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Startup Myth Busters

09:14 19 May in Blog by Ken Kousky

By: Ken Kousky, BlueWater Angels and Krista Tuomi, American University Federal and state governments are beginning to recognize the important role that startups play in job creation. (A recent article by Neumark, Wall, and Zhang notes that they account for almost 20 percent of gross job...

Real investors price their equity deals

15:01 20 February in Blog by Ken Kousky

That’s right, real deals need to address the tough fundamentals like valuation and corporate governance. It’s become popular to do “gentleman" investments where nobody gets there hands dirty. This also seems the easy way for beginners to get started. The real investors address the real issues that are...

Angel Options

17:04 03 October in Blog by Ken Kousky

Angel Options: The growth of Angel groups around the world has been facilitated by the use of standardized methods and tools. This has been vital in creating a more efficient seed-capital market. It has expanded startup opportunities around the country and not just in silicon...

The Art of Angel Investing = De-risking

02:02 16 September in Blog by Ken Kousky

The art of angel investing boils down to successful de-risking. There is a continual flow of new opportunities for individuals to convert savings into meaningful (both social value and significant financial return) investments. However, when the government steps in, the quality of its decisions is...

The Equity Crowdfunding Experience

01:00 10 June in Blog by Ken Kousky

The Equity Crowdfunding Experience in the UK and Sweden: Implications for Angels Seventeen states and the District of Columbia now allow non-accredited investors to invest in startups located in their state. As more states follow suit, it is useful to look at data detailing other countries’ experiences....

Silicon Valley vs. Saginaw Valley

01:29 29 October in Blog by Ken Kousky

I’ve been making trips around the state talking about the unique aspects of BlueWater Angels. As an angel network, we apparently are quite innovative. I really didn’t realize the extent to which our industry relies on cookie-cutter deal structures. That’s fine, since it leads to...