In order to grow into a successful angel investor (‘angel’) one needs sufficient opportunities to review. It’s hard to catch a fish if the pond is empty and from experience, we know that it takes around 100 deal reviews before one good investment can be made. At the same time, angels should...

Angel investors (“angels”) take up a critical position in the startup ecosystem. Venture capitalists (“VC”) have become more risk-averse leaving a void where smart capital and mentorship is needed to grow a business successfully. The only true sources of smart finance are angel investors....

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Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. This morning we’re hunting up “green shoots” for software companies. Green shoots is financial slang for positive signals that could point to an economic recovery — or good...

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. Today we need to talk about what we’re hearing from the private markets and the public markets, and how different their messages seem to be. The public markets through yesterday...

When I meet with new startup founders, the one question I get asked about is ‘raising money’. This is smart of them as fundraising is an essential core competence of any startup. As much as I enjoy talking about funding, I rarely –almost never– heard from these entrepreneurs on ‘what...

These days, everyone wants to be an entrepreneur, pitching their latest and greatest new idea, and looking for someone to give them money. Angel investors, like me, have long figured out that asking to see the prototype is a quick way to separate the ‘wannabes’ from serious players. Talk is...

One of the areas that will always remain challenging while launching a startup, is funding. Funding is a necessary part of any startup and getting it is far easier said than done. The ideal type of investment for an early-stage startup is an angel investment, an injection of a good amount of cash...