Angel investor

Attention and proposed regulatory changes are only being focussed on one half of equity crowdfunding's potential. Sadly, this was once again clearly the case in today's Australian Financial Review. "Start-ups told to grow up and respect investors in crowd equity funding row" reportedly by High-profile start-up investor Steve Baxter $5 million raises, Public Companies, AFSL intermediaries were touted [...]

When it comes to private equity investments, whether it is via an existing financial services player or an investor or equity crowdfunding platform there are two distinct ways of gaining investors. Serendipity. This is the build the offering and they will come approach. You prepare your pitch decks and Information Memorandum or offering document and you send [...]

In any equity crowdfunding platform raise there are number of aspects. An investment opportunity must be captured by the platform and built to be investor ready. Prospective investors need to be gathered and aggregated. The raise is kept compliant Gathered prospective investors need to be nurtured and welcomed as investors.   Both issuers (fundraisers) and [...]

While in Thailand on holiday I noticed that having your own stall, stand, shop or business is often the difference between survival and poverty. There are hundreds of thousands of businesses like this. Imagine if you had a business that was valuable to the village and you wanted to raise funds by getting a some village folk to invest. [...]

At a recent Angel Investor event I overheard an entrepreneur seeking capital ask an Angel Investor the following question. "What sectors do you specialise in when selecting investments?" The Angel Investor said he had no special preference as he was primarily after "anything that had enough in it to back up a 10 times return". [...]

Andrew Ward and Startup88 recently hosted a discussion on the recent CAMAC Australian report on Crowdfunding. Here are the closing summaries from Paul Niederer and John Kluver. The full discussion can be accessed here! My view is that the report was well researched and well written. However unless there are other changes in the early [...]

Investor, analyst, Blog Radio host and senior industry executive Doug Atkin takes a look at how technology and crowdfunding are changing Wall Street. He travels the country to talk to key players in the sector, discovers new businesses based on this funding model, and is joined by some of the financial and tech industry's leading [...]

For informal investors, investing in start-ups and young promising entrepreneurs is and always will be a risky business, especially in the current economic climate. However there are still business angels who are very successful in these unstable markets. But how do they do it? What is their secret? This was revealed during Informal Investors Day [...]

Good article in StartUpSmart  ... ASX won’t be launching a start-up platform, but do start-ups care? For early stage investment and growing startups the gap from their first raises to a listing is a long journey and there will probably be Angel and VC rounds before then. For companies starting their raises on ASSOB the next [...]

Equity Crowdfunding Daniel Isenberg, Professor of Management Practice at Babson Global has written a controversial article for the Harvard Business Review titled "The Road to Crowdfunding Hell" He builds his article around 4 main points: Equity Crowdfunding is based on inappropriate extrapolations from other similar-appearing activities, such as donation crowdfunding. Purchasing equity (stock) in early stage ventures is [...]