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Angel investors offer advice to entrepreneurs on raising money (audio)

Posted by Scott Kirsner  May 13, 2011 11:25 AM

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Just sharing some audio from a panel I moderated yesterday at Bocoup Loft in Boston. It featured three Boston angels, and one from San Francisco, offering advice to an audience of entrepreneurs.

In the order that they speak, they were:

- Judy Obermayer, angel investor (member of Launchpad Venture Group and GoldenSeeds)
- Mark Jung, California angel investor and entrepreneur
- Jeff Fagnan, angel investor, backer of AngelList, and partner at Atlas Venture
- Steve Kane, angel investor and entrepreneur (Gamesville, GameLogic, LuckyLabs)

Here's some of what we discussed:

- Representative recent investments by the panelists
- How they do due diligence on companies
- The conflicts that can arise when venture capitalists and angels invest in the same company
- How/where you meet angel investors
- When is the right time to raise angel money?
- How AngelList works
- Giving away equity to contractors or employees (in exchange for work on the start-up)

The audio was recorded on my iPhone, so you'll have to turn it up to hear the panelists who sat at the far ends of the table (Judy and Steve).

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