John is a thoughtful investor, but more importantly as an investor, he is a brilliant advisor who proactively seeks to support the companies he is investing in. If John is interested in investing in your company, make room for him!
Time and again, angel investors who are themselves successful entrepreneurs have been some of my most helpful investors. John exemplifies this more than any other.
Here are a few specific ways he's helped me with: introductions to potential employees, advice on salary and equity for offers, recommendations for a PR firm, feedback on investor updates... the list goes on. I know that whenever I ask him a question, he'll respond quickly with constructive feedback.
Not only that, but he's a genuine and generous person who does the right things for the right reasons. Among other things, when I was first bootstrapping my business, he lent me a desk in their office. This gave me a chance to observe how thoughtfully he interacts with his employees. Not only do I trust his advice, but I trust that I can reach out to him in all honesty when I need a helping hand.
I recommend him to any of my friends who are raising money, and if he offers to invest in yours, you should absolutely bring him on board. You won't regret it.
Despite having a relatively small position in my company, John is ridiculously generous with his time and one of my top 3 investors in terms of value add. As a fellow operator he "gets it" and can be an invaluable source of strategic advice, or just someone to pump you up and keep you focused. I'm pretty sure there are many institutional investors that do less for their companies. If you get the chance to have him in your funding round don't even think about it - just say yes.
John is genuine and straight up. He'll tell you exactly what he thinks and that's what we respect in our investors and advisors. He also surrounded himself with solid people and we deeply believe that everything else comes once you got high caliber people around you. He makes it easy to tap into his network. He's been also very open about their learnings building a marketplace business, shared a lot tangible data, strategies and tactics.
CEO & Founder of @Opencare. Marketplaces & healthcare expert. Founded & exited @SIMMS (diagnostic SaaS) & @CardioTrust (cardiac clinics).
John is the best angel investor you will ever have.
1. He's an experienced operator and gives great advice. He's honest, doesn't bullshit, and doesn't pull punches. 2. He's extremely generous with his time and well-connected. He will actively help you with hard issues. 3. He's an extraordinary motivator. You'll get fired up just talking to him.
If you get a chance, you should bend over backwards to get him on your team.