By Lucy Howell, ACA Director of Partnerships 

You strive to be a successful angel investor. Yet, the world is a wildly different place than it was just a few months ago.

In response, ACA wanted to provide our members and strategic partners some valuable updates, as we re-group post Summit for 2020 Showcase Awards, reflect on the past year, and look forward to what is in store for the organization.  

By: Emily Angold, ACA Marketing Manager

Three new board members were elected at the ACA Annual Members’ Meeting during ACA 2020 – The Summit of Angel Investing held virtually May 12-14, 2020.  In addition to the election of the new board members, one current board member was re-elected for a second term and a Vice Chair was elected.  The Board of Directors is currently made up of 15 members and four Chairs Emeritus. 

By: Brent Gleeson, Founder & CEO at TakingPoint™ Leadership, Navy SEAL

Whether you are an entrepreneur, working in corporate America, or building a startup, it is imperative to continually seek new ways to stay inspired and driven. Being a self-starter is a fantastic quality, but we are all human and get distracted by the minutiae of our day-to-day responsibilities. 

By: Dror Futter, Legal and Business Adviser to Startups, Venture Capital Firms and Technology Companies

Focusing on Anything but Your Runway 

  • Obsessively focus on extending available cash. All those financial projections in your pitch decks were amusing optimism two months ago. If you are still running your business with the same set of assumptions, you will not survive. 

By: Pat LaPointe, Frontier Angels

After my last post, quite a few people asked if I was suggesting that ALL early stage companies should be pulling back in this uncertain time. 

By: Pat Gouhin, Chief Executive Officer

We are deeply saddened and disturbed by the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others.  The Angel Capital Association stands for social justice, equal opportunity, and social mobility through the power of entrepreneurship. We have no place for racism. 

By: Kevin Learned and Denise Dunlap, Sage Growth Capital

“My investors want to renegotiate terms” or “I thought my round was committed but now my investors are backing out”. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone – we have been hearing similar stories from several entrepreneurs over the past two months. 

By: Dan Rosen, Alliance of Angels

To: The Angel Community

After publishing my companion piece, “How Startups Survive the COVID-19 Economic Crisis,” I have received a number of comments about how this impacts angels and angel investing.  Here are my thoughts. 

By: Kathie Priebe and Cristina Almeida, Managing Directors of Golden Seeds

Reposted with permission from Golden Seeds blog.

Editor’s note: This is an update to the original blog post, “How did she do it? A Q&A with Rita Hansen, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Onboard Dynamics,” published on Oct. 3, 2019.

We are thrilled to share the news that Golden Seeds company Onboard Dynamics recently won the prestigious 2020 Luis Villalobos Award in the technology, services, and consumer category. Congratulations to Rita and her team! 

By: Emily Angold, ACA Marketing Manager

Late last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced the appointment of six new members to the Investor Advisory Committee.  Christopher Mirabile, Launchpad Venture Group and ACA Chair Emeritus, was among the new members. 

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IP Due Diligence for Startups by Russell Krajec (Rockies Venture Club)  on  November 13