Business angel investing is changing. Once it was largely a solo activity, undertaken below the radar. Now angels are increasingly joining together in manager-led angel groups to invest together. New research from the University of Glasgow’s Adam Smith Business School takes an in-depth look at angel investing in the light of these changes.
A chance event led Genevieve Murphy and Kate Barry to be approached by high profile angel investor William Reeve. The two Founders of Trinkets tell The NextWomen what impact he has had on their business and share their 7 tips for those seeking an angel investor.
Our first encounter with William Reeve stems from a great story about being in the right place at the right time. I was attending a free marketing week put on by Start Up Britain and during questions they encouraged the audience to state their name and company as the entire week was being streamed online. On the last day, I asked a question and a business friend of Williams was watching and went on to Google Trinkets. Discovering it was a subscription based business, she forwarded it to William and he got in contact with us.
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Teddle Co-Founder Alex Depledge looks back at raising investment for her business and shares her top ten tips for finding an investor.
I use to nod sympathetically when I spoke to other founders who had spent months raising money, secretly thinking arrogantly that it wouldn't be us. We only had a 6-month survival window that we could keep Teddle afloat without investment so it couldn't possibly take longer than that. It did. Double in fact.
Lauren Maillian Bias is a serial entrepreneur; she is the Founder and CEO of Luxury Market Branding, a strategic marketing company, and is a Founding Partner at Gen Y Capital Partners, an early stage venture firm focused on investments in mobile and consumer facing technology enabled companies.
At age 19, Lauren founded a boutique winery that quickly became an internationally recognized award-winning wine brand, making her the youngest self-made winery owner in the country. She served as the Chief Operating Officer of the company from inception through the brand’s acquisition in 2011.
Lauren often speaks about entrepreneurship, female leadership, marketing, branding, business development and early stage venture at various conferences. She has spoken at prestigious institutions including Harvard, Columbia University, Cornell and the University of Virginia. She is a large supporter of entrepreneurship and judges the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s (NFTE) business plan competition and the incoming classes of Start Up Chile, an incubator program in support of entrepreneurship sponsored by the Chilean Government. Lauren is an active advisor to several startups and is a mentor to the Women Innovate Mobile Accelerator.
Kristian Segerstrale is an entrepeneur, executive and investor in games, consumer internet and technology companies.
Best known as Co-Founder of Playfish, a social games company which was acquired by EA for $400 million in 2009, he is currently a Partner at Initial Capital, an investor and accelerator for early-stage technology companies, and a board member of game company Supercell.
Kristian's previous positions have included Director at LoveFilm; Executive Vice President at EA Games (staying on with EA after they aquired Playfish); and Co-founder of VP EMEA Studios and Publishing.
We spoke to Kristian about selling Playfish; the differences between building a business in Europe and the States; and his suggestions for Neelie Kroes on fostering entrepreneurialism and innovation in Europe.
Great news, an investment fund which explicitly states that it wants to invest in female entrepreneurs. Time to talk! The Next Women talked to Dave Richards, Founder & Managing Partner of Unitus Seed Fund.
Dave Richards is an experienced entrepreneur, executive and global early-stage investor. He has been an early investor in microfinance and other emerging market sector businesses serving BoP (low-income) populations. Dave has been involved with the Unitus Group since 2005, helping to lead efforts to select and invest in BoP entrepreneurs in many developing countries.
Previously, Dave developed multiple high-growth technology businesses at RealNetworks, Sybase and Symantec from startup to multiple hundred million dollar global enterprises. He also is a partner with Social Venture Partners Seattle and leads the Social Innovation Fast Pitch startup angel fund. We spoke to Dave about investing in India; his thoughts on microfinance; and why Unitus Seed Fund is specifically looking for female entrepreneurs to invest in.
The NextWomen Editorial Assistant Alyssa Davison reviews the Global Pitch Competition at the We Own It Summit, organised by Astia and The NextWomen.
Dare I proclaim that, with two events under my belt, I am well on my way to becoming a pitch veteran? The most recent event I attended, The Global Pitch Competition at the fourth annual We Own It Summit, really opened my eyes to how powerful a polished presentation can be. Read on to find out why...
Some context about the event itself: the Global Pitch Competition was the main event of the 2013 We Own It Summit, organised by Astia and The NextWomen. Competing for a cash prize of £20,000 (provided by the sponsors Technology Strategy Board, Microsoft and Astia Angel) five finalists had been selected to pitch their business models in front of six judges.
After earning her Stanford MBA in 1983, Heidi Roizen co-founded T/Maker, a personal computer company, on a leap of faith. She was one of only a handful of women tech entrepreneurs at the time.
Following a successful exit, she served as VP of Worldwide Developer Relations at Apple, and then entered the venture world as Managing Director of Mobius Venture Capital in 1999.
She was elected to the Board of Directors at London-based global media company, DMGT, in 2012, making her the first female director in the company's 116-year history.
She is now a venture partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson.
MaryAnn Bekkedahl is the co-founder and president of New York-based Keep Holdings, a Wall Street Journal Top 50 startup that has raised $43 million in Series A funding. Keep Holdings operates three web services focusing on email management, ecommerce, and advertising.
Formerly, as the EVP, Group Publisher of Rodale, MaryAnn ran advertising sales for all media at Rodale Inc., the leading global magazine and website publisher in health and fitness content. MaryAnn was named Adweek Media’s “Publishing Executive of the Year” in 2009. She has earned spots for her brands on the prestigious and highly coveted trade lists including AdWeek’s Hot List, and Advertising Age’s A-List.
min magazine named MaryAnn one of the “Most Intriguing People” of 2004, Gotham magazine named her one of its “40 Under 40” in 2003, and Advertising Age named her a “Woman to Watch” in 2003.
After our interview with the impressive founder Danae Ringelmann of crowdfunding website Indiegogo, I have been browsing for projects on crowdfunding sites. Books, films, products, there are so many projects which need to crowd to make it happen. One of the projects that we like to promote on our website is the Docu 'She Started it'.
She Started It is a documentary about the rise of women technology entrepreneurs in the US and Europe.