Willamette Angel Conference 2016

10 Reasons Angel Investors Don’t Like Your Plan

by Tim Berry

Once again, for the eighth year in a row, I’m involved as an angel investor with the Willamette Angel Conference and screening investments. We’ll announce a decision in May, and between now and then, we’re looking at startups. About a fourth of them get what we call due diligence, and about half of those become... Read More »

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Self-Assessment: Will Your Startup Get Angel Investment?

by Tim Berry

Is your startup a good candidate for angel investment? If you can’t answer “yes” to the four questions here, then it probably isn’t. Angel investors are as hard to predict as any other group of individuals, all operating in their own self interest. There are about a quarter of a million angel investors in the... Read More »

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Where Startups Get Their Money

by Tim Berry

Where do young companies get money? I ran into this three-minute video over the weekend. It’s a great summary. If you’re not already up to speed on the range of startup options from personal savings to venture capital, just watch this: (Note: Here is the link to the original on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U470xXKfDyE) My thanks to the... Read More »

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Quick Quiz: What Do Investors Cite as the Common Cause of Failures?

by Tim Berry

What do venture capitalists and angel investors cite as the common cause of the failures in their portfolios? That’s a great question, which somebody posed in Quora. And as I write this post, it has several really interesting answers. Jason Lemkin, who runs Storm Ventures, has my favorite answer. It’s also the overwhelming favorite of those... Read More »

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Reality Check on Crowdfunding

by Tim Berry

I’m seeing more and more marketing showing up about so-called crowd funding these days. Sorry, but no. Not yet. Reports of crowdfunding in the U.S. are, as of today, just wishful thinking. That is, to be sure, unless you play with definitions. For example, if you call KickStarter crowdfunding, then yes, Kickstarter is a great source... Read More »

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What’s the Difference Between Angel Investor and VC?

by Tim Berry

I see this confusion a lot: People use the terms “venture capital,” “venture capitalist,” and “VC” to apply to any outsider investing in a startup. However, it’s really useful to draw some distinctions in this area, between three important classifications: venture capital, angel investors, and anybody else. Venture capital means big-money investment managed by professional... Read More »

Calling All Oregon Startups

Calling All Oregon Startups

by Tim Berry

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Willamette Angel Conference Invests More than $450K

by Tim Berry

Yesterday’s Willamette Angel Conference (WAC) 2013 event invested more than $465,000 in four Oregon startups, highlighted by more than $250,000 in Portland-based Sonivate, which has developed a fingertip-mounted ultrasound probe that enables imaging while leaving both hands free to do work with simultaneous tactile feedback. Three other startups got WAC investment at the event: Amorphyx,... Read More »

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Q&A: How Do I Finance My Company Without Losing Control?

by Tim Berry

Question: I need $250,000 to get my business started, but from what I see on the web, I’m going to have to give away the business, practically, to get that money from investors. And I don’t want to borrow the money because it’s a startup and I can’t be sure I’ll succeed. My answer: You... Read More »

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Do You Have What Investors Want?

by Tim Berry

What do investors want? I’ve read more than 100 business plans in the last two months. Entrepreneurs are overwhelmingly predictable on this point. Investors want disruptive. Investors want game changing. But not just saying it. Being able to believe it. Two of every three plans says it. Only a very few make it actually believable.... Read More »