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Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:33am
Mark Wachen is the Managing Director for DreamIt Ventures New York and the Managing Director and Founder of Upstage Ventures.     What got you into angel investing? Mark Wachen: Mostly my experience with my own company, Optimost. [Acquired by Interwoven, which was in turn acquired Autonomy Corporation, which was bought by HP].  When I […]
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:33am
It’s a little surprising that entrepreneurs don’t pray more. The best entrepreneurs are missionaries, not mercenaries. Even if they are not explicitly pursuing a social impact startup, they are driven by the sense that they can, at least in some small way, make the world a better place. What’s more, so much of the startup […]
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:33am
Note: Monique Idlett-Mosley is Co-President of Mosley Music Group and the wife of Timbaland.  She was joined by Erica Minnihan, Executive Director at STAR Angel Network.  Unless otherwise noted, all responses are by Ms. Idlett-Mosley.  AA: What got you into angel investing? Monique Idlett-Mosley: We have a number of financial advisors who are extremely are […]
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:33am
I interview a lot people – applicants to Dreamit’s accelerator program, prospective employees, interns, etc. – and one of the questions I *never* ask is, “What is your biggest weakness?” I’ve learned that you never get an honest answer. At best, it’s a test of the candidate’s negotiating skills as they try to figure out […]
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:33am
“Every time I hear the word ‘viral’ I throw up a little in my mouth.”   Ok, I cheated a little.  No one I know actually said that out loud but I guarantee you that there isn’t a venture investor out there who hasn’t felt this way at one time or another.  Why?  Because some […]
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:33am
Since joining Dreamit, I’ve been on dozens of panels and moderated more than a few of them. Some have been awesome, others have been…less awesome. Want to make sure your panel rocks? Keep reading. (I’m going to assume you have lined up great panelists. If not, don’t even bother putting on a panel format event. […]
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:33am
“Why don’t you give Karen a call?”   I was chatting with Ryan Armbrust, an Associate at ff Ventures, about their portfolio companies.  ff Ventures is one of those rare VCs that has built a dedicated infrastructure within their fund to help their portfolio companies with the various functions (staffing, biz dev, et. al.) that […]
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:33am
I both love and fear that phrase. I love it because a deep network of qualified mentors is a major asset to an accelerator program. It is one of the big differentiators between a top 10 accelerator and the other 1000+ unproven** ones. (Although you sometimes have to dig a bit to tell the difference […]
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:33am
Why do you angel invest? I love helping early stage entrepreneurs as I’m an educator at heart.  I’ve started several companies and like being able to share my experience to help other entrepreneurs.  I think there are way easier ways to make money so if that’s your only goal, you should not be angel investing. […]
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:33am
"My friend is at a private equity fund and is now actively looking to move into venture capital..." I get that a lot. Sometimes the friend is at a hedge fund instead and occasionally, I'm approached directly instead of through a friend but the overall picture is the same: they are bored with large, public/established, old-school companies and think VC is cooler.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:33am
Why do you angel invest / what got you into it? Originally it was from a personal asset allocation perspective.  I had the obvious equities and fixed income but had a big hole in private equity and startup type exposure.  I was really driven initially from that but I didn’t foresee how much I would […]
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:33am
Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda. Entrepreneurs Need to Take that First Step.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:33am
Why do you angel invest? I started out as an entrepreneur—just like you—and learned the hard way that sometimes, VC money is not all that it appears to be. It can make you feel like you gave your shirt, your house, your car, and your shoes away. I know what it takes to be an […]
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:33am
This is an informative, must-read for anyone who wants to understand the dynamics of the venture capital industry and the role of limited partners.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:33am
It was not so much a debate as a “frank exchange.” I was exchanging emails with the founder of one of the larger startup pitch conferences. He had asked me if I would promote his event with some of the DreamIt startups who are currently fundraising. His events are pay-to-pitch and it’s fair to say […]
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:33am
On Saturday, October 25, Jews around the world (or at least those who actually go to services) heard the story of Noah’s Ark. And so, with apologies to every rabbi who ever tried taught me anything, here are a few things that Noah can teach entrepreneurs: Plan ahead. Noah didn’t wait until it started raining. […]
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:33am
Andrew Ackerman of Dreamit discusses the three dimensions of pain points every Startup needs to consider.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:33am
I may regret some of what follows. As I general rule, I like to let an article I write sit and reread it the next day.  The first draft can be pretty <ahem> blunt, so I usually find a bunch of rough edges that need to be smoothed over before submitting.  But I have an […]
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:33am
Startups, ever wonder what it’s like on our side of the curtain? For the past several Julys, I’ve been going to Montreal to participate in Startupfest. Often, I address the startups during the main festival on the usual topics: how to find investors, how to solicit feedback on your startup idea, etc. This year I […]
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:33am
Angel investing is hot… and not just because it’s so cool. When, for over a decade, single-digit Venture Capital returns qualify as “top quartile,” seed stage investments have generated 27% ROI. (2) So it is only natural that family offices and high net worth individuals are eager to get exposure to this sector.  The only […]
Andrew Ackerman is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, sometimes angel investor, and proud father of three daughters. He is currently Managing Director in charge of DreamIt’s NY accelerator program.