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.

Six Reasons We Love Investing in Founders in Small Cities

GAN

You face a lot of challenges—anything from your commute time, to finding great talent, to landing big investments, to connecting with your target customers (fashion and beauty companies come to mind, for instance). Staying in business in a small city or an emerging market can be truly difficult, so what if you invest in a company that doesn’t make it? When a company raises another round of financing, it comes at a higher valuation than when we invested in it.

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Declan Kelly Joins Techstars Investment Team

TechStars

With 11 Techstars mentorship-driven accelerator programs in Europe and the Middle East, Techstars has a portfolio of close to 350 companies and invests in nearly 110 startups in EMEA annually. About Techstars Announcements Declan Kelly EMEA investment team investments investors

My 1985 Nike Air Jordan Investment

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

This page shows the highlights of this sale, including a video, a link to the investment deck, and a link to the offering circular. Earlier this week I purchased 1% of a collection of five 1985 Nike Air Jordan sneakers using our portfolio company Otis’ mobile app.

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.

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.

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.

Janet Bannister on human-centered investing

TechStars

Canadian VC Janet Bannister, a partner at Real Ventures, loves investing in “conscious founders” who are trying to make the world a better place. Her style of “human-centered investing” prioritizes people and relationships, and investing in smart, self-aware, teachable entrepreneurs. .

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.

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?

The Common Denominator Among Our 25 Startup Investments

GAN

This past week, I took a look at the 25 investments that GAN Ventures has made so far. But, there’s one thing that really stood out when I looked back over our list of investments to date and it’s the fourth trait we look for when considering companies—. I’m saying this because I want you to know who most often gets investment from us—founders who are truly passionate about what they do.

Want to Build Employee Engagement? Invest in Your People Holistically.

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Glazer has established himself as a leader who invests in his team and in the culture of his organization. . For a deeper dive into how to invest in your team, check out EO 24/7. . Invest in Your People Holistically.

Startup Investment 101: Investment Rounds Explained

Onevest

By Michael Whitehouse Investment rounds are an essential part of the startup investment journey. The terminology used to describe these investment rounds can seem daunting, but it needn't be. Seed Investment This is the first type of investment round on offer through a startup.

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.

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.

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.

TechCrunch: Where top VCs are investing in construction robotics

Dream It

Matt Murphy and Grace Ge, Menlo Ventures Which trends are you most excited about in construction robotics from an investing perspective? We are active in construction with investments such as HOVER and Fieldwire and believe the entire sector is right for a digital and automation overhaul.

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.

Impact Investing: Best Reads and Podcasts

The Seraf Compass

Based on conversations with leading impact investors, we compiled a list of books and podcasts that will further inform and keep you up to date on the impact investing world

Expanding My Investment Thesis to Run the MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars

TechStars

Today, I start my next adventure in startup investing – I’m the new Managing Director of the MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars. My objective is to give the startups I invest in tremendous support in acquiring customers and fundraising from investors.

Investment Round

Leapfunder

DesignBro is a curated graphic design marketplace where only carefully selected high-quality designers are able to join & work with clients from all over the world

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.

Two years into investing out of our first Impact Fund: here’s what we’re learning

TechStars

Since then, we have made over 73 investments and our fund is nearly fully invested. . While our Impact Portfolio is still young, our 73 investments have given us a unique vantage point into emerging trends in the impact startup ecosystem. Total Investments – Impact Fund.

Top Early Stage Investing Articles of 2019

The Seraf Compass

We have an annual tradition of bringing you the best early stage investing articles of the year, handpicked by our Co-Founders Hambleton Lord and Christopher Mirabile. We value the authors’ insights and hope they’ll help to guide you in your investment journey.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Oxygen, Aspirin or Jewelry: Which Makes a Better Investment?

The Seraf Compass

Entrepreneurs fall in love with their products. It’s no surprise… their product is their idea and as they nurture it, it becomes like a child to them, and who doesn’t love their child!?

Proud to Lead an Investment in SeedCX

This is going to be BIG.

Seed’s focus is on providing innovative means to secure operational stability for hedgers and new investment opportunities. There are two major bets that Brooklyn Bridge Ventures has made with this investment. It's a pure investment decision. It is a judgement on what will happen in the future, which is what I do when I make any investment. Did you know that it's illegal to trade onion futures? You can thank the Onion Futures Act of 1954.

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.

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.

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.