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New Year, New Update

01 February in Blog

As we embark on a new year it seems appropriate to look back at where we’ve been and consider where we’re going. While that’s a good idea, I fear most of you may have more pressing issues so I will keep it brief. We are starting...

Why Join?

01 February in Blog

Most of you are probably aware of BWAs drive to expand our membership this year.  To get this project started we had a number of interviews with existing members, non-members, prior members and curious onlookers that have ended up on our mailing list for one...

Startup Myth Busters

19 May in Blog

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

20 February in Blog

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

03 October in Blog

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

16 September in Blog

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

10 June in Blog

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

29 October in Blog

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...