Women 2.0 profiles women angel investors in our weekly "This Is What An Angel Investor Looks Like" series. By Angela Giacchetti (Associate, Pipeline Fellowship)
Meet Pipeline Fellowship alumna and angel investor Simone Castillo. She is a Senior Associate of International Development Assistance Services at KPMG in New York with over nine years of experience in providing fiscal management and operational advisory services to domestic and international charitable organizations.
Meet Angel Investor Simone Castillo
How and why did you decide to become an angel investor? "When I learned about Pipeline’s mission, I saw the opportunity to continue my work with women and underserved communities while improving my investing acumen."
What investments have you made?
What types of industries do you invest in? "Women/minority owned startups, social impact and STEM."
How has your background played (or not) a role in your angel investing? "During high school, I was tasked with serving refreshments at my mother’s investment club meetings. It was then that I was introduced to the importance of investing and doing so with a group of capable, like-minded individuals. My interest in angel investing stems from this exposure and the desire to play a role in the advancement and development of women- and minority-led social ventures."
One piece of advice to an angel-in-training? "Jump in headfirst and don’t be intimidated by all the new information. Lean on your fellow angels for help."
One piece of advice to entrepreneurs looking for capital? "Be as transparent as possible. You should be able to clearly articulate your strengths and areas for growth. "
What do you look for in an entrepreneur or founding team? "Coachability and the capacity to pivot."
Favorite quote? "Don’t jump around your purpose, don’t simply step in it either. Walk so deep in your purpose that you’re covered in it from head to toe." — Paul Carrick Brunson
Random fact? "I have a twin brother."
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About the guest blogger: Angela Giacchetti is an Associate at the Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women philanthropists created to increase diversity in the U.S. angel investing community and generate capital for women social entrepreneurs. Angela holds a BA in Gender Studies and Political Science from the State University of New York at Purchase College. Follow her on Twitter at @agiacchetti.