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  • Venture capitalists and angel investors who are working on buffing their brand image and building relationships with entrepreneurs may be wasting their time, according to a newly released survey of 363 startup executives who recently raised funds or plan to do so within the next year. The survey, commissioned by the Palo Alto office of Dorsey & Whitney, an international law firm, challenges many preconceived notions of what entrepreneurs find attractive. Angel investors — wealthy individuals chiefly investing their own money — came out on top as the most popular source of funds. And the most important criteria were speed of investment and an understanding of the business’s financing needs — both ranked as important by more than 90 percent of survey respondents.

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