Hi, I’m Frank and I’d like to share a little of my background.
I started Plaid Brothers Software in the 80′s; we wrote software for Wall Street. What a ride! But my fellow entrepreneurs will confirm, it’s stressful running a growing company. After 15 years I was ready for a change, so I hired an investment banker to sell the company. It was a nice exit and, best of all, I was only 45. What to do next? At first I flopped around, devoting my energies to dance photography both in New York and at UC Irvine, but then I eventually felt pulled back to the business world; this time as an angel investor.
Some of my early investing I did on my own, but now I prefer to invest through an angel group. Here in Southern California I joined Tech Coast Angels and I’ve made many investments through them. Today I’m a past-Chairman of TCA.
Why this blog? Years ago I would watch entrepreneurs pitch and blow, what I imagined was the opportunity of a lifetime. They didn’t know what to expect and it was easy to understand why – an angel group is like a private club and you’re not invited, so I started this Show and did these interviews so entrepreneurs who followed could learn what worked for those who were successful.
I hope you’ll spend some time on the site. Listen to the interviews. If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ll learn what makes early-stage investing attractive to angels. If you’re an angel, hopefully you’ll learn how not to lose your shirt.