|VCgate is aÂ comprehensive list of over 5,100 venture capital firms, angel investors, private equity firms, private investors, and investment companies, containing theÂ following investor data:
Firm name, office address, phone, fax, contactÂ e-mail, postal address (country, state, city, ZIP code, P.O.Box), website.
Stage preferences, fund size, funding needed and industry preferences.
TheÂ Investors in theÂ database are mostly located in theÂ following geographical areas:
TheÂ United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, Australia, and aÂ variety of East-Asian locations such as Hong-Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and Japan.
Our software displays over 5,100 firms in categories, based on stage preference, industry preference, and location. TheÂ user easily locates theÂ investors most suited to his particular needs, and can contactÂ theseÂ firmsÂ viaÂ e-mail from within #‘s program. TheÂ software interface is simple and clear.
All information is available offline – no internet connection is needed to view theÂ database.
The Help Contents
The main part of theÂ #‘s application screen is covered by a tabbed window containing three selectable panels.
Here you can find useful information about the program and adjust configurable settings.
Here you can specify detailed search criteria and execute the query. Results of successful query will appear in the third panel.
There you can explore and customize information about venture capital firms, organized in easy to survey lists.
During the work withÂ # you can use graphic buttons at theÂ top of theÂ screen to quickly recall the startupÂ screen, display help information for the current operation, register the product online, or activate the popup menu.
TheÂ InfoÂ panel
…is theÂ first panel displayed after startup.
It can be recalled by clicking on theÂ Info tab, or from theÂ popupÂ menu.
TheÂ FindÂ panel
…can be viewed by clicking on theÂ Find tab, or from theÂ popup menu.
Click on theÂ criteria you want to use for your search. To deactivate aÂ particular search category, click on theÂ checkbox to remove theÂ checkmark.
To search for aÂ particular keyword, use theÂ first category entitled KEYWORD.
Use theÂ Search and Results to options on theÂ top-right of theÂ window to determine which list you will search –
Search criteria can be saved for later use. For saving and loading, use theÂ buttons at theÂ top of theÂ panel in theÂ searchÂ criteria box.
To save theÂ search criteria, click onÂ SAVE, then type theÂ desired name in theÂ popupÂ box (or select anÂ existing name), and hitÂ Save.
To load or delete previously saved search criteria, click onÂ LOAD, then select theÂ name ofÂ theÂ saved search criteria from theÂ list, and hitÂ Load or Delete.
To reset all search criteria to theÂ default state, click onÂ RESET.
TheÂ save, load, delete, andÂ reset functions can be also found inÂ theÂ popupÂ menu.
TheÂ ListsÂ panel
…can be viewed by clicking on theÂ Lists tab, or from theÂ popup menu.
You can organize your results into two lists: theÂ mainÂ list and customÂ list.
TheÂ mainÂ list is always visible. By default, it contains all firms in theÂ database (or search results after aÂ successful search).
If more than one list is needed, you can activate theÂ customÂ list displayed above theÂ mainÂ list.
By default, the customÂ list is hidden until it contains any data. To unhide it, click on theÂ appearance button on theÂ bottom of theÂ screen and select Show custom list, or right click on theÂ mainÂ list and select Show custom list.
To quickly open aÂ firms website or send aÂ message, double-click on its URL or e-mail address in theÂ list. If you prefer to open the website in external browser, click on the corresponding link at theÂ top of theÂ screen, whereÂ details forÂ aÂ currently selected line are displayed.
Below each list, there is aÂ line containing buttons for managing theÂ list.
On theÂ left, there are six buttons for navigation. Between them, there is aÂ field with information about your currently selected position and total number of firms in theÂ list.
TheÂ list content button activates aÂ popup menu for manipulating theÂ entire list content.
TheÂ selection button activates aÂ similar popup menu for manipulating only theÂ highlighted firms. You can highlight more than one firm by holding down theÂ CTRL key while left-clicking or holding down theÂ SHIFT key while left-clicking.
TheÂ appearance button activates aÂ popup menu for setting theÂ list display style and sortÂ order.
These functions are also available from theÂ popup menu activated by right-clicking on theÂ list.
TheÂ top part of theÂ panel contains detailed information about theÂ selected item.
You can choose one of three possible display styles by clicking one of theÂ three Style buttons at theÂ top of theÂ screen.
Each of theÂ lists can be displayed in brief or fullÂ mode. To switch theÂ mode, click on theÂ appearance button on theÂ bottom of theÂ screen and select FullÂ lines or NamesÂ only from theÂ popup menu.
TheÂ content of each list can be sorted by specified criteria.
In fullÂ viewÂ mode, you can adjust a width of any column by dragging theÂ right side of its heading.
You can also change column’s horizontal position by dragging its heading in theÂ middle and dropping it at theÂ desired place.
To save theÂ content of theÂ list, click on SAVE, then type theÂ desired name into theÂ popup box (or select an existing name to replace it), and hit Save.
To load or delete theÂ previously saved content of theÂ list, click on LOAD, then select theÂ name of theÂ saved list from theÂ popup window, and hit Load or Delete.
TheÂ SENDÂ E-MAIL button allows you to send your business plan to all your preferred firms at once.
Send e-mails to firms listed in either theÂ main or custom lists. At theÂ bottom of theÂ list you wish to contact, there is aÂ red button entitled: SEND E-MAIL.
A box will pop up – you will be told theÂ number of firms with valid e-mail addresses. Some firms may only have web-based contacts, so that you can send messages to them only by filling out theÂ form on their website. TheÂ number of such firms will also be also reported.
If you select aÂ large number of firms, # will create multiple e-mails with aÂ specified maximum number of recipients per e-mail.
For your convenience, messages can be addressed using theÂ BCC field (sent as blind carbon copy) to hide multiple recipients from each other.
If you selected more than one firm as an e-mail recipient and you prefer that recipients do not see their names among aÂ list of multiple recipients, check theÂ use BCC field box. TheÂ mailing list will be added to theÂ BCC line of your e-mail composition.
Select customize message content to specify theÂ default message text and subject. New editable fields will appear where you can specify default message subject and text.
After setting theÂ options, you can start message creation by pressing theÂ Start button.
If theÂ save messages to disk option is selected, messages will be stored to theÂ folder you specify. From there, they can be opened later with your e-mailÂ client, edited, or moved to theÂ e-mail server.
Otherwise, each created message will appear in your default e-mail client program.
If your e-mail client program has trouble handling standard .eml files, try to select theÂ use compatibility mode option.
You can export theÂ content of theÂ main or custom lists. Click theÂ EXPORT button at theÂ bottom right of theÂ desired list, and select theÂ desired export format. Choose between pureÂ text, webÂ pageÂ (html), and CSVÂ -Â delimitedÂ text (suitable for importing to programs like Microsoft Excel or Access).
If # is not registered, theÂ amount of data is restricted. To get # full access, you need to purchase aÂ registrationÂ code. It can be ordered directly from theÂ software, or from ourÂ website. For more information, press theÂ Register button on theÂ top of theÂ screen.
If you click Direct Activation, you will see a page with a secure order form. Fill out the required information, then click continue. Enter your credit card information, then click the “Make Payment” button. Once the transaction is completed, # will perform an Online Update. You will then have full access to the 4,600+ firm listings. You will be able to access the firm list while online or offline.
If you choose Order thru WWW, you will be brought to the # Online Secure Order page. Fill out the required information, then click continue. Enter your credit card information, then click the “Make Payment” button. Once the transaction is completed, you will receive an auto-reply e-mail with your registrationÂ code and registration instructions.
After receiving theÂ registrationÂ code, click on theÂ Register button, enter your registrationÂ code in the box provided and click to continue. The software will attempt to retrieve your license through the # web server. You will need to be connected to the internet in order for this registration option to work. After registration is complete, you will be able to view the 5,100+ firm list while online or offline.
In the registered version of #, you can use the OnlineÂ Update feature to download most recent additions to the database directly from the server.
To check for available updates, ensure that your computer is connected to the internet, click on theÂ Update button, and press ONLINEÂ UPDATE.
In case of any errors, it is likely that your Microsoft Windows installation contains out-of-date system libraries.
To upgrade to their current versions, please download and run the upgrade application from Microsoft.