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

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!


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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.

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.

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 ».

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 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

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.

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!

Cap Table (Capitalization table) and what they mean when investing in startups


When angel investing in startups, it is important to know who the owners in the company are and what they own. This is where capitalization tables, or “cap tables” as they are commonly known, come in. You can find more information here on how to start angel investing.

"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.

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?

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.

Hambleton Lord and Christopher Mirabile Are Changing the Face of Angel Investing

Angel Capital Association

By: Sarah Dickey, ACA Membership Director Boston-Area Angels Hambleton Lord and Christopher Mirabile Receive Hans Severiens Award for Individual Impact in Advancing the Field of Angel Investing. With their shared dedication to professionalize angel investing, commitment to educate the angel community and decades long friendship, it is easy to understand why Hambleton Lord and Christopher Mirabile have been so successful at changing the face of angel investing.

Five Ways Angel Investing Gave Me Wings

Angel Capital Association

Ten Reasons You Can’t Miss ACA 2021 – The Summit of Angel Investing

Angel Capital Association

Relax in your own home while you soak up the latest insights about the dynamic, changing landscape for angels around the globe. You’ll meet and engage with dozens of experts and other angel investors , with small group chats and roundtable discussions about topics that matter.

Stock Dilution in Startup Investing?—?Good or Bad?


Stock Dilution in Startup Investing?—?Good So, you have taken the plunge and invested in a startup and received your stock. Let us say you invest in the seed round of a startup that has issued 10m shares at a valuation of $0.10 for the original investment.

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.

What is pro rata and why does it matter when investing in startups?


What are pro rata investment rights? Pro rata investment rights give an investor the right (but not the obligation) to invest in future funding rounds, so they can maintain their percentage ownership of the company. was originally published in Investing in Deep Technology?—?Dissected

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.

500’s Past & Present: Betting on International Startups


In 2010, 500 Startups started as a new kind of venture capital firm in Silicon Valley with a contrarian belief that talent can come from anywhere in the world. Back then, very few venture capital firms in the valley were focused on much outside of our collection of cities within the San Francisco Bay area. ”If If you look at our early team, our DNA has always been very global with experience growing up abroad or working internationally.

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

Both Sides of the Table

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). The first three skills I espoused were: access to the highest-quality deal-flow, domain knowledge of the topic area in which you’re investing and access to VCs to help fund the next stages of development. Markets like these are very kind to angel investors because you get taken out early and see a nice pop on your investment.

Will Investing Move Online as WFH takes over?


And, conversely, investing. So will there be no investments made in that time? Investing for example, where we have unique perspective. And, of course, the classic example is investments made by angel investors online on the Propel(x) platform.

New Board Members Elected at Annual Member Meeting During ACA 2020 – The Summit of Angel Investing

Angel Capital Association

By: Emily Angold, ACA Marketing Manager Three new board members were elected at the ACA Annual Members’ Meeting during ACA 2020 – The Summit of Angel Investing held virtually May 12-14, 2020. The Board of Directors focuses on supporting the success of angel investors through industry voice, professional development and public policy advocacy while maintaining the mission and values of the Angel Capital Association.

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

Scratch Paper

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.

Six Reasons Not to Invest in a Venture Capital Fund

This is going to be BIG.

So here's all the reasons I told him he shouldn't be in: 1) Fund investing is boring. More updates, more casual events, more exposure to portfolio companies, co-investing, etc., Being in a fund is not the same thing as angel investing. Of course, angel investing for most people isn't very fun past the first year. You could wind up getting distribution checks from a fund you invested in a dozen years ago.

6 career options for ex-founders seeking their next adventure


If you want outside capital, VCs will chase after you to invest. At my prior firm, ff Venture Capital, we invested in a company co-founded by Nate Jenkins , who had a successful exit, but not quite enough to buy a private plane. David Teten. Contributor. Share on Twitter.

Hustle Fund wants to help spawn a new generation of angel investors


And now, thanks to Hustle Fund, she is also an angel investor. Hustle Fund is coming out of stealth today with Angel Squad , a new initiative aimed at making angel investing more accessible to more people. Today, he’s helping run the fund’s Angel Squad initiative.

Luxus wants the crown jewel of your portfolio to be an actual diamond


“People have been trying to make gems an investable asset class since 17th-century Venice, which had done this with gold, and nobody could figure it out,” co-founder and CEO Dana Auslander told TechCrunch in an interview.

Staging Capital: Angel Follow-on Theory

The Seraf Compass

You will hear the term “Follow-on” as a frequent catchphrase for this type of investing. Simply put, the investor is asking if you will invest additional funds in the company. Participating in follow-on rounds is an important part of his approach to angel investing.

Success & Challenges of the angel community: SEC asks ACA CEO Pat Gouhin to advise on capital formation as part of the FinHub’s Peer-2-Peer Series.

Angel Capital Association

By: Pat Gouhin, Chief Executive Officer May 10, 2022 – Seeking to strengthen connection, advocacy and understanding as well as advise those in the SEC and FinHub community, CEO Pat Gouhin was thrilled to represent angel investors and the angel ecosystem at FinHub’s Peer-to-Peer meet-up on capital formation. “It It’s so important for angel investors to have the opportunity to talk about those critical issues where policy and progress intersect,” said Pat.

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


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. Conventional wisdom dictated that they made reckless investments in very early-stage ventures mostly doomed to fail. Are angel investors just unwitting philanthropists or legitimate entrepreneurial investors? The best estimate of overall angel investor returns from this data is 2.5

5 Ways to Raise Capital for Your New Business


Below, you will learn about the importance of raising capital, and how it plays a vital role in the success of your startup. You will also discover five of the best and most reliable ways to raise capital for your business. Raising capital for your new business.

The Venture Capital Diversity Gap and Why It Matters


Despite the growth in awarded venture capital (VC) funds, a staggering disparity remains between the amount of total VC funds invested in entrepreneurs and the portion of those funds invested in ventures founded and/or led by women—particularly women of color.

Paul Judge on helping lead SoftBank’s $100M Opportunity Fund, the future of VC & more | This Week in Startups Blog

Jason Calacanis

is Managing Partner of Panoramic Ventures , a VC fund that invests in “underserved geographies and overlooked founders” prioritizing the American Southeast and Midwest. The virtual-first investing paradigm shift. Paul has made 25 investments in 2020, all over Zoom.

Outside capital: do or die?


A gigantic percentage of startup literature concerns how to raise capital. Strategically, the advantage outside capital provides is obvious: you can go faster. On the flip side, there are certain businesses in which raising capital is indeed critical. Invested Interests angel investment angel investors board of advisors entrepreneurs entrepreneurship execution exit strategy fundraising startups tactics venture capital