11 angel investing lessons

Venture Hacks

Spearhead asked me to write a post on angel investing when they first launched. Charlie Munger says investing requires a latticework of mental models. Here are 11 lessons for your angel investing lattice: If you can’t decide, the answer is no. Investing takes years to learn, but improves for a lifetime. Invest only in technology. Incentives make for bad investing advice. If you can’t decide on an investment, the answer is no.

Launch413 Featured on Angel Invest Boston

Paul G. Silva

I’ve been a fan for years, and now Launch413 and I have the honor of being on the Angel Invest Boston podcast. Listen to hear how Launch413 helps startup CEO’s beat the odds and attain sustained success. LinkedIn post w/ mini-video | main interview page. Innovation Accelerator


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The Social Subsidy of Angel Investing

Alex Danco

Timing Is Everything: Angel Investing Success

The Seraf Compass

Angel Investing in Challenging Times

The Seraf Compass

It’s amazing how the world economic situation changed seemingly overnight with Covid-19. One moment we were enjoying a healthy economy with a robust outlook on the future. Suddenly, a pandemic crisis sweeps over the globe creating uncertainty in all aspects of our lives.

Angel Investing by the Numbers: Valuation, Capitalization and Startup Economics

The Seraf Compass

In the world of startup company investing, the best-known investors are those who invest in the tiny percentage of companies that make it big. Should a typical angel investor apply the “swing for the fences” approach to their personal investing

Key Risks of Angel Investing

The Seraf Compass

? Early stage investing is an inherently risky way to invest. As angel investors, you need to be aware of the key risks you are taking with your investment The list of high level risks is long and includes financing risk, technical risk, and market risk.

Why Everyone with Six Figures to Invest Should Consider Angel Investing


Angel investing in the past few years has moved from an arcane backwater of the financial world to a business arena that receives coverage in mainstream newspapers and hit television shows such as ABC’s Shark Tank. Investing

Why I Angel Invest

Angel Capital Association

By: Daren Cotter, Tech Entrepreneur & Investor, Member of Gopher Angels I’ve been asked this question many times over the past 8 years. I’m sharing my thought process because perhaps it will nudge some of you to angel invest too!

A Weird and Wacky Approach To Angel Investing


An Odd Start To My Angel Investing. So I thought of an idea: Why not invest in startups? Angel investing is like having a niece or nephew. So, all I had to do to become an angel investor was to start writing checks. No follow-on investments.

5 essential factors for attracting angel investment


Marjorie Radlo-Zandi is an entrepreneur, board member, mentor to startups and angel investor who shows early-stage businesses how to build and successfully scale their businesses. Marjorie Radlo-Zandi. Contributor. Share on Twitter.

2022 Angel Investment Sentiment Versus 2021

Angel Capital Association

2022 Angel Investment Sentiment Versus 2021. Given the magnitude of those changes the ACA also conducted a 2022 Angel Investing Sentiment Survey in September, 2022. Only 35% of the respondents expect the number of company investments to decline in 2022.

Seed, Sow, Water, Grow: 4 Expert Tips to Secure Angel Investment for Your New Business Venture

Bryan Janeczko

Angel Investing War Stories: Roller Coaster Rides and Lessons Learned

The Seraf Compass

One of the best parts about angel investing is all the great stories you gather over the years. Whether regaling your friends over a drink at the bar, or telling your grandkids about the time you invested in (insert name of very successful company here), angel investing will provide you with a wealth of experiences

The Face Of Angel Investing Is Changing. Here’s What You Need To Know

Jia Wertz

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, angels are telling founders to scrutinize their sales forecasts, hiring plans, costs and every other assumption about their business.

Jason Calacanis Answers the Top 5 Questions He Gets about Angel Investing

Dream It

In this guest Dreamit Dose, Jason Calacanis (@jason), a technology entrepreneur, angel investor, and the host of the popular podcasts This Week in Startups and Angel, answers the top 5 questions he gets about angel investing. First off, most angels want to pay it forward.

How to Apply the 3 P's to Selecting Angel Investments

The Seraf Compass

The first approach we recommend for selecting investable companies is to screen each company by examining the Team, Market Opportunity and Product. But for serious angels with more solid prospects than they can possibly invest in, a second filter is needed That’s a great way to sift through hundreds of companies to find the few diamonds in the rough.

Seismic Forces Driving The Growth of Angel Investing

The Seraf Compass

It feels like there is more written about angel investing lately than ever before. This form of early-stage investing seems to be having its 15 minutes of fame. As someone who worked with venture capital in the run-up to the first dot.com boom and is presently an active angel and co-head of one of the largest and busiest U.S. angel groups, I've watched and charted these market changes since the early 1990s

Seraf Founders Receive National Award for Changing the Landscape of Angel Investing

The Seraf Compass

In recognition of their incredible contribution to angel investing, Seraf Founders Ham Lord and Christopher Mirabile were awarded the 2021 Hans Severiens award by the Angel Capital Association, the largest professional angel investor development organization in the world

TechCrunch+ roundup: Non-dilutive biotech capital, long-term angel investing, WayRay’s $80M pitch deck


Long-term angel investing: Understanding capital requirements and how to find quality investments. It’s important for new investors to realize that angel investing is a capital-intensive process that may not always work out, according to Adam Nash, the CEO of Daffy.

Look Before You Leap - The Importance of Due Diligence In Angel Investing

The Seraf Compass

? There are as many different approaches to angel investing as there are investors. Some investors will tell you they invest based on their gut. They like to invest in people and that initial meeting guides their decision-making process After a 30 minute meeting with the entrepreneur, they are either in or out.

Rule #1 in Angel Investing - It’s All About the Team

The Seraf Compass

Great ideas are a dime a dozen. Living in the Boston/Cambridge area, we are surrounded by some of the most innovative researchers in the world working at institutions like MIT and Harvard. I’m pretty confident when I say, in Boston, hardly a day goes by when some graduate student or professor doesn’t invent a new product, discover a new molecule or create a cool app. Unfortunately, without a great team behind that new product, it’s doubtful that a great company will result

Angel Investing: Skill 3 – Relationships with VCs

Both Sides of the Table

This is the third article in a series on what it takes to be a great angel investor (and why this should matter to entrepreneurs). I’d rather be Roger Ehrenberg with a thesis around data-centric companies and base my investment decisions on the skills I’ve developed in my career. But while I prefer a certain naive optimism in founders I can’t see the logic that this extends to angel investors. We’re back in the “feel good angel&# phase.

Angel Investing Skill 2 – Domain Knowledge

Both Sides of the Table

This is the second article in a series on what it takes to be a great angel investor (and why this should matter to entrepreneurs). And we all know that Ron Conway is considered the savviest of angel investors and yet by definition not all of his investments succeed. I like to invest where I have a personally strong connection with the entrepreneur and/or a strong intuition on the market from prior experience. Who ultimately invested in FourSquare?

5 Good Reasons Not to Seek Angel Investment


Assume you have the right factors to get angel investment: experienced team, good product-market fit, growth potential, defensibility, and a reasonable shot at a successful exit. This might seem awkward on this site, suggesting that you don’t want angel investment. But angel investment isn’t for everybody. So then, why not angel investment? Having investment makes you visible, in a spotlight. Investment increases risk.

"Money is Local, Impact is Global" for Angel Investing


By Michael "Luni" Libes In the traditional world of early stage, Angel and VC investing, money is local. Studies show that over 80% of funding at Angel groups and Series A VCs goes to businesses in the same city/region as the funders. Over in the impact investing space, this rule is not true. Instead, we see groups like the Element8 Angels in Seattle funding deals across the country, and syndicating deals with other Angel groups in other cities.

Paper Chase - Tips and Hacks For Dealing with Angel Investing Paperwork and Communications

The Seraf Compass

Before Christopher joined the world of angel investing, he spent much of his early career as a corporate lawyer working in-house for a NASDAQ listed enterprise software company. As a prolific angel, he adapts those organizational skills to tame the massive amount of paperwork associated with the large portfolios he manages.

Investors, Entrepreneurs Prepare For ACA 2021 - Summit of Angel Investing

Angel Capital Association

By: Sarah Dickey, ACA Membership Director Investors and entrepreneurs from the Pacific Northwest and around the world will reunite in Portland and online May 4-6 for ACA 2021 - The Summit of Angel Investing!

The 1 Thing I Wish I Knew Before Angel Investing

Entrepreneur's Handbook

investing entrepreneurship angel-investors venture-capital startupI Wasn’t Prepared for the Killer J-Curve Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ».

What Angel Investing & Florida Condos Have in Common

Both Sides of the Table

The dinner parties now are filled with self-righteous angel investors bragging about how many deals they are in on. They have marked-up paper gains propped up by an over excited venture capital market that has validated their investments. Logic tells me the following: It is hard to make money angel investing. The best angels will do very well just at the best real estate investors did well in good times and bad. It was an investment management class.

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Information Regarding Angel Investing (Episode 284)


On today’s Business Beat, Jeff speaks with Marsha Dawood, chair of the Angel Capital Association Board of Directors, regarding the advantages of angel funding to finance and launch a business. Jeff Sloan: What advantages does angel funding provide, Marsha?

3 Reasons Angels Invest in Deep Tech


It aims to increase the amount of meaningful innovations brought to the investing marketplace. In a culture where new apps are born hourly and crowdsourcing has made entry into the investing space easier, deep technology startups can offer serious investors a means of distinguishing themselves from the herd. Aside from elevating the content of their investment portfolios, there are other reasons why an increasing number of investors are flocking to the deep technology sector.

Angel Investing – The Most Underrated Skill: Access to Buyers

Both Sides of the Table

article in a series on what it takes to be a great angel investor (and why this should matter to entrepreneurs). I’m obviously only naming a small fraction of their investments since I don’t feel inclined to research them all and many other great venture firms have this kind of access. It’s hard for me to imagine that angel investing outcomes judged 10 years from now will have a drastically different profile. And as with VCs the same goes with angels.

Angel Investing: Skill 3 – Relationships with VCs

Both Sides of the Table

This is the third article in a series on what it takes to be a great angel investor (and why this should matter to entrepreneurs). I’d rather be Roger Ehrenberg with a thesis around data-centric companies and base my investment decisions on my background. I should say that I agree that naive optimism in entrepreneurs can produce higher beta (upside or flops) and that’s good from an investment standpoint if you’re looking for big returns.

Which angel investing journals are the most useful, either online or in print?


There are actually no angel investing ‘journals’ per se, because there simply are not enough active, professional angel investors to make a market. There are, however, quite a few blog posts on the subject, although most are written for an entrepreneurial audience, rather than angels themselves. One good place to start would be with Bill Payne’s book The Definitive Guide to Raising Money from Angels. Good luck with your investing!

Five Ways Angel Investing Gave Me Wings

Angel Capital Association

Angel Investing (1): Dealflow – Are You Sitting at The Right Poker Table?

Both Sides of the Table

I believe the rise in angel investing is here to stay and the professionalization of this class (aka “super angels&# or “micro VC&# ) is a good thing for the VC industry and for entrepreneurs. But I fear that for most angel investors who invest over the long haul angel investing will not be a profitable endeavor. It got me thinking about how in poker and in investing there are usually a few pro’s at the table and many suckers.