Even More on AngelList

I co-authored a piece with Dharmesh Shah on 21 Tips for Companies Raising Money from AngelList. Check it out on the OnStartups.com blog. It’s a companion piece to the article from two days ago on the big four benefits for angels on using AngelList. Forgive the lack of links, I’m typing this for the first time via my phone. Will properly fix this tonight when I’m back in front of a laptop.

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Entrepreneurs: What to Do if You Don’t Have an Idea

This post was originally published in OnStartups. I hope to be doing further guest posting on that site, which is one of my favorites. Thanks to Dharmesh Shah for his edits.

Don’t have an idea yet for a startup?

Then get off your butt and go work for someone else’s cool startup!  And the first place I would want to work would be a company that has momentum, powerful friends, and has been thoroughly vetted by pros.

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Angel Rewards–It’s the Little Things

Just got back from 2 days in Boston talking to MassChallenge companies and 1 day in NYC with TechStars. (Go Ordr.In! Go SideTour!)While I had a lot of meetings and was overscheduled, it was massively fun. But the highlight to me was when Cynthia Smith of Lynx Sportswear came up to me and started profusely thanking me. I recognized her, but didn’t know why she was signalling me out. I remember hearing her pitch, but sportswear–especially women’s … Read More

How First-Time Entrepreneurs Can Establish Credibility: 3 Case Studies

Last week I had a conversation with an eager young first time entrepreneur (let’s call him Joey) just out of school who was looking for funding. If desire equaled fundability, this guy would have raised $50mm already. I try to make it a point to always respond, even though the bulk of those responses will be a “I’m not interested, here’s why, and here’s a thought for what might be good to do.” In his case, I had to roll … Read More

My Next 8 Months of Angel Investing: One Fund and a Half Dozen Startups

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

Montreal ACCELERATES! Or, Ty’s Excellent Adventures Up North

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.

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Why I Passed on Investing in (a real but unnamed) Hot Startup

Yesterday I video-skyped with the CEO of an intriguing Startup.  They were recommended to me by one of their investors on AngelList.  They had going for them a) a big addressable market; b) an area which clearly will break out, but with no clear leader; c) two vocal and well-known angel backers, both of who screen more potential deals than anyone else I know, but both only investing in maybe 10 a year; d) other influential investors; e) an … Read More

Startup Competitions: 5 Lessons from MassChallenge

I’m an unabashed fan of startup competitions, whether they be brief (like the MIT 100K Elevator Pitch competition,) multi-stage (like the Rice Business Plan contest,) or even multi-lingual (e.g., Le Defi des Anges Financiers in Montreal). What’s not to love? New companies get pitch practice and exposure, and the event draws together all the various players in the startup ecosystem…and the more times you can get a critical mass of decision-makers together, the better.  While Vermont can’t run the same … Read More

The Future of Seed Capital

I’ve seen the future of Seed Capital…and it’s Project 11.

I spent an afternoon last week at DogPatch Labs in Cambridge, an incubator backed by Polaris Ventures. Like many incubators, there are a lot of promising startups there, like MassChallenge finalists Neuroscouting and Energesis Pharmaceuticals; TechStars Boston alumni like Social Sci, Localytics, etc.  But the most interesting people I talked with are the people behind Project 11, a seed capital fund run by Katie Read More