When it comes to choosing angel investors, it can be tempting to take what you can get without much hesitation or thought. After all, it's money you didn't have before, so the decision to accept is a slam dunk, right? It shouldn't be--and if it is, you may be doing yourself and your startup a disservice. Capital is extremely important and can be the determining factor in the success of your startup, but that doesn't mean you should bow to the almighty dollar of the early-stage investor--they may have the gold, but they don't have to make the rules. While it is true that you are, in a sense, selling angel investors on your company and your vision for it, that doesn't mean your efforts should be concentrated entirely on convincing them to open their wallets and then gratefully accepting what they toss your way. The most successful investor-founder relationships are based not on sales pitches and pie-in-the-sky promises, but rather on earnest discussions and the free exchange of ideas, goals, and plans. Looking beyond the dollars and cents of the deal, it is important to consider what the potential investor brings to the table and how your relationship can be a mutually beneficial one. Be on the lookout for investors who know the market, have valuable connections and realistic expectations. This isn't just a single transaction, it's the beginning of a relationship--and an investor who can make the occasional relevant introduction or provide valuable insight into the market is worth her weight in gold. At this seed stage, expect investors to take a hands-on role, and that is all the more reason to ensure that you are making the right relationships with the people that can help your startup realize its potential. Of course, that isn't to say that the numbers aren't important or should take a backseat to other factors. If you raise a lot of money, that's great--but it can lead to difficulties with investors in the future. It is important to be aware of the fact that more money comes with greater expectations and a loftier definition of what "success" for your startup will look like. It is easy and far too commonplace for founders to overlook the risk of dilution of shares over time and not pay enough attention to ownership percentage and valuation. The money from investors is great once it comes, but it needs to come only after frank discussions and diligent review of your stake in the startup and its path to success. As a founder, you need to decide on a model of growth and find investors with goals and expectations that align with your own. Depending on when and how quickly you desire to scale, you may end up needing more cash to support your vision. For most startups, lack of capital can be fatal to aspirations of manageable growth. Funding is important, but it doesn't exist in a vacuum and all investor dollars are not created equal. Entrepreneurs must make informed decisions on how much funding should be accepted at what time from what investor. When a young startup is just establishing its own identity, people can be just as crucial to success as money.