Angel Investors

  • A New Way To Fund Unicorns Starts To Look Less Magical

    A New Way To Fund Unicorns Starts To Look Less Magical

    If you haven’t heard of a fairly new twist on investing called special purpose vehicles (SPVs), you probably aren’t an institutional investor or a wealthy individual with direct ties to either a venture firm or a high-flying startup like Pinterest or Postmates. But don’t worry if you’ve missed the opportunity to invest in one. Investors may find they weren’t worth… Read More

  • Twenty-Year-Old Shahed Khan Has More Connections Than You Do

    Twenty-Year-Old Shahed Khan Has More Connections Than You Do

    Shahed Khan is a kind of VC wunderkind at the moment. At age 20, while many of his peers are either attending college or living with their parents, he’s working as an entrepreneur-in-residence with a noted team of investors at NFX Guild, a new accelerator program in San Francisco. (We’d written about it here.) Now the spotlight is on Khan to see if he can produce. Khan and… Read More

  • What If The Angels Go Back To Heaven? Crunch Network

    What If The Angels Go Back To Heaven?

    “The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.” That’s how Ralph Waldo Emerson described his distrust of a certain type of “private adventurer.” I think of that whenever I hear that angel investors will do more and bigger deals next year than they did last year — not because I don’t believe it, but precisely because I do. It… Read More

  • How To Be A VC Without Any Capital Crunch Network

    How To Be A VC Without Any Capital

    One of the most frequent questions I get as a VC is how to become a VC. Newly minted MBAs and startup veterans alike want to get into the investing game in increasingly large numbers. Unfortunately, there are so few VC jobs available in any given year it makes the prospect unlikely for most. If you want to be a VC, my advice is to just get started; you can do the job of a VC without a dollar… Read More

  • The Real Unicorns Are Female Angel Investors Crunch Network

    The Real Unicorns Are Female Angel Investors

    Despite the attention over the past year, the lack of diversity in tech — both in race and gender — has not markedly changed. Only 3 percent of tech CEOs are women, and just 15 percent of startups have at least one female founder. Most agree that something needs to be done, but much of the attention is misplaced into a caricature. What’s missing? The role of women as… Read More

  • Amidst Few Exits, “Dabbling” Investors And Dearth Of Seed Capital, A Growing Digital Health Market Turns To Crowdfunding

    Amidst Few Exits, “Dabbling” Investors And Dearth Of Seed Capital, A Growing Digital Health Market Turns To Crowdfunding

    Over the last few years, digital health has emerged as a market rife with opportunity, and both startups and investors are beginning to take notice. Investments in digital health startups doubled from 2009 to 2011, for example, and that growth continued to accelerate throughout much of 2012. But fast forward to today, and, while the space continues to move forward and investors remain… Read More

  • 30 Days In, Bitcoin Angel Group BitAngels Doubles Network To 120, Puts First $100K Into Seasteading Venture, Blueseed

    30 Days In, Bitcoin Angel Group BitAngels Doubles Network To 120, Puts First $100K Into Seasteading Venture, Blueseed

    As has been written ad nauseam, we’ve seen a lot of activity in the wild and wacky world of cryptocurrency of late, thanks primarily to the tech industry’s new obsession with Bitcoin. Depending on whom you ask, digital currency like Bitcoin will either be worth nothing in 10 years, or its value will make Warren Buffet weep. It’s a polarizing topic at its very essence, but… Read More

  • Is Equity Crowdfunding A Threat To Venture Capitalists? Crunch Network

    Is Equity Crowdfunding A Threat To Venture Capitalists?

    Editor’s note: Zach Noorani is a former VC and current second-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Isn’t it fun to ponder the awesome disruptive power that equity crowdfunding might have over the venture capital industry? The very people who spend their days plotting the disruption of any industry touched by technology are themselves displaced by hordes of technology-enabled angel investors. Read More

  • Riding On The Wings Of Angels, VCs Avoid The So-Called Series A Crunch Crunch Network

    Riding On The Wings Of Angels, VCs Avoid The So-Called Series A Crunch

    Editor’s note: Erik Rannala is co-founder and managing partner of MuckerLab. Much has been written about the Series A crunch that is facing entrepreneurs and their investors. Those who believe the crunch is upon us contend that a significant number of seed-funded startups will not be able to raise follow-on financing. A cursory review of the data reported recently by CB Insights… Read More