At the beginning of every journey you ask yourself, why am I doing this?
So for me, Angel Investing helps me to fulfil a deep-seated need to strive for a better future. This might sound naïve and even a little grandiose, but to me, it’s just a mindset to help me work towards, and spend my time on actions and projects that I think will make a positive impact on the world.
And angel investing allows me to work where my strengths are really helpful, in critical thinking, problem-solving, understanding people and trends, and financial planning and analysis.
In saying this, I am well aware that Angel Investing is ultimately a financial and investment pursuit. And having spent most of my career in finance and investment roles, I take the financial planning, investment decision making and risk management aspects of Angel Investing very seriously .
And of course, I also very much hope to bag a unicorn and bring more opportunity into my life – why wouldn’t I!?
I am writing this series of blogs to help build awareness and skills in the community! Hope you like it.
My Angel Investor journey
Jason Atkins, Cake CEO, is ready to take you on his Angel Investor journey through this blog series.
I’m very fortunate to be part of the Airtree Explorer program where I will learn from the best at Airtree and the 30 participants what the best practices are. Prior to this I’ve done very minimal angel investing, but have experience investing in many asset classes during my career.
Here are some of my initial goals on this adventure:
What is my value as an Angel?
Angel Investors can provide value to companies in varying ways.
For example, some may purely just provide a cash injection to a start-up, and remain a silent name on a growing cap table. Others may provide more value in the mentoring and guidance they provide, rather than the funds they’ve injected. I already learnt from the explorer program that it can be a great idea to have a few companies that you’re active with, and the rest are passive.
In my role as CEO at Cake I have gained some incredible experience to bring into the Angel Investing world.
What should I know ?
So what do I think I need to know to be a great Angel Investor, or at least to get started and learn to become one? Here are some of the things I will learn about and share in this blog series.
This is not an exhaustive list, and I know some of these answers already (or at least I think I do). But in the interest of avoiding my biases, I will learn as much as I can.
Join the journey
I’ll be sharing most of the information in this series, so wish me luck! And please do come on the journey with me.
If you have questions you’d like answered, just let me know. Otherwise, help me learn! I will put together maybe 5 of these blogs, each covering some great learnings as I go, depending on how things go.
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