Interview/podcast Archive

Berkus & Huston, Comparing Funds

Posted December 19, 2013 By Frank
Dave Berkus and John Huston

Dave Berkus and John Huston

Two great guests and both are running angel funds.

Dave Berkus heads up the Tech Coast Angels‘ ACE Funds and John Huston, the Ohio TechAngels‘ funds. One has state support, the other has none, but they have more in common than you might think – John provided Dave with the fund documents that the ACE Fund would eventually be based on. More tidbits, the two angel groups vie for largest in the nation with both having over 300 members.

What’s the forecast for the New Year? Will the booming public markets continue to buoy angel confidence? Dave and John each share their perspectives on the short-term future.

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Mirabile and Verrill, Hand-Carried Deals

Posted December 10, 2013 By Frank
Christopher Mirabile and David Verrill

Christopher Mirabile and David Verrill

I’m not titling this episode “Headless Chickens” even though it’s one of the many great one-liners in today’s discussion.

I’m joined by Boston angel group managers and ACA board members, Christopher Mirabile of Launchpad and Davide Verrill of Hub Angels.

We’ve jumped on the phone on short notice to kick around some of the same talking points raised by Ty Danco in last week’s episode — so start there if you’re just tuning in.

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Ty Danco, Throwing in the Towel

Posted December 2, 2013 By Frank

Ty Danco

Ty Danco

Feeling increasingly passive?

I certainly am and so is my guest. He’s based in Burlington, VT and works many Boston-area startup deals. He’s been an active early-stage investor for almost 5 years. Ty Danco returns to the Show with insights into his new way of investing.

Google Ventures funded his own startup company, so that takes time away from traditional angel investing. Who’s got time for a due diligence committee when you’ve got your own business to run?

And so he’s become more passive, but still very interested. He had a nice exit in the past year and now he’s playing with house money.

The nature of this exit caused him to rethink his whole strategy, just as AngelList Syndicates are coming onto the scene. I eagerly read his blog posts and knew you’d want to hear from him directly.

Ty shares details of his transformation from a traditional angel investor to a syndicate participant.

As you listen, you may want to rethink your approach…

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Banff Wrap Up

Posted November 27, 2013 By Frank

Angel Group Therapy led by Bill Payne

“Angel Group Therapy” led by Bill Payne and Thealzel Lee


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Bob Chaworth-Musters

Bob Chaworth-Musters

It’s the final day of the NACO Summit in Banff. I might say it’s the best conference of its kind I’ve ever attended — besides great content and speakers, the natural beauty of Banff is looming in every window and it’s so frightfully cold that we’re practically stuck indoors, together, having a great time. Can’t wait til next year!

On this show you’ll hear from:

Thomas S. Caldwell

Thomas S. Caldwell

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Innovate Calgary

Posted October 9, 2013 By Frank

Innovate Calgary

Henry Kutarna

Henry Kutarna

Alex Raczenko is the Entrepreneur in Residence and Pitch Coach; Henry Kutarna is the leader of the Alberta Deal Generator investor group. Together they are part of Innovate Calgary, an incubator/accelerator that’s vertically integrated with the local investor community.

Combine this with the strong energy sector economics of Calgary and you have all the ingredients for a vigorous investment environment. That’s what propelled Innovate Calgary to be awarded the 2012 Incubator of the Year.

Of course, I was introduced to Henry and Alex through my friends at NACO. Henry and many other nearby Calgary investors will be attending the 2013 National Angel Summit in Banff next month. See the registration details here; it’s time to get committed.

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Public Policy Update

Posted October 2, 2013 By Frank

Gary Phillips

Gary Phillips

Gary Phillips started with a concern, he had a Quick Pitch event planned and wondered, how did the new SEC general solicitation regulations affect this big fundraising event?

In San Diego, where Gary is President of the Tech Coast Angels network this is an annual event. It’s where entrepreneurs can polish their pitch to potential investors, but would it cause problems for these same companies as they moved forward with their own fundraising?

Marianne Hudson

Marianne Hudson

Marianne Hudson joins the discussion. She’s the Executive Director of the Angel Capital Association and the ACA has stepped up its public policy advocacy over the past few years, especially with the advent of the JOBS Act.

Where do the new rules and regulations stand?

Did Gary break the rules?
Will other angel groups abandon these pitch fests, bake-offs, demo-days and similar events?
Do they represent a problem or are the rules going too far?

Want to learn more?
The ACA is hosting a free webinar at 4pm EDT Thursday October 3rd: JOBS Act Rulemaking – What Entrepreneurs and Startup Supporters Should Know.

Want to share your comments with the SEC? Submit them here.

Gary’s been on the show before. Check out the 4-part series, All About Angel Investing.

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