The Pros and Cons of Investing via an Angel Syndicate / SPV

Investing in startups is an outlier sport. You’re either average – which generally means below the public markets – or you’re extraordinary. You either invest in the great companies that make up 95% of venture returns, or you don’t. The problem is, to get into the very best companies – the Googles, the Airbnbs, the...

Understanding the Economics of Venture Capital

If you are reading this blog, you know that venture capital is a power law game. Venture investors invest in ten companies hoping one returns the losses of the other nine many times over.  And they have to because so many startups and small businesses fail. But to really understand the implications and motivations of...

Announcing The Syndicate Angel Investor Group

Are you an ex-operator, tech professional or other high net worth individual interested in diversifying your portfolio and investing in high-growth tech startups looking to change the world? If so, I have great news. After years on pause following the shutdown of The Syndicate podcast (my old podcast where I interviewed 100s of the world’s...

Does Your Startup Need a Business Plan?

Short answer: No. You can stop reading this article now and get back to work building your business. Doing anything else (especially like stopping to create a business plan) is purely wasting your time. In all seriousness though, why is the question of a business plan still so prevalent amongst founders? Why is it that...

How to Structure Your Fundraise to Close Your Round Faster

The Ultimate Guide to Startup Fundraising Part 5: How to Structure Your Fundraise to Close Your Round Faster Welcome back to Part 5 of our Ultimate Guide to Startup Fundraising. If you missed the previous posts, I highly recommend you read through those first before continuing. The Ultimate Guide to Startup Fundraising Part 1: Understanding...

The 13 Biggest Fundraising Mistakes Startups Make

The Ultimate Guide to Startup Fundraising Part 4: The Biggest Fundraising Mistakes Startups Make Welcome back to Part 4 of our Ultimate Guide to Startup Fundraising. If you missed the previous posts, I highly recommend you read through those first before continuing. The Ultimate Guide to Startup Fundraising Part 1: Understanding Investors 101: The Pros...

The 25 Step Angel Investor Checklist

Angel investing in tech startups can be a massive source of wealth creation. It’s sexy too, who doesn’t want to say they’re an angel investor. And what better way to spend your time than by meeting some of the most inspiring and innovative individuals building the world-changing business of tomorrow. But it is not all...

A Comprehensive Guide to Zurich’s Startup and Venture Capital Tech Ecosystem

The Top Worldwide Venture Hubs Source: Founder Collective San Francisco, New York, Berlin, London, Shanghai… If I asked you to list the top startup tech hubs globally, these established powerhouses would certainly top the charts. They produce the majority of the elite of tech companies and the lion’s share of venture returns. And every city...