Intro To Angel Investing | Lectures 1-10
Learn how to start investing in startups & privately-held businesses.
I'm excited to share that anyone interested in taking our highly requested "Introduction to Angel Investing" course can now view all 10 previously-recorded lectures directly on this Substack thread! Its more important than ever for us to empower a new generation of angels (both accredited and non-accredited) to accelerate the growth of promising businesses during these increasingly challenging times. History shows us that many of today's strongest companies were built during economic downturns, but not without the help of angels lending their social and financial capital. Through teaching this course, and making it more accessible than ever, the team behind Bison Venture Partners is continuing our mission to educate 10,000 new angels over the next decade.
We hope you enjoy!
- Garry Johnson III
Welcome to the world of angel investing, a journey that extends beyond mere financial transactions to becoming a catalyst for innovation, change, and growth. This course, "Introduction to Angel Investing," is not just an exploration of investment strategies but a deep dive into the transformative power of angel investing. Here, you'll learn to see opportunities where others see challenges and to build wealth that extends its benefits beyond yourself, impacting communities and shaping futures.
Introduction to Angel Investing is ideal for anyone who wants to learn how to start their journey of angel investing in technology startups and small businesses. Join a community of wealth builders investing in early-stage companies with the potential to generate outsized returns!
*Note: This is a 10-part course, with each video lecture accessible below.
Meet Your Instructor
Garry Johnson III is an award winning startup founder and nationally recognized ecosystem builder working to build a more inclusive and equitable innovation economy. He’s been recognized as a Delaware Business Times 40 Under 40 honoree, HBCUvc & Hen Hatch Pitch Competition Winner, StartupAfrica Youth Entrepreneur of the Year, and Entrepreneurial Leadership Award Recipient, and achieved many other other accolades.
Garry serves as Founder & Managing Partner at Bison Venture Partners, a firm on a mission to empower a new generation of owners and angel investors. He also serves as the President of First Founders Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization on a mission to lower barriers to entry and increase the likelihood of success in the innovation ecosystem. The organization helps early-stage entrepreneurs launch successful startups through accelerator programs, community support, and access to resources. First Founders has supported 300+ entrepreneurs from around the world, who've raised $500k+ in non-dilutive funding, and more than $3 million in venture capital.
Table of Contents
Lecture 1: Understanding Your "Why"
Focus: The importance of understanding the personal motivations behind becoming an angel investor. Emphasis on shifting mindsets to invest in high-quality deals and building wealth for broader community impact.
Lecture 2: Know The Rules & Regulations
Focus: Understanding the legal and regulatory framework of angel investing. Discussion on accredited vs. non-accredited investors, risk factors, and the changes brought by the JOBS Act.
Lecture 3: Form C's & "Testing The Waters"
Focus: The legal process of startups raising funds through Form C filings and the concept of "Testing The Waters" for gauging investor interest.
Lecture 4: Set A Measurable Goal
Focus: The importance of setting clear, measurable investment goals. Strategies for building a diverse portfolio and setting targets for investment returns.
Lecture 5: Finding New Opportunities
Focus: How to discover new investment opportunities in private markets, focusing on platforms like WeFunder, Republic, and StartEngine.
Lecture 6: Analyze Interesting Deals & Doing Your Due Diligence
Focus: Methods for analyzing potential investment deals and the importance of conducting thorough due diligence on startups.
Lecture 7: Create Your Own Opportunities
Focus: Encouraging proactive involvement in sourcing and creating investment opportunities, emphasizing community-based investment approaches and equity crowdfunding.
Lecture 8: Manage Your Expectations
Focus: Realistic expectations in angel investing, understanding the likelihood of startup failures, the importance of a diversified portfolio, and the long-term perspective required for investing in startups.
Lecture 9: Build Your Portfolio & Support Your Investments
Focus: Strategies for building a diversified investment portfolio, considering different industries and stages of company development. Additionally, ways to actively support investments beyond financial contributions.
Lecture 10: Track Your Performance & Get Others To Join You
Focus: Importance of tracking investment performance over time using tools like KingsCrowd. Encouraging community involvement in angel investing, and the benefits of cooperative economics in investment.
Lecture #1 | Understanding Your "Why"
Understanding your “why” is probably the most important part about being an angel investor.
Since this course is about shifting mindsets and thinking that you can in fact invest in the same quality deals as a venture capitalist, it’s important to understand “why” you want to build wealth in such a way.
Now, I can't come up with that reason for you, but I can explain the thought process behind why I invest in startups and why venture capitalists do too.
This course isn’t about glorifying venture capitalists in any way. In many ways, I believe they’ve contributed to wealth disparities and inequalities discussed in this course. The mindset, however, is one I believe can create a transformational shift and be applied to our everyday lives. Venture Capital is not perfect, and it is certainly not the end goal, but we can take lessons from it to build the future we desire.