Posted May 2, 2013 By Frank
All Dan Mindus’ angel group members are under 40. Is this age discrimination, or is he on to something?
It turns out his NextGen Angels has become a unique fit in the Washington D.C. fabric of early-stage investing groups.
I met Dan as we prepared for a panel discussion at the ACA Annual Summit in San Francisco last month. Before we prepped I was concerned that such a small panel couldn’t cover 45 minutes of due diligence discussion. I was mistaken; Dan could more than satisfactorily hold his own sitting next to ACA Chair David Verrill.
Dan and his NextGen Angels might be focused on youth and hot deals, but he brings a surprising amount of experience to the group – he worked with John May and his group for the prior 5 years. I ask him,
Was setting the age limit the only way to keep John May out?
So why did he organize around age? And what benefits does a more youthful group bring to the party? Surely, the benefits of a little gray hair would more than make up for whatever drawbacks we old-timers have…
As you might guess, there’s a lot more to the story than just the age of the investors.
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Posted April 1, 2013 By Frank
Once I had Alan nailed down for this interview I started working on Bill. That wouldn’t be too hard I discovered; Bill and Alan share some history.
Just a year ago Bill stopped by Belfast, Northern Ireland to do a Master Class on angel investing. That sounds like a great title for some angel investing instruction. Who wouldn’t want to be invited to a Master Class?
Alan’s signed up for the 3rd Annual ACA Bike Ride; why not join us?
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Posted April 1, 2013 By Frank
Just received an email from the Band of Angels’ Mike Bates; he was looking for the link to sign up for the 3rd Annual ACA Bike Ride over the Golden Gate Bridge scheduled for 10am Tues April 16th.
Click here; sign up today.
Posted March 14, 2013 By Frank
K&L Gates’ Gary Kocher listens as Sarah Dickey pitches the ACA’s Annual Summit coming up next month in San Francisco.
As the NW Regional Angel Conference in Seattle winds up, the discussion turns to the next event: the ACA’s Annual Summit April 16-19 in San Francisco.
The 3rd Annual ACA Bike Ride over the Golden Gate Bridge on April 16th has a sponsor: Mia Kohout of Momentum magazine will lead the ride. I’ll take up the rear.
Posted March 13, 2013 By Frank
The Alliance of Angels’ Dan Rosen kicks off the NW Regional Angel Conference
For me this annual event kicks off a new year of angel investing conferences. And what a place to be!
The Alliance of Angels organizes and K&L Gates hosts one of the best events of the year here in Seattle.
This is my 6th year attending and I’m catching up with old friends and making new ones.
One of the best features of this 45-angel event? It’s sized just right. Dan has each of us introduce ourselves to get the conference started. You can imagine the funny one-liners! Then it’s time for a break and we get to mingle and chat-up our new friends.
Atlas Accelerator’s Mike Crill thrilled the room with his “The Decade for Angel Investing”, where he made his case for angel investing as the best place to put your money. Yes, maybe you had to be there, but it was the perfect topic for a 10-minute small group discussion and feedback to the larger group.
Can’t wait until tomorrow’s packed agenda.