How To Invest in Startups

This is Mr. Cranky's Official Guide on How To Invest in Startups. Now a better topic than How To Invest in Startups would be Why The Hell Would You Want to Invest In Startups but that's another article. Also, a warning. These are my opinions, based on experience as a limited partner in Venture Fund and an Angel Investor. Do not make investment decisions based on this article! Got that? It's just observations of the various choices and the relative benefits and pitfalls of multiple investment methodologies. No primer on how to invest in startups would be complete without a primer on the state of Venture Capital. Venture Capital Investment today is divided into the Haves and the Have Nots: The Haves (THs) - a group of venture funds who raise money from top financial institutions and endowment funds. The THs don't have to actively go out and raise money, there's a long line of Limited Partners ready to invest well over $1 million dollars in the fund to get access to the "best deals." If you're reading this to learn something, you can't invest in any of THs. THs get access to the best deals and in order to limit competition...

Hooks Johnston and Phil Gross

Mourning the Loss of Hooks Johnson and Phil Gross

In Memorium of 2 DC Tech Pioneers Hooks Johnson Hooks passed over Labor Day weekend at the age of 55 after a long battle with an autoimmune condition. Hooks was well known as a Venture Capitalist, first as a Managing Director of FBR Ventures and then as one of the founding members of Valhalla Partners. Yet hooks roots as one of DC Tech's real Hooks was well known as a Venture Capitalist, first as a Managing Director of FBR Ventures and then as one of the founding members of Valhalla Partners. Yet his roots as one of DC Tech's real startup pioneers run deeper. Hooks was VP of Marketing of local area software giant, System Center...