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This start-up has raised over $300,000 in an oversubscribed seed round to help business...

Brisbane start-up Grapple has a smart intuitive tool to help business managers plan projects faster & recently closed an oversubscribed $315,000 seed round

Melbourne Angels invests more than $500K in Sydney mining tech company

Coal mines are  well-known for being challenging to manage - just ask a canary. But, fortunately for our aviary friends, technology has helped improve...

Melbourne Angels invests $750,000 in Metaverse Makeovers’ wearable designs [VIDEO]

It's an investment, you might say, of cosmic proportions. Melbourne Angels, an Australian investment group specialising in high value-add investment across the country, has spearheaded...

Is 24 Hours enough time to decide to invest? Paul Graham says yes, but…

Paul Graham says decide to invest within 24 hours! Evidence says do at least 40 hours of due diligence! Have you read the latest essay...

Pushing an investor for a fast investment decision may be the worst mistake you...

Many of our young entrepreneurs in Australia glean their understanding of business, market and investment from vicarious or direct experience of Silicon Valley or Silicon Alley. However, Australia is not the USA. Our culture, business environment, market structure and consumer behaviour are all quite different. Assuredly there are similarities but, in thirty years of doing business in all these markets and many others, I have learned that it is the differences rather than the similarities which underpin the biggest opportunities.

New Entrepreneur in Residence Program launched by AngelLoft in Sydney

Private Sydney-based angel group AngelLoft has launched an Entrepreneur in Residence Program to help grow new ventures and secure funding. In addition to place to a bunker-down and hang a shingle, participants score a seat at AngelLoft dinners, where they can shoot the breeze with the group’s high-powered business types.

Why this angel is not investing in social networks

A young entrepreneur asked me an interesting question, “If Twitter hadn’t happened yet and you had the chance to invest in it at start-up, would you?” As it turns out this is quite relevant as I did have the chance to invest in Twitter during a very early funding round through my own networks in Silicon Valley.

Why won’t prospective investors sign my confidentiality agreement?

A sale is a process and the first step in that process is not to demand exclusivity. Exclusivity is either bought or earned and, in the case of raising capital, it is usually earned. An NDA implies exclusivity and that brings with it constraints on both parties. Would you ask a date to sign a pre-nuptial agreement before the first date?

Why won't prospective investors sign my confidentiality agreement?

A sale is a process and the first step in that process is not to demand exclusivity. Exclusivity is either bought or earned and, in the case of raising capital, it is usually earned. An NDA implies exclusivity and that brings with it constraints on both parties. Would you ask a date to sign a pre-nuptial agreement before the first date?

Investors back people, not products. Don’t forget it.

Recently, I have been reflecting on a saying I learned from VC friends when I was living and working in Silicon Valley: “Always invest in an A grade team with a B grade product rather than a B grade team with an A grade product”.

Investors back people, not products. Don't forget it.

Recently, I have been reflecting on a saying I learned from VC friends when I was living and working in Silicon Valley: “Always invest in an A grade team with a B grade product rather than a B grade team with an A grade product”.

Show me the money

Unless you have deep pockets, your new venture is not going to get very far without a capital injection. Of course, different investment opportunities...

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