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Seed Funding: The Art of Angel Investing

Thursday, February 9, 2017

“Angel investment decisions are basically made with your GUT . . .
and then it takes GUTS to keep going through all the setbacks and the pivots.”

  • Why do angels invest at all?
  • What makes a great Angel?
  • What do VCs want in Angels?
  • Is there such a thing as “too much money”?
  • How does the Cap Table affect future rounds?
  • Cramdowns, Restarts and Survival

Among the panelists is our very own Technology Management Program Professor, John Greathouse. John Greathouse is a Partner in Rincon Venture Partners, one of three early stage venture firms on the Central Coast. Rincon has raised approximately $100 million and has generated investment returns in the top quartile of professional VC firms. John has held a number of senior executive positions with successful startups which generated in excess of $350M of shareholder value, including two IPOs and multi-hundred million dollar acquisitions. In 2012, John received UCSB’s prestigious Venky Award in recognition of his multi-decade impact on the Central Coast’s entrepreneurial community. John is a regular contributor to Forbes and The Wall Street Journal where his articles have generated millions of views.

Other panelists include: John Petote (CIO Solutions), Mike Pfau (Reicker, Pfau, Pyle & McRoy LLP), and Andre de Fusco (Cynvenio Biosystems).