Entries by Peter

Impact Investing’s Secret Weapon – the Donor Advised Fund

Impact investing has always been focused on creating positive social and/or environmental outcomes.  At some points, Impact Investing has struggled to define itself as compared with philanthropy. Both require measurable positive outcomes, and some philanthropies accomplish outcomes that startups cannot while some startups accomplish outcomes that philanthropies cannot. How are we to choose? One way […]

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Impact Measurement from the Start

Measuring Impact has become a major challenge for impact investors.  The main reason is that for all their good intents, organizations that develop impact metrics ultimately end up trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.  Impact metrics systems struggle to compare apples and oranges in order to demonstrate that the social and […]

The New Aerospace Ecosystem

“New Space” is what we’re talking about.  It’s not your granddaddy’s aerospace that was government controlled, cost billions of dollars and was top secret national imperative sort of stuff.  Rockies Venture Club is pursuing its first Aerospace Investing program May 7th in hopes of raising our awareness of this booming “new” category of angel investing. […]

Three Fallacies About Convertible Notes

Convertible debt is commonly used in seed stage transactions, and for anything but friends and family, or a true 90 day or less bridge, I cannot understand why anyone would use these to fund a company, regardless of whether you’re an investor or founder – it’s equally bad for both. There are a lot of […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]