Venture Capital and Angel Investors

Two Good Posts on Angel and VC Investment

Fred Wilson offers a good answer to a frequently asked question with his AVC: Angel vs. VC? post earlier this week. This is great timing, too, because both angel investment and venture capital are in the midst of rapid readjustment to longer-term changes in the economy of startups and entrepreneurship. He takes it as a...


Is Venture Capital Broken?

Audrey Watters posted “Is Venture Capital Broken?” this weekend on ReadWriteWeb’s startup channel. The title is direct reference to an essay, titled “Venture Capital is Broken”, which angel investor Chris Sacca released as the “creed” of his new investment firm, Lowercase Capital. Here’s Audrey’s excellent summary: In it, Sacca observes that 10 years ago, it...


Angels Rush in Where VC Fear to Tread

About three years ago I attended a Web 2.0 conference at which a couple of professional venture capitalists and a couple of successful angel investors talked about trends. This was before the great recession, but in the middle of the explosion of web apps and social media. One thing that came up repeatedly, then, was...


Are Angel Groups Hiding Foxes in Henhouses?

If you read this blog regularly, then you know I’m a member of an angel investor group (Willamette Angel Conference) and a fan of angelsoft.net, which our group, and hundreds of others, uses to manage the process. Still, I was quite concerned the other day to read the fox-in-henhouse problem posted in a very well-written...


Angel Conference Decides Today

After sifting through almost 40 submissions, reading business plans, listening to pitches, talking to entrepreneurs, their customers, their attorneys (in some cases), plus a lot of discussion and comment and review and revision, today my local angel investor group–The Willamette Angel Conference–meets at the McDonald’s theater in Eugene, Ore. (my hometown) to choose its winner....


Startup Myth: Investors Want the Best Companies

As I delve into my business plan marathon season, and the angel investment group I’m in starts looking in earnest at a flock of new companies, I find myself constantly bumping into several very common myths. This is first on my list. And no, by the way, it’s not an April Fool’s Day joke. The...


3 Things I Look for in Angel Investing

I’m actively reviewing more than three dozen submissions as a member of the Willamette Angel Conference. I participate in the investment, and I get one vote. Our group is reviewing companies and will award a six-figure investment at an event held May 13 in Eugene, Oregon, my home town. Our behind-the-scenes process to review companies,...


9 Tips Learned While Raising $33 Million

If you’re looking toward the high end of the startups world, meaning the best-of-the-best startups funded by serious venture capital, then I highly recommend reading 9 Quick Tips Learned While Raising $33 Million In Venture Capital, posted last month by Dharmesh Shah at OnStartups. Actually, even if you’re not at the high end, Dharmesh offers...


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