Startup Wealth: How the Best Angel Investors Make Money in Startups
Startup investors are achieving 20%, 40%, and higher rates of return. Whether you're investing in early-stage companies, raising capital for your startup, or just interested in how angel investors really approach investing in startups, Startup Wealth will unravel the mystery surrounding startup capital.
Startup Wealth delivers engaging interviews with early- stage investors in Google, Invisalign, ZipCar,Uber, Twilio, Localytics, and other successful and not so successful companies. Find out how an amazing IPO can result in early investors getting pennies on the dollar--or a 10x+ return.
Josh Maher profiles 23 of the country's best investors over the last two decades by way of real-world case studies. Through revealing interviews, readers are introduced to Mark Suster, Catherine Mott, Christopher Mirabile,Brad Feld, Allan May, Joanne Wilson, and many other accomplished angel investors and venture capitalists. In these interviews you'll learn:
* How entrepreneurs can identify the right type of investor for their business
* What different types of angel and venture investors look for in startups and how they do or don't add value
* How the best investors think about identifying companies, negotiating terms, and partnering with founders and other investors
* How angel investing can involve many different successful approaches
* What the best investors have learned from their largest successes and failures
* How investors design their portfolios and work with companies to achieve the most successful results.
Startup Wealth is an insightful and useful tool for anyone seeking to make better investments, select great investors, or raise early-stage capital for their business.
Thousands of new businesses are started every year. If you're anentrepreneur embarking on your journey for the first or fifth timeyou'll need to navigate an entirely new landscape of investing andinvestors. Every business is unique and will require different types ofinvestors at different stages of the business life-cycle. I interviewedover 50 of the best investors around the world, like everyone pitchinginvestors, many turned me down. Like all successful startups, the fewwho didn't turn me down added so much value to the process of writingthis book and for you the reader I know the collection of stories inthis book will help you to see the similarities and the nuances that all early stage investors have. This collection of the archetypes ofstartup investors is the only of it's kind.
If you're already anearly stage investor or have an interest in adding startups to yourportfolio understanding these archetypes is critical to improving yourability as an investor or your ability to select investors, advisors,and mentors to work with.
Josh Maher is the president of Seattle Angel, a not-for-profit organization focused on strengthening the startup capital market in the Pacific Northwest. Josh is a Seattle-based investor and consultant with nearly 20 years of experience building and investing in new-technology businesses. More of Josh’s profiles of great investors can be found online at startupwealth.com. You can find his writings on building companies and investing at joshmaher.net and you can always find him on Twitter @joshmaher.