YOU: You back founders who are obsessed with building a valuable company that can have a positive impact in the world - at scale. You make investments that you can be proud share with your kids or grandchildren someday. You recognize that diversification is a key to successful investing, whether that's in the public markets or startups. And you want to invest with a syndicate lead who has good judgement.
ME: As a serial entrepreneur over four decades, I know what it takes to build a successful company, and the pitfalls to avoid. Nothing lights my day like sharing my experience and connecting founders with capital, clients and collaborators. I’ve made 50 angel investments (portfolio), the first in 1999 and the majority in recent years through syndicates. Platforms like AngelList have helped me diversify my portfolio and afforded access to solid wins like Gimlet Media (acquired by Spotify for $265m) and Calm, the meditation and sleep app (now valued at over $1B). With AngelList handling back office tasks like SPV setup, fund distribution and K-1s, I can focus on finding great companies through accelerators and pitch events, conferences and media, and through referrals from venture partners and increasingly from my own portfolio.
US: A typical syndicate offering will be a Pre-Seed startup in which I have a formal advisory role, or an opportunity to join with an institutional investor in a Seed or later round.
Please join with me to invest in early stage companies that are making a difference. There could be few more purposeful ways to build wealth than to back the founders who will enable people to live healthier and happier lives, and reduce the burden we place on ecosystems.
Some pre-seed deals will be too early to syndicate, but wherever practical I will bring opportunities to this syndicate.