What Is Early Stage Investing?

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We see Early Stage as significantly different from what most people call Angel Investing:

  • We see Angel Investing as a hobby, a calling or a lifestyle. It is often focused on startups or on businesses which have a local or social value beyond the pure economics of being an investor. These can include:
  • Artistic Investment – Theatre, music or artistic endeavoring; even Broadway shows.
  • Lifestyle Businesses – Investments in restaurants, local service businesses, etc.
  • Family Companies – Brother-in-law/sister-in-law/mother-in-law investments.
  • By contrast we see Early Stage Investing as professional-quality investing in smaller companies which often have huge long-term potential.
  • We see Early Stage as its own asset class.
  • Being successful at it requires a long-term, disciplined commitment.
  • It is not about investing in “startups” – these are Seed Stage investments.

Here’s our definition of a “professional” Early Stage investor:

Early Stage Investors are individuals
who have the experience, capacity and conviction
to invest in Early Stage companies
which they can help to make successful.

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