Angel Financing for Entrepreneurs: Early-Stage Funding for Long-Term Success [NOOK Book]

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Angel Financing for Entrepreneurs will give you the information you need to understand how angel investors think, as well as how to identify investor expectations, understand the investment analysis process, and prepare for post-investment requirements. Written by Susan Preston, an experienced angel investor, worldwide speaker and consultant on angel financing, and former Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneur-in-Residence, this hands-on resource explains the factors that determine how private equity investors spend ...
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Angel Financing for Entrepreneurs: Early-Stage Funding for Long-Term Success

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Overview

Angel Financing for Entrepreneurs will give you the information you need to understand how angel investors think, as well as how to identify investor expectations, understand the investment analysis process, and prepare for post-investment requirements. Written by Susan Preston, an experienced angel investor, worldwide speaker and consultant on angel financing, and former Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneur-in-Residence, this hands-on resource explains the factors that determine how private equity investors spend their money and what they expect from entrepreneurs. For example:

  • Most venture capitalists do not invest in seed or start-up financing rounds
  • Investors typically require seasoned management with successful start-up experience
  • Investors are looking for entrepreneurs with passion for their ideas and the willingness to take and apply sound advice
  • Business plans must be well-written with detailed financial projections that extend 3–5 years
  • Investors are looking for a clear path to profitability in the business model
  • Entrepreneurs must have developed a corporate structure that is clean and uncomplicated

The message is this: if you are to succeed as an entrepreneur you must be like a Boy Scout and always "be prepared." The book presents many scenarios and creative ideas for working with investors that address the wide variety of situations you may encounter in dealing with angel investors. In addition, Angel Financing for Entrepreneurs is filled with extensive lists of contacts, worksheets, sample business plans, and proposals that will give you the edge you need to attract capital.

Even though it's written for entrepreneurs, Angel Financing for Entrepreneurs is equally valuable for all angel investors, novice to experienced. The book provides a wealth of information and tools for angel investors to use in evaluating companies and understanding realistic expectations from entrepreneurs.

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“If only the entrepreneurs pitching my Dinner Clubs and others in our alliance of angel groups had had this wonderful guide to the murky world of angel investing when they approached us! Clear, concise, chockfull of facts and contacts, a great resource!”—John May, chair, Angel Capital Association; manager, Active Angel Investors; and author of Every Business Needs an Angel

 

“Susan Preston is the entrepreneur’s best friend.  She has an incredibly sharp intellect, added to by her years of experience in angel investing, business, and the law.  Sue possesses that rare combination of great knowledge and down-to-earth practicality, and smart entrepreneurs will pay close attention to her teaching and her advice.”—Susan P. Strommer, president and CEO, National Association of Seed and Venture Funds

 

“Entrepreneurs and angels alike will generate a strong return on their investment of time in reading this complete primer on seeding a venture for success. Susan Preston is an expert on angel investing and entrepreneurship, and it shows in this lucid survey of everything an angel or entrepreneur needs to know when seeding a venture.”—Ian Patrick Sobieski, managing director, Band of Angels and Band of Angels Fund, LP

 

 

  “This is the BEST book I’ve seen to help both entrepreneurs and investors with invaluable advice on how to be successful in this marvelous free-enterprise system of ours.   Susan speaks from first-hand knowledge and experience and is a top expert in this field with practical, insider tips you won’t find anywhere else.”—Bob Geras, president, LaSalle Investments with 40-plus years of experience as an angel investor and venture capitalist

 

“An invaluable resource for both angels and entrepreneurs.  Susan Preston puts it all together in one easy-to-read, well-organized, and practical book.”—Susannah Malarkey, executive director, Alliance of Angels and the Technology Alliance

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118047286
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/13/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 593,668
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Susan L. Preston is recognized as an international expert in, and lecturer on, angel financing, and has been an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for several years focusing on issues related to angel investors and angel organizations. Her previous book on angel organizations was published by Kauffman Foundation. She is also a founder of Seraph Capital Forum, the first all-women angel investment group in the U.S. Susan is also the architect of legislation for a Federal income tax credit for private equity investing to support development of young companies through providing angel investors with tax incentives.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Honorable Lorrie Keating Heinemann     vii
Introduction     1
The Basics About Angel Investors     5
Private Equity Investing     30
Understanding Your Funding Needs     55
Looking for Angels and What Angels Are Looking For     77
Preparing for Investors     93
Making the Match     112
The Investment Process     133
After the Investment     155
Appendixes
Glossary of Terms Related to Private Equity and Debt Financing     165
Non-Disclosure Agreement (Mutual)     193
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation D     197
Angel Organizations in the United States and Canada     213
Angel Organizations in Europe     295
Due Diligence Checklist     301
Due Diligence Interview Questions     309
Convertible Promissory Note     315
Angel-Entrepreneur Internet Matching Sites     321
Experts' Profiles     343
References     353
Acknowledgments     355
About the Author     357
Subject Index     359
Business, Angel Organization, and Web Site Index     373
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