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

Startup Vermont: How a Competition Can Bring Us Together

Vermont New Business Prescription: Second in a Series


Pulling it all Together

Tomorrow I’m meeting with Vermont House legislators as well as an official from the State Commerce department to talk about startup competitions. As I said below in “Vermont New Business Prescription: First in a Series”, Vermont would do well to create a statewide startup business competition.  The State Legislature evidently agrees: they commissioned a committee to put together a plan for a “StartUp Vermont” competition.  Why … 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