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I have said it before; “I’m both an angel investor AND an entrepreneur”.
You simply cannot be an angel investor without also being an entrepreneur, or at
least not a very good angel investor, in my opinion anyway. Because of this
“two-tiered title”, I can’t help but feel so excited and inspired every time I
hear or read about a relatively new start-up selling for a huge windfall. I
guess those types of exits reap wonderful rewards for either the entrepreneur or
the angel investor and hence the mutual feelings of success I feel.
Over the past few years, we have seen some truly spectacular start-up
acquisitions. eBay bought Voip company Skype for $2.6 billion (even more if
certain milestones are met). Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion. News Corp.
bought MySpace for $580 million. The list goes on and as the internet expands
and develops and increases in both users and download speeds, I can only imagine
what lies ahead. In all of these deals, both the entrepreneur founders and the
early-stage investors were winners. Not even just winners but HUGE
It does make one think; “what’s better to focus on, my entrepreneurial
creativity or finding and investing in others entrepreneurial creativity”? The
answer; sorry, I don’t think there is an answer that works for all. I personally
think it has everything to do with timing, resources available to you at the
time and circumstances beyond your control. For example; you just invested in a
start-up with what you thought had the right people and drive in place and have
come to find out they need you to step in and provide the right direction (and
possibly more cash) in order to succeed. I often say that in the end, logic
prevails (well, a nice thought anyway) and I would also like to think that
choosing between finding entrepreneurial creativity in yourself or finding the
best angel investments will also prevail when it comes to deciding where best to
concentrate your efforts.
Perhaps it’s as simple as holding the vision and belief in the object you wish
to achieve. If so, it could take you down either road. In the end, if you have
what it takes and the right eye for opportunity, you will get there.
Written for and
behalf of Venture Giant Enterprises Ltd.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2009-01-30 12:25:29 in Business Articles