There are several avenues to building an early stage portfolio. One is to invest with a fund manager, who will select the investments for you. These managers provide the service of selecting and vetting the companies in your portfolio, and in exchange they typically take a 2% annual management fee, as well as 20% of any gains realized on your portfolio. Another alternative is to invest yourself through a community of vetted investors such as 1000 Angels where you get access to direct investments. 1000 Angels investors are able to choose their own investments, curated from a selection of high-growth, high-return-potential startups. Members are able to invest in the companies directly, so they do not pay any management fees or carried interest on the investments. Members also have the freedom to choose how much they would like to invest in each company and when they would like to invest. Fund investors are required to invest whenever the manager makes a decision and a capital call, providing much less freedom to adapt your investments to your current views on the market and financial situation.