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You did it: you’ve got some customers, you’ve pitched, you’ve networked, you’ve grown… but now what?
There’s a whole lot to understand between pitching to an Angel Group and the final handshake. We’ll walk you through the post pitching inquiry process, due diligence rounds and how they differ from group to group: from high level overviews, to in-depth analyses of every number, customer and flaw, our Angel experts will let you in on what they expect, hope for and get turned off by so you can be prepared. We recommend for you to have attended our ‘Apply for Angel Funding with an Investor’s Perspective’ workshop.
To prepare for this workshop, you can read Christopher Mirabile’s Inc article: ‘Rites of Passage: What Investors Mean By Due Diligence’
Angel at Launchpad Venture Group
Ray Riley is an Angel Investor with Launchpad Venture Group, and leads many of the Due Diligence rounds for them. Ray’s has also held VP positions in firms such as BlueJay (previously Kewill), a Supply Chain Software & Services, and Kronos, a suite of tools and services for workforce management and engagement.
Angel at Pipeline Angels
As an Angel investor, Kathy invests in women-led companies and women entrepreneurs, especially in technology and with a social impact.
As the IBM Watson IoT offerings manager, Kathy develops solutions that apply analytics to engineering data, to uncover new insights. She has been with IBM for over 10 years, and held roles in technical management and project management. Her technical background is in Quality Assurance, Technical Documentation, and most recently Software project management. Other industries Kathy has worked in include textbook publishing and retail booksellers.
Angel Investor at Boston Harbor Angels & Walnut Angels
Ben Littauer is an angel investor with expertise in Internet and communications technologies, as well as healthcare IT, as well as the Boston funding ecosystem. Currently an active member of Walnut Venture Associates and Boston Harbor Angels with over 40 investments in a wide variety of startups, he sits on the boards of several portfolio companies. He is a mentor for Mass Challenge and The Capital Network, and is on the advisory board at TCN. Mr. Littauer is a judge for Mass Challenge, CRDF Global, and various academic competitions.
Mr. Littauer was Technology Strategist for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where he defined the architecture for PatientSite, allowing patients to communicate securely with their healthcare team and view their own medical records. He was a consultant to the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium on healthcare data security projects.
Mr. Littauer was co-founder, President, and CTO of Baranof Software, the leading vendor of service-level management software for messaging and Internet applications. Baranof was sold to Tally Systems in 1997. He has worked for Cisco Systems, Sun Microsystems, Symantec, Lotus, and BBN. Mr. Littauer was also an analyst with Ferris Research and Baroudi Bloor International.
Angel Investor with Golden Seeds
Tasneem Dohadwala is a member in Golden Seeds, Boston and Founding Partner of Excelestar Ventures, an all-equity investment firm that has a diverse portfolio of healthcare, high-tech, energy and real-estate assets that spread across the globe. Previously, Tasneem worked in financial services on the sell-side at Lehman Brothers. She currently sits on the board of Augmenix, Biomass Engineering Limited, Greenwich Carbon Oklahoma, Noor Findik, and BKPPL. Furthermore, she sits on the investment committee of Catalyst Healthcare Ventures. She also contributed an essay, “Women and the Workplace,” to the book, Passion & Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders.
Corporate Attorney & Client Service Manager at Shoobx
Kathy works with the founders of hundreds of early stage startups and helps them use Shoobx to create incorporation, founder shares, financing, stock incentive plan, board consents, IP and HR documents, just to name a few. She also coaches startups on issues relating to Shoobx and due diligence management, working with counsel, 409a valuations, and employee option grants. Kathy is also a Corporate Attorney for Shoobx, and she was a legal fellow at the Boulder Trial Court and the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston. Kathy is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. She is on the Advisory Board of The Capital Network, a nonprofit that provides practical, hands-on education and personalized mentoring for founders as they navigate the fundraising process.
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