Lessons Learned - Angel Investing

Published: 2/22/2007 9:33:59 AM

An angel investor colleague of mine recently asked me, "What have you learned lately about investing in early stage startups?"

After tilting my head and looking up at the ceiling, I answered that I lately I've been seeing more entrepreneurs who get very emotional about their businesses, to the point of acting in strange and extreme ways that seemed otherwise out of character.

What was common to these individuals was that they had also been through the tech bust a few years ago, and had been scarred by the experience of being washed out, fired or "railroaded" in some way.

The point of my observation was that as an angel investor, it is valuable to learn about an entrepreneur's previous work situations and outcomes - it may provide insight into how they will respond when the new venture doesn't go as planned.

Don Jones


Don Jones
CEO, VentureDeal

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