Anyone who regularly reads this column knows I love AngelList. It’s the matchmaker service between promising startups and early stage investors which has revolutionized angel and maybe even VC investing. There has been a slew of recent articles on AL, including good ones from Venture Hacks, Venture Beat, and BostInnovation. But while there are a few guides on how to hack AngelList from a startup’s point of view, almost nothing exists for angels looking to get … 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
Here’s the link, along with another. Amusing to see myself described as a Bostonian in the first article. Sorry, guys, been rooting against the Sox my entire life. Have been remiss about posting, having been committed with a lot of family obligations for the past month. We’ll be back up soon. The company looks to create games that can be played by feature phones, which are still omnipresent, especially in Asia. For more info on the games, you … Read More
“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
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.