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Investor Shorts with The Startup Coach

Who Are These Investors The Startup Coach founder of TorontoStarts

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Investor Shorts with The Startup Coach

    Danielle Graham of Phoenix Fire on Who are these investors Podcast

    Danielle Graham of Phoenix Fire on Who are these investors Podcast

    On this episode on Who Are These Investors Danielle Graham of Phoenix Fire. Listen to this rapid fire interview where you get to know just who are these investors.







    Full transcript below







    Links:







    Phoneix Fire WebsiteThe Firehood on Twitter























    Who Are These Startups PodcastStartup Talk Podcast







    Join us for Startup Investor Drinks







    Register for Startup and Entrepreneur Events here







    TorontoStarts Entrepreneur and Startup Community







    Angel Investor List







    Venture Capital List







    Join us on Reddit







    TorontoStarts YouTube Channel







    Starting A Business in Ontario: A Resources Guide For Entrepreneurs, Startups, and Scaleups







    Startup Pricing Strategies







    The Startup List







    Monthly Entrepreneur & Startup Investor Speed Dating







    Join us for Startup Pitch Battle

    • 11 min
    Suvid Ajmera of Angel One Investor Network on Who Are These Investors

    Suvid Ajmera of Angel One Investor Network on Who Are These Investors

    On this episode on Who Are These Investors Suvid Ajmera of Angel One Investor Network. Listen to this rapid fire interview where you get to know just who are these investors.







    Full transcript below







    Links:







    Angel One Investor Network WebsiteAngel One Investor Network on LinkedInSuvid Ajmera on LinkedIn







    ——







    Who Are These Startups PodcastStartup Talk Podcast







    Join us for Startup Investor Drinks







    Register for Startup and Entrepreneur Events here







    TorontoStarts Entrepreneur and Startup Community







    Angel Investor List







    Venture Capital List







    Join us on Reddit







    TorontoStarts YouTube Channel







    Starting A Business in Ontario: A Resources Guide For Entrepreneurs, Startups, and Scaleups







    Startup Pricing Strategies







    The Startup List







    Monthly Entrepreneur & Startup Investor Speed Dating







    Join us for Startup Pitch Battle























    Suvid Ajmera of Angel One Investor Network on Who Are These Investors Transcript (Automated)















    Angel One Investor Network







    The Startup Coach: Welcome to who are these investors podcast shorts featuring interviews with investors in Canadian startups. Welcome to who are these investors? I'm the startup coach. Founder of Toronto starts one of the largest startup communities in Canada. And with me today is Suvid Ajmera of angel one network. Welcome.







    Thank you, Craig. 







    Suvid Ajmera of Angel One Investor Network: Good to be 







    The Startup Coach: here. What is the stage you invest in the average size of 







    Suvid Ajmera of Angel One Investor Network: investments across equation angels. We've invested in seed and pre-seed startups in 2021, we invested about the average size, which we saw was $300,000 to about $375,000. The maximum we did in 2021 was about 1.3 million.







    For in a single round, we usually ask for about $250,000 to be left and around. If you're looking at joining other organizations who are looking to raise. Angel 







    The Startup Coach: one network seems to be fairly active. How many investments has the network made over 







    Suvid Ajmera of Angel One Investor Network: the years? We started off in 2011 and Angel one has made her close to 170 Investments over the years, we've invested over $35 million across our members.







    Currently we're starting at about 40 members at angel One and over close to 125 angel investors across Equation Angels. 







    The Startup Coach: Do you have a preferred exit timeline? 







    Suvid Ajmera of Angel One Investor Network: The preferred exit timeline would be earlier the better, but some business owners are here today and they literally go on tomorrow, but five to seven years is what we look at sometimes even 10.







    All companies are coming to us. We would usually look at about 18 to 24 months if you're able to get a liquidity opportunity. But again, when we look at seed and pre-seed investments, it's not possible to get an 1824 months exit timeline in place. 







    The Startup Coach: What are some of the things that angel one network does to support companies?







    Suvid Ajmera of Angel One Investor Network: So education, mentorship and connecting with industry experts, engine one,

    • 11 min
    Matthew He of Brightspark Ventures on Who Are These Investors

    Matthew He of Brightspark Ventures on Who Are These Investors

    Welcome to Who Are These Investors, This episode features Matthew He of Brightspark Ventures one of the oldest VC in Canada. Listen to this rapid fire interview where you get to know just who are these investors.







    Full transcript below







    Links:







    Brightspark Ventures WebsiteBrightspark Ventures on TwitterBrightspark Ventures on YoutubeBrightspark Ventures on LinkedInMatthew He on TwitterMatthew He on LinkedIn







    ——







    Who Are These Startups PodcastStartup Talk Podcast







    Register for Startup and Entrepreneur Events here







    TorontoStarts Entrepreneur and Startup Community







    Angel Investor List







    Venture Capital List







    Join us on Reddit







    TorontoStarts YouTube Channel







    Starting A Business in Ontario: A Resources Guide For Entrepreneurs, Startups, and Scaleups







    Startup Pricing Strategies







    The Startup List







    Monthly Entrepreneur & Startup Investor Speed Dating







    Join us for Startup Pitch Battle























    Matthew He of Brightspark Ventures on Who Are These Investors Transcript (Automated)







    The Startup Coach: Welcome to Who Are These Investors podcast shorts featuring interviews with investors in Canadian startups. Welcome to who are these investors? I am the startup coach. Founder of Toronto starts one of the largest startup communities in Canada. And with me today is Matthew. He of Brightspark ventures. Welcome Matt.







    Matthew He of Brightspark Ventures: Thanks for having me, Craig pleasure to be here. 







    The Startup Coach: It's great to have you. Can you start off by telling us about Brightspark ventures? 







    Matthew He of Brightspark Ventures: We were founded in 1999. We like to say we are one of Canada's oldest VCs. If not the oldest, we manage $400 million, uh, assets under management. We variable team 12 people in total five investors.







    We operate all across coast to coast. We invested pretty much in every region of. And we focus on seed and series a investments for us as a VC firm. What we like to say is we really have innovation at heart. We practice what we preach. And the 23 years that we've been running, we've done everything from being an early VC fund model to running incubators and founding companies, yourselves that we've all sold successfully.







    And in the last 10 years, what we've really done is democratize access to VC assets. In addition to running our traditional fund model on the democratized access to VC assets is we are offering high net worth investors. Angel investors, the opportunity to invest alongside us in venture class deals.







    So we would source an opportunity. We would structure a SPV around that opportunity, a deal by deal basis and open it up to our network of 5,000 plus individual investors to say, Hey, we're investing in this great venture backable company and you can read them and we'll check in this. And it allows you to gain exposure to an asset class that was previously closed off to a lot of people who weren't LPs or in other institutional funds.







    The Startup Coach: What do you look for when investing through an SPV?







    Matthew He of Brightspark Ventures: When we first started the model, we really approached it as if you would, with a traditional fund, just a deal that we would do as a partnership, except we would open up the capital to be raised for individual investors on that deal alone. Today,

    • 9 min
    Matan Hazanov - Who Are These Investors

    Matan Hazanov - Who Are These Investors

    Welcome to Who Are These Investors, This episode features Matan Hazanov of Verstra Ventures. Listen to this rapid fire interview where you get to know just who are these investors.







    Questions Include:







    How do you position yourself in the startup ecosystem?What is the stage and the average size of investments you work with?What is your preferred exit timeline?Are your clients capital fully deployed, or are you still looking for investments?Lead an investment round, or join existing rounds?Are there any terms you require when investing?What is a red flag for you when a startup is pitching or negotiating?What do you wish more founders understood before negotiating investment terms?What do you look for in a startup?When should startups reach out to you?Best cold outreach technique you have seen by startups?







    ——







    Who Are These Startups PodcastStartup Talk Podcast







    Register for Startup and Entrepreneur Events here







    TorontoStarts Entrepreneur and Startup Community







    Angel Investor List







    Venture Capital List







    Join us on Reddit







    TorontoStarts YouTube Channel







    Starting A Business in Ontario: A Resources Guide For Entrepreneurs, Startups, and Scaleups







    Startup Pricing Strategies







    The Startup List







    Monthly Entrepreneur & Startup Investor Speed Dating







    Join us for Startup Pitch Battle

    • 10 min
    Ashley Martis - Who Are These Investors

    Ashley Martis - Who Are These Investors

    Welcome to Who Are These Investors, This episode features Ashley Martis of StartupFuel. Listen to this rapid fire interview where you get to know just who are these investors.







    Questions Include:







    How do you position yourself in the startup ecosystem?What is the stage and the average size of investments you work with?What is your preferred exit timeline?Are your clients capital fully deployed, or are you still looking for investments?Lead an investment round, or join existing rounds?Are there any terms you require when investing?What is a red flag for you when a startup is pitching or negotiating?What do you wish more founders understood before negotiating investment terms?What do you look for in a startup?When should startups reach out to you?Best cold outreach technique you have seen by startups?







    ——







    Who Are These Startups PodcastStartup Talk Podcast







    Register for Startup and Entrepreneur Events here







    TorontoStarts Entrepreneur and Startup Community







    Angel Investor List







    Venture Capital List







    Join us on Reddit







    TorontoStarts YouTube Channel







    Starting A Business in Ontario: A Resources Guide For Entrepreneurs, Startups, and Scaleups







    Startup Pricing Strategies







    The Startup List







    Monthly Entrepreneur & Startup Investor Speed Dating







    Join us for Startup Pitch Battle

    • 7 min
    Stuart Browne - Who Are These Investors

    Stuart Browne - Who Are These Investors

    Welcome to Who Are These Investors, This episode features Stuart Browne CEO of PyCap Venture Partners. Listen to this 10 min rapid fire conversations where you get to know just who are these investors. Questions include.



    What is the stage you invest and the average size of investments?



    What is your preferred exit timeline?



    What are some of the things you/your firm does to support the companies you invest in?



    Are there any terms your require when investing (IE – liquidity provisions, board seat, etc)



    What is a red flag for you when a startup is pitching or negotiating?



    What do you wish more founders understood before negotiating investment terms?



    What do you look for in a startup?



    When should startups reach out to you?



    One book every entrepreneur should read before talking to investors?



    Best cold outreach technique you have seen by startups?





     

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