Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money and Having Fun Investing in Startups

Hardcover | April 28, 2014

byDavid S. RoseForeword byReid Hoffman

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Achieve annual returns of 25% or more with a well-designed angel portfolio

Written by David S. Rose, the founder of Gust—the global platform that powers the world of organized professional angel investing—Angel Investing is a comprehensive, entertaining guide that walks readers through every step of the way to becoming a successful angel investor. It is illustrated with stories from among the 90+ companies in which David has invested during a 25 year career as one of the world’s most active business angels and includes instructions on how to get started, how to find and evaluate opportunities, and how to pursue and structure investments to maximize your returns.

From building your reputation as a smart investor, to negotiating fair deals, adding value to your portfolio companies and helping them implement smart exit strategies, David provides both the fundamental strategies and the specific tools you need to take full advantage of this rapidly growing asset class. He details the advantages of joining an angel group, explains how seed and venture funds can help leverage an investor’s resources, and reveals how recent regulatory changes and new online platforms are making startup investing accessible to millions of Americans.

Making money is no longer about sitting back and reading stock listings, David says. It is now about being part owner of an exciting startup that can be fun and financially rewarding. Angel Investing teaches investors how to carefully select and manage investments, establish a long term view, and approach angel investing as a serious part of an alternative asset portfolio while also enjoying being an integral part of an exciting new venture.

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Achieve annual returns of 25% or more with a well-designed angel portfolio Written by David S. Rose, the founder of Gust—the global platform that powers the world of organized professional angel investing—Angel Investing is a comprehensive, entertaining guide that walks readers through every step of the way to becoming a successful angel investor. It is illustrated with stories from among the 90+...

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PRAISE FOR ANGEL INVESTING “The world of entrepreneurial startups is where the most exciting and creative action is happening in today’s business world, which is why I was a strong supporter of the JOBS Act of 2012. No wonder millions of people are wondering how they can get involved as investors. There’s no better place to start than by reading David S. Rose’s Angel Investing.” —U.S. SENATOR CHAR...

DAVID S. ROSE is a serial entrepreneur, Inc 500 CEO and one of the world’s most active angel investors. Described by Forbes as “New York’s Archangel,” by BusinessWeek as a “world conquering entrepreneur,” and by Red Herring as “patriarch of Silicon Alley”, David has founded or funded over 90 high tech companies. He is the founder and CEO of Gust, the international collaboration platform for startup financing used by ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 1 inPublished:April 28, 2014Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword Reid Hoffman xv

Introduction: How I Became An Angel Investor xvii

Part I The Basics of Angel Investing 1

1 The 25 Percent Annual Return:Why Everyone with Six Figures to Invest Should Consider Angel Investing 3

2 Plus, It’s Really Fun! The Nonfinancial Rewards of Being an Angel 23

3 The Portfolio Theory of Angel Investing: Why Every Angel Needs to Invest in at Least 20 Companies 37

4 The Financial Life of a Startup: Where Angels Fit in the Big Financing Picture 47

Part II The Nuts and Bolts 55

5 Develop Your Deal Flow: Sourcing and Identifying High-Potential Opportunities 57

6 Bet the Jockey, Not the Horse: Evaluating the Entrepreneur and Picking the Right One to Back 67

7 Here Comes the Pitch: Listening to the Story Does It Make Sense for Your Portfolio? 77

8 Look Under the Hood and Lead a Deal: Coordinating Due Diligence and Running the Show 87

9 Valuations and Expectations: Discovering the Secret Economics of the Angels 93

10 Investment Rounds and Their Forms: Common Stock, Convertible Notes, or Preferred Stock? 109

11 The Art of the Angel Deal: Negotiating a Win/Win Relationship with Your Entrepreneur 121

12 Term Sheets and Closing: Trust Everyone…but Cut the Cards Anyway 127

13 After the Investment: Managing Your Portfolio and Adding Value as an Active Angel 133

14 Exits and Other Unicorns: Getting Your Money Out Makes All Things Right 147

Part III Your Place in the World of Angels 159

15 The Entrepreneurship Financing Ecosystem: Grants, Venture Capital, Accelerators, and Other Players 161

16 Building Your Angelic Reputation: Getting the Best Deals to Come to You 175

17 Joining an Angel Group: Increasing Your Opportunities and Reducing Your Risks 179

18 Impact Investing: DoingWell While Doing Good 189

19 Sit Back and Let Someone Else Do theWork: Investing in Startups through Seed Funds and Venture Funds 195

20 Crowdfunding and the Global Revolution: Angel Investing for Everyone 199

Appendixes

A Angel Screening and ValuationWorksheet 205

B Angel Investment Due Diligence Checklist 209

C Gust Convertible Note Term Sheet 215

D Gust Series Seed Term Sheet 223

E Gust Revenue-Backed Note Term Sheet 237

F International Angel Investor Federations 243

G Major Regional Angel Groups 245

H Angel Investing Blogs and Resources 249

Glossary 253

Acknowledgments 265

Index 271