An Introduction to Angel Investing - A guide to investing in early stage entrepreneurial ventures

Dr. Tom McKaskill

Breakthrough Publications, 2009, Australia (279 pages, 1.1MB)

Designed to help high net worth individuals become successful Angel Investors. Angel investing involves active mentoring and coaching of an early stage management team towards a successful exit or additional funding, probably from a venture capital firm. This book sets out a comprehensive and rigorous process which will help the Angel generate deal flow, evaluate investment proposals and manage the investment and subsequent harvest. The book also provides a useful guide to managing operational risks in the venture.

Many high net worth individuals are reluctant to invest in early stage entrepreneurial ventures because they are unsure of how to evaluate the investment or to manage their involvement. Even those that do undertake a limited number of investments are unsure how to best structure the deal or when to intervene to ensure their investment is protected. This book sets out:

        Successful Angels know that investing in entrepreneurial ventures is more than just providing finance. There is an active involvement of the Angel in all aspects of the business. Successful Angel investing is active investing which requires the Angel to find the right investments to suit their personal knowledge, time and interests. Angel investors enjoy what they do but they also understand the risks involved. Those risks are substantially reduced with a systematic approach to the selection, management and harvesting of their investments.
        An Introduction to Angel Investing shows how significant wealth can be achieved by private individuals through investments in high growth early stage entrepreneurial ventures.
        Most wealthy individuals mistakenly believe that Angel Investing is beyond their means or outside their range of experience, but with the emergence of Angel Networks and Angel Funds, the majority of wealthy individuals can now participate in this class of investment.
        1. Business Angels make a difference
        2. An Angel profile
        3. Sources of Private Equity
        4. Your Angel activity profile
        5. Strategic vs. Financial investments
        6. Build a pipeline
        7. Evaluating possible investments
        8. Entry and exit considerations
        9. Agreeing the investment
        10. Managing your investments
        11. Conclusion
        A. Awareness and Alignment index
        B. Venture Potential Index
        C. Operations Development index

        Testimonials: (2009)
        “This book provides the essential basic groundwork for anyone contemplating investing in the exciting world of Angel investing.”

        John Mactaggart, Chairman Australian Association of Angel Investors

        “I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about angel investing.”

        Basil Peters, Angel Investor, Fund Manager for Fundamental TechnologiesII author of ‘Early Exits – Exit Strategies for Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors (But Maybe Not Venture Capitalists)’

        “Anyone considering Angel investment should read this book.”

        Jordan Green, Founder/Chairman Melbourne Angels, Co-Founder/Deputy Chairman Australian Association of Angel Investors Limited

        “An Introduction to Angel Investing by Tom McKaskill is a must read for any successful entrepreneur wishing to stay actively involved with early stage ventures. “

        Andrew Loch, Chair Gold Coast Angels, Angel Investor & CEO of the Gold Coast Innovation Centre

        “This book is a must read for anyone contemplating venturing out into the exciting world of Angel investing.

        Baboo Jeena, Executive Chairman, Jeena Partners, Financial Services

        “This book is a must read for any Angel looking to venture into the lucrative ‘Venture Capital Industry’.”

        Ivan Kaye, CEO BSI

        “This could be considered as ‘the’ book on Angel investing.

        Tony Falkenstein, Entrepreneur