Tag: angel investing

What we’re hearing: Angel investing in Boston — with Richard Lucash

We recently posted about incredible opportunities we’re seeing to invest in Israeli startups, and it got us wondering what angel groups in other parts of the world have been seeing. To get some more color on the Boston tech scene, we went directly to the source. We had the chance to talk to Richard Lucash, a Boston-based attorney for emerging tech companies, about deal flow in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Richard co-founded the LaunchPad angel group and, with Jeff Stoler, recently launched a new angel group called SideCar Angels What’s deal flow like in Boston? In Boston, most angel group deals are syndicated.  The area is the national leader in doing angel syndications.  As part of this syndication effort, members of multiple groups may take part in due diligence.  SideCar is focusing on facilitating deals by filling out syndicated rounds. How do you generate deal flow? A large percentage of our deal flow comes from Boston area angel groups and micro VCs, however, often the companies approach us directly. What types of deals have you been seeing? We see...

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The Crowdfunding Revolution: Interview with crowdfunding expert, Dan Marom

We recently had the chance to sit down with Dan Marom, an expert and leading author in the crowdfunding space. We asked about the current market dynamics for investing in startups and how crowdfunding is impacting efficient flows of capital and (hopefully) will lead to better returns for investors. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Why do you think there needs to be a revolution in raising capital? Our current system is outdated and entrepreneurs are faced with a difficult economic climate, hindering their ability to raise capital. Many of the laws governing fundraising were created during the Great Depression. Unfortunately, the current economic state and status of the financial services industry does not make that easy for an entrepreneur any longer. Policymakers and regulators around the world are beginning to recognize the benefits for crowdfunding in supporting both innovation and job creation. Recently, we published A Framework for European Crowdfunding, a call-to-action for European policymakers to legalize equity crowdfunding. It’s a great resource for the scope of the current state of the economy and the way crowdfunding will be impactful in a positive way....

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Hacking Israeli startups, worldwide

AngelHack has decided to bring a hacking competition to Tel Aviv, marking the first time they will ever be here. AngleHack is a company built to help startups reach the next level by mentoring them, advising them, and setting them up with the right people. Some would say that there is no better place than starting up a company than Israel, but that doesn’t necessarily prepare the companies to work globally. Tomorrow, November 9th, AngelHack will pick the best 25 start ups in Israel, mentor them for 6 weeks, then fly them to Silicon Valley to meet with companies like Facebook and Google. These Israeli startups will then learn the tricks of the trade and be prepared to work abroad. Companies like AngelHack are continuing the trend that we have seen over the last few years. A few years ago, few events like these reached Israel, and now Israel is a prime target. Israel raised more money from venture capital per capita than any other country, including 20 times more than Europe and double that of the US! OurCrowd...

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How OurCrowd chooses startup investments

We frequently get asked about our investment methodology. Our investment process has been honed by the decades of investing experience our senior management has. One interesting note: Our founder and CEO, Jon Medved, managed a startup portfolio of almost $300M. The rest of OurCrowd’s management team has serious chops, too. We’ve all got experience building and running our own companies, management consulting, equity research, investment banking, and portfolio management. **Remember, though OurCrowd members can choose to invest in as many (or little) of the companies we list for investment, OurCrowd invests in every deal we show to investors. We’re ponying our own money up alongside the crowd. So, what do we look for in making an investment in a startup? OurCrowd’s 5 point investment checklist Great team: Successful startups are founded by great people. So, when we look at potential investments, we give serial entrepreneurs special attention. We’re looking for people who have built and managed companies. Failures are OK, too. It’s the process of realizing an idea, building out a plan that we’re looking for.  Great people are...

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SHOCKER: Angel investors DO make money

There’s been an interesting back-and-forth occurring on TechCrunch the past couple of weeks about angel investing performance. The Anti-Camp: Angel investors can’t win In this corner, we’ve got Wealthfront’s Andy Rachleff. He penned an article entitled Why Angel Investors Don’t Make Money…. In his post, Rachleff explains how professional venture investors do make money (and at that, a small minority). The winning formula? Those premier venture firms succeed because they have proprietary knowledge of the characteristics of winning companies In his view of the world, there are winners and losers (losers mostly). The few who understand this “proprietary knowledge” make money at the expense of those who don’t. He doesn’t buy the idea that angel investors — without the large infrastructure and different incentive structure from traditional VCs — are taking share from venture capitalists. The Data-Doesn’t-Lie-Camp: Angels do make money Then we’ve got Robert Wiltbank’s Angel Investors Do Make Money. Wiltbank, a professor and angel investor himself, takes a hard look at angel returns via a recent study he published at Willamette University. Wiltbank’s research actually shows that...

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