Unintended Consequences

Sounds like ace angel podcaster Frank Peters just lost one of his charter sponsors due to him releasing an interview with me about my recent change of angel investing strategy. Gust, nee AngelSoft, pulled their sponsorship of him.  I don’t know anyone who has been more supportive of both angel groups and Gust than Frank.

I explain in the podcast why so many entrepreneurs avoid going to angel groups–they are too damn slow. And I said that in … Read More

Angel Blogs, and my First Interview in 11 Years

Yep, looks like I have finally dropped off the witness protection program. Last interview was in 2000. So we know what that means: it’s bubble time. Thanks to Frank Peters of The Frank Peters Show for hosting me, the only podcast I know dedicated to angel investing. Here’s the link to download the interview. I’ve learned a lot from Frank’s podcasts, he’s done 344 of them and still going strong.

Come to think of it, there are precious … Read More

Portfolio Company Update: Incentive Targeting

I invested in Incentive Targeting in either 2009-2010–it was a deal that took a good while to close, as it had for that time a record number of angel groups in the East Coast. (If you want to hear that story, Frank Peters interviewed lead deal negotiator Michael Mark, first champions and syndicate wranglers D.R. Widder and Paul Silva, and me in 2010 in his show “The Definitive Guide to Herding Cats”,) and I followed on with a … Read More

“It’s X for Y”

“It’s X for Y”

Every angel has heard a pitch like the above. I recently saw a pitch on “LinkedIn for Pets”. Huh???  This means of comparison has become so cliché, and so laughable, that there’s a random startup generator to do this—click here and refresh a few times, you’ll see what I mean. (Thanks to Alex at Biff Labs, one of the many cool DogPatchLabs Cambridgecompanies, for the link.)

But it’s with good reason—people tend to, … Read More

The Perfect Angel Group

Recently an angel group surveyed members on how to improve its meetings. If I could start a group from scratch, here’s what I would try to do.

People:  I like having some minimum responsibilities for members.  I suggest a minimum number of investments or investment dollars per annum; a minimum number of meetings made–say 40%- and a minimum requirement to bring 1 or more guests who can become members or otherwise add value to 2 meetings a year. The … Read More