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Investing in startups has often meant writing checks for $50,000 or more to a company looking for funding. To get access to those deals you need a network that can refer those deals to you.

Most angels make several investments per year to spread the risk around. That means you need $200,000 or more per year to be an angel. That traditional scenario left a lot of interested angel investors sitting on the sidelines.

Today, it’s a lot easier to become an angel investor, due to crowdfunding, micro lending and investment sites like MicroVentures, which is opening doors to those looking to invest $1,000 to $30,000 or more.

The way to win at angel investing, of course, is to invest in the right startups. To get there, you need:

1) Good deal flow from which to spot potential winners.
2) The ability to invest in multiple deals so you spread your risk.
3) A knack for spotting companies, and more importantly people, who will succeed.

Getting good deal flow is often the stumbling block for the average person looking to get started in angel investing. And it’s one of the reasons Bill Clark founded MicroVentures. He wanted to begin investing, but didn’t have access to good deals.

Like many others thinking about making angel investments, Clark wanted to invest smaller sums in more companies, allowing him to spread out his risk and also increase his changes of picking a winner. And he wanted access to great companies outside of the Austin area, which is his hometown.

More than 2000 investors have joined MicroVentures since Clark launched the investment service in 2010. The service matches companies seeking money with investors looking to invest anywhere from $1,000 to $30,000 or more.

MicroVenture helps investors learn about companies they may never have heard of, and to invest smaller sums, which is virtually unheard of with traditional investing.

MicroVentures also helps with the initial due diligence process by filtering start-ups and then providing documents to help investors conduct their own due diligence to help them make a final decision.

When you sign up be sure to put “VentureBeat” in the referral code and we will send you a $100 gift card after you make your first investment.

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