Angel Knowledge Series

  • • Go Beyond Network, Bethann Kassman.
  • • Heartland Angels, Ron Kirschner.
  • • Hawaii Angels, Chenoa Farnsworth.
  • • Maximize Angel Investments, William De Temple.
  • • Stepstone Angels, Oscar Moralez.
  • • Moderator: Michael Price.

    If you want to find the best tech start-ups for maximum returns, you have to be where the action is. You must be involved in the tech community. You have to be willing to put yourself out there and talk to a ton of founders. You need to build relationships with entrepreneurs and be as open with them as they are with you. Listen to a number of highly experienced angel group chairs and angels discussing best practices in generating high quality angel dealflow. Topics to be covered include:

    A. Building Your Referral Network.
        1. Key local law firms.
        2. Local family offices.
        3. Key local CPA firms.
        4. Other angel groups/members.
        5. Other local angels.
        6. Successful local tech co founders
        7. Accelerators/Incubators, Universities, Government groups.

    B. Regional and National Networks.
        1. AngelList (anyone can list but popular deals with experienced funders identified).
        2. Gust (startups can pay to be listed but trusted referrals good).
        3. FundersClub (better screening is improving the quality).
        4. AngelPool (many deals being led by other trusted angel groups).
        5. Investors Circles (for impact startups).
        6. Crowdfunding for Accredited Investors: i.e. WeFunder.

    C. Publicity to Create a Magnet.
        1. Articles on invested companies citing you invested.
        2. Articles on successful exits citing you invested.
        3. Speaking at tech/entrepreneur/business conferences/events.
        4. Posting and coverage of your group's upcoming meetings.
        5. Participating in public/private events which sponsor business competitions.

    D. Event Magnets.
        1. Associations meetings (,, etc).
        2. Local Startup/Entrepreneur events.
        3. Local university tech/entrepreneur events.
        4. Venture and tech events.
        5. Host educational events on startup how-to's.
        6. Host a BizPlan Pitch Competition and get word out.

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