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.

Twelve Years of Investing in Women

TechStars

I began investing in women over a decade ago. It was a major part of my investing thesis. And I invested. I invested in businesses that I believed had a huge opportunity that could grow to be worth $100M or more. Many of the companies I have invested in have done it.

Next Level Entrepreneurship: Investing in a New Generation of Startups

Entrepreneurs' Organization

We brought together the best of all worlds: Conscious customers invested in uplifting the underprivileged, a low-cost and motivated rural workforce, and passionate leaders in urban communities who nurture and grow global opportunities,” Ravi explained in a 2018 interview published on Inc.

How Entrepreneurs Can Invest in Their Families

Entrepreneurs' Organization

We doubled down on accountability earlier this year and invested in a family retreat with Bradley and Jamie. The post How Entrepreneurs Can Invest in Their Families appeared first on Octane Blog – The official blog of the Entrepreneurs' Organization.

What's Your Core Investing Philosophy?

The Seraf Compass

Seraf Co-Founder Christopher Mirabile interviews several experienced angel investors from around the country to ask: What's Your Core Investing Philosophy? Mirabile: What's your core investing philosophy?

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 We Invest in Authentic Founders

GAN

When GAN Ventures considers whether to invest in a startup, we look for four primary things: Authentic founders: Founders that know their own strengths and weaknesses and aren’t afraid to ask for help. Startups that are positioned for venture scale: We focus on venture-scale opportunities that have a logical path to a 10x, and a plausible path to a 100x, return on our investment. The post Why We Invest in Authentic Founders appeared first on GAN.

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. Is it a passing fad? I don’t think so.

Kesha Cash on impact investing—and how mentorship got her there

TechStars

Kesha Cash founded Impact America Fund in 2013 with a goal of investing in software and tech enabled companies that have a positive benefit on underserved communities in America. More specifically we were looking for entrepreneurs of color, and we made a number of investments together.

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.

How I Invest

Both Sides of the Table

During the Q&A I was asked about how I make investment decisions in early-stage businesses. I know that sounds trite but it’s the best way I can describe my early-stage investments. If I don’t do both then it’s highly unlikely I will invest. I know now that investments will consume many hours including late nights / early mornings and weekends. Often as I describe to people privately why I invested the first reaction is not to immediately get it.

Fund Investing Versus Fund Management

Haystack

When I started out investing (via a fund — not my money), I was just investing based on a simple schedule: About once a month, invest $25K into one company I liked. The trick with these experiments and lessons is that in investing, you don’t get the feedback right away — it can take a few years at seed to understand the impact of those decisions. Fund investing is easy — fund management is not.

Top Start-Up Investments That Are More Than Worth It

Startup Grind

Tight money and the lure of investing in unnecessary “money-holes” sometimes take over many out there. For many start-up owners, it may feel like every small investment, every new system, software product, or basically, any other type of investment, is a burden.

Why We Invested in CLEAR

Revolution

This market growth is one of the many reasons why Revolution was excited to announce our investment in CLEAR last week. link] Why We Invested in CLEAR was originally published in Revolution on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Why Has Seed Investing Declined? And What Does this Mean for the Future?

Both Sides of the Table

Seed investments are down by any measure (funds, deals, dollars) over the past 3 years in deals < $1 million AND in deals between $1–5 million. thus the rise of “pre seed” investing). It’s very noticeable in terms of funds raised, dollars invested and deals completed.

An Investment Fund for NYC Foodies

This is going to be BIG.

I don't remember whether it was over a meal at Good Fork , Rucola , Martha , or maybe over an Ample Hills ice cream cone, but I've definitely said the words "Wouldn't it be cool if you could setup a way to invest in the growth of the food and beverage scene in Brooklyn--like, the whole thing.

All Investing Has Impact

This is going to be BIG.

I've always had a problem with the term "impact investing". It's as if the investments that you made that aren't part of an impact investing strategy hang from the ceiling Mission Impossible style in a temperature controlled environment making no discernable impact on stakeholder's lives. Yet, no one is rushing to classify an urban delivery company as an "impact investment", even though they probably should.

Doing well by doing good: Impact investing & the OurCrowd Impact Fund

OurCrowd

Investments can be powerful. When successful, they can benefit both investors and the invested. If that is the capital of investing, then why not use it to improve not only the lives of people involved in business, but everybody else as well? .

Investing Outside The Bay Area

Haystack

When I began investing a little over five years ago, it felt like the conventional wisdom was that one had to invest in the Bay Area to harvest venture-like returns. From an investment point of view, managing and deploying capital in the same physical area makes sense, where investors can work with young companies and help them with a variety of things. In terms of dollars at work, In Haystack II, nearly 10% of the fund’s capital was invested outside the Bay Area.

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

Invest in Lines, not Dots

Both Sides of the Table

In normal times investors will look for “traction&# before investing. I spoke about this more in depth in these two posts: 4 things I look for in an investment & how to manage VC relationships. I didn’t invest in Orgoo but by the time he launched Ad.ly

Is Startup Investing Right For You?

Onevest

By Tim Houghten Startup investing may be right for the many individuals in the U.S., Why invest in startups offline or online via platforms like 1000 Angels ? What role should startup investing play in your financial plan? Invest in Startups. Startup Investing

Take only “smart money” investments

Berkonomics

Often, that money is worth more than the cash invested, because the investors who often become members of the board, bring a wealth of experience, insight, relationships and deeper pockets to the table. Close. This statement could be considered controversial.

Why Revolution is Investing in TemperPack

Revolution

Over the years, many of Revolution’s investments such as Zipcar, Sweetgreen, and Optoro have experienced explosive growth brought about by their ability to develop sustainable alternatives to problems consumers and businesses were facing in sectors like transportation, food, and e-commerce.

Who are the Major Revenue-Based Investing VCs?

David Teten - VC

For background, see Revenue-Based Investing: A New Option for Founders who Care About Control. We’re currently evaluating about 20 companies a month and issuing term sheets to 25% of them; those that fit our investment criteria. Investment Criteria: B2B SaaS or tech-enabled services with proven, recurring contracts. Payments are equal to 2-10% of your monthly revenue, and stop when the business buys out the contract at 1-2x the investment amount.“ .

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.

Why @UpfrontVC invested in Disruptive Rental Car Startup @Skurt

Both Sides of the Table

But it wasn’t until I met the team from Skurt that I felt compelled to invest. Rental cars.

Shut Up and Invest? Investors Weighing in on Politics

This is going to be BIG.

When you get an investment from Brooklyn Bridge Ventures—you get me. My investment thesis is shaped by the sum of my personal experience and so are my values. Limited partners judge my investment acumen. I wouldn’t want to lose an investor because they disagree with my politics—because I strongly believe I can make great returns for them by investing in impactful companies. Quietly sticking to investing means wasting the opportunity to do good.

Some Reflections on VC Investment Decisions

Both Sides of the Table

I started in 2007 with a thesis that my primary investment decision would be about the team (70%) and only afterward about the market opportunity (30%). But they are also a tax on your time with portfolio companies, looking for new investments, running your shop and honestly they are a tax on your family life. So that means 2-3 good investments a year and we are doing well. ” If you don’t feel hugely compelled to invest then you shouldn’t.

Should your new VC fund use Revenue-Based Investing?

David Teten - VC

I’ve been a traditional equity VC for 8 years, and I’m now researching Revenue-Based Investing and other new approaches to VC. The question I’m asking myself: should a new VC fund use Revenue-Based Investing, traditional equity VC, or possibly both (likely from two separate pools of capital)? Revenue-Based Investing (“RBI”) is a new form of VC financing, distinct from the preferred equity structure most VCs use. Who are the major Revenue-Based Investing VCs?

In the News: Who’s craving private investments?

OurCrowd

In this Bloomberg interview , OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved explains that for us, it’s not just about another exit – it’s that individual investors got access to Beyond Meat before it went public by investing with OurCrowd. . Can you taste it?

10 Rules of Thumb for Startup Investment Valuation

Gust

The founders now need a $1M Angel investment to do the marketing for a national NewCo rollout, build a team to manage the rollout, and maybe even pay themselves a salary. Invested Interests entrepreneur investor startup valuationImage via eHow.com.

The Story Behind Our Investment In SecondMeasure

Haystack

We were lucky to invest not only during this time, but also doubled down in an extension. The company received investment interest for a few years, but took their time to raise the Series A. When I began investing in 2013, the Series A rounds were quite fast and furious after the seed rounds. About 3.5 years ago, we met Michael and Lillian from SecondMeasure while they were in Y Combinator.

Launch413 Begins Phase 2, Investing in More Companies!

Paul G. Silva

There are enough startups connected to our region that want our kind of investment. Launch413 is itself a startup, and like all startups has lots of hypothesis to test.

What are some ways you can keep track of startups you are evaluating/diligencing/investing in?

Gust

Gust News Invested Interests angel investors David Rose Gust investments startup This is obviously a softball question that I’ve been Asked to Answer, as I’m the Founder/CEO of Gust.

Should you raise traditional VC or Revenue-Based Investing VC?

David Teten - VC

Revenue-Based Investing (“RBI”) is a new form of VC financing, distinct from the preferred equity structure most VCs use. For more background, see Revenue-Based Investing: A New Option for Founders who Care About Control. This is part 5 of a 5-part series on Revenue-Based Investing VC: Revenue-Based Investing: a new option for founders who care about control. Who are the major Revenue-Based Investing VCs? Should your new VC fund use Revenue-Based Investing?

Life science investment boosts Oklahoma

Innovation 2 Enterprise

At i2E, we like to invest in life sciences companies. What’s so great about this category of investments? With a return of $22 for every dollar invested, OCAST (Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology) is the state’s primary source of funding to advance the research coming out of these institutions as well as others across the state. By Scott Meacham. Copyright © 2019, The Oklahoman.

3 Reasons Angels Invest in Deep Tech

propel(x)

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.

WP Engine passes $100M in revenue and secures $250M investment from Silver Lake

A Smart Bear

Of course a nice chunk is primary capital, i.e. for the company balance sheet, to invest in growth initiatives, security and quality, and advancing our existing strategic priorities through acceleration and de-risking. People said there’s no money in hosting. WordPress is just a toy.

Revenue-Based Investing: A New Option for Founders who Care About Control

David Teten - VC

A new wave of Revenue-Based Investors are emerging who are using creative investing structures with some of the upside of traditional VC, but some of the downside protection of debt. I believe that Revenue-Based Investing (“RBI”) VCs are on the forefront of what will become a major segment of the venture ecosystem. So what is Revenue Based Investing? Lighter reports that from 2015 to 2018, the number of VC investments under $5m dropped 23% from 6,709 to 5,139.

Why are Revenue-Based VCs investing in so many women & underrepresented founders?

David Teten - VC

A new wave of Revenue-Based Investors are emerging who are using creative investing structures with some of the upside of traditional VC, but some of the downside protection of debt. Revenue-Based Investing (“RBI”) is a new form of VC financing, distinct from the preferred equity structure most VCs use. For more background, see Revenue-Based Investing: A new option for founders who care about control. Who are the major Revenue-Based Investing VCs?

Reflecting On Haystack’s Investment In HelloSign (Acquired By Dropbox)

Haystack

Over five years ago, as I began to deploy the first Haystack Fund, I was lucky to select HelloSign as my sixth investment ever. I took Joseph out for lunch, told him about me and Haystack, and asked to invest in the company. I discovered the product much like you might have – I used it to help handle the paperwork and signatures for the new fund. I had a friend who worked there (thanks Joel Andren!)

Techstars Announces $42 Million Investment

TechStars

Investment round led by SVB Financial Group to speed Techstars global expansion and continued growth. Techstars’ investment activity now includes 49 accelerator programs in 35 cities across 16 countries, deploying $80 million into nearly 500 startups on an annual basis.