How Should Angel Investors Think About WeWork?

There has a recent spurt of bad news coming out of startup world this year. Readers will know Ning & I are conservative angel investors - is there such a thing? We take calculated risk in angel and VC investing and worst case, are prepared to write off our money. Of course, we are obviously … Continue reading How Should Angel Investors Think About WeWork?

How Should Angels conduct Due Diligence?

It has been almost 2 years since we founded AngelCentral. We now have a  quality pool of angels who are investing with (hopefully) a considered portfolio strategy, selecting from a large pool of varied startups and who have a framework for evaluating founders, market and deal terms. The next question we get from more experienced … Continue reading How Should Angels conduct Due Diligence?

A quick recap of the AngelCentral Learning Forum: Why Angel Invest? (Hint: It is more than just money)

Startup investing is a high risk, illiquid, and challenging asset class. Yet, the amount of interest and funding into startups continue to grow each year. VCs, PE funds, Corporates and family offices invest billions annually into the ASEAN startup space. Increasingly, more individuals also known as Angel Investors, have been investing in the space too. … Continue reading A quick recap of the AngelCentral Learning Forum: Why Angel Invest? (Hint: It is more than just money)

Angel Investing: How Risky Is It for an Investor?

A huge number of startups and unicorns have been popping up in South-east Asia and that has fuelled a wave of angel investing clubs in Singapore. Angel networks executive agrees that the growth of privately held startups valuation is USD$ 1 billion or more (this is what they call a unicorn company) causing the sprouting … Continue reading Angel Investing: How Risky Is It for an Investor?

AngelCentral/Angel Portfolio Report Card

ANGELCENTRAL=============AC goal is to build effective angels by offering quality deal flow, investor education and syndication services. Our Community Manager Zijie has written a wonderful summary of what AngelCentral has done in 2018. You can read it here. Some highlights: Hit our goal of doubling investment commitments. From 3m in 2017 to 6m. Of that about 4m … Continue reading AngelCentral/Angel Portfolio Report Card

Cashflow is King. The importance of positive cash flow.

Originally posted by Huang Shao Ning.  I was moderately surprised when Professor Warren McFarlan said at our first Accounting class at the HBS GMP program,”if there is one thing that I would like you to remember from my class, it’s that cash flow is king.” Then he showed us the short clip of Cuba Gooding … Continue reading Cashflow is King. The importance of positive cash flow.

What do experienced angels look for in a startup co-founder?

In the world of startup investing and especially in the early stages, the most important thing that many investors look at is the team. Thus, for any angel who is starting out, it is crucial that he/she understands how to assess founders and what specific traits to look out for. Having delved into the topic … Continue reading What do experienced angels look for in a startup co-founder?