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.

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.

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.

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. angel groups, I've watched and charted these market changes since the early 1990s

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

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

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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.

3 Reasons Angels Invest in Deep Tech

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It aims to increase the amount of meaningful innovations brought to the investing marketplace. Professionals agree that portfolio diversification is one of the most important aspects to successful investing , and many deep technology companies offer a means to branch out into other industries.

Angel Investing Skill 2 – Domain Knowledge

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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.

5 Good Reasons Not to Seek Angel Investment

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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.

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. It was an investment management class.

Angel Investing: Skill 3 – Relationships with VCs

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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.

Angel Investing – The Most Underrated Skill: Access to Buyers

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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!

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

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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. Executive Summary.

Reflection on Local Angel Investment From Inside Out

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This is a good time to reflect on my experience with locally based angel investment. I just finished with the fourth of our annual angel investment event for my local group based in Eugene and Corvallis, Oregon. I’ve been an investing member since the group — the Willamette Angel Conference , nicknamed (ugh) the WAC — started. . We try to make our investments as convertible debt.

Angel Investing 4 – Why You Need Deep Pockets to Win Big

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This is the fourth article in a series on what it takes to be a great angel investor (and why this should matter to entrepreneurs). Markets like these are very kind to angel investors because you get taken out early and see a nice pop on your investment.

7 Reasons Why Angel Investing Became Serious Finance (Inc. Column)

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Magazine devoted to the topic of de-mystifying angels and the early-stage investing process. My first piece was on the seismic forces which have slowly but profoundly re-shaped the early stage investing landscape. 7 Reasons Why Angel Investing Became Serious Finance. Discover the forces converging to make angel investment a serious source of capital for savvy, high-growth focused entrepreneurs. I’ve been contributing a column at Inc.

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

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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!

Angel Investors Do Make Money, Data Shows 2.5x Returns Overall

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I began studying angel investing returns about 10 years ago as a result of a problem I couldn’t resolve: The investing world seemed certain that angel investors were rubes. Are angel investors just unwitting philanthropists or legitimate entrepreneurial investors?

Investors are Aiming for the Big Win, Not the Mean or Average

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I tell those stories because angel investment is a hit business too. Statistics notwithstanding (my apologies to Rob Wiltbank, the world expert on angel investment statistics), it’s a business in which the rare big hit pays for all the failures.

Nuggets from our recent Angel Investment panel in Boston

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Jeff Fagnan , angel and venture capitalist, first money behind VentureHacks. the blurring of angel and venture. how the fundamental shift in velocity means traditional angel club methods are probably dead or in need of drastic evolution. Angel Investing Panel - Highlights - 201105 by fdestin. . Angel Investing - BoCoupAtlas Panel - 201105 by fdestin

3 Reasons Top Startup Investors Want More IP in Their Portfolios

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Investor Brian Cohen, a part of the New York Angels and author of What Every Angel Investors Wants You to Know outlines eight questions when looking at potential companies to invest in. Managing IP diligently may take effort and investment, but it can be well worth it.

Preparing for the Inevitable: Angel Investors, Death & Taxes

The Seraf Compass

Things don’t always go exactly as planned in life or in angel investing. And just as in life, with angel investing, it pays to be prepared. So here are some thoughts on planning for the inevitable, and how to prevent catastrophes by fitting your angel investments into your estate plan from the beginning

The Funding Gap

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Angel Investors. $20 Super Angels. It is clear from this table that Friends and Family, Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists provide 95% of the capital for new ventures. Angel investments range from $100,000 to $1.5

Do most angel investors make money?

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The reality is that results in angel investing tend to bifurcate: “Professional” angel investors, who are investing calmly, steadily, relatively-rationally, over a long period of time and with a strong knowledge of both investment math and early stage realities, tend to not only make money, but do quite well: the average return for a comprehensive, well-managed angel portfolio is between 25% and 30% IRR.

Convertible Debt, Priced Equity Rounds and Deal Timing

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Invested Interests angel investment convertible debt convertible note deal terms due diligence financials fundraising priced equity priced rounds tactics valuation valuations VCs venture capitalAn impromptu Twitter debate arose among Fred Wilson, Dave McClure, Mark Suster, Chris Dixon and others about convertible debt, priced equity rounds, and the nuances of early stage financing. It was such a good discussion that Fred asked that someone Storify it.

Keep Term Sheets Simple for Quicker Cash to Spend

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Entrepreneurs sometimes assume an initial agreement with an angel is a commitment, so they start spending before any money is received. The price is the percent of ownership given to the investor, calculated as “investment/post-money valuation.”

Scaling a Business by Cloning Yourself is Tough

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Another reality is that angel investors and venture capital groups almost never invest in a services-only company. Industry Experts angel investment execution startups tactics

Trends in Seed Stage Funding for Entrepreneurs

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I’ve recently taken a look at seed stage funding by venture capitalists (VCs) and angel investors over the past five years. Here are the trends in venture capital financings from 2006 through 2010 – the number of seed stage deals funded and total investment by region in millions of dollars. . VCs in NYC invested, on average, only $2.4 And, according to MoneyTree© for the first three quarters of 2011, the average invested in NYC Metro seed stage VC deals was even less.

Convertible Debt: Worst Form Of Seed Financing — Except For All The Others

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Every investment so far in this YC batch (and there have been a lot) has been done on a convertible note.” Unless the startup has been hoarding cash or investing it in hard assets in some unusual way, calling the notes won’t yield any proceeds to the investor.

Startup Due Diligence Is Not a Mysterious Black Art

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After you have successfully attracted angels or venture capital with your business case, your million dollar product idea, and you have a signed term sheet, there is still one more hurdle to overcome before investors write the check.

Great Startups Can Hook an Investor in 60 Seconds

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Power Pitches angel investment angel investors entrepreneurs entrepreneurship fundraising pitching startupsAn “ elevator pitch ” is a concise, well-practiced description of your startup and your plan, delivered with conviction and enthusiasm, that your mother should be able to understand in the time it would take to ride up an elevator. Everybody knows about these, but few people seem to deliver a good one.

Build Your Pitch on Fundamental Stories

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Your third-most important story, if you’re pitching to angel investors, is how you’re going to make them some money if they write you a check. Power Pitches angel investment angel investors entrepreneurs entrepreneurship fundraising pitching startups venture capital

Investors Fund Solutions Rather Than Technology

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Angel investors can’t help you, and most venture capitalists won’t be interested in contributing the first several million. Power Pitches angel investment angel investors entrepreneurs entrepreneurship execution fundraising market pitching product development shareholders startups venture capital

Valuation Methods 101

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This is the first of a six part series on different methods used by angel investors to arrive at pre-money startup valuations. Detailed descriptions will be published over the next few weeks: The Scorecard Method: This method compares the target company to typical angel-funded startup ventures and adjusts the average valuation of recently funded companies in the region to establish a pre-money valuation of the target. He has invested in more than 70 startup ventures.

IPOs, M&As, Liquidity, & You. (the entrepreneur)

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In the “good old days,” angels invested in seed-stage startups and teed up promising companies for subsequent venture capital financing. If the company was successful, this quickly led to an IPO – a very happy ending for the entrepreneur, the angels, and the venture capitalists. With more money to invest per principal, venture capital has chosen to invest more money per round of investment.

Good Sources for on Pros & Cons of Convertible Notes

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Entrepreneurs: if you’re looking seriously at angel investment, and you have the kind of product-market fit and management experience investors will like, you need to take a good look at convertible notes. I don’t think most groups are locked in under all circumstances – for example, the one I’m a member of decided to jump straight to equity for one deal a couple of years ago, even though we generally assume our investment will be as convertible notes.

Valuations 101: The Venture Capital Method

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We recently started a series of posts on establishing the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue startup companies for purposes of investment by seed and startup investors. The concept is simply…since: Return on Investment (ROI) = Terminal (or Harvest) Value ÷ Post-money Valuation. (in in the case of one investment round, no subsequent investment and therefore no dilution). Anticipated ROI: Angel investing is risky business.

Limiting the Number of Shareholders in Private Companies

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Most recently, the number of shareholders issue has arisen as Congress considers legalizing crowdfunding which may allow hundreds or even thousands of smaller investors to make equity investments in startups. If large amounts of capital are required for startup companies to dominate a market, then the preferences of larger investors, such as angels and venture capitalists should be paramount in importance to entrepreneurs. The angel group has one member of the board of directors.

The right investors for the right stage

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Angel investors typically provide early-stage funding, while venture capital firms typically come in at later stages. Investments at this stage are typically called seed investments. Funding of $250,000-$1 million is available from angels, if you have credentials and have done the homework of a good business plan, financial model, and executive presentation. Lesser amounts remain in the angel realm. Angels may be less demanding, but typically add less value.

Entrepreneurs: Due Diligence on Investors is Smart

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A while back, I published an article on “ Startup Due Diligence Is Not a Mysterious Black Art ,” describing what investors do to validate your startup before they invest. The investment community in any geographic area is not that large, and most investors have relationships or knowledge of most of the others. Ask the investor for “references,” meaning contacts at companies where previous investments were made. Due diligence should always be a two-way street.

Startup Dream Teams & Fundability

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Power Pitches angel investment angel investors credentials entrepreneurs entrepreneurship fundraising pitching startups team valuation venture capitalEvery investor is looking for the “dream team” of executives to put his money on. Often I find that experienced investors flip to the management page of a business plan, even before they read the product description. That’s how important the people are.