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The Coming Fourth Industrial Revolution

Something unprecedented will occur in the coming decades: a large, low-birthrate population in the industrialized world will steadily contract, while the largest “youth generation” in history will take its place.[i] One person in five in the world today is between the...

The South End of San Francisco Bay was a Special Place

Known as “Silicon Valley,” the area was home to companies that supported U.S. Navy and NASA aeronautics research. In time, civilian technology companies set up shop there, beginning with a startup founded by Stanford University students named Hewlett and Packard. Now,...

Investing 101 – London, 1686

A hardly-known ship’s captain from America named William Phips wore out his patience while waiting to be seen by the King of England. Phips had come with a plan to raise a fabulous treasure from a Spanish wreck—the Concepción—lost decades before in a hurricane off...

Investing 102 – New York City, 1896

Early in that year, while meeting for lunch at the Holland House, six distinguished theatrical managers and booking agents lamented the state of the theater business in America. Problems included run-down and unsafe venues, disorganized booking processes, weak box...

IP Narcissism

Intellectual property still commands respect from angel investors. Although, it can be intangible, it still has value in the eyes of the investor. The reality is a patent is only as good as the company’s ability to defend it. But, it seems to create an air of...

“Crowdfunding isn’t about collecting money….”

"It’s about making something happen with a crowd of people who believe in something. Normal people, not rich people with a lot of power, just people like you and me.” The quote above is attributed to a young, European magazine editor, Jozefien Daelemans. However, Ms....

How to Close an Angel Round

Angel Capital Group encourages investors to become acquainted with the leading blogs about early-stage investing. Aside from our own website, we often read the Venture Hacks blog, and we don’t mind providing a link for our members to some interesting content. The...

The Convertible Note

Convertible Notes are easy and fun to execute. Essentially, a convertible note is a debt instrument that converts to equity up the next equity round. So, although it looks like a loan, the intent is that it will become an equity position in the future, and investors...

A Brief History of Angel Investing

Angle investing may be the sixth oldest profession. You know the first two, the third would be agriculture/manufacturing, quickly followed by logistics and banking. The term “angel” was coined for patrons of the theater in the 1920’s and was then retasked in the...

What does it take to fund a license deal?

We see companies seeking funding on a regular basis with licensed technology/IP and we can tell on the front-end if the company has a chance to be successful solely based on the terms of the license. I am not saying we are perfect, but I am saying we walk away from...

Convertible Preferred Equity, The Term Sheet

A company will typically go through seed rounds, which may be accomplished with the Series Seed, SAFE, or convertible Note closings before they attempt a name, preferred round of equity. We generally call the first of this type of deal a company closes, a Series A. If...

Series Seed – a SAFE Alternative

The first few funding rounds of capital are very awkward for a company. They don’t have cash or they would not need investment. They don’t have revenue to justify any meaningful valuation. They don’t have clients or purchase orders to use as credibility or for...

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