Archive for the 'Fundable Deals' Category

Business Plans – Why Write Them?

August 16 2010 No Commented

Business Plans – Why Write Them? Too often you read about investors who suggest to entrepreneurs that business plans are unimportant and they never read them.  I think this is poor advice for entrepreneurs, because business plans are not just written for investors.  Writing business plans forces entrepreneurs to think through and then describe in […]

What do Angels Look for in Fundable Deals – Part II

May 24 2010 No Commented

What do Angels Look for in Fundable Deals – Part II In the last post, I described the two most important characteristics of a fundable deal, that is, the entrepreneur/management team and the scalability of the business model.  So what are the additional features that can make or break an entrepreneur’s business plan? Angels prefer […]

What do Angels Look for in Fundable Deals – Part I

May 18 2010 No Commented

What do Angels Look for in Fundable Deals – Part I The two most important attributes of a fundable deal for angels is the quality of the entrepreneur and management team and the scalability of the venture. We would love to invest in entrepreneurs with prior CEO experience, but angels are most often approached by […]

Software Startups – Made for Angels

April 26 2010 No Commented

Software Startups – Made for Angels Over the past couple of decades, angels have consistently chosen to invest in software deals, more frequently than ventures in other sectors.  Software companies generally scale quickly and produce high gross margins.  When coupled with a great management team and a significant head start, software companies can produce wonderful […]

Angeling in Biotechnology

March 11 2010 No Commented

Angeling in Biotechnology It seems everywhere I travel I find another “center of excellence” in Biotechnology and Life Science.  R&D in these arenas seems to grow and flourish.  Those with a focus on commercializing this science are then quite disappointed when angels express low enthusiasm for their particular projects.  Let me explain why.   Angels seek […]

But…wait a minute…we are in the middle of a financial crisis!

November 20 2009 No Commented

But…wait a minute…we are in the middle of a financial crisis! So why is the middle of a pretty deep recession a GREAT Time to be an Angel? When many of us dust off our checkbooks these days to fund new ventures, we get some flak at home. The line goes something like this: “We just saw our […]

In Pitching to Angel Investors, Preparation Tops Zeal

August 26 2009 No Commented

The New York Times posted a great article on finding Angel funding.  Our four favorite takeaways are from Ted Ray of FlyRight: “Have a product on the market. Nothing speaks more loudly than revenue coming in.” “Do not ask other people for money unless you have spent your own.” “The business plan you show to […]

What to expect from Angel Networks

April 14 2009 4 Commented

Ten years ago, access to individuals who invest in early-stage companies (commonly called ‘angel’ investors) was hard to come by for entrepreneurs seeking such financing. These days the angel investing landscape has changed. As angels increasingly pool their funds or connect in networks, they are becoming more accessible. That is good news for today’s company builders. […]