To be honest, my BS detector goes off immediately whenever anyone introduces him or herself as a venture capital "finder" or "broker." These words are normally "tells" that you are dealing with a con who is going to ask you for an upfront fee. While there are rare instances of a middleman assisting in a financing, I have never come across anyone who could deliver the goods more than once. What I have seen over the years are people, who through luck more than anything else, happened to be in the right place at the right time when a financing went through. They then attempted to establish themselves as finders by greatly exaggerating the role that they had played.
So my questions are:
1. Do you know of any venture or angel capital finder / middleman / broker who has put together two or more financings?
2. Do they charge upfront fees?
Every week I receive emails from desperate entrepreneurs wanting to know if they should hand over advance fees to these people. There's even a west coast angel group that charges $2000 just for the privilege of doing a dog & pony show to its alleged members.
While capital from personal loans might be available it's not always the best beginning to a business model.