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Investor Connect Podcast

Investor Connect is for investors interested in learning more about investing in startup and growth stage companies. Experienced investors share their experiences and advice with those who are considering an investment into startups and growth companies. It includes a podcast series of interviews with investors to inform others about the process of funding startups as well as a resource list and a discussion board.  

Topics include sourcing, analyzing, and researching companies. Other topics include valuations, terms Sheets, board of directors, board of advisors, due diligence, syndicates, venture capital, angels, angel networks, family offices, crowdfunding, exits, and more.

Investor Connect is a community program. We welcome your suggestions for speakers and topics which you can send to us through the Contact page. No registration is required to use the resources.  Discussion boards are available to post and answer questions about startups and growth company investing through which registration is required.

Investor Connect is a program under the Texas Open Angel Network which is a 501(c3) non-profit dedicated to the education around startup funding.

Disclaimer: Hall T. Martin is the Director of Investor Connect which is dedicated to the education of investors for early stage funding. All opinions expressed by Hall and podcast guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of Investor Connect. This podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a basis for investment decisions.

Oct 31, 2019

Figure out what you want to invest in then look for resources to help

Today, we’ll talk about investing in startups

Should you invest in startups?

Startups are very risky and it’s a lot harder than it looks. 

If you have already invested in mutual funds, index funds, stocks, bonds, real estate etc. then you may want to consider investing in startups through either funds or directly in startups.  

How much should you invest in startups?

- Invest no more than 3% of your discretionary income. There are many good deals out there but for the most part the investment is illiquid for a long time. 

Where do you find deals?

- There are many sources including angel groups, networks, syndicates, and MicroVC funds that let you invest directly in the startup as well as the fund.

Should you invest alone or in a group?

- This depends on your investing style. A group can give you access to more deal-flow and due diligence support. On the other hand the group may pursue deals you are not interested in and vice versa.  

How to get started?

- Figure out what you want to invest in and then ask what resources you need to do so successfully. Do you need help with finding the deals, due diligence, or negotiating the terms. If so, then seek investors and groups that can help you achieve your goal. Don’t join groups because they appear to be fun and make investing look easy.

Investing in startups takes time but can be both challenging and rewarding.  

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

Let’s go startup something today!