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Suggestions for Angel Investors

Feld Thoughts

I’m on an Acela train between Boston and New York (listening to Boston’s More Than A Feeling – how recursive) on my way to the TechStars Boston 2010 Investor / Demo day. It sounds like Angel Boot Camp rocked. Don Dodge also has a great post up titled How to be an Angel Investor…and make money.

How to Raise Startup Funding from Unlikely Angel Investors

Up and Running

live in a small town surrounded by farms and I made my first angel investment at 29 because my dad said it was a good idea. I’m not your average angel.

Learn From the 5 Core Principles of Angel Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

In reality, hitting large numbers of Angels in multiple locations with a generic pitch is one of the least productive approaches.

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

Gust

And whenever they might come close to succeeding, savvy “professional” investors would just swoop in, cram them down, and win the real returns.

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

techcrunch.com

Are angel investors just unwitting philanthropists or legitimate entrepreneurial investors? times the angel investment (i.e.

Five Things Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Angel Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

In reality, hitting large numbers of angels in multiple locations with a generic pitch is one of the least productive approaches.

Calling All Angels In Boston

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been spending some time with the current TechStars Boston class. This feels to me like the strongest class we’ve had in Boston so far and might be the one of the strongest TechStars classes overall. This class of companies in Boston is thinking big and is very diverse. TechStars angel investors boston

7 Things You Should Know About Angel Investors

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Angel investors have been muscling in on traditional venture firms. Don''t be fooled by the word ''angel.'' ventures in 2011.

Should an Angel Investor also get Advisory/Board Equity?

Venture Cyclist

Last week was demo day for BetaSpring in Providence, RI, as well as for HealthBox Boston. This week it’s Techstars Boston Demo Day. One thing most of the presenting companies have in common is that they are raising seed investment funds from the angel, micro-VC and VC communities. This may mean turning down an investor.

17 Venture Capital Blogs You Should Be Reading

Up and Running

This is the home of Jason Cohen, software startup founder, bootstrapper, investor, and mentor. andrewchen.co. Above the Crowd. Feld Thoughts.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Boston Tech Community – August 2012

Rob Go

Boston is a great place to start and build a company. Mobile Mondays : Boston chapter of the world’s largest Mobile professional community.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Boston Tech Community (Fall 2013 Edition)

Rob Go

Boston is a great place to start and build a company. There is a wealth of resources that are unique to this town and a vibrant community of hackers, product designers, business people, and investors at various stages in their career. Mobile Mondays : Boston chapter of the world’s largest Mobile professional community.

High Risk + Founders First + Boston: The Atlas Venture way

Fred Destin

Then you can proactively help them speak to other investors so they are getting maximum exposure to the market,” he explained. Backing Boston.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Boston Tech Community, Sept 2011

Rob Go

Boston is a great place to start and build a company. There is a wealth of resources that are unique to this town and a vibrant community of hackers, business people, and investors at various stages in their career. Mobile Mondays : Boston chapter of the world’s largest Mobile professional community. The Grand-daddy. MIT 100K.

HubSpot Fires First Shot in Boston Battle For Talent: $10,000 Bounty

OnStartups

Back here in Boston, there’s a similar battle for talent brewing. There’s a battle for brilliant developers going on in Boston!

Six reasons to attend AngelBootCamp in Boston on June 14

Fred Destin

Jon Pierce and team are putting together the year’s must attend event for angel investors, do join. . Are you ready, can you cope ?

Getting Funded: Step 1, Getting VCs to notice

Passionate Intensity

Get on Angel List. Consider angels or seed investors. Do your homework on the investor. Meeting investors is a chore.

What you should know about Angel Investors and Convertible Notes

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Angel Investors are a special breed. That’s why they call them angels. Angels tend to invest just like VCs except they do smaller investments $200K to $2M and they do about 15 times as many deals as VCs. Angels have the same investment criteria and expectations of significant returns that VCs do. OK, sounds great.

Putting Together Your Perfect Seed Round

Early Stage Adventures

Many companies are getting started and lots of investors are making seed investments. Because of my involvement in the Boston and NYC ecosystem as a managing partner at CommonAngels, I’ve been asked by several entrepreneurs a very simple but loaded question: “How should I think about pulling together my seed round?”

Angel Boot Camp in Boston on June 1

Feld Thoughts

Jon Pierce of BetaHouse has decided to organize an Angel Boot Camp in Boston on June 1st. The idea is that anyone interested in learning more about how to get started with angel investing can attend and learn from some people who’ve been there and done that. David Cohen at TechStars wrote about why he thinks it’s important. 

CASH IS KING — C-A-S-H — Friction Cost Reduction — Accountants, Attorneys and Consultants

Scalable Startup

Cash through investments, revenues, borrowing from F&F, VCs, convertible notes, deal terms, angels, etc. Most startup entrepreneurs focus on one thing throughout the lifecycle of their company: bringing in CASH. C-A-S-H. All of these things are magical words to early stagers. Cash on Hand, The next Round, we just need $XXX,XXX. Tom Nora.

How to deal with the Series A crunch

Version One Ventures

As I’m assuming this is a common question heard in huddled discussions in offices from San Francisco to Boston, here’s my advice on how to navigate today’s financing waters: If you haven’t raised your seed round yet… If you’re looking to raise your seed round, aim for more money than you had originally planned. Have we even noticed?

From Nashville to Boston: How A Startup Accelerator Changed Our Lives

OnStartups

After a very long and anxiety-filled process, Katie Rae and the Boston group gave us a shot. Little History. How We Got In. Progress.

There Is Only ONE Silicon Valley

Gust

The Valley produces world-class entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists and successful high-tech companies – all growing and creating jobs on one relatively small peninsula.  To investors :  Stay where you are.  The Valley has been a unique place for over half a century. But, don’t create false expectations.

Announcing Upfront Ventures’ Newest Partner — Kobie Fuller

Both Sides of the Table

Kobie then headed to Los Angeles to join LA-based startup REVOLVE as its CMO where he got his direct operating experience. Why Kobie?

Recruiting Software Developers By Showing Up With Pizza

Feld Thoughts

Last night I was at Angel Boot Camp in Boston. It was a dinner for about 50 angel investors – a mix of experienced ones and new ones – organized by Jon Pierce. A few of us (including me) gave short talks and there was a long, vibrant room wide group conversation. Angus Davis followed me for the short talks.

10 Keys To Giving The Right Entrepreneur Your Money

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s an opportunity for that “big bang” return of 10X to 100 times your initial investment, like early investors in Google, Microsoft, and Apple.

My First Experience As A Venture Capitalist

Feld Thoughts

Over the next two years, I made 40 angel investments with the money I made from the sale of the company. At one point in the process, I was down to under $100,000 in the bank – with the vast majority of our net worth tied up in these angel investments and a house that we bought in Boulder. Do you want to help out?”

Moving To Homer, Alaska

Feld Thoughts

We were living in Boston at the time. I’d sold my first company, Feld Technologies, in 1993. Landing in Anchorage was natural.

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Ycombinator - Where unicorns are born

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Angel investing in tech startups is a gut wrenching and risky business. Many investors passed on that too. Thus was born Ycombinator.

Back to School Blog: An Open Letter to Boston-Area Students

Seeing Both Sides

(Warning:   the following blog post will seem parochial for all readers outside of the Boston area. Dear Boston-area student, Welcome (back) to the Top City of the Global Innovation Economy ! DART Boston – The start-up game can be a lonely one.   DART Boston. Look, there’s a reason Boston.

How to be an Angel Investor.and make money

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Angel Investors are a special breed. That’s why they call them angels. Jon Pierce organized an Angel Boot Camp in Boston attended by over 300 Angel Investors and aspiring Angels. Angel Investors are usually experienced entrepreneurs that have built and sold several companies.

After Your First Big Success, What’s Next?

Feld Thoughts

about the time I finished working for the company that bought mine) one of the options for consideration was to retire and move to Homer, Alaska. I was making plenty of money consulting and, while I was investing much of the money I made from the sale into new companies as an angel investor, the idea of living in Homer was attractive.

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Angel Bootcamp, The Blog Post: A Primer on Angel Investing

View from Seed

A little under a year ago, we hosted an event called Angel Bootcamp that was a primer for folks thinking about getting into angel investing.

How To Find The Best City For Your Type Of Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

get the attention of the market they choose. You need to move to right location and get connected before you ask for help. The list goes on and on.

Entrepreneurs Thoughts On VCs And Angels

Ask The VC

Scott Kirsner of the Boston Globe has an outstanding article up on Boston.com titled Entrepreneurs talk back: Straight-up feedback and advice for VCs and angels. In it, he has some choice feedback from entrepreneurs to VCs and angels. Great Posts angels vcsInstead, they began pitching their services as consultants.

Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City

Feld Thoughts

Investors. TechStars Impact on Boston. Angel Investors Must Be Organized. I’m deep into writing my latest book. For now, the title is “ Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City.” Following is the current table of contents. The table of contents, as of today, follows.

The Silent Killer – The Company Your Community Never Created

Both Sides of the Table

Think about Facebook had it stayed in Boston. But I’ll bet the Boston community would take 50% of the success of Facebook built locally. “If I were starting now, I would have stayed in Boston. ” Boston is still a great tech hub. went to see several LP funds in Boston. Who knows. It’s true.

How To Raise A $150 Million VC Fund

Feld Thoughts

” Brad: “Why don’t you raise an angel fund and just invest in them as a seed investor.” ” Brad: “Absolutely – you’re a great investor. We had programs in Boulder, Seattle, Boston, and New York. David was now visible as a highly desired angel investor across the country.

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Experiment Engine Gets $1 Million in Seed Funding

SiliconHills

The company received funding from Founder Collective, based in New York and Boston, Mercury Fund in Houston and Austin Angel Investors Dan Graham, CEO of BuildASign and Rony Kahan, Co-founder of Indeed.com. Austin-based Experiment Engine announced Tuesday that is has closed on a $1 million seed funding round.