Entries by Peter

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 […]

What do I look for in a Venture Capital Investment?

The answer to what venture capitalists look for in their investments is complex and there’s certainly no checklist that you can follow for investability. I’ll share an overview of my perspective on Venture Capital Investing. If you were to ask me the ONE thing we look for in an investment, I will give you a simple answer […]

When does the clock start at a VC Pitch Event?

Too many startups stress about how to get their whole story into a five minute pitch and they don’t think enough about how to cheat time a bit to get the most out of the five minutes (or two, seven, ten, twelve, fifteen or whatever you’re given). This is the first to two blogs on […]