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Angel Investing: A Three-Part Guide to Earning Your Wings | Strategy (3/3)

Angel investors dream of finding and investing early in the next Uber, Airbnb, Waze, or Mobileye. While it’s easy to get seduced by the hype, serial startup investors know it is hard to be successful in this asset class. With the help of members of OurCrowd’s experienced investment team and other industry resources, we have put together a quick, three-part guide to ‘earning your wings’. These articles highlight essential terms and strategies while referencing accepted industry best practices; with these basics in hand, getting started in startup investing can be a lot smoother. Part 1: The Basics | Part 2: Risky Business | Part 3: Strategy Part 3: Strategy Diversify One of the most important rules of investing is diversification. The more companies you invest in, the greater chance there is at least one “winner” in your portfolio to give you the return you’re looking for. In angel investing, you could focus on diversifying based on company industry, and business stage. Some experts say that 10-15 companies is the minimum sweet spot for building a strong portfolio, while the Monte Carlo...

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Angel Investing: A Three-Part Guide to Earning Your Wings | Risky Business (2/3)

Angel investors dream of finding and investing early in the next Uber, Airbnb, Waze, or Mobileye. While it’s easy to get seduced by the hype, serial startup investors know it is hard to be successful in this asset class. With the help of members of OurCrowd’s experienced investment team and other industry resources, we have put together a quick, three-part guide to ‘earning your wings’. These articles highlight essential terms and strategies while referencing accepted industry best practices; with these basics in hand, getting started in startup investing can be a lot smoother. Part 1: The Basics | Part 2: Risky Business | Part 3: Strategy Part 2: Risky Business Understand the Risk The distribution of returns within a VC portfolio typically follows the power law curve. According to Horsley Bridge, if you take a longtime limited partner in VC funds who has been collecting data on VC returns since 1983, you’ll find that just 6% of their hundreds of investments have generated 60% of their total returns since 1985. Professor William Sahlman of Harvard Business School is quoted saying, “80%...

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Angel Investing: A Three-Part Guide to Earning Your Wings | The Basics (1/3)

Angel investors dream of finding and investing early in the next Uber, Airbnb, Waze, or Mobileye. While it’s easy to get seduced by the hype, serial startup investors know it is hard to be successful in this asset class. With the help of members of OurCrowd’s experienced investment team and other industry resources, we have put together a quick, three-part guide to ‘earning your wings’. These articles highlight essential terms and strategies while referencing accepted industry best practices; with these basics in hand, getting started in startup investing can be a lot smoother. Part 1: The Basics | Part 2: Risky Business | Part 3: Strategy Part I: The Basics Do Your Homework, Be Highly Selective A 2007 study on angel investors’ returns found that those who spent more than the median time of 20 hours performing due diligence had an overall portfolio return of 5.9X, while those that spent less than the median only had returns of 1.1X (source). OurCrowd’s investment team (made up of around 20 investment analysts, principals, advisors, and partners) vets more than 200 startups a month....

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Become a Self-Aware Investor

Become a Self-Aware Investor “Time is the friend of the wonderful company, the enemy of the mediocre.” This famous quote by Warren Buffet – who is currently valued as having a total net worth of $78.7 billion – reflects the well-known tendencies of this wildly successful investor to make incredible stock picks, and then to hold his stocks for a long time. But how does one identify what Buffet terms a “wonderful company”? What drives an individual’s investment decisions? With so many companies and markets to choose from – and endless “expert” advisors offering advice – how does one cut through and identify the right investment route? Blueprint for Success As with other situations where there are just too many choices, and you need to weed through the options and figure out find what you’re really looking for – for example, as a student choosing a university or deciding on a career – it’s partly a question of self-definition: understanding what you want, what you believe in, and what your strengths are. The key to effective decision-making in these...

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UPDATE: New date for OurCrowd’s Global Investor Summit 2017!

We would like to let you know about some changes to our upcoming 2017 OurCrowd Global Investor Summit. Over the past few weeks we have been working on a plan to capitalize on some cool opportunities and decided to move the date of the Summit to February 15th-16th, 2017. The OurCrowd Summit has become the largest investor event in Jerusalem, the capital of the Startup Nation, and we hope to offer you an even stronger event in 2017. For further details about the event and to reserve your seat, apply at summit2017.ourcrowd.com or email summit@ourcrowd.com. OurCrowd accredited investor? You’re guaranteed a seat! RSVP now. Please mark your calendars and join us for the 2017 Summit. We look forward to seeing you in Jerusalem on February...

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