Angel 101: Read This First…A Primer for New Angel Investors

Note: This article is the first in an ongoing series for angels new to investing. To learn more about building an angel portfolio, download this free eBook today - Angel 101: A Primer for Angel Investors or purchase our books at

Angel Investing 101: How to start investing in early-stage companies
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Experience is what you get, when you don’t get what you want. When I made my first angel investment in 2000, I wish I knew then what I know today. As a newly minted angel, I assumed that angel investing would be easy to jump into and become successful at. I was partially right… it was easy to jump into. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that easy to become successful.  

I’ve had my share of luck and good outcomes, but I also learned many painful lessons along the way. Many of them would have been easy to avoid, had I understood a few key concepts. For this reason, Seraf Co-Founder Christopher Mirabile and I are determined to help new angels learn from our mistakes and the mistakes of others we have had the opportunity to observe from our perch at the center of a busy angel ecosystem. The Angel 101 series of articles are based on a course we teach at our angel group, Launchpad Venture Group. We teach this course several times a year for new members of our group. It’s a great, interactive two hour session with lots of Q&A from the audience. It’s a fun class to teach because Christopher and I feed off each other’s energy, tell war stories, and try our best to keep the audience engaged and entertained. What a great way to learn!

We thought the best way to share the learnings and capture the energy of this live class is to break the class into small manageable segments. The layout for each segment will be a Question and Answer format. In each post, we will alternate roles either asking or answering key questions.

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Angel Investing Series

Angel 101 is tailored for angels just starting out. We designed the series to focus on important topics, including:

After reading these articles, you should have a sense for what you are getting into as a newly minted angel investor. You should come away with answers to questions such as:

Angel 101 is just the beginning of your educational journey as an angel investor. Once you master these topics, please check out our other early stage investing series. So much to cover, so little time...

Want to learn more about building an angel portfolio and developing the key skills needed to make great investments? Download these free eBooks Angel 101: A Primer for Angel Investors and Angel 201: The 4 Critical Skills Every Angel Should Master, or purchase our books at