The Qualities Startups Focus On When Picking Their Board

Believe it or not, startups have a lot more choice about who’s on their board than you might think. Sure, some folks might want to be early investors or a part of a company they see as promising, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a good fit. Why? Because investment and advisory aren’t just transactions of money or ownership, but rather of ideas and vision.

History, Myths and a Comparison of Equity Crowdfunding

During my years as an angel investor, I came across different equity crowdfunding platforms. I have met founders who are apprehensive of using a platform to raise funds. They think it sends a signal of “negative select.” 

The Quick and Dirty Guide to Creating a Winning Pitch Deck

Creating a pitch deck can seem daunting at first, especially if you’ve never done it before. You probably googled, “how to build a pitch deck” or looked at examples from 2010. You probably attempted to stitch something together based on what you’ve learned on the internet and realized your story is fragmented. 

The Startup J Curve

In his book, the Startup J Curve, noted entrepreneur and angel investor, Howard Love, essentially states that there is no straight line from startup to sustainable success.  Rather, sustainable success follows a J Curve where the company initially dips after it starts.  The dip can occur for several reasons: