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Friday, November 16, 2018 - 12:45pm
In the spirit of G Suite, I’ve posted a copy of this letter on Google Docs, open to comments and suggested edits. So don’t be shy! I’m curious to see where this letter ends up after the crowd adds its wisdom. Add your thoughts here Dear Google, Let’s start with Thank You. Thank you for […]
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:39pm
“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 […]
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:39pm
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. […]
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:39pm
“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 […]
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:39pm
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 […]
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:39pm
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. […]
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:39pm
"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.
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:39pm
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 […]
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:39pm
Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda. Entrepreneurs Need to Take that First Step.
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:39pm
  What got you into angel investing? I came out of AT&T Bell Labs, doing bleeding edge technology for 10 years, and then marketing and business management of large telecommunications projects sold overseas.  So when I left, this was a natural extension of what I was doing AT&T.  I made money in the stock market […]
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:39pm
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 […]
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:39pm
Why do you angel invest / what got you into it? Fatih Ozluturk: I come from an entrepreneurial background.  I’ve started several companies. I also joined small innovative companies. The last one when I left had gotten to be 300 people.  As the companies get bigger, you start to lose some of the interesting ideas […]
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:39pm
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.
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:39pm
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 […]
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:39pm
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. […]
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:39pm
Andrew Ackerman of Dreamit discusses the three dimensions of pain points every Startup needs to consider.
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:39pm
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 […]
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:39pm
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 […]
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:39pm
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 […]
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:39pm
Like most entrepreneurs, I wasn’t CEO of my first startup. While I had a fair share of the company, I owned far less than the CEO who, in addition to having had the concept, also initially bankrolled us. For the most part, this didn’t matter. Like most good founding teams, we had complimentary skill sets […]
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.