How to Become and Accredited Investor

A company can broadly solicit and generally advertise selling securities in order to raise capital for their company as long as the investors in the offering are all accredited investors. That brings us to the title of this post; what in the world is an accredited investor, and how does one become “accredited?” Read more

Why Angel Investors Don’t Require Private Placement Memorandums (PPM) any More

Many years ago almost all companies raising money used a PPM (Private Placement Memorandum) as the document to put the deal together.  The PPM typically consists of three or four parts including 1) A summary business plan that describes what the business is and how it is going to execute its plan 2) Risks involved in investing in the deal. 3) A term sheet that describes the terms of the deal and 4) the capitalization table showing existing shareholders, types of shares, percentages owned, etc.  The PPM was the selling document and, when signed, constituted the completion of the deal. Read more

Is there a place for Angel Investors in Oil and Gas?

Some people think only the mega-corporations like Exxon and BP are leading the way in oil and gas investment, but Angel Investors are having an impact as well.  In Colorado oil wells can be drilled for $1.5 million – about the same amount as a typical Angel Investment Deal.  Angels are profiting from these investments – even after the recent cuts in oil prices. Read more

Where are all the Angel Investors?

Where are all the Angel Investors?

I get asked this question all the time and the answer is simple – “They’re all around you.”  But identifying them and building a collective network of angels to pool funds together to invest in deals is not easy in Colorado.  We’re lacking in Google and Facebook millionaires, and yet we have thousands of “Accredited Investors” in the state (with a net worth of $1 million or more excluding their primary residence, or income over $200K per year) Read more

Join Colorado’s most active angel investors and digital health entrepreneurs at Colorado Capital Conference This Week!

Digital Health Care is one of the most promising opportunities for investors at all levels from angels to venture capital, private equity and public markets.  It’s growing fast and represents opportunity created by disruption in the health care market.  The savings digital health companies can bring to health care are significant, and the opportunities reflect the new efficiencies. Read more

Due Diligence Beta Program Launched

Rockies Venture Club recently launched a beta program for due diligence analytics, assembling a team of highly capable industry and academic individuals in order to streamline the time consuming process and assist angel investors with making the most informed decisions possible. This is an extremely exciting prospect because research shows that extensively researching a company at the onset of a deal pays off for angel investors. Read more

Transparent consumer markets have never existed in our current healthcare system.

 Transparent consumer markets have never existed in our current healthcare system.  This means that consumers don’t have access to information that is needed for making informed decisions about healthcare options.  The result is that we randomly select care providers without any knowledge of the costs to the payers – thus increasing the costs for everyone.
Lack of transparency is about to go away and the implications for health care providers, payers and consumers will be huge.
Here is an article describing eight new startups that are working to increase transparency in health care.
http://mobihealthnews.com/29400/8-companies-working-on-price-transparency/
If that is not enough for you, the Colorado Capital Conference (November 13, 2014 Denver, CO) will be addressing this issue.  Our keynote speaker, Tom Main (of Oliver Wyman) will address these issues and a panel of experts will dig deeper into the transparency issue to help investors make smart decisions about investing in early stage Digital Health companies in this area.  Visit www.coloradocapitalconference.org for more information and registration.

What I learned at RVC LOHAS Natural Food and Beverage Conference

LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) Food and Beverage is a unique market segment and it has its own set of rules and metrics.  I’ve been looking forward to RVC’s LOHAS Natural Food and Beverage Conference for over a year now because we’ve seen a number of natural food and beverage companies coming across our sights and it has been difficult to gauge whether they are a good opportunity or not. Read more

Ten Reasons why your Venture Capital Pitch Didn’t Work

Presenting a great Venture Capital pitch is critical to getting the follow-up appointment and beginning due diligence.  Most teams never make it past this critical step.  Why? Read more