You can’t measure change in Venture Capital by ignoring half the industry

Yesterday, Dan Primack over at Axios published commentary on the state of women as partners in VC funds. While we agree with Dan that women are still incredibly underrepresented in the venture industry, we question his methodology. For his assessment, he excluded all funds with under $100M in AUM — why?

The reality for venture capital is that the vast majority of venture firms are under $100M in size. Change — as with so many industries and cultural norms — rarely comes from the top. It’s more likely to come from the bottom … from the startups, from the grassroots, from the early-stage Micro VCs who are managing their first or second funds. (more…)

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Reno shaking up its startup investing ecosystem

Startup Angels and the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada will host a startup investor workshop designed for Reno and the greater region. If you’ve ever considered startup investing, the workshop is your chance to hear best practices and join a growing network of angel investors around the globe. (more…)

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Aminta Ventures Debuts with Startup Angel Investing Workshop

The Startup Angels workshop is heading to Miami to kick off Aminta Ventures‘ work in the community with a startup investing workshop. If you’ve ever considered startup investing, the workshop is your chance to hear best practices and join a growing network of angel investors around the globe.

On February 28 and March 1, Startup Angels and Aminta Ventures will host a Startup Angels workshop designed for the Miami community. The workshop will offer aspiring angels, current investors, wealth managers, limited partners, and family offices an insider look at best practices and the latest methodologies on startup investing. (more…)

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Here’s How Investors Can Help Put the ‘United’ Back Into ‘United States’

Originally published on Entrepreneur on November 18, 2016.

Rarely have we been so divided as a country. This election was a referendum on that divide: rich vs. poor, urban vs. rural, us vs. other. A large segment of the country feels disconnected from the 21st century economy. In today’s digital age, manufacturing jobs have largely left the US, and emerging technologies like driverless vehicles threaten many of the remaining options for blue-collar employment.

In the days and weeks to come scholars and pundits will offer numerous reasons why this happened and how our political prognostication systems so badly missed the mark. As entrepreneurs and members of the global startup community, we need to look ourselves in the mirror and recognize the role we have to play. (more…)

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What Kind of Startup Investor Are You?

Many aspiring startup investors around the world struggle to determine whether they should be startup investors and what role they should play in their startup investing community. While the term ‘angel’ investor is increasingly understood, it’s just one of a dozen roles an investor might have in their startup ecosystem.

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Angels vs VCs: How They Think, Part 2

For those looking to finance their startup, raising money is one of the most daunting tasks they’ll ever face as entrepreneurs. While many understand that angel investors and venture capitalists (VCs) exist, few understand their similarities and differences in order to pitch them effectively. Building upon Part 1 of this series, the following are some key characteristics you should know about these investor types. (more…)

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