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.

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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.

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

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?

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.

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). Imagine the positions of Sequoia (Google, Zynga, YouTube), Kleiner Perkins (Google), Accel (Facebook), Union Square Ventures (Zynga, Twitter) and so on. 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.

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.

500’s Past & Present: Betting on International Startups

500

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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. Linda Smith , Sierra Angels, former ACA Board Chair.

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

Gust

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!

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.

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. 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? This is absolutely competitive with venture capital returns.

Accessibility as an Advantage in Venture Capital: Why Creating Value for Everyone in the Community Wins

This is going to be BIG.

Today's top founders will undoubtedly start something new in the future, but they won't make up the majority of innovators going forward--just as prior generations of venture backed founders don't make up a majority of those who are succeeding today. Opening up our circle to create and scale genuine engagement for people outside of typical venture networks is how we do business—and we’re getting exceptional deal flow because of that.

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 Venture Capital Method (VC Method) was first described by Professor Bill Sahlman at Harvard Business School in 1987 in a case study and has been revised since. It is one of the useful methods for establishing the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue startup ventures.

Will Investing Move Online as WFH takes over?

propel(x)

And, conversely, investing. So will there be no investments made in that time? Investing for example, where we have unique perspective. Newton Fund, managed by Propel(x) Advisors (a Propel(x) subsidiary), has made most of its investments on the merits of the opportunity, based on phone calls or video conferences with founders. And, of course, the classic example is investments made by angel investors online on the Propel(x) platform.

Three Exercises Every First Time Venture Fund Needs to Work Through

This is going to be BIG.

The Fantasy Cash Flow Model When I was an analyst at the General Motors pension fund, investing in VC funds, I had to build a model of how I thought they would perform. It started out with initial investment size, pricing, and outcome behavior for each deal and then it made a prediction around the distribution of outcomes. How will you provide it across 30 investments? You take your investment model and run it against the past to see if it would have worked.

Venture Capital Q&A Session

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We received so much positive feedback from our This Week in Venture Capital show walking through valuation calculations & term sheets that we decided to do a Q&A show this week to address topics that entrepreneurs want to learn about. tevye2009 , Q: “can you briefly explain why it’s best to get a small valuation when getting investment.&# In fact, far better if you haven’t raised venture capital. Most likely your venture will fail (most do!)

Nuggets from our recent Angel Investment panel in Boston

Fred Destin

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

The Fantastical, Stupendous, Wonkariffic Tale of How Ample Hills Creamery Raised a $4 Million Venture Capital Round

This is going to be BIG.

It's a story that just hit a milestone--a $4mm round of venture funding that I'm ecstatic to say Brooklyn Bridge Ventures just led. I'm joined by Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Red Sea Ventures, NucleasHG, the founders of Seamless, a host of extremely helpful angels, and a CircleUp syndicate led by my friend Tom Potter, co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery. Jerry was a great guy and his love of retail investing kind of stuck with me.

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. When a company has strong IP, such as patents, in the market and has gone to correct lengths to protect it, it can make your investments potentially much less risky.

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.

The Funding Gap

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Angel Investors. $20 Center for Venture Research. Super Angels. Venture Capital. $20 It is clear from this table that Friends and Family, Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists provide 95% of the capital for new ventures. Friends and Family typically invest a few thousand to perhaps $10,000, and only a small number of investors provide more than $50,000. Angel investments range from $100,000 to $1.5

Trends in Seed Stage Funding for Entrepreneurs

Gust

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 US Angel Investment – All Regions. Investment.

Valuation Methods 101

Gust

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. The Venture Capital Method.

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. SOX and radically higher NASDAQ fees have limited those new ventures going public to much more mature and highly visible companies.

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

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.

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 U.S.

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.

Outside capital: do or die?

Gust

Many other kinds of defenses also allow you to join the venture version of the “slow food” movement: robust intellectual property rights (say, obtained from a university partnership program), exclusive contracts with key suppliers or distributors, a prime physical location. Ventures with easy access to cash have the often-fatal luxury of setting the wrong priorities. A gigantic percentage of startup literature concerns how to raise capital.

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.