In Episode 21 of Accredited Investor Markets Radio, host Christopher Cahill chats with John Lee Dumas, host of the Entrepreneur on Fire podcast, about his extensive experience with entrepreneurs. Mr. Dumas ‘ignites’ the AIMkts listeners with great insight and perspective on investing in start-ups, drawing from his wealth of personal knowledge and stories of entrepreneurs’ experiences (both successes and failures) and all the wisdom that comes with hindsight.
Investing in startups is different than other types of alternative investing, with unique challenges and opportunities. In Episode 19 of Accredited Investor Markets Radio, entrepreneurial ‘it’ girl, Diana Kander, discusses what to look for on both the investment and entrepreneurial side of a start-up. Her discussion with AccreditedInvestorMarkets.com Managing Editor, Alicia Purdy, covers how an angel investor can help or hurt a start-up, how to avoid executing a flawed plan, how to learn and move on from a failure and how identify a perfect match between investor and entrepreneur.
In 2013, U.S. venture capital firms raised 10% less than in 2012, but the funds that were raised were focused on early-stage investing and saw a 51% increase to $9.37 billion, according to DJX LP Source. The number of angel-stage investments announced globally tripled in 2012 and 2013 compared to 2007-2011, as reported by the 2014 Preqin Private Equity report.
This year, so far, has been quite strong in the venture capital and start up investing market. According to the MoneyTree Report from PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, and as previously reported in this Newspaper, investment activity in the second quarter rose 34 percent in terms of dollars and 13 percent in the number of deals – the highest levels since 2000. But does this reflect the appetite for start-up investing and can it be sustained?
In Episode 5 of Accredited Investor Markets Radio our host, Chris Cahill, has an in-depth discussion about investing in start-ups with guest, Brian Thopsey. Brian is the founder of FundWisdom, whose purpose is to provide companies with financial wisdom and help them select the best crowdfunding platform to meet their needs.
The devastation of the dot com bubble in the late 1990s was a serious wakeup call for tech investors. Two leading tech investors are warning that history may repeat itself sooner rather than later, if something doesn’t change in the way investors take on risk.
Excited by the prospect of nurturing the next Google, Facebook or Uber? If so, and if you’re also willing to make big bets with your money, then angel investing might be just the ticket. Angel investors are the rare individuals who finance business start-ups after the founders have put up their own capital and raised as much as they can from friends & family.
Diana Kander is a successful entrepreneur, having founded and sold a number of ventures, and is a Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest non-profit in the world dedicated to entrepreneurship and education. A Georgetown-educated attorney, Diana draws on her experience as a founder, investor, and academic to design and implement curriculum in educational institutions and the private sector. AIMkts recently sat down with Diana to discuss her latest venture, “All in Startup” and what entrepreneurs are thinking, that investors should know.
CircleUp founder and CEO Ryan Caldbeck lays out questions accredited investors need to ask when weighing angel investing versus investing in a private equity fund: How will I achieve diversification? Can I source and identify quality deals? What is my net return? How involved do I want to be? Am I confident about the people?
In my role as an Investor Executive at CircleUp, an equity based crowdfunding site focused on the consumer and retail market, I spend most of my day talking with investors. One question I’m asked all the time is what Robe de Soirée is the difference between the various crowdfunding platforms? Here are some guidelines to help investors navigate the landscape.