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.

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About Drew Meyers

Drew Meyers is the co-founder of Horizon, a private couchsurfing app enabling you to stay with someone you trust on your next trip. He worked for from September of 2005 to January of 2010 on the marketing team managing Zillow’s API program and various online partnerships. Founder and managing editor of Geek Estate Blog, a multi-author blog focused on real estate technology for real estate professionals, and, a blog devoted to exploring the world of microfinance. He is passionate about traveling..currently in Seattle.