Posts Tagged 'angel investors'

Kevin Learned’s Perspective on Valuation

November 29 2011 No Commented

Kevin is a friend and angel leader in Boise, Idaho.    Dr. Learned is a counselor at the Idaho Small Business Development Center at Boise State University where he specializes in counseling with entrepreneurs seeking equity capital. He is a member of the Boise Angel Fund, and is a principal in Loon Creek Capital which assists […]

Crowd Funding – A Critique for Entrepreneurs and Investors

November 25 2011 12 Commented

Crowd funding enables entrepreneurs to raise money in relatively small amounts from large numbers of interested investors.  In the sum, substantial amounts of money (as much as a million dollars) can be raised for each startup company.  Recently, entrepreneurs in many countries have been soliciting investment through “crowd funding” websites designed specifically for fundraising purposes.  […]

The Wisdom of Crowds of Angel Investors

July 7 2011 8 Commented

In 2004 James Surowiecki, New Yorker business columnist, wrote the Wisdom of Crowds which recognizes that the opinions of groups is routinely more accurate than those of most individuals in the group.  In particular, the author demonstrates that large crowds consistently outperform experts within the group in decision-making.  I sense that the Wisdom of Crowds […]

Current Pre-money Valuations of Pre-revenue Companies

April 11 2011 2 Commented

I just returned from the 2011 Angel Capital Association Summit in Boston, April 4-6, 2011.  It was attended by over 500 angels and associates, including about 60 international angel leaders.  It was an excellent meeting – the best yet of the half-dozen or so US ACA angel Summits to date. On Wednesday afternoon, I was […]

Startup Valuations: The Cayenne Valuation Calculator

February 19 2011 9 Commented

We recently started a series of posts on establishing the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue startup companies for purposes of investment by seed and startup investors.  The High Tech Startup Valuation Estimator is an online tool developed by Cayenne Consulting to assist entrepreneurs and investors in estimating the pre-money valuation of startup enterprises.   This calculator uses […]

Startup Valuations: The Dave Berkus Method

February 14 2011 No Commented

We recently started a series of posts on establishing the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue startup companies for purposes of investment by seed and startup investors.  Dave Berkus is a founding member of the Tech Coast Angels in Southern California, a lecturer and educator.  He has invested in more than 70 startup ventures.   Dave’s valuation model […]

The Elephant in the Room

January 25 2011 one Commented

In a recent discussion in Vancouver, Basil Peters and I discussed the fact that many angels are not making money on their portfolio of startup ventures.  Then, our friend Frank Peters, host of The Frank Peters Show, invited Basil, Mark Skaist and me to discuss this topic on his show.  This led to a discussion […]

The Funding Gap

January 20 2011 2 Commented

Startup entrepreneurs need to be aware of The Funding Gap between angel investors and venture capitalists.  It is quite well-known that startup entrepreneurs first use their own capital and then seek funds from friends and family in the process of productizing their innovation.  Only when customers have been identified who have at least beta tested […]

PowerPoint Pitching to Angels

December 29 2010 2 Commented

Business plans have many forms. When entrepreneurs come to the attention of potential investors, they may be invited to make verbal presentations to a select group of investors. This is commonly accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation. Click here for the content that should be included in your PowerPoint pitch to angel investors.

A New ACEF Valuation Workshop for Angels and Entrepreneurs

December 4 2010 No Commented

In September, I mentioned I spent my summer developing a new ½-day workshop for the Angel Capital Education Foundation on establishing the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue startup companies.  This workshop has now been delivered several times to rave reviews from audiences of entrepreneurs and angel investors.  Let me tell you a little about it. The […]