Winning Angels: The 7 Fundamentals of Early Stage Investing
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David Amis has been involved in angel investing, capital matchmaking and start-ups since 1989. At the age of 23, he founded a small firm, which consulted with over 25 start-up stage companies. In 1996 he led the buyout of Venture Capital Report (UK) , the first and most successful angel introduction service in the world and served as Managing Director for one year. In 1997, he founded Amis Ventures (USA), which connects entrepreneurs and private investors to facilitate seed, start-up, an expansion capital deals. Professor Howard Stevenson is Sarofilm-Rock Professor of Business Administrtion at Harvard University; (this chair was established to provide a continuing base for research and teaching in th field of entrepreneurship.) He has authored, edited or co-authored six books. He was a founder and first president of the Baupost Group, Inc. which manges partnerships investing in liquid securities. He is currently a director of Bessemer Securities Corporation, Camp Dresser & McKee, Landmark Communictions, Sheffield Steel, Gulf States Steel, and The Baupost Group, Inc. as well as a trustee for several private trusts and foundations. He is listed in Who's Who in America. He is a president of Sudbury Valley Trustees, a trustee of the Boston Ballet, and a member of the Harvard Club of new York City.
Winning Angels is a practical, hands-on guide to angel investing, which includes tools, tactics and strategies for high-tech, low-tech, and every other kind of early-stage investing. Over 50 winning angels in the US and Europe, including Mitch Kapor, Esther Dyson, Andrew Filipowski, Audrey MacLean, and Dick Morley, share their hard-earned years of experience. Some have done over 100 deals each, while others reaped rewards on investments in companies such as Apple Computer, Amazon.com, RealNetworks, idealab!, StarMedia Network, Kozmo.com, returning on occasions several hundred times their original investment.
Winning Angels reduces the art of angel investing into a science, and opens the doors to those angels who have limited experience, while augmenting the experience of seasoned investors. Entrepreneurs will benefit by reading and reflecting on the contents of the book before they seek funding. They will gain access to the mindset of winning angels, and how best to win them over, as well as finding information on how to value, structure and harvest their deals.
David Amis, who has made 15 angel investments, previously served as the Managing Director of Venture Capital Report Ltd, which has matched over 300 entrepreneurs with angels. He currently invests individually and through StartUpFund I, where he serves as the Managing Partner. As an entrepreneur, he has raised over $10m from more than 100 individual investors.
Howard Stevenson, who has made over 80 angel investments, headed the Entrepreneur Management Unit at Harvard Business School for 18 years. He is a leading thinker in the areas of entrepreneurship and angel investing and has authored/co-authored six books, his latest is Do Lunch or Be Lunch, and 43 articles.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Winning Angels: The 7 Fundamentals of Early Stage Investing,
This review is from: Winning Angels: The 7 Fundamentals of Early Stage Investing (Paperback)This book is clear, informative and well presented. I have just completed an advanced financial course on starting a business. Virtually no time was spent on the topic of angel investors.
It seems to me that this critical topic must be understood by the entrepreneur as he or she consider the funding requirements of a start up company.
Who are Angels? How to do you approach them? What type of investment return do they expect? What types of exit strategies appeal to them and in what time frame? All of these questions are clearly addressed by a cross section of experienced Angels.
This book exceeded my expectations and deserves my time to say thank you.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Read before swimming with sharks,
This review is from: Winning Angels: The 7 Fundamentals of Early Stage Investing (Paperback)The relationship between Angel, VC and Entrepreneur has been a source of popular confusion. This book clears up some key misunderstandings, such as the different roles Angels and VC's play in the financing process of startup companies. 'Winning Angels' contains a reasonable quantitative element outlining different valuation methods and deal structures, which should be accessible to any reader with a basic understanding of Corporate Finance or Discounted Cash Flow analysis. It's also made particularly credible by the inclusion of interviews with successful Angels. I was struck by the high bar set by the interviewees, and their generally shared opinion that the calibre of entrepreneur was a factor subordinate to all others. Because it's written from an Angel's perspective, the book is skewed towards investor interests. These fall out of alignment with the entrepreneur in at least one key respect: investors are motivated to maximise the return on their portfolio of investments, rather... Read more
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Winning Angels, The 7 Fundamentals of Early Stage Investing,
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This review is from: Winning Angels: The 7 Fundamentals of Early Stage Investing (Paperback)As an angel investor in two start-ups and currently involved in fundraising for another one, I found this book to be an outstanding partner. With a chapter devoted to each aspect of the angel investing process, it is easy to get not only the 10,000 foot view, but also specific ideas on how to do it. I could not recommend this book more highly for serious angels or for entrepreneurs trying to understand them (and perhaps get some of their money).
The only drawback is that some people might think angel investing is for everyone, be sure to read the advice to new angels if you are one.
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