It’s that time once again to reflect on the prior year and make some resolutions for the next. In last year’s post, I suggested that you develop your own investment strategy, take a closer look at the convertible notes in your portfolio and add some interesting reads to your list. Here are a few of my suggested resolutions for 2016: Continue reading
Posted in Accelerators, Angel Groups, Angel Investing, Early Stage Investing, Golden Seeds, New York Angels, Uncategorized, Wharton Alumni Angel Network, Wharton School
Tagged Angel Investing, Angel Investor, Founder Institute, GenHERation, Golden Seeds, Katlyn Grasso, Mentorship, New York Angels, Portfolio Company, Wharton Entrepreneurship, Wharton Venture Awards, Women Angels
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to invest in a crowd-funding campaign for Bella Minds – whose mission is quite simple – “Bringing Tech Education to ALL Women”. There is lots of press these days on the lack of women in STEM… so rather than just read/write about the problem, this was an opportunity to participate in an actual solution; yes do something! Continue reading
Posted in Angel Groups, Angel Investing, CrowdFunding, Due Diligence, Golden Seeds, Opinion, Uncategorized, Venture Capital, Women in Tech
Tagged Angel Investing, Angel Investor, Bella Minds, Crowdfunding, Deb Jackson, Female Investors, Golden Seeds, Mentorship, Plum Alley, Women Angels
One of the aspects of angel investing that I enjoy the most, is the ability to become involved with my portfolio companies. Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the “Demo Day” for the 2013 crop of start-ups in TechLaunch NJ, a 16-week technology accelerator program. As an investor in and mentor to this group of exciting young companies, I had the opportunity to participate in several of their Wednesday evening pitch sessions along with other mentors to provide feedback on the pitch deck that they would be presenting at Demo Day. Each company had 10 minutes to present their company to the audience and each also had an opportunity to network with the attendees and show off their prototypes or services. As I have often advised companies that I am involved with, the goal of a “Demo Day” is to get the next meeting. It is important that the “10 minute pitch” really captures the audience’s attention and leaves them wanting more information. Continue reading
Posted in Angel Groups, Angel Investing, Uncategorized, Venture Capital
Tagged Angel Investing, Angel Investor, DemoDay, Early Stage Company Valuation, Equity, Mentorship, TechLaunch NJ, Women Investor
Last week I had the opportunity to participate in the official launch of the second annual class of entrepreneurs involved in TechLaunch, New Jersey’s Technology Accelerator. As an investor in and mentor to this new class of entrepreneurs, it was fun to see the teams, all clad in bright blue t-shirts, provide the audience with the quick preview of their company’s idea. For a glimpse of these exciting new companies, see the recent profile in either NJ Tech Weekly or North Jersey.com. Continue reading
Posted in Accelerators, Angel Groups, Angel Investing, Golden Seeds, Opinion, TechLaunch, Uncategorized, Venture Capital
Tagged Accelerators, Angel Investing, Angel Investor, Brian S Cohen, Casabona Ventures, Early Stage Company Valuation, Golden Seeds, Launch, Mario Casabona, Mentorship, Montclair State University, New York Angels, NJ EDA, TechLaunch, Women Angels, Women Investor
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
I am frequently asked the “jockey or the horse” question – whether it is the team or the idea that is most important when considering an early stage investment opportunity. The real answer for me is that both are critical in the decision process. That being said, although I may invest in a company where the “idea” is not 100% formulated, I will always walk away from any opportunity where I am not completely convinced that the right team is in place and more importantly it is one that I want to be in partnership with over the long term. Continue reading
Posted in Angel Investing, Golden Seeds, Opinion, Uncategorized, Venture Capital
Tagged Angel Investor, Equity, Exit, Exit Strategy, Female Angels, Female Investors, Golden Seeds, Investment, Investor, Mentorship, Perceptions, Portfolio Company, Strategies, Women Angels, Women in Angel Investing, Women Investor
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
Posted in Angel Investing, Golden Seeds, Golf, Opinion, Uncategorized, Venture Capital
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