Angels and VCs: How Much Money Would I Have Made If I…

Invested in Facebook’s series A.

Invested in Uber’s seed round.

Invested in AirBnB.

You get the point.

A simple calculator, driven by data from Crunchbase / AngelList, that allows an investor to put a dollar amount and a round in, and see how much they would have made if they put X money in at a specific time in the past.

What would be needed:

  1. Valuation data & capital raised per company, per round

Of course, such a tool would simply make investors mad they missed that home run opportunity and missed out on millions of dollars. But, I would bet money they’d use it and there is no doubt investors are a valuable audience to capture. I’m guessing one or more of the VC firms have such a tool internally.

The same basic calculator could allow you to input or select your own comps, and then come up with a worst, best, and expected investor outcome for a specific amount of dollars, for a startup raising money right now.

I doubt this idea is a viable long term business, but seems like a really useful tool that would be great for a tech blog such as TechCrunch to build (or buy).

PS: I’m trying to create such a spreadsheet right now to show to some angel investors for Horizon (with future comps of potential outcomes) – so if this exists already, please do let me know.

Travatar. Gravatar, for Travelers.

Most of you likely know what Gravatar is (& have an account). It alleviates the need to upload profile photos to every website you use. But what about for locations? Long term travelers are constantly changing locations, and get sick of keeping all their various profiles up to date.



Your Travatar is your location that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog.

There is no doubt this would be a useful service for travelers who are constantly arriving in new locations. There is no doubt developers would value and utilize such a service (assuming it had users). The big question is how you would monetize such a service?

The complete write up on the idea can be found on