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Angel | hosted by Jason Calacanis - Video

In this series, Jason Calacanis pulls back the curtain on how early-stage startups get funded by interviewing angels and VCs about their investment strategies, biggest hits, anti-portfolio, and more.

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E18: Rob May, investor 45+ co's & founder Talla & Backupify, shares dealbreakers, successful founder patterns, using scar tissue as entrepreneur to be a better angel, creating Talla's ICO & future of bots, blockchain, & crypto

Rob May, investor 45+ co's & founder Talla & Backupify, shares dealbreakers, successful founder patterns, using scar tissue as entrepreneur to be a better angel, creating Talla's ICO & future of bots, blockchain, & crypto

1hr 9mins

18 Feb 2018

Rank #1

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E17: Clara Brenner, Urban Innovation Fund shares insights from ~50 investments focused on solving our biggest challenges, importance of tenacity, momentum, culture to scale & positive communication with investors

E17: Clara Brenner, Urban Innovation Fund shares insights from ~50 investments focused on solving our biggest challenges, importance of tenacity, momentum, culture to scale & positive communication with investors

1hr 10mins

8 Feb 2018

Rank #2

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E14: Satya Patel, Homebrew, on 80+ investments, betting on founders with mission, solving problems over building biz, funding "phases" not stages, portfolio stars, & the critical importance of boards & organizational muscle memory

Satya Patel, Homebrew, on 80+ investments, betting on founders with mission, solving problems over building biz, funding "phases" not stages, portfolio stars, & the critical importance of boards & organizational muscle memory

1hr 18mins

5 Jan 2018

Rank #3

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E13: Jeff Clavier, Uncork Capital, on pioneering micro VC, lessons from 200+ investments & 5 funds, strategizing at Seed for Series A crunch, risky ICOs, & the hard-won wisdom of always be raising

Jeff Clavier, Uncork Capital, on pioneering micro VC, lessons from 200+ investments & 5 funds, strategizing at Seed for Series A crunch, risky ICOs, & the hard-won wisdom of always be raising

1hr 16mins

22 Dec 2017

Rank #4

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E12: BoldStart Founder Ed Sim on 20yrs seeding 50+ enterprise co’s, how his father’s fleeing N. Korea shaped his VC, NYC deep tech, & being 1st dollar in to help move founder-product fit to product-market fit to self-sustainability.

BoldStart Founder Ed Sim on 20yrs seeding 50+ enterprise co’s, how his father’s fleeing N. Korea shaped his VC, NYC deep tech, & being 1st dollar in to help move founder-product fit to product-market fit to self-sustainability.

58mins

17 Dec 2017

Rank #5

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E11: Urban.us Shaun Abrahamson & Stonly Baptiste seed & support startups improving cities, solving climate, housing, waste, transportation, & profit in expanding urban megaregions & TAM

As populations grow, and climates change, could cities be our salvation? With the right infrastructure, urban areas or megaregions can be the most carbon & economic efficient habitations. But cities face countless problems, in housing shortages, broken transportation, overflowing waste, and more. With Urban.us, Shaun Abrahamson & Stonly Baptiste seed startups solving for challenges to make our cities better and our futures more hopeful. Shaun & Stonly talk to Jason about what they're working on, why cities are so critical, what they look for in startups, which problems they are tackling, and much more.

1hr 3mins

10 Dec 2017

Rank #6

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E10: Matt Brezina, investor in 65+ startups (Dropbox, Cruise) & founder (Xobni, Sincerely) shares strategies for backing relentlessly resourceful founder-builders & bringing operational value in return

In Episode 10, Jason talks with Matt Brezina, angel investor in 65+ startups, including Dropbox, Cruise & Ring, and founder of Xobni & Sincerely. Matt shares how & why he got into investing, his critical formative time in YC, the lasting influence of Paul Graham, meeting Drew Houston (failing to hire him, but investing in Dropbox down the road), learning sales from his mom, letting ego interfere with business, why he loves Twitter, his belief in founder-builders and investing in their careers.

1hr 31mins

30 Nov 2017

Rank #7

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E9: Ask An Angel! Jason Calacanis & Brian Alvey answer investor questions on picking startups, evaluating founders, due diligence, how syndicates work, deal terms & more

Ask an Angel! It's a special episode of "Angel," with Jason Calacanis & Brian Alvey (Clipisode, LAUNCH) candidly answer the burning questions of investors and those aspiring to be. Picking startups, evaluating founders, due diligence, Syndicates ins/outs, deal terms and a lot more. Listen and learn! What’s the best way to verify the customers of a potential investment are happy with the product? - Alan When completing financial due diligence what documents should I be asking for/what am I entitled to? - Sheila How can I tell if the founder is the right fit for the company? - Mark “What is the best way to evaluate a founder for persistence?” - David If an idea sounds exciting but I don’t have any experience in the vertical how do I intelligently evaluate the opportunity? - Brian When I invest via an Angel Syndicate is my identity kept secret? Is my name on the cap table? - Kyle I have a great company for your syndicate, what’s the best way to discuss investment opportunities with you, Jason? - Marianne What is the standard carry? What is the minimum investment? - Craig Do you only accept US based companies? - Bill What opportunities are currently available for non-accredited investors? - Pam Re: closing mechanics...should I expect/demand an escrow type closing where all the $ of the round comes in at once?  - Anonymous

1hr

15 Nov 2017

Rank #8

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E8: Pear VC Founding Managing Partner Pejman Nozad shares lessons from selling rugs as an immigrant to seeding 100+ co's & 6 unicorns, staying disciplined & backing founders who want to make a difference

In episode8 of "Angel," Jason sits down with Pejman Nozad, Founding Managing Partner of Pear VC. Pejman came to the U.S. from Iran with nothing, and eventually became one of the most successful angel investors ever, seeding 100+ startups including 6 unicorns. Pejman reveals lessons and insights from his journey, starting from his carpet-selling days and breaking into tech by hosting events at the rug store, to moving into venture capital, starting his own firm and backing massively successful companies. Pejman shares the secrets of his process, including staying disciplined, qualities he looks for in founders (desire to make a difference, combined with a healthy paranoia), conducting due diligence, handling failure, and belief in the good will of Silicon Valley, where you can be a nobody, but still make it.

1hr 11mins

31 Oct 2017

Rank #9

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E7: Dave Samuel, Freestyle Capital, on joy & risk of early-stage, qualities of ideal founder, team & product, portfolio faves, & focused investing as a former entrepreneur

On Episode 7 of "Angel," Jason talks to Freestyle Capital co-founder Dave Samuel, a former founder (Spinner, Brondell) who brings his entrepreneurial focus to investing. Dave shares what qualities he looks for in startups & products, his love for building teams & companies, the trouble with B2C, raising money in a financial crisis, early internet days including founding & selling the internet's 1st music service to AOL, his innovative smart toilet, why he became an investor, and much more.

1hr 25mins

9 Oct 2017

Rank #10