Investor Connect Podcast

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

There are two ways to organize your angel network: member-led or manager-led.

Member-led groups let the members source deals, lead the investments, and recruit the members.

They hire staff members to handle the administrative tasks.

Manager-led groups hire experienced professionals to perform key functions such as determining which startups to fund. 

Managers also work on screening the deals so only the fundable ones go through to the members.

They also prepare the founders so their documents and presentations are ready.

They maintain communication with the startup throughout the process.

They lead the diligence process and produce the diligence report. 

Some angel groups partner with incubators, accelerators, universities, and other groups.  

The partner provides meeting space and shares the operational cost of the group.

Some partners provide administrative support.

The choice of member-led versus manager-led often comes down to the availability of someone to take the role of the manager. 


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On this episode of Investor Connect, Hall welcomes Allison Piper Kimball, Managing Partner at Wave 27 Ventures.

Allison, MSPH, MBA is also the founder of the Blue Catalyst Group. Angel investing is Allison's third career, after first working as an environmental and occupational health consultant and then spending almost two decades as an executive in the retail electricity industry. Allison served in a variety of roles including as Chief Operating Officer of Texas electricity retailer StarTex Power before and through its sale and transition to Constellation Energy; and then as Chief Operating Officer at Spark Energy, a nationwide retail electricity and natural gas company which she helped take public in 2014. Throughout her career, Allison worked closely with multiple entrepreneurs at all stages of company growth and development, from start up to taking companies in their early years from start up to sale or IPO. Allison leverages this experience to mentor and invest in entrepreneurs and early-stage companies. 

Allison is a member of the Houston Angel Network and serves on its board of directors, is an LP in Golden Section Ventures and The Artemis Fund, and serves on the board of Montucky Cold Snacks. Allison is active in regional startup, business model and pitch competitions, and mentoring entrepreneurs.

Allison holds an MBA in Finance and Information Systems from Tulane University, a Master of Science in Public Health from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Science from Clarkson University in New York.

Allison shares what excites her now, advises startups and investors, discusses how she sees the angel industry evolving, and mentions some of the startups she has invested in.

You can contact Allison via email at allison@bluecatalystgroup.com, and via LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/allisonpiper/

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