Posts Tagged 'angels'

Southwest Angel Summit – April 1-2, 2012

March 12 2012 No Commented

If you angels can fit April 1st and 2nd into your busy schedules, here is a dynamite meeting annually held in Tucson and hosted by the Desert Angels:  I have attended in the past and would be there this year, if I could.  

Trends in Seed Stage Funding for Entrepreneurs

December 22 2011 No Commented

I’ve recently taken a look at seed stage funding by venture capitalists (VCs) and angel investors over the past five years.  For VCs, I chose to look at all seed stage VC deals (from MoneyTree©) as well as those in five of the most active regions in the country.  Note that I merged the two […]

The Funding Gap

December 22 2011 No Commented

Here is some data on capital sources for entrepreneurs and the investment The Funding Gap – that I recently posted on  You will find the total available capital from friends and family, government sources, angel investors, super angels and venture capital.  You will also find new graphic showing round size by the number of […]

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.  […]

How do Lifestyle Businesses Differ from Growth Companies?

June 17 2011 No Commented

One way to categorize startups is as lifestyle businesses versus growth businesses.  Don’t jump to the wrong conclusion.  Both are great for the US economy! Lifestyle Companies (build to keep)  Lifestyle companies are usually owned and operated by an entrepreneur and his or her family, or a small group of partners.  They tend to grow […]

Angel-Fundable Startup Companies

May 1 2011 No Commented

What do angels look for in new investments?  Read my recent column:   Angel-Fundable Startup Companies in the Flathead Beacon.

Startup Valuations: The Venture Capital Method

February 5 2011 18 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 Venture Capital Method (VC Method) was first described by Professor Bill Sahlman at Harvard Business School in 1987 in a case study and has been revised since.  It is […]

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.

Who Are These Angel Investors

November 20 2010 No Commented

The following article appeared in the March 2010 issue of the Flathead Business Journal, but is no longer available online. For several months, we have been discussing sources of startup capital for businesses.  Entrepreneurs first use their own cash and resources as they germinate the idea of the business.  As the venture idea germinates and […]