Investor Connect Podcast


In this episode, Hall welcomes Gerry Reihsen, Founder and CEO of Coasis Coalition. Coasis Coalition is an organization that builds community and offers a range of services to all participating or interested in participating in Opportunity Zones – investors, fund sponsors, real estate developers, startups and traditional businesses, state and city governments, and public institutions.By helping firms navigate the unique ecosystem of Opportunity Zones, they facilitate economic opportunity and development in disadvantaged geographic areas that brim with the potential of its people.

Gerry is a business building, deal-making and capital raising entrepreneur/consultant/attorney. Gerry is is deeply invested in the success of his clients, pouring his energy, experience and entrepreneurial spirit into every deal and transaction.

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In this episode, Hall welcomes Brett Lanuti, CEO and President of Nocimed. Nocimed centers on providing a better approach to low back pain diagnosis and related patient management. Brett has been in the medical device space for 25 years, focusing on providing better outcomes for patients. Brett provides advice to investors looking to break into the medical device and MRI/imaging space. He emphasizes the need to look broadly across the entire segment for investment opportunities. Brett also talks about how the space is evolving, and some of the challenges, particularly as it applies to MRI. Brett also discusses the unique perspective of a startup, SAS software company in the medical space, and the benefits it provides to practitioners.

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Should You Invest in a Startup Fund

Choose broad or narrow investing to meet your goals

Today, we’ll talk about investing in a fund and choosing between a narrow or broad investment thesis.

When does a fund make more sense than direct investments?

A fund works best when you are not familiar with a sector or geography and don’t have the time to research and learn more about it.  

Also if access to the deals is time consuming or difficult, then the fund may be a better approach.

If the funding requirements are greater than your resources, then you may want to invest through a fund. For example, some sectors require several millions of dollars to participate in a deal so it’s a good strategy to pool your funds with others to participate.

Finally, funds provide diversification that can be more difficult to achieve with direct investments. 

Should you take a narrow investment thesis or a broad one?

Start with your investment goal and then ask if a narrow or broad thesis is the best way to accomplish it. In some cases, it makes more sense to become a specialist say in fin-tech payment or medical device companies.  

On the other hand, if you want to invest in startups in your local area to support the community then a broad investment thesis is better. 

Thank you for joining us for the Startup Espresso where we help startups and investors connect for funding.

Let’s go startup something today!

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