UVC: Brian Nichols from Angel Squad on What Angel Investing Is, How to Do It Well, and Why Angel Invest
In this episode we discuss:
[00:37:00 ] Who is an angel investor?
[00:01:39 ] What is the average investment check size for angel investors these days?
[00:02:40 ] How is angel investing different from venture capital?
[00:04:07 ] Why has angel investing historically been concentrated in the U.S.?
[00:06:40 ] How has the angel investing landscape evolved, and what trends do you see?
[00:10:52 ] What are the advantages and disadvantages of being part of a syndicate or doing angel investing individually?
[00:13:20 ] How do you see technology and tools shaping the future of angel investing?
[00:15:22 ] What challenges are angel investors facing right now?
[00:17:46 ] When is the right time for an angel investor to make investments in startups?
[00:19:30 ] What types of companies should angel investors consider investing in?
[00:21:58 ] What are the misconceptions about angel investing?
[00:22:35 ] How can individuals decide if angel investing is right for them?
[00:24:33 ] What advice would you give to angel investors to be successful?
[00:28:25 ] What Is angel squad? Is it similar to a syndicate?
[00:31:38 ] How do you approach due diligence for investments in areas where you lack expertise?
[00:34:33 ] How do you negotiate investments and win allocation?
[00:36:50 ] How do you manage risk and approach making follow-on investments?
[00:41:47 ] How important is it to stay informed about emerging tech trends?
[00:44:44 ] What advice would you give for new angel investors?
[00:47:20 ] Why angel invest despite the high risk?
[00:50:56 ] Why are you passionate about angel investing and educating other people about Angel Investing?
Brian Nichols is the founder of Angel Squad, a program affiliated with the early-stage VC firm Hustle Fund. This initiative provides a unique opportunity to delve into the realm of angel investing, enabling you to both learn about and participate in investments alongside Hustle Fund in its portfolio companies. By joining Angel Squad, you not only gain access to a vibrant community of fellow angel investors and operators but also unlock a wealth of valuable resources pertaining to angel investing.
Brian's notable career highlights include pivotal contributions to the achievements of Lyft, Zoox, BlackBird, and others. In 2019, he partnered with Ann Miura-Ko to establish Uplyft, a syndicate catering to Lyft alumni. This endeavor attracted over 300 initial employees of Lyft, who collectively injected more than $30 million into the initiative. Brian's commendable reputation as a guiding figure in the realm of alumni syndicates further propelled him to share his expertise with renowned companies like Airbnb, Stripe, Pinterest, and DoorDash.