Archive for February 2014

Want to find the best deals? The best exits?  Curious about syndicating on accredited platforms? How about getting answers to your questions about the new SEC rules on general solicitation and what you really need to do (from the SEC and from leading attorneys)?  Want to rub shoulders with some of the best and most successful angels in the world?

The world of angel investing is changing dramatically. To stay current with today's proposed rules and trends - and to hear from the best in the business, plan to be in Washington, DC March 26-28 for the 2014 ACA Summit - Angel Impacts:  Entrepreneurial and Economic Success.  (You can register here.)

We're inviting the media with lots of great stories about how angels support startup companies with passion, experience and funding. In 2012 angels invested nearly $23 billion in about 67,000 ventures. Read more about what reporters will be writing about here.

We hope to see you at the Summit, where hundreds of angels will gather to help determine the future of angel investing!  You will definitely bring home ideas you can implement immediately.

By: David Verrill, Hub Angel Investment Group, LLC & Chairman – Angel Capital Association

ACA is eager for more accredited individual investors to join our organization to benefit from the professional development events, deal flow tools, and resources for portfolio success that we offer, along with the ability to influence public policy that has a huge impact on angel investors.

Now until late-March we're offering savings of a blended membership and fees to the 2014 ACA Summit in Washington, DC, the world’s largest gathering of sophisticated angel investors, and the preeminent forum for interaction and knowledge‐sharing among accredited investors. This is a savings of $300! Individual investors who belong to accredited platforms that belong to ACA receive even larger savings ($500) for the membership/ Summit package.

We encourage all accredited individual investors who are angels or want to become angels to join. For more information, see our news release here.

I will be at the ACA Summit and look forward to seeing you there!

By: Matt Dunbar, Upstate Carolina Angel Network

ACA recently hosted a Webinar with AngelList co-founder Naval Ravikant to help members learn more about the AngelList syndicates platform. During the hour-long webinar Ravikant explained how AngelList syndicates work and how they enable entrepreneurs and angel groups to attract more investors to fill out funding rounds. Here is a quick summary of some of the details Ravikant shared during the wide-ranging Webinar:

Q: How does a deal get syndicated through the AngelList platform?

A: Although any entrepreneur can post a deal to AngelList and try to attract investors, the syndicates platform requires a lead investor. The lead investor can be an individual angel, angel group, or seed fund that sets the terms, commits initial funding to the round, and provides an investor’s perspective on the candidate company. The syndicates platform is simply a vehicle to attract other investors to the deal. 

2013 was a great year for angel investors, including many ACA member angel groups. Several had successful exits, others made more investments than they ever have in a year, and new groups made investments for the first time.

It is important to celebrate these successes, which happened to members in all parts of North America. Here are some great examples:

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The Seraf Method to Valuing Startups: Exit Practicalities by Ham and Christopher LM  on  January 16