Posted November 6, 2013 By Frank
He’s a member of the Tech Coast Angels, he’s the founder of an electric bicycle company that’s expanding worldwide and he’s a budding bicycle safety advocate. Meet Don DiCostanzo of Pedego Electric Bikes.
Myself, if Pedego were looking for angel funding, I would probably look the other way. “Retail model”, I would say to my peers as I turned down the opportunity. But I would be so wrong. Whatever it is – the baby boomer demographics – the popularity of the bicycle that’s occurring in cities around the world – or maybe I’ll credit his business experience and savvy – it’s adding up to a very successful business that’s making customers happy, so much so that the business motto is “Fun!”.
So as a successful entrepreneur, what does he look for when he evaluates the pitches he sees at TCA?
Does his expertise in consumer products make him more favorably inclined towards similar deals?
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The City Commuter
Posted October 16, 2013 By Frank
He’s got a lot going on! Start with Initio, GrowLabs and LX Ventures.
He started as a bootstrapping entrepreneur and today he’s using several financing options, like venture capital and the TSX Venture which he explains.
Meet up with the GrowLab team at the NACO Summit in Banff.
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Posted October 9, 2013 By Frank
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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Posted October 2, 2013 By Frank
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 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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Posted September 25, 2013 By Frank
She’s the managing partner of an early-stage fund, SMART Seed Ventures, which focuses on energy startups, of which there are many in Calgary. She’s also the Chair of NACO, the Canadian National Angel Capital Organization; meet Michelle Scarborough.
NACO has just published their 2012 Key Findings on Angel Investing in Canada. Sometimes reports like these can be dreadfully boring, but this report is load with lovely infographics and Michelle and I walk through it as a way to dissect the state of early-stage investing in Canada. Download your copy and follow along.
Join Michelle at the upcoming Summit scheduled for Nov 20-22 in Banff.
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Posted September 18, 2013 By Frank
No relation, but he does call me “Brother” – arguably, for angel investors he’s written the book of the decade.
Welcome back author and angel investor, Basil Peters.
What’s been the impact from Early Exits and how has the concept evolved over the last 3 years?
Listen as he shares his insights into how venture capital is changing to address the new entrepreneurial economy.
He’ll be speaking in Banff in November at the 2013 National Angel Summit, hosted by NACO, the National Angel Capital Organization of Canada. His favorite topic: getting your money back!
Join Basil and me as we network and share at the upcoming NACO Summit in Banff.
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