Angel Investing

  • The loss of first check investors

    The loss of first check investors

    Victor Basta hit a nerve with his article on TechCrunch last week describing the “implosion” of venture capital over the past 36 months. Using PitchBook data, he found that the total number of VC rounds committed to startups has declined, even while dollars invested has remained mostly static. Silicon Valley is no longer making it rain so much as it is making it trickle. Read More

  • Trends in angel investing Crunch Network

    Trends in angel investing

    “Tell me about your cap table?” I asked the founder of an early-stage startup. He was clearly passionate about his business, and had assembled a top-notch team to help him achieve his ambitious vision. But the grit and determination that helped him overcome the challenges of his current and former startups seemed to falter a bit as he considered his response. He had a dirty cap… Read More

  • How and why to pitch angel groups Crunch Network

    How and why to pitch angel groups

    Not every great business is VC backable. But every business needs capital to grow. If you’re launching a great business, but you don’t plan on being a unicorn, keep reading. Read More

  • Rebuilding VC, And Saving Boston Too

    Rebuilding VC, And Saving Boston Too

    There is a tension at the heart of the startup ecosystem in Boston between glorifying the city’s past as a leader in the Industrial Revolution and acknowledging the city’s current status in the tech world behind Silicon Valley and New York City. No where is that tension more visible than in the relationships between founders and venture capitalists. Founders frequently complain… Read More

  • Winning AngelList

    Winning AngelList

    It’s a 500,000 person party, and you’re invited. It’s 24/7, no charge for entrance, and when you leave you could go home with a pile of cash instead of a creeping hangover. As Fred Wilson says, “If you’re working in tech and you’re trying to raise an angel round, you have to be on AngelList. You just have to be there.” Read More

  • How Institutional Limited Partners Can Avoid Limited Returns

    How Institutional Limited Partners Can Avoid Limited Returns

    Editor’s note: John Frankel is founder and partner of ff Venture Capital and has been an early-stage venture investor since 1999. Follow him on Twitter.  Having spoken with many limited partners, it is clear that there is a lack of access to the research out there that compares return generation from different venture classes and, in particular, compares angel returns with those… Read More

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

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

    Editor’s note: Robert Wiltbank, PhD, is a professor at Willamette University in Portland, Ore. He is co-author of Effectual Entrepreneurship and of The Catalyst, as well as many academic articles in the fields of entrepreneurship and strategy. I began studying angel investing returns about 10 years ago as a result of a problem I couldn’t resolve. Over these years I’ve… Read More

  • Games Are A Difficult Investment Proposition, But Crowdfunding Could Change That

    Games Are A Difficult Investment Proposition, But Crowdfunding Could Change That

    Game startups have long struggled to find funding (especially in Europe) because of a tension between being perceived to be hit-driven (like movies) while actually needing to be funded like technology companies. However this year, crowdfunding has changed much about how we think of games and their fans, and hopefully will help us find a better way. Read More

  • FundersClub Wants To Bypass VC And Let YOU Invest In Startups

    FundersClub Wants To Bypass VC And Let YOU Invest In Startups

    FundersClub is going to change how companies get funded. Today it launches a website designed to let anyone with as little as $1000 make equity investments in startups and earn money if they succeed. For now you have to be an accredited investor with a net worth over $1 million or yearly earnings over $200,000 to use FundersClub. But an industry source familiar with the Y Combinator startup… Read More

  • Chance Barnett on the Crowdfund Act

    What The Senate’s Crowdfund Act Means For The Tech Industry Right Now [TCTV]

    The Crowdfund Act, a bill to reduce restrictions on regular people investing in privately held companies, passed through the United States Senate today with flying colors in a 73-26 vote, after passing through the House of Representatives this past fall. But legislative matters are by definition quite complex (which is, of course, ostensibly why we elect people to deal with them on a… Read More

  • Venture Capital Sputters in the Third Quarter; Consumer Down, Business Services and Software Up

    Dow Jones is releasing its third quarter venture capital numbers today, and the amount of money raised was down sharply from last quarter’s heady $7.7 billion distributed across 740 deals. In the third quarter of this year, 662 companies raised just $5.4 billion. It’s not uncommon to see a muted third quarter in the venture business due to summer vacations, but this was the… Read More

  • UK Angel Attacks Pay-To-Pitch Culture of Many European Angel Networks

    Permjot Valia (@permjotvalia) is a prolific angel investor and in 2008 co-founded Flight & Partners. Here he talks about his frustrations with the UK Angel investor scene, especially the anti-entrepreneur ‘pay-to-pitch’ culture. In 2008/09, £44.9m was invested by UK Business Angels registered to Angel Networks in UK based companies. Across the 5,500 registered Angels that is… Read More

  • Angelgate EXCLUSIVE: BIN38's Super Angel Menu And More

    Apparently my boss crashed a picnic the other night and may or may not have exposed a meeting of the Silicon Valley Joy Luck Club, or something. I really don’t know what actually happened because I’ve been asleep for two days and besides I usually leave the serious punditry stuff to serious journalists with sources outside of 4Chan — And yes investor collusion, as my friends… Read More

  • Want More Angel Investing In The UK? Let’s Talk About Returns

    This is a guest post by Jeff Lynn, the Chairman of The Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec) and Co-Founder and CEO of Seedrs. In this piece he argues that if we want to encourage angel investing in the UK, the discussion in the angel community needs to focus more on the returns investors can achieve. Last week saw the release of two significant reports on angel investing. In the US… Read More

  • Angel Investing: "A Fly On The Elephant's Ass" (Video)

    Now that our US Senators are ready to roll-up their sleeves and mud wrestle their way to financial reform (debate has now commenced), now is a good time to pause and take stock of what the ultimate bill could mean for investment and technology. If you’re suffering from financial reform overload and words like Blankfein, Dodd, and collateralized debt obligations induce nausea, please… Read More