East Coast vs West Coast Investors: A Difference in Perspective on Seed Investment

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East Coast vs West Coast Investors: A Difference in Perspective on Seed Investmentangel investors, Entrepreneur, fundraising, New York, startups, value, VC

by vanessaalexandra on March 1, 2015 with 1 comment

There are many differences between the startup scenes in the east coast and west coast.  The west coast overall is a much more mature market with a lot more capital to put to work and east coast, primarily New York, has exploded in the last few years.  I meet with New York investors and their surprise …

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Angel Investing In Action Panel at Pipeline Fellows Conference

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Angel Investing In Action Panel at Pipeline Fellows Conferenceangel investors, early stage, Lean In, learn, Women

by vanessaalexandra on February 28, 2014 with 0 comment

It was a pleasure to moderate the Angel Investing in Action panel. The panelists were an excellent mix with Carol Curley, an experienced angel investor with diverse investment strategy; Anil Dash, an entrepreneur and active startup advisor; and Albert Wenger Partner at USV and angel investor. The goal was to educate the audience, the new …

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Angel Groups 101: an overview

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Angel Groups 101: an overviewangel investors, early stage

by vanessaalexandra on January 22, 2014 with 1 comment

I have been at the New York Angels for the last two years, and in that time we have grown to be the Most Active Angel Group.  I am tremendously proud of this achievement and it is made possible with a  group of actively participating members.  After a conversation with a friend, Tak Lo, I realized that there were …

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Raising Capital: Working with Angel Groups

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Raising Capital: Working with Angel Groupsangel investors, capital raise, Entrepreneur, fundraising

by vanessaalexandra on November 4, 2013 with 0 comment

This Wednesday I will be giving a talk with two panelists on working with angel groups to raise capital.  We will cover: What is an angel group? How do they work? The Pros and Cons of going to an angel group How New York Angels operates From Application through Funding Panelists They have worked with New …

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How Startups get to Screening at New York Angels

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How Startups get to Screening at New York Angelsangel investors, capital raise, funding, fundraising, New York Angels, plan, startups

by vanessaalexandra on August 14, 2013 with 0 comment

Once an application is submitted, the investors are involved from the beginning of the process.  Applications for funding are reviewed by industry experts.  This process works and we have funded companies from a cold application.  It is rare, but it has happened.   Referrals It helps if you know one of the angels and they …

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New York Demo Days from 500 Startups to FinTech Innovation

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New York Demo Days from 500 Startups to FinTech Innovation500 Startups, angel investors, demo day, DreamIt, early stage, Entrepreneur, ERA, funding, New York, startups, TechStars, VC

by vanessaalexandra on August 5, 2013 with 0 comment

Demo Days are fun events where companies leaving accelerators get an opportunity to present their progress to date and capital requirements on a well orchestrated stage in front of investors, potential partners and press.  It is a show and the momentum created by demo day is significant.  I have learned that companies get closer to …

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Is the Accelerator Model Broken?

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Is the Accelerator Model Broken?angel investors, early stage, optimize, startups, value, VC

by vanessaalexandra on August 2, 2013 with 0 comment

About a year ago and after working at New York Angels for a few months, I realized that as hot as the early stage venture scene is, I could not figure as to the number of deals being funded leant itself to prove high success for these companies in 1, 2, or more years.   …

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Comment on the self assessed valuation

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Comment on the self assessed valuationangel investors, capital raise, early stage, Entrepreneur

by vanessaalexandra on July 18, 2013 with 0 comment

In reviewing companies many months ago I found an unusual trend in which the pre-money valuation mode was $5M.  At the time, it seemed it was the default expression of having a startup.   “I have a startup in …. and it’s social… there’s BIG DATA…. we have MBAs…. I have never worked at nor …

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New York Angels Named #1 Most Active Angel Group

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New York Angels Named #1 Most Active Angel Groupangel investors, New York Angels

by vanessaalexandra on April 22, 2013 with 0 comment

In January 2012, I started working at New York Angels, a membership based group of angel investors.  We fund startup companies.  Brian Cohen, Chairman of New York Angels, would explain his bigger vision of angel investing within and beyond the New York Community and the leadership role of this organization.  To execute on this grand …

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Your application for funding: Do’s and Don’ts

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Your application for funding: Do’s and Don’tsangel investors, capital raise, plan

by vanessaalexandra on March 12, 2013 with 0 comment

Your application for funding is a first impression to investors who have not met you or know anything about your startup.   A few good things to start with are: An accurate expression of what your product or service is  An understanding for whom your product or service is for  Throw in the team and …

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