A few years ago, I pretty much dropped out of everything but running my startup, BuysideFX. That’s now over ;^( and now I’m itching to get back to investing in early stage companies. But I’m rusty. Real rusty. When I was running BuysideFX, I felt a duty to my investors not to be wasting braincycles on any other startups, and so now I feel out of it: I’m outside of the latest thinking, out of the good deal flow, out … Read More
Ben Yoskovitz has cranked up his Instigator Blog, and you can tell it’s a hit by the people reading and commenting, like early stage investors Dharmesh Shah, Fred Destin of Atlas, Mark MacLeod of Real Ventures, and Helge Seetzen of Tandem Launch. This week Ben wrote a retrospective on his first 9 months as an angel investor, listing 14 observations. (Only 81 short of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses–perhaps Ben launches the Angel Reformation … Read More
Happy to be part of a $600k seed round funding Localmind, with the deal led by Granite Ventures, joined by Montreal VC firms Inovia Capital and Real Ventures. The company is moving to San Francisco and looking to shake things up.
Here’s the story from Tech Crunch and from the Localmind blog itself. Ever want to pose a question to someone at a specific location? Localmind gives you the ability to send any question you want to … Read More
Most angels who volunteer as mentors cite noble reasons to do so: “paying it forward”, “giving back”, educating the next generation of entrepreneurs, and so on. I love people who help others purely for altruistic reasons, and I hope such motives stay foremost in mentors’ minds. The more favors you do, the more come back your way. At AngelBootCamp on 6/14 in Boston, there’s a great session with Katie Rae (TechStars, Project 11) , David Skok (Matrix), … Read More
OK, the title of this post has ensured that I’ve gone and blown any shreds of suspense. But I’m writing this to get feedback from all of you, so feel free to pick apart my logic.
Angel investing itself is 100% bottom-up, i.e., picking the right companies. However, in order to figure out how much I have to spend, I need to think top-down, or macro. I start by figuring out how much is a proper amount to go into … Read More
The opportunities in Montreal are looking even hotter than the Canadiens (6-3-1 last 10 games), and a lot of the excitement is due to companies emerging from a new group of accelerators. While the idea of new business incubators is hardly a new one, the last 5 years have seen an explosion of activity. As I mentioned in my post on the MassChallenge, last time I looked more than 100 accelerators had sprung up in the U.S.