As a parent, Septembers were always filled with the chores of “back to school” – books to be purchased, sharp pencils, the search for that perfect lunchbox….. As an angel investor, September also puts me in a “back to school” frame of mind. At Golden Seeds, I have the privilege of overseeing The Knowledge Institute, which houses our Investor Training Series. Our fall sessions in New York begin in September when members are back from summer vacations. In preparation for our training sessions, I am constantly looking for new resources, books, etc. to continue to enhance or improve our training materials.
Although by no means an exhaustive list, here are some resources that I have found to be quite helpful: Continue reading
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Tagged ACA, Alex Wilmerding, Angel Capital Association, Angel Investing, Angel Investor, Angel Investor Training, Angel Resource Institute, Basil Peters, Brian S Cohen, David S Rose, Golden Seeds, Kauffman Foundation, New York Angels, Pipeline Fellowship, The Knowledge Institute, Women Angels, Women Investor
Earlier this week, I was listening to an NPR program on “energy vampires”, those special individuals whose interactions can literally drain the energy from us. The term “energy vampires” was coined by Dr. Judith Orloff, a clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA in her book Positive Energy. Now everyone has had some experience with “energy vampires” – those special people who cause some of the following reactions:
- You hope a call to them goes directly to voicemail
- You need a trip to Starbucks before and after meeting with them
- You would rather have a root canal (the extreme version)
You get the point…… Continue reading
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Tagged ACA, Angel Investing, Angel Investor, Dr. Judith Orloff, Energy Vampires, Follow-on Rounds, Golden Seeds, Portfolio Company, positive energy, Women Angels
In a recent post, I published an excerpt from a new book called “What Every Angel Investor Wants You to Know” by Brian S. Cohen and John Kador.
I had the opportunity to read the book en route to the Angel Capital Association (ACA) Summit and would highly recommend it to both entrepreneurs and angel investors alike. Written in the first person and filled with anecdotes, war stories and wisdom gained from Brian’s many years of angel investing, this book is both a fun and insightful read.
Having started investing in this space back in the late 90’s (yes I was only 14 at the time!!), I have learned that when all is said and done, for me angel investing is all about investing in great people and helping them build great companies.
Thank you Brian for sharing your wisdom and insights in your new book! I am looking forward to the next one!
Posted in Angel Groups, Angel Investing, Due Diligence, Golden Seeds, Opinion, Uncategorized
Tagged ACA, Angel Capital Association, Angel Investing, Angel Investor, Brian S Cohen, Funding, Golden Seeds, John Kador, Mentorship, New York Angels, Women Angels, Writing Checks
It’s a New Year and time to make those resolutions. In addition to thinking about personal goals for the year, it’s a great time to review your angel investment portfolio. As angels we see many interesting investment opportunities and it helps to set a goal at the beginning of the year for the investment amount that you want to commit to this sector over the next 12 months. When setting this goal take into consideration: Continue reading
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Tagged ACA, Angel Capital Association, angel investment portfolio, Angel Investor, Equity, Female Angels, Female Investors, Follow-on Rounds, Golden Seeds, Kauffman Foundation, Money, Portfolio Company, Returns to Angel Groups, Robert Wiltbank, Warren Boeker, Women Angels, Women Investor, Writing Checks
The term “angel investor” is used to describe a wide variety of investors in early stage companies. From the reality-show world of Shark Tank where entrepreneurs are grilled in front of a prime-time audience to established professional networks of angel investors including Tech Coast Angels, New York Angels, Golden Seeds and others, it is clear that there is more than one type of angel. Continue reading
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Tagged ACA, Accredited Investor, Angel Capital Association, Angel Investor, Equity, Exit, Female Angels, Female Investors, Golden Seeds, Mentorship, New York Angels, Patient Capital, Risk, Shark Tank, Startup Failure, Tech Coast Angels, Valuation, Women Investor
Once you have made the decision to become an angel investor, you need to decide if you want to fly solo or join forces with an angel group to make your investment decisions.
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Tagged ACA, Angel Capital Association, Angel Investor, Equity, Female Angels, Female Investors, Golden Seeds, Investment, Investor, Investors Circle, Life Science Angels, LSA, Money, Pipeline Fellowship, Valuation, Value, Women, Women Angels, Women in Angel Investing, Women Investor