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Hall T Martin interviews angel and venture capital investors on how they invest and talks with CEOs who discuss their sector and what to look for. Hall T Martin also leads the Startup Funding Espresso series in which you can learn about startup funding and investing in the time it takes to have an espresso.
https://investorconnect.org/

Investor Connect Podcast Hall T Martin

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Hall T Martin interviews angel and venture capital investors on how they invest and talks with CEOs who discuss their sector and what to look for. Hall T Martin also leads the Startup Funding Espresso series in which you can learn about startup funding and investing in the time it takes to have an espresso.
https://investorconnect.org/

    Startup Funding Espresso -- Reports for the Investors

    Startup Funding Espresso -- Reports for the Investors

    Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing. In running an angel group, it’s important to provide regular reports to the investors about the investments as well as the state of the group.  For individual investments, negotiate regular updates from the startups to include the following: Sales reports tracking leads, pipeline, and closed sales on a monthly or quarterly basis. Financials, including income statements for the past month and year to date, as well as cash flow projections. Team changes, including new hires, promotions, and departures. Product announcements and upgrades. Fundraise status if continuing to raise capital. For groups with a fund, provide the following information on a quarterly basis: Funds raised and deployed to date. Summary of each investment including current revenue, growth rates, and progress report by the CEO. Exits, including the return of capital as well as business shutdowns. Fund metrics, including distributed to paid-in called DPI, the total value to paid-in ratio called TVPI, as well as internal rate of return IRR. Include the list of portfolio companies with a short summary of each. It’s important to set up a reporting structure so the members can keep track of the progress of both individual investments and funds. Thank you for joining us for the Startup Funding Espresso where we help startups and investors connect for funding.Let’s go startup something today. ___________________________________ For more episodes from Investor Connect, please visit the site at:   Check out our other podcasts here:   For Investors check out:   For Startups check out:   For eGuides check out:   For upcoming Events, check out   For Feedback please contact info@tencapital.group   Please subscribe, share, and leave a review. Music courtesy of

    • 1 min
    Investor Connect - 628 - John Zic of EQUIAM

    Investor Connect - 628 - John Zic of EQUIAM

    In this episode, Hall welcomes John Zic, Partner and Founding Team Member at EQUIAM. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, EQUIAM is a non-traditional, systematic VC firm. They use deeply researched, proprietary, data-driven algorithms to make their investment decisions. EQUIAM focuses on finding great firms and capturing the high returns associated with these bets, but they are equally invested in bringing world-class portfolio engineering practices to the private markets, mitigating risk, and increasing long-term performance. This focus, along with their proven execution capability, allows them to offer their investors diversified portfolios of private firms designed to outperform in even the most challenging environments. EQUIAM is deal-structure agnostic, tapping both primary and secondary markets for private firms. They leverage a variety of private and publicly available data streams to create a book of signals that identifies private firms positioned for outperformance. Their visibility on both historical and live-price data, combined with their logic-driven models, allows them to identify and unlock the most attractive entry and exit points for their investors. John leads several functions at EQUIAM overseeing the investment execution process, driving investment model optimization efforts, and leading core strategic initiatives. Prior to EQUIAM, John was the 6th non-founder hire at Forge. While there, he facilitated $500 Million+ of private equity secondary transactions helping to grow company revenues 300% Y-o-Y. John executed hundreds of transactions across dozens of issuers, gaining best-in-class knowledge of private secondary transaction mechanics, issuer-specific idiosyncrasies, and general private equity market dynamics. In addition to market-related activities at Forge, John led multiple data-centric initiatives including the formulation and development of the Tech30 Index, a market-cap weighted index of the 30 largest VC-backed private companies in the U.S. based upon proprietary secondary-trading marks.  Prior to Forge, John spent several years in management consulting with a heavy focus on data science and big data analytics. John discusses how he sees the VC industry evolving, the biggest change he thinks we will see in the next 12 months, his investment thesis, and some of the companies he has invested in. You can visit EQUIAM at , and via LinkedIn at  .  You can contact John via email at , and via LinkedIn at .  __________________________________________________________________________ For more episodes from Investor Connect, please visit the site at:    Check out our other podcasts here:   For Investors check out:   For Startups check out:   For eGuides check out:   For upcoming Events, check out    For Feedback please contact info@tencapital.group    Please , share, and leave a review. Music courtesy of .

    • 20 min
    Startup Funding Espresso -- Negotiate Good Terms

    Startup Funding Espresso -- Negotiate Good Terms

    Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing. A key part of angel investing is negotiating terms with the startup. It’s important to take time to negotiate good terms for the investors in your group. Key areas to focus your negotiations include the following: Valuation - this is the most important term as it determines equity ownership and is the primary determinant of returns. Option pools and who pays for them - the options pool is important to the growth of the company as it incentivizes the team. The investors could pay for a portion of it as part of the overall negotiation. Board composition - for most companies raising a Series A, the board consists of two investors: two from the company, and one as an independent. Vesting founders’ shares - requiring a portion of the founders’ shares to vest over time ensures there will be shares available to pay for a replacement if needed. Liquidation preference - it can compensate for what the investors consider too high a valuation. Minimum amount of funding required - it’s important for the team to raise enough to achieve a meaningful milestone before the next raise.  In addition to negotiating good terms, the process should maintain a good relationship with the startup. Thank you for joining us for the Startup Funding Espresso where we help startups and investors connect for funding.Let’s go startup something today. ___________________________________ For more episodes from Investor Connect, please visit the site at:   Check out our other podcasts here:   For Investors check out:   For Startups check out:   For eGuides check out:   For upcoming Events, check out   For Feedback please contact info@tencapital.group   Please subscribe, share, and leave a review. Music courtesy of

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    Investor Connect - 627 - Sarah Jennings of Beyond Angel Network

    Investor Connect - 627 - Sarah Jennings of Beyond Angel Network

    In this episode, Hall welcomes back Sarah Jennings, Director at Beyond Angel Network and Fund. As a national community for faith-driven investment and entrepreneurship, Beyond provides increased access to faith-aligned capital for founders of faith-based companies as they seek to invest in scalable, for-profit companies. Beyond's investment thesis is to invest in companies with developed products or services and early customer traction that will provide market returns to investors in addition to making a kingdom impact on culture and the marketplace. Sarah previously served as the Assistant Director for Beyond, focusing on managing investor relationships and scouting for potential deal flow. Prior to joining the network, Sarah worked for JP Morgan Chase as an Internal Auditor. Sarah gives an update since her last interview and describes some of her experiences with startups. She shares some of her challenges and suggests some good options for investors to pursue. You can visit Beyond Angel Network and Fund at , and via LinkedIn at .   You can contact Sarah via email at , and via LinkedIn at .  ______________________________________________________________________ For more episodes from Investor Connect, please visit the site at:    Check out our other podcasts here:   For Investors check out:   For Startups check out:   For eGuides check out:   For upcoming Events, check out    For Feedback please contact info@tencapital.group    Please subscribe, share, and leave a review. Music courtesy of .

    • 15 min
    Startup Funding Espresso -- Driving Exits

    Startup Funding Espresso -- Driving Exits

    Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing. In running an angel network, it’s important to drive the funded startups toward an exit. Investors funded the companies with an expectation of a return typically in the 5 to 7-year timeframe. While some startups will fail and shut down completely, most startups continue as ongoing businesses. It’s important to review the status of those startups to see what exit can be achieved. For those companies that continue to grow, the angel network can help the startup raise the next round of funding from venture capitalists. If the company has built value but not enough to raise additional funding, the angel group can help find a buyer for the assets of the company. The development team, technology, and product lines could find a home within another company. The secondary markets continue to thrive, and so there may be an option to sell the shares of the company to other investors.  Many times the founders want to maintain the business as is and not sell it. The angel network could negotiate a buyout by the founders. If the company is generating a regular stream of revenue, they can set up a revenue share agreement to pay out the investors from revenue. It takes an active effort to pursue startup exits and there’s more than one solution. Consider setting up an exit committee with the goal of examining each investment to find a path out of the deal. Thank you for joining us for the Startup Funding Espresso where we help startups and investors connect for funding.Let’s go startup something today. ___________________________________ For more episodes from Investor Connect, please visit the site at:   Check out our other podcasts here:   For Investors check out:   For Startups check out:   For eGuides check out:   For upcoming Events, check out   For Feedback please contact info@tencapital.group   Please subscribe, share, and leave a review. Music courtesy of

    • 1 min
    Investor Connect - 626 - Thomas Madden of TransMedia Group

    Investor Connect - 626 - Thomas Madden of TransMedia Group

    In this episode, Hall welcomes Thomas Madden, CEO at TransMedia Group. Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, TransMedia Group is a full-service public relations and marketing firm serving clients worldwide since 1981. TransMedia has conducted highly successful PR campaigns for many of the largest companies and organizations in the country, including for The City of New York for which it won a Bronze Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of America. Other major clients over the years include giants AT&T, Rexall Sundown, and many startups across all fields. Tom is the quintessential “PR man.” Telling him to stop publicizing, inventing products like his Knife and Forklift™ that helps you to exercise while eating, and writing articles, blogs and books, are like telling the government to stop spending money—pointless. His popular blog is called MaddenMischief. Tom’s rise in the world of media was meteoric, evolving from news reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer, to speechwriter for the CEOs of AT&T, Kellogg’s, and other companies. He became a highly ranked executive at NBC, serving as Vice President, Assistant to the President under then-CEO Fred Silverman, for whom Tom also wrote speeches when he was Director of PR at American Broadcasting Companies. When television wunderkind Silverman became CEO of NBC, Tom was the only ABC executive he took with him. Tom has won many awards and owns Madden Talent, a licensed talent agency representing actors, artists, and models. He lives in Boca Raton, Florida, with his wife Rita. He is the author of several best-selling books including Spin Man, King of the Condo, Is There Enough BRADY in TRUMP to Win the inSUPERable Bowl?, and his latest book, Love Boat 78, available on Amazon and recently nominated for 2020 Reader's Choice Awards. Tom shares what led him to start working in the public relations space. He advises entrepreneurs and discusses how he sees the industry evolving. You can visit TransMedia Group at , and via Twitter at  .  You can contact Tom via email at , via LinkedIn at , and via Twitter at   _____________________________________________________________________ For more episodes from Investor Connect, please visit the site at:    Check out our other podcasts here:   For Investors check out:   For Startups check out:   For eGuides check out:   For upcoming Events, check out    For Feedback please contact info@tencapital.group    Please subscribe, share, and leave a review. Music courtesy of .

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Valuable Wisdom for Angel Investors

Hall Martin does a great service to the art of angel investing by pointing to the importance of planning the exit before investing. As an angel investor for many decades I endorse Hall’s approach. He cuts right to the essential for building strong startups that give investors a fair return. Well done!

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