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A few weeks ago, I attended an excellent event called Angel Bootcamp in Boston organized by Jon Pierce. More events that help people get into angel investing are a positive for the startup community. One such success story is that of David Tisch, now of TechStars fame, who had attended the same event last year and has made waves in the NYC tech scene ever since.
Angel Bootcamp is an excellent event for networking with local Boston investors and entrepreneurs. There needs to be more events that bring angel investors out into the tech entrepreneurial community. For too long, angel investors were stuck in formal angel groups where deals were tightly controlled. This is particularly true of Boston which has numerous VC firms, but a dearth of actual angel investors (as evidenced by the strong VC contingent in the room).
It is probably not the best venue however for people looking to learn about angel investing. There was lots of surface level discussion about investing, but no real depth in the mechanics and how of investing. In the same way that first-time founders often get tripped up when starting out, most beginner investors get a rude awakening to some of the games played by both entrepreneurs and VC’s. This is why I am a big proponent of the Pipeline Fund which really helps and mentors women in the world of angel investing.
That being said, there were some interesting tidbits that I culled from the various panels and discussions that I thought I would share.
I would like to see Angel Bootcamp events in other areas of the US. I think the concept is solid and with some tweaks, I think could really provide the type of community, knowledge and transparency that can gives angel investors in waiting the chance to be involved in supporting startups in this country.