Posted May 6, 2013 By Frank
We’ve crossed paths at 4 ACA Annual Summits; now it’s time for everyone to meet Hong Kong Business Angel Network‘s founding Chairman, Allen Yeung.
Lot’s of high net worth individuals? It’s easy to imagine that Allen should have lots of members near at hand, but what are the unique challenges of building an early-stage high tech investing network in Hong Kong?
Allen shares his story…
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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 10, 2013 By Frank
Brainswork’s Selma Prodanovic
She only launched the Austrian Angel Investors Association last October and now next month she’s hosting the 2013 EBAN Congress in Vienna — that’s being on a fast-track. She’s an overnight success story.
Meet your hostess, Selma Prodanovic.
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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 March 15, 2013 By Frank
Dave Berkus joins Maia Heymann
Ever funded a deal in 7 days?
That’s exceptionally quick, but when things move that fast where does Due Diligence fit in?
Ever felt a little paranoid? Worried that you’re not seeing the best deals in your area?
My guest today, Common Angels‘ Maia Heymann, says that’s normal, even a healthy reaction for early-stage investors.
Word hit this week that the Common Angels were committing to a new fund, and more.
I knew you’d want to hear it straight from the source, plus I knew Dave Berkus could compare and contrast his efforts with Tech Coast Angels‘ new ACE II fund.
How did it turn out?
As always, you’ll be the judge, but today besides being in the Common Angels Fund III, as of this morning I’m in Dave’s ACE II fund, too.
Grab your wallet and sit for a listen.
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Posted March 5, 2013 By Frank
in Austin, 2012
He was the very first angel investor in Pinterest.
We met in Austin last year at the ACA Annual Summit; this year we’ll see each other again in San Francisco.
New York Angels‘ Chairman Brian S. Cohen has a new book, What Every Angel Investor Wants You to Know. And maybe as the title implies, it’s more entrepreneur focused, so that’s where our discussions go.
In New York, like Los Angeles, “It’s a fire hose,” there are entrepreneur pitch sessions almost every day of the week somewhere in the city. Brian claims that by participating with entrepreneurs we become better investors.
He tells me he’ll be autographing copies at the ACA Summit in San Francisco. Get yours then, too. Another reason to attend: Brian’s tantalizing me with a rare Scotch tasting event one night that same week.
Then, just as we’re wrapping up, Brian introduces the question:
How successful are angel investors?
I may have to have him back again soon…
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