Startup companies come and go. In this fast paced society, only the strong and well-funded survive. A start-up company is just what it says, a company that is just in its beginning phases. Realize that while investing in these companies can be lucrative for investors, it can also be quite risky. Many companies fail within the first year, whether traditional bricks and mortar companies or online ones. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell on paper which ones will succeed, which ones will fail and which will make you the next dot com millionaire.
Investing in these companies can be done alone, as the primary investor or as a silent partner. This, however, requires you to have your eyes and ears open and to be actively searching out people who have a great idea or invented a unique product and want to start a business. Unfortunately, it also requires you to know where to look, which can be labor intensive. As an investor, you may have a day job and not have time to do hours of research and legwork just to find your next deal.
Many investors choose instead to work with venture capital groups. A venture capital group or a venture capital company pools the money of several investors together to fund the next big idea. It also allows you to invest in more expensive companies by joining several other investors. More importantly, working with other venture capitalists gives you access to a fund manager, who does all the research, negotiations and analysis in order to protect your money and ensure that it is invested in a sound business. Do not just hand your money over to the fund manager. Study each suggestion well and do your own research.
In the excitement of the dot com boom several years ago, some investors got caught up in the frenzy and invested their money in startups destined to fail. Usually, members of venture capital groups have the same goal for the future, to get in on the ground floor of a company and reap the rewards.
Investing in these type of business also requires patience. Waiting until a company turns a profit can happen immediately but, more likely, will take many years. Pulling out your support too soon can rob you of unexpected profits; yet, pulling out too late can cause an investor to lose their initial investment. And, while it is possible to fund a startup on your own, investors should stick with the convenience and relative safety of a venture capital group for their investment strategy.