Angel Investing: Some of the Important Rules Have Changed


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Angel Investing: Some of the Important Rules Have Changed

  1. 1. Angel InvestingSome of the Important Rules Have Changed Mike Panesis President, Central Coast Network Tech Coast Angels November 16, 2011
  2. 2. About angel investing
  3. 3. Angel investing is not new
  4. 4. What is an angel investor? Anyone who makes a private investment in a company, typically a start-up Typically, but not necessarily, accredited:  $1 million in investable assets (not including value of primary residence) OR  $200K in income ($300K joint) Often are entrepreneurs themselves
  5. 5. How many potential accredited angel investors are there? Only ~7,000 members of angel groups (2009)Source:,Angel Capital Association, Cap Gemini/Merrill Lynch World Wealth Report 2001
  6. 6. Change in angel investing has a lot todo with advancing technology 10 years ago Now Buy your own servers, in  Rent virtual servers by the hour advance  Software distributed online Software distributed in boxes  Broadband internet access Dial-up internet access common Need $1M+ to start a business  Can start a business for <$100K Capital intensive  Low cost prototypes & offshore manufacturing Effect on angel investing mfg  Founder, friends & family investment is expected FIRST  Greater importance placed on market validation  Lower entry point for angel investment  Led to the rise of angel groups as specialized social networks
  7. 7. About TCA 5 TCA Networks Largest angel investing group Invests in Southern California companies (mostly) Group negotiation, individual investment 12-20 deals per year Invests in more than tech  Hardware/Software  Life Science  Digital Media  Consumer Products/Services  CleanTech/Industrial  Financial Services
  8. 8. TCA Investing Process • Networking Events • Quick Pitch Competitions • Industry Group Meetings Find • Mentoring • Funding Application • Pre-Screen (Vertical & Virtual) • Screen (Local x5) Filter • Dinner Meeting (Local x5) • Due Diligence • Write Check Fund • Board Participation • Personal Networking Follow • Plan for Next Round
  9. 9. Why (and why not) pursue angelcapital? Good Bad and/or Ugly More fundraising options  Process takes time Common term sheet  Requires more patience More tolerant of pitch  Usually rational, but not flaws always Decision-making  More sensitive to priorities: valuation 1. Heart 2. Head 3. Wallet Brings more than money to the deal
  10. 10. Tips for success with angel groups
  11. 11. A good pitch covers all of these… The problem you solve Market size Company & products Business model (how you make money & grow) Team Competition (and why you win) Barriers to entry Financial projections: sales, gross margins & EBITDA, 5 years Raise amount & use of funds Valuation Exits
  12. 12. If you only have one chance topitch, bring your best stuff… 15 minutes long, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A. Greatest contributor to the investment decision. As much a sales pitch as an investment pitch. Needs to be rehearsed, memorized and internalized. One presenter is best. Put a lot of thought into your valuation.
  13. 13. When you pitch to an angelgroup, you’re really looking for oneperson. Awesome! Awesome! That person loves the Pitc h pitch, clearly sees the value proposition, is willing to invest, and will be your advocate inside the angel group. We call this person the Deal Lead.
  14. 14. It’s always about friends & family Why? What matters most? Friends & family invest  Reputation because they know and  Trust trust you.  Who you know Angels rely on their  What you know “friends & family” to decide if they should trust  Passion you. Then they invest. Once they trust you, angels open up their networks.
  15. 15. If you first meet a Tech Coast Angel atyour screening, then you waited toolong. Entrepreneurs & Small Businesses need a network to thrive. You don’t have to succeed first to start giving back. Local networking groups  805startups:  SBStartups: TCA-sponsored events  Quick Pitch (San Diego) & Fast Pitch (LA & OC)  Meetup Group (OC): Mentoring opportunities  Small Business Development Center (SBDC):  UCSB Technology Management Program (TMP), New Venture Competition (NVC):
  16. 16. What’s next
  17. 17. TCA initiatives Syndication  Cooperation among angel groups  Shared due diligence speeds investment decisions Angel Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE) Fund  Invests where TCA members invest  Don’t have to be a TCA member to invest Seed Track  For early stage companies with a missing piece  10 minute pitch  Investors commit up to $100K on the spot  30 day close
  18. 18. The changing business and investinglandscape for angels Business Investing Sustainable business  AngelList Entrepreneurship as an early  ~1,800 accredited angels career choice  400 investments in 18 Incubators, accelerators et. al. months Rediscovering the  Still need local groups manufacturing sector  CrowdFunding Mass applied research (e.g.  Expands the investor pool hackerspaces)  Spreads risk  Self-governance is key  Need more angels!
  19. 19. How the Feds can help Remove Barriers Add Value Effect on  Fund cutting edge research Big Company Small  Subsidize infrastructureLegislation Misbehavior Business  H.R. 2930: Entrepreneur CreativeSarbanes Difficult to Access to Capital Act paperOxley IPO (Crowdfunding) shredding Limits  Greatly increases pool ofDodd potential angel investors Too big to fail accreditedFrank investors  Passed the House, 407-17 Favors firstPatent Patents as a to file overReform profit center first to invent
  20. 20. Questions?