Being smaller shareholders, we obviously have no decision-making of a company (which makes sense) however I have come to realise some companies ive emailed dont even talk to small time investors/shareholders if they have any questions. Is that expected? or is that a Red Flag to ditch them?
Depends, I’d say. If it’s a very small company they would probably not have the staff to sufficiently answer all questions coming in from small shareholders. Of big ones, I’d expect at least a response, even if it just links to the FAQs.
Sorry, but in the vast majority of cases, once they have your free money, they don’t care. There are exceptions but often the only follow up communication you’ll have is when they are funding again and the begging bowl returns.
Do you mean crowdfunding or public companies? @lizmcp is spot on for equity crowdfunding but if you’re trying to get huge public companies to respond to you as a shareholder it’s probably a whole lot worse
Oh yeah, I was talking crowdfunding. I wouldn’t even try to get in touch with a public company.
I’ve invested in many crowdfunding rounds and only had to contact some of the companies. I’ve even shared ideas and feedback to some. If you can get the right individual or see if they have an investor specific email address will help. Never really tried calling as mentioned here the likely hood you’ll get a better answer than through email. If the company is actively raising they will likely answer most questions that come their way.
Investors are a key stakeholder and sometimes investors are customers too.
It depends on the CEO of the company. I have had call backs from the CEOs of 2 of the companies I invested in via Crowdcube. I am one of the minority investors so it defers from company to company.
Assuming you are talking about public companies, I wouldn’t expect any company to reply to be honest. Everything you need should be on the investor site on their website.