April 30th, 2013
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(CNN) —  OurCrowd is an Israeli company trying to change the way start-ups are funded.

The company is structured as a hybrid venture capital and crowd-funding platform, allowing investors from around the world to invest directly in Israeli start-ups.  

This model gives investors the structure and professionalism of a venture capital deal, chief executive Jon Medved tells CNN, but couples it with the speed and choice of angel investing.  It’s essentially acting as a web-based match making service for start-ups and investors.

Medved explained to CNN that OurCrowd's first task is to seek out promising early stage Israeli companies. It then places them on the platform for it's members to look at and choose from. Investors on the platform can then invest via OurCrowd-managed partnerships. In order to invest, members must be accredited and be prepared to invest a minimum of $10,000 per deal.

Medved, backed by a team of deal makers, is trying to capitalize on what he calls the “Series A funding crunch.” He’s referring to the second round of investment, following seed funding, when businesses may need an extra boost to succeed.

“If you’re not going to get to Series A, you're not going to get to promised land,” Medved told CNN.

So far, OurCrowd has funded 17 companies, injecting $500,000 on average. It has raised more than $10 million in funding.

Click the links below to hear what Medved looks for in a start-up.

Why is series funding so important?

What 'OurCrowd' looks for in a start-up

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    May 8, 2013 at 7:53 am |
  2. Joshua Nesbit

    This type of startups are now very popular..... companies pretending to be 'middlemen' who will vet out good investments so that you can get rich without even trying .... just give them your money.

    But how do they know what is a good startup to invest in? Can they see the future? Are the tech-gurus who understand the technical details?

    In the end, such 'middlemen' companies will be either incompetent or corrupt .They will either be a scam, -diverting money to their cohorts who are pretending to be a startup, or they will be bull sh itting about startups and pretend to know.

    In either case, it will be a waste of your money. If you really want to invest in a startup, just dive in and do your own homework. If you want to gamble, state lotteries are probably better, at least you know that you are helping good causes with the money you lose :)

    May 18, 2013 at 2:55 am |
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    Joshua – what's up with the diatribe against this little Israeli startup? Angel investors around the world have long tried organizing themselves to better source and collectively vet deals, and the whole point of this company seems to be to list startups for angels to see... if you look on their website it certainly doesn't appear to be scammers trying to make a quick buck. Look at the companies they've funded...

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