easy to get dumb money, its hard to get to the people who are the most relevant to your field. Congrats to Matt, Ermek, and team for building something fluid and awesome. To the moon! M
Ermek Rysbek Uulu
Maker
@maxhellerstein Cool Max! Thanks
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
@maxhellerstein Thanks Max! ๐Ÿš€
Chen Lin
Did you guys get all 40k+ investors' permission to post their info? Now all the startups are going to spam the investors, how can you make sure it doesn't happen?
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
@nathanologies Hey Chen! Investors made their emails publicly available, and anyone can access them. We just built a few systems that collect data automatically so we can have larger numbers that are more up-to-date. Startups whose strategy is to spam investors will spam them with or without us. Either way, spam isn't a winning strategy so they'll figure out not to abuse systems like this eventually. We're working hard on building tools that help founders find the most *relevant* investors to reach out toโ€“โ€“without wasting time doing grunt work data research. That should decrease both the need to spam and the amount of spam.
Ermek Rysbek Uulu
Maker
@nathanologies, investors want business, so they are technically interested in exploring new opportunities. Our job was to make sure startups don't spam them, and we believe pricing is the best way to eliminate unserious startups. Hope I answered your question.
Chen Lin
@bsmoder is there a better way to filter out spammers from the legit startups
Chen Lin
@juhaszhenderson there are so many similar product out there, what makes this platform better?
Zach Thorne
Love the concept! Going to try it out.
Ermek Rysbek Uulu
Maker
@zachthorne Thanks man!
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
@zachthorne Let us know what you think!
Matthew
I like the focus here, really refreshing. Why would I choose Investor Hunt over VC Wiz or Signal?
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
@matthewkulp Thanks Matthew! Alternatives like VC Wiz and Signal conceal direct contact info (and block you from contacting them if you don't have a mutual contact). They also have a limited number of investors, usually with a focus on tech investors in USA/SF. Investor Hunt has direct contact info and investors from all over the world that invest in all sorts of sectors at different stages.
Matthew
@juhaszhenderson awesome! thanks
Jordan Lejuwaan
As someone who's a builder, not a networker, this is tremendously useful
Michael Weiss
@jlejuwaan I couldn't agree more with Mr. Lejuwaan's assessment.
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
@jlejuwaan Glad you like it ๐Ÿ™
Michael Weiss
Epic!
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
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Ramy Al-Kadhi
Amazing, quick one - I'm raising Seed right now but think I'll have more luck in the U.K. Does this database cover the U.K. market as well?
Matt Henderson ๐Ÿš€
Maker
@ramy_alkadhi Yes it does!
Ramy Al-Kadhi
@juhaszhenderson Thank you! I'll be signing up now using the promotional code.
Ramy Al-Kadhi
@juhaszhenderson One comment is that there aren't actually that many emails, and even less when trying to filter by sector.
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