Once you?ve found an angel investor willing to back your company, what are the keys to managing and leveraging this very important relationship? Angel investors often bring much more to the table than just cash: a wealth of experience, passion, and contacts can be among an angel?s greatest contributing assets. But entrepreneurs beware: If you neglect your responsibility to negotiate mutually beneficial terms for investment, involvement, and information sharing, a match made in heaven can turn into a nightmare for you and your early investors.
Susan Preston will talk about the implications of the personal nature of angel investing on investment decision-making, the delicate process of negotiating win-win investment terms that properly align incentives while positioning a company for follow-on financings, and best practices for maximizing the contributions of your angel investors and maintaining outstanding investor relations.
About the Speaker
Susan Preston is an active angel investor, current and former entrepreneur, and founder and past president of Seraph Capital Forum, an all-women accredited investor angel group. She also serves as ?of counsel? at Davis Wright Tremaine and as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. She is the author of Angel Investment Groups, Networks and Funds: A Guidebook to Developing the Right Angel Organization for Your Community. She is an instructor for Kauffman Foundation?s Power of Angel Investing education program, a frequent speaker on private equity financing, and is a founding advisory board member and officer for the Angel Capital Association, a North American professional alliance of angel groups.
Cost: $25 for pre-registered members, $40 for pre-registered nonmembers. Onsite registration available for an additional $5, as space permits.
Register online (http://www.nwen.org/calendar/regbreakfast.htm) or call (425) 746-1973.
Added by gumption on January 25, 2006