Although I have more than 25 years of experience working with business, entrepreneurial and technical personnel, I continue to experience unfamiliar acronyms. As a result, I decided to create a quick reference list summarizing acronyms utilized in the startup and entrepreneurial community.
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David S. Rose, the CEO of Gust and Founder of the New York Angels defines Due Diligence in his book, Angel Investing – The Gust GUIDE TO Making Money and Having Fun Investing in Startups. The careful investigation into a company prior to making an investment.
Company founders are a startup’s initial investors. As the company requires capital for growth, the founders issue new equity in return for investment proceeds. Typically, investors will require specific rights as a part of the transaction. These rights are negotiated between the parties on an arms length basis. The initial step in the process is the development of a Term Sheet. The following blog on The Term Sheets will provide additional information:
It would be my opinion that it would less difficult to succeed as an investor. My conclusion is based on the ability for the investor to diversify, thereby reducing their risk.
However, the ultimate answer depends largely on what you start with and how you define success. For example, if you have funds which can be invested, becoming a successful investor is significantly easier then if you do not and must spend years developing an investment foundation. Under this scenario, it may be less difficult to succeed as an entrepreneur.
It should be noted that even with the appropriate knowledge base and experience, obtaining success at either is generally difficult.
North Bay Angels invest as individuals rather than using a fund, and has an interest over wide variety of industries including biotech, energy, software, and transportation.
Investable companies don’t occur by accident. In fact, the opposite may be true; many companies may accidentally become un-investable.
The key is that they are engaging and actively seek to understand all potential alternative points of view in the decision-making process.