Tag Archive: Angel Investor

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    by Angie Chang

    This Is What An Angel Investor Looks Like – Kelly Hoey

    Women 2.0 profiles women (from angel investors to venture capitalists) who invest in women.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    The numbers are bleak – 11% of investment partners at venture capital firms are women and 15% of angel investors are women. And according to this handy infographic on investing in women, women investors are far more apt to be directly connected to and able to attract female-led ventures. Women invest in women where there are women to be found.

    A solution to the low rate of women entrepreneurs receiving investment to go big with their ventures would be to increase the pipeline of women angel investors and venture capitalists.

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    by Angie Chang

    Life Is All About Decisions

    “It is the women running this country but they are the wizards behind the curtains. It is time for women to come out from behind the curtain.”

    By Joanne Wilson (Blogger & Angel Investor, Gotham Gal)

    Life is about decisions. We are a country that does not embrace women the same way we embrace men. I see it first hand every day.

    That is one of the reasons I invest in women. Not all my investments are women driven but I’d say about 85% of them are. It is more difficult being a woman than a man because if we have children we think about our 14 year old being home and agonize over it in a way that most men that I know do not. No offense to men, it is just not in the forefront of their brain. And if we aren’t married and choose to not go that route, we are looked at in a different light too.

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    by Angie Chang

    Why You Should Talk To Investors (Even If You’re Not Looking To Raise Any Money)

    I’ve been on the fence about raising money for my second startup.

    By Erica Douglass (Co-Founder & CEO, Whoosh Traffic)

    As the owner of a startup, should you raise money for your business?

    There are arguments both ways. In the software industry, developers are expensive, and it may take 12-24 months to come up with a viable product. Also, software companies are typically popular with acquirers, as the perception is that there is less work involved and they are more “scalable” than a service-oriented business. (Instagram had just 13 employees and was acquired for $1 billion.)

    The flip side is that you can give up a lot of your company (and, perhaps more importantly, control of your company) to investors, and it may take you some months or years to find the right

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    by Angie Chang

    Pipeline Fellows Increasing Financing For Women-Led Businesses

    By Geri Stengel (Founder, Ventureneer)

    Your startup may be doomed to failure if you under-capitalize it from the get-go, but friends and family can only do so much and venture capitalists are looking for businesses that are more established with huge growth potential. Bridging that financing gap has been especially difficult for women-led businesses and for social enterprises.

    But Natalia Oberti Noguera has found a new recipe for financing women-led startups focused on social good.

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    by Angie Chang

    Challenge To Investment Community: Go Beyond Pattern Matching

    By Christina A. Brodbeck (Co-Founder & CEO, theicebreak)

    Silicon Valley and the tech community is built on hope. It’s built on beliefs, expectations, and a desire for things to happen. As an entrepreneur, you passionately believe in your idea. As an investor, you believe in a particular founder or team. As a community, we want to believe that anyone and everyone has an equal chance of success.

    Hope is what keeps us going; it acts as a bridge to seeing a desire become reality, and it acts as an initial catalyst. There’s been a lot of talk recently about making Silicon Valley

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    by Angie Chang

    Startups (And Angel Investors) Are A Girl’s Best Friend

    By Katherine Hague (Founder, ShopLocket)

    This is the story of how my startup, ShopLocket, found its first investor, Heather Payne.

    In startup land, we spend a lot of time thinking about that elusive first dollar. Whether it’s from a customer, a bank, or an investor, they often say that it’s the first dollar that’s the hardest.

    Every startup’s path to that first dollar is different, but each is surely equally reliant on pixie dust and the stars aligning. Here is my story.

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    by Angie Chang

    Advice for Women Entrepreneurs Seeking Angel Funding: Just Ask

    By Liza Porteus Viana (Contributor, FOXBusiness)

    When Ashley Kingsley and Whitney Trujillo, co-CEOs of Daily Deals for Moms, were looking to expand their business in April 2011 after running it on their own for about a year, they thought angel investors were the way to go.

    But they weren’t sure on how to go about finding investors who would be interested in their deal site offering discounted deals on clothing, kids activities, and other offerings.

    “We just kept reaching out

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    by Angie Chang

    Pipeline Fellowship to Launch Conference on Angel Investing (December 2 in Boston)

    By A. Lauren Abele (COO, Pipeline Fellowship)

    The Pipeline Fellowship will launch its signature conference on angel investing in Boston on Friday, December 2, 2011. The 2011 Boston Pipeline Fellowship Conference features a series of educational presentations and engaging panel discussions covering various aspects of the angel investing process. Regina Pisa, the Chair and Managing Partner of Goodwin Procter LLP, will provide lunch remarks.

    The 2011 Boston Pipeline Fellowship Conference is open to the public. Aspiring angels, current investors, and entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend.

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    by Angie Chang

    My First Year as an Angel Investor at Apricot Capital in Boston

    By Jennifer Lum (Angel Investor, Apricot Capital)

    I’ve been angel investing for a year now and I’m thoroughly enjoying it! I started investing so that I could collaborate with top entrepreneurs and investors.

    I invest through Apricot Capital with my co-founder Peter Wernau. We’ve invested in 8 companies and are thrilled to be working with a stellar group of entrepreneurs. Our first investment, Peekaboo Mobile, was acquired in April 2011 and our second investment, OnSwipe, closed a Series Awesome in June 2011.

  10. Esther Dyson
    by Angie Chang

    Angel Investor Esther Dyson on Women Entrepreneurs and Health-Focused Startups

    Women 2.0 asks Esther Dyson, angel investor in companies like Flickr and 23andMe, about opportunities for entrepreneurs and the women entrepreneurs in her portfolio.

    Esther Dyson: The opportunities for women are basically the same as opportunities in general. They are not currently in video sharing or yet another social network (ie. “if we get 10 million people we’d be wildly successful”). People forget that to get the wide audience you need, you need to spend a lot on marketing or have something unique.

    In general, the opportunities aren’t so much strategic, but specific to an individual. What do you know?

  11. Marya Stark
    by Angie Chang

    Women Angel Investors: 5 Tips on Getting Started

    By Marya Stark (Co-Founder & Board Chair, Emerge America)

    Women entrepreneurs get approximately 15% of angel investments and also represent 15% of angels. Likewise, women entrepeneurs receive 6-10% of venture investments and represent 7% of venture capital investors. Guess what? We need more women investors.

    Last fall, I decided to explore angel investing because I love ideas that are scalable and I wanted to invest in early stage companies. I told a few people and was surprised at how quickly the introductions to entrepreneurs started flowing in. This is one of the advantages of living in the San Francisco area, which has an incredibly energetic and welcoming angel ecosystem. Just do it.