Summary of The Angel Investor's Handbook

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Gerald A. Benjamin and Joel Margulis tell the current or prospective angel or early-stage investor how to best judge pre-IPO investments. They emphasize matching investors with the right entrepreneurs to create an effective team in which the investor not only provides the seed or early-stage capital but also contributes good advice and contacts. Besides discussing effective strategies, the book includes an extensive directory of top venture forums, angel organizations, publications and Web sites. In addition, any investor will benefit from the thorough rundown of due-diligence points that the authors recommend. While the book is targeted at prospective investors, getAbstract encourages entrepreneurs with start-up companies to use it as a productive guide to making more effective funding pitches, although the companion book for entrepreneurs would probably be more helpful. One caveat: Some ideas are repeated – even with similar wording – from chapter to chapter. But overall this is a solid book, even though the free flows of money it evokes have been arrested somewhat lately.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to become an angel investor
  • What skills you’ll need
  • Why angel investors should never invest more than they are willing to lose

About the Authors

Gerald A. Benjamin is a senior managing partner of International Capital Resources, a capital-sourcing firm with 14 offices in North America. He is also senior editor of The Private Equity Review, chairman of the Northern California Venture Forum and executive director of the Private Equity Research Institute. Joel Margulis has written books on a range of subjects and is currently a university lecturer on writing. Both authors recently co-authored Angel Financing, which focuses on raising capital, the flip side of angel investing.



The Growth of Angel Investing
Today, a growing number of private investors are investing a growing pool of capital. About five years ago, the average private corporate investment was $25,000 to $50,000; now it is $100,000, based on an average of $10,000 to $2 million per investment. This...

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