Looking for funding so you can take your venture to the next level? Join an intimate conversation with angel investors on Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 at the Angels' Forum office in Palo Alto. Patricia Roller (co-founder of frog design and member of the Angels' Forum), Georges Harik (angel investor and former Director of Googlettes, a start-up incubator that operated inside Google), and Carol Sands (founder and managing member of the Halo Fund) will answer questions and help you learn everything you ever wanted to know about early stage funding.
If you're interested in attending, please email us your answers to the following questions:
- Why do you want to attend this event? Why should you be selected to attend this event?
- Do you currently own/run your own business, or have an idea for a business? What stage is it in?
- Please describe your business.
- How do you plan on making money?
- Do you plan on participating in Pitch 2009?
- If you had the chance to ask only one question to a VC, what would it be?
Deadline to apply for a spot at this exclusive event is September 12, 2008. To apply, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your responses to the above questions. Selected participants will be notified by September 19, 2008. Cost of the event for selected attendees is $50 a person.
* * * * * UPDATE: Debriefing and Notes from the September 30th, 2008 "Speak with Angels" Event
Angel investing is risky business compared to venture capital, but as Patricia Roller said -- it's about giving back AND making money. Both Patricia Roller and Georges Harik stressed the importance of following up on the introductions or referrals an angel investor gives you bcause even if the angel investor does not invest initially, the interest/investment of their peer(s) may lead them to invest at a later time. Georges Harik stressed the importance of finding a good angel with a strong network to be your first investor, because other angels will be more inclined to follow. Patricia Roller provided a helpful hint that even if an angel investor does not invest, consider asking them to become an advisor and do take their advice, and maybe later, their financial investment will follow their personal/professional investment. Both angel investors spoke to the entrepreneurs about keeping your angel investors and advisors updated -- keep your regular reports concise and focused on what's important. Afterall, your angel investors and advisors are there to help. More pictures from the event are available on Flickr.
Thanks to everyone who came out. The next angel investment event will be in March 2009 -- stay tuned!