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Fundraising Hacks: Interview with Naval Ravikant of AngelList

This is the first of a multi-part blog post I'll be writing over the next week that will chronicle my experience raising a $1MM round for AppMakr.

I'll be sharing my learning and experiences as a first-time fundraiser out here in the Valley. My goal is to provide pragmatic tips to help other entrepreneurs understand the process and short-cut the time fundraising typically takes. Think of it as download that condenses 4 months of learning into a series of blogs you can read in an hour.

Be sure to subscribe to the blog if you'd like to get those future posts. Also, we're throwing a party to thank the investors who made this round possible, and celebrating the fact that over 1,000,000 people have now used apps made through AppMakr. RSVP here to join us on 10/28 at 6:30pm. You'll meet Mitch Kapor, George Zachary, Pietro Dova, Ben Narasin and other AppMakr investors.

For this first post, I scored an interview with Naval Ravikant, one of the co-founders of VentureHacks, which runs AngelList. AppMakr went through AngelList, and intros from AngelList were responsible for 54.5% ($545k) of the $1MM we raised. Needless to say, these guys rock. I'd also like to give a huge shout-out to my brother Sam Odio and amazing entrepreneur James Hong, both of whom intro'd me to Nivi & Naval of AngelList at the beginning of our fundraising process.

Here's the video with Naval:

Weekend Adventure Time - Ice Castle Conquerers!

On Man of the Couch

Friday my wife and I embarked on a weekend adventure to Denver and then Silverthorne. We stayed the night a few

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blocks away from Denver's 16th Street Mall where we had dinner and breakfast. After enjoying a night walking, talking, shopping, and watching the TBSified edition of Wedding Crashers, we headed out to Silverthertorne, Colorado.

Silverthorne is a small town of just over 4,000 people (of those approximately 2,372 are ski bums) a little east of Vail, CO. it is home to a number of outlet stores, a Wendy's that serves breakfast (consider my mind blown!), and the 2012 Silverthorne Ice Castle.

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