Investor Connect Podcast

Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

As an investor in a startup, you may want to provide additional value and sign up as an advisor.

Here are some key points to consider:

  • Choose startups that you can help.
  • Make clear the work you plan to do such as introductions, networking, advising on the domain, or just sharing business experience.
  • Define the duration of the advisor work - one to two years is a common timeframe.
  • Determine the frequency and type of meetings - by phone, in person, or in a group meeting.
  • Set aside time to do the work. 
  • Negotiate compensation based on the work to be done.
  • Compensation consists of a half percent to one percent of equity vested over time. 
  • Be prepared to sign a non-disclosure and non-compete agreement.
  • Have informal reviews with the company throughout the process to make sure you are meeting expectations.
  • Add your name to the team as an advisor to help with fundraising activities.
  • Join sales meetings where you can add value.

Advising can be rewarding but comes at a cost in time and effort.

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

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In this episode, Hall welcomes Jonathan DeYoe, President & CEO at Mindful Money and author of the Amazon Bestseller, “Mindful Money: Simple Practices for Reaching Your Financial Goals and Increasing Your Happiness Dividend”.

Mindful Money is a comprehensive financial education and wealth management firm that brings mindfulness to personal finance.

Mindful Money practices a behavioral approach to personal finance. In a world that is market-focused and performance-driven, they are goal-focused and planning-driven. If you are just starting out, they have courses, digital planning tools, and evidence-based portfolios. If you are nearing retirement or selling your business, they have personal services to support you as you move forward into this exciting new time in your life.

Jonathan is a Seminarian, turned Buddhist academic, turned financial advisor. He has written for publications including The Huffington Post, Business Insider, NerdWallet, and MindBodyGreen. He has been featured in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.

He is also the author of the Amazon Bestseller, “Mindful Money: Simple Practices for Reaching Your Financial Goals and Increasing Your Happiness Dividend”. Jonathan has been meditating for 25 years. He lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife, two kids, and their cat Posey.

Jonathan discusses investing in seed deals and some of the challenges to expect. He also shares the inspiration behind writing his book and explains - what he calls - the pillars of human happiness.

You can visit Mindful Money at, via LinkedIn at, and via Twitter at

Jonathan can be contacted via email at His book can be purchased at

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