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Questions We Ask in Due Diligence and Why!

Over the now almost 12 year storied history of Angel Capital Group, we have found key information is indicative of a team ready to use our capital to buy revenue, make use of our network and expertise, and to become business partners. These are key characteristics we...

The Great Communications Divide

Over the years of transitioning from an entrepreneur to an investor, I realized there is a great communication divide between entrepreneurs and investors. I was an entrepreneur starting, running, and raising capital for science and tech ventures for 11 years. When I...

How to be the Best Investor you can be – Bet the Numbers!

It is a romantic idea to want to be an Angel…to be a patron of the startup, or as one of our members phrases it, “worshiping at the altar of capitalism.” Every day I hear about how much fun most people believe my job is because of the ability to work with passionate...

How to Select the Right Deal Vehicle

There is both an art and a science to selecting the right deal vehicle to close an investment. Angel Capital Group / Appalachian Angel Investor Alliance is versed in templates for five types of deal vehicles: Convertible Note SAFE Note Revenue Share Series Seed NVCA...

Diligence by the Numbers…

Diligence is not a formality. It is not to be skipped. It is not to be glossed over with trust of a charismatic entrepreneur. As we say, “In God we trust; everyone else goes through diligence!” The reason is simple. Studies show that even 20 hours of diligence on a...

“Where are the customers’ yachts?”

Fred Schwed was a customer’s man in a Wall Street brokerage during the stock market boom of the 1920’s. Following the Great Depression, Schwed penned an investment classic. The title of his book was reportedly taken from a reply to a stockbroker who offered the trope,...

Pitch Guidance – How to Coach an Entrepreneur

Pitching for an investment is not an easy thing to do. It is part art and part business acumen. The short version is the pitch should mimic a great business plan in structure and flow, but be told as a story. It ultimately depends on your style of presentation, but...

When is a Venture Ready for Funding?

We constantly get the question, “when is a venture ready for first funding?” Approximately 90% of startups will seek venture-style capital. And, it is common for a high-growth company to go through three or more rounds of capital. When you seek...

How to Find the Fundable Business

The biggest question most entrepreneurs should be asking is: “is my venture fundable?” Of course, in the heart of every entrepreneur is an undying optimist. Pessimists can’t survive the emotional roller coaster ride of a startup. That kind of optimism leads to...

It’s about the community, stupid!

Everywhere I go, I hear the same thing. Investors want to create opportunity in their own backyards. Not surprising! In geography, we talk about a “love of place,” a powerful feeling and drive that is strongest at home, whatever we define “home” to be. In this case,...

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