Angel investor · Etiquette

How long should I wait before following up with an important prospect?

Anonymous

Last updated on November 14th, 2017

I had a great convo with a prospective strategic angel last week. He asked for additional materials and asked that I follow up today to schedule another meeting (all schedules go through his secretary; the guy's busy and it took two weeks to schedule the first convo).


I followed up today but haven't heard back from his or his secretary. How long should I wait before I follow up again? Half a week? Full week? Don't want this to get stale, but also don't want to come across as annoying.

Alex Periel Marketologist and proud of it :)

November 14th, 2017

First of all - somebody can be busy as well as you when you were preparing this information for this Angel Investor. So you should respect his/her time and start the follow up with the words: "Hey! Just 'bumping' my message from the other day (I know how easy it is for messages to get lost in the inbox). Were you able to look through our offer?..."


The first follow up should be after 3 days and the second one after 7 days.


If you don't get the answer, this is not very serious person(especially if they don't have some time to put you on a hold)


Never stop to search for someone more close to your idea.

Joe Merrill @Microsoft, prior startups @dialpad @bandwidth

November 14th, 2017

Everyone is busy (and everyone thinks they are important). Stay on it to move it forward or move it out. Do what you said you would do and hold them to the timeline they set. Follow up right away, don't wait... limbo is bad.

Haldun Kececigil Architect, Founder at Cubic VR

November 14th, 2017

They say "time kills deals" for a reason. You should stay proactive and not wait. If it won't happen, it won't happen. At least you find out sooner and focus your energy on something else

Sofia Loredana Focus

November 14th, 2017

But half is beter. You decide. Pe 14 nov. 2017 04:51, "Sofia Loredana" a scris:

Sofia Loredana Focus

November 14th, 2017

I think a week might be the most desirable. Pe 14 nov. 2017 04:41, "CoFoundersLab" a scris:

EJ Steele Business and Executive Coach at Task At Hand Consulting, LLC

November 14th, 2017

One week.

Dimitry Kushelevsky

November 14th, 2017

Since the Angel requested your follow-up, you’re ok pinging his secretary in 3-4 days without risking coming off like a pest. If you don’t hear from the gatekeeper for another couple of days afterward, you should ping her every 1-2 days until she responds. You definitely don’t want this to go cold due to his/her lack of response. I’m an experienced sales exec, and would be happy to help out if you want to connect. Good luck with your business!

Tyee Harris Cofounder & Marketing &redwidget (acquires

November 14th, 2017

Put your trust in God,get the believe that they will reach you anytim soon and you can try again next week....