9 Point Checklist Before Investing in an Angel (or VC) Fund

In the last post, I discussed how commingled funds, whether they be managed by micro-VCs, leading angels, or traditional venture capital funds, can be an important component in an early stage investor’s overall strategy. This is especially for those who otherwise can’t assemble a diversified portfolio. In this post, I’m going to talk about 9 … More 9 Point Checklist Before Investing in an Angel (or VC) Fund

My favorite reading from the week of May 15

And the awards go to: Rob Go of NextView Ventures for his post on considerations  for the ideal seed round composition; and also to Roger Ehrenberg of IA Ventures for his complementary piece on finding the right investors for the mission.  Startup guys raising their rounds now, read these two article pronto; Fred Destin of Atlas as part of a really … More My favorite reading from the week of May 15

“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, … More “It’s X for Y”

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

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 … More The Future of Seed Capital