Entries by Peter

How Angel Experience Can Help Social/Environmental Impact Companies

How Angel Experience Can Help Social/Environmental Impact Companies. The paradox in impact investing is that a large percentage of impact investors are hurting the very companies that they want to help.  Neophyte impact investors have not yet figured out the difference between philanthropy and Impact investing, resulting in a confusion that causes serious damage to […]

Is Denver the #3 U.S. Location for Micro Venture Capital?

We’ve known for years that Colorado has more startups per capital than anywhere else.  Yes – per capita.  It’s a great location to start up a company and maybe you’re wondering if there’s a Venture Capital infrastructure to support that?  Well, now there’s incontrovertible evidence for Colorado’s leadership position in MicroVCs and it all comes […]

MicroVCs are Changing the Landscape of Venture Capital

As the cost of starting a tech company has gone down, VCs have moved upstream, funding bigger and bigger deals while angels and angel groups have taken up the sub-five million funding space. Meanwhile, accelerators and platforms have also taken a place with funds to jump start companies going through their programs.  MicroVCs are venture […]

Creating an Angel Investor Certification Test

Many professional organizations have a certification test of competency that members must pass to demonstrate their knowledge and ability to perform at a high level.  Doctors, Lawyers, CPA’s and other professions must also take continuing education credits as well. The criterion for being an angel investor, however, has nothing to do with knowledge and does […]

Angel Investing is not as Risky as you Think.

It’s a common misconception that angel investing and venture capital is extremely risky. But when best practices for investing are followed, tax breaks and portfolio returns can consistently outpace even the best mutual funds.  If you’re wondering how this can be true – read on! Angel investing involves capital investments by accredited investors (people with […]

Life Science Investing is Different than Software Tech Angel/VC Deals

Life Science Investing is Different than Software Tech Angel/VC Deals.   Companies seeking early stage investment in their biotech, life science, medical device or digital healthcare companies face al   l the hurdles that software tech companies face – and then some more.  Many of the hurdles have to do with misconceptions that people have […]

Your Startup Just Cashed its First VC or Angel Check – Now What?

After the first angel or VC funding round closes and the checks are cashed, most startups go through a transformation, like from a caterpillar to a butterfly, that makes them fundamentally different than a pre-funding company.  CEOs who fail to realize the changes that need to happen will end up facing challenges they did not expect. […]

Can Women be Angel Investors?

Women make up the fastest growing community of angel investors and it’s changing the face of Angel Capital for the better. Angel groups like Rockies Venture Club have been beating national averages for investing in women and minority led companies with 54% of our portfolio consisting of women and minority led companies vs a national […]