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This is a summary of a YouTube video "Jeff Clavier and Andrea Zurek - Startup Investor School Day 3" by Y Combinator!
4.4 (69 votes)

Investing in startups requires wise asset allocation, diversification, and a strong personal brand, and can be done through platforms like AngelList syndicates and joining angel groups to learn and create your own branded firm.

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    Invest in startups wisely by focusing on asset allocation, potential return on investment, and only risking money you can afford to lose.
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    Invest in startups through platforms like AngelList syndicates with an initial budget of $100,000 divided into multiple slots and set high standards for investing by considering factors such as check size, number of investments per year, portfolio concentration, sectors of interest, stage of investment, and geographic location.
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    Invest wisely by diversifying your portfolio, building a personal brand in angel investing, and understanding the promise of quality in successful brands.
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    Building a strong personal brand as an angel investor requires trust, loyalty, quality, and ethical values, and joining an angel group can help you learn and create your own branded firm.
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    X G Ventures, a venture capital firm founded by former Google employees, invests in over a hundred portfolio companies and operates as an evergreen fund, making 10-12 deals a year with their own capital.
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    36:30
    Consistency and treating investing as a full-time job can help stand out in a crowded market.
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    Attend the right events, share your deal flow, focus on quality investments, and trust your instincts to succeed in angel investing.
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    52:01
    Invest wisely by focusing on your beliefs, being a lead investor, starting with smaller check sizes, and prioritizing your track record and principles.
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    Invest in startups wisely by focusing on asset allocation, potential return on investment, and only risking money you can afford to lose.
    • Jeff is an extremely smart and perceptive investor who taught the speaker many lessons about how to be a good investor and partner to founders, and his advice to startups is to focus more.
    • Asset allocation and construction are important to consider in the journey of becoming a successful entrepreneur.
    • Investing in funds and entrepreneurs is a long game, and it's important to figure out how much of your net worth you should be risking.
    • Investing in startups is risky and can take 6 years to see profits, so only invest money that you can afford to lose.
    • Valuations reflect the company's achieved risks and potential, and as an angel investor, it's important to consider asset allocation and the potential return on investment.
    • Investing in startups involves the risk of losing everything, but allocating 10% of your portfolio to venture capital and private equity is a sound strategy.
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    09:52
    Invest in startups through platforms like AngelList syndicates with an initial budget of $100,000 divided into multiple slots and set high standards for investing by considering factors such as check size, number of investments per year, portfolio concentration, sectors of interest, stage of investment, and geographic location.
    • Investing in startups is possible for non-accredited investors through platforms like AngelList syndicates, and it's recommended to have an initial budget of $100,000 divided into multiple slots with a certain investment horizon to avoid overwhelming deal flow and normalize decision-making.
    • Set high standards for investing and consider factors such as check size, number of investments per year, portfolio concentration, sectors of interest, stage of investment, and geographic location.
    • When defining your investment strategy, consider factors such as consistency in check size, a good pace of 10-12 investments per year, and building a narrative and strategy around the number of deals you're comfortable with, while being open to investing in all sectors.
    • Investing in startups is feasible in various sectors and stages, with different strategies such as local or remote investing, and it's up to the investor to decide which one they are most comfortable with.
    • Defining characteristics of return potential and capital amount are important in building a portfolio as an angel investor.
    • Define characteristics to filter out potential deals for both inbound and outbound situations.
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    Invest wisely by diversifying your portfolio, building a personal brand in angel investing, and understanding the promise of quality in successful brands.
    • Spread your investments over time and sectors to avoid risk, unless you have expertise in a specific sector.
    • Asset allocation and portfolio construction are important strategies to consider in investing, as the market tends to reward the best and leave the rest behind, but it's crucial to remember the risk of losing everything and not to invest all your cash.
    • The talk discusses the importance of building personal brands in the angel investing space, with Jeff and Andreea as examples.
    • Run DMC was a rap artist band that built a brand around their own name and leveraged other brands such as Adidas and kangaroo hats.
    • The presentation discusses the definition of a brand as a promise of quality and a collection of interactions with customers.
    • Tech and consumer brands, such as Apple, Google, and McDonald's, have successfully branded themselves by promising to deliver specific products and services to their customers.
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    Building a strong personal brand as an angel investor requires trust, loyalty, quality, and ethical values, and joining an angel group can help you learn and create your own branded firm.
    • Apple is the top brand followed by Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Coca-Cola, Amazon, and Disney according to Forbes 2017 research.
    • Your brand is what other people say about you when you're not in the room, so it's important to identify yourself and be known for the qualities that embody successful companies.
    • Tips for building your personal brand as an angel investor.
    • Brandt is a combination of trust, loyalty, opinion, quality, perception, and integrity, which is crucial for a brand to have in the tech sector and other industries.
    • When building out your brand as an investor, consider ethical values and decide whether to raise your hand or stay quiet.
    • Consider joining an angel group to learn from others and create your own branded firm, but ultimately decide what's right for you.
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    X G Ventures, a venture capital firm founded by former Google employees, invests in over a hundred portfolio companies and operates as an evergreen fund, making 10-12 deals a year with their own capital.
    • Joined Google as one of the first employees, learned the culture and values, left in 2007 to form X G ventures with Peter.
    • X G Ventures is a brand created by former Google employees who wanted to give back to the startup community through angel investing and being accessible to founders.
    • The speaker's fund operates as an evergreen fund, making 10-12 deals a year with their own capital and keeping their current investments alive.
    • The speaker's venture capital firm has invested in over a hundred portfolio companies, including Carta, el shift cars, Third Love, and Wish, with hopes that Wish will go public this year.
    • To build your brand, start blogging about your niche and be willing to fail and learn from mistakes in the industry.
    • Be flexible, don't take things personally, and invest only what you're willing to lose as angel investing is a long-term game with both art and science involved.
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    Consistency and treating investing as a full-time job can help stand out in a crowded market.
    • Being in the right place at the right time doesn't guarantee good decisions, but consistency and treating investing as a full-time job can help stand out in a crowded market.
    • Building a strong brand involves considering factors such as trust, loyalty, opinion, identity, perception, and quality.
    • When starting your own business, define your focus and innovate often, and consider partnering with someone who has skills that you don't have, while also deciding what type of firm you want to be and what mix of expertise you need.
    • To be a successful venture capitalist, it's important to have experience as an entrepreneur, carefully recruit a team that represents your brand, align with complementary firms, and build a strong network.
    • Money is great for entrepreneurs, but it's important to have loyal people to help when things go bad, and branding and opinion matter.
    • To be a successful angel investor, it's important to have a strong referral network, maintain a good reputation, be responsive, hustle, manage your online presence, and consider partnering with firms that share your values.
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    Attend the right events, share your deal flow, focus on quality investments, and trust your instincts to succeed in angel investing.
    • To succeed in angel investing, attend the right events, share your deal flow, respond quickly, strive for consistency and excellence, focus on quality investments that matter to you, and build a portfolio that represents you.
    • Think like a boss, be responsive, respectful, and trustworthy, trust your instincts, start slow, build momentum, be a resource, have fun, and listen to your gut when it comes to angel investing.
    • Attorneys can be challenging to work with, but Yocum Taku's blog "Startup Lawyer" is a great resource for understanding term sheets and valuations, and using networks like Nozzle and CL can help deliver important information.
    • Portfolio construction and branding are important for attracting investors, and while retrofitting his portfolio, the speaker created a six quadrant map that is still useful today, and they rebranded their company after realizing the first brand was not effective.
    • Invest only when you have high conviction, as doubt can lead to failure, and it's okay to pass on opportunities.
    • Have total conviction and avoid putting in just a small amount to achieve success with massive implications.
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    52:01
    Invest wisely by focusing on your beliefs, being a lead investor, starting with smaller check sizes, and prioritizing your track record and principles.
    • Invest in things you truly believe in, learn from past mistakes, and have a better filter for entrepreneurs with passion and energy, as missing out on opportunities can happen even with successful investments.
    • Investors should be careful not to equate raising a lot of money with success and should focus on being lead investors and taking care of the companies they invest in.
    • Investors should be mindful of the percentage of the company they want to own and start with smaller check sizes when investing in their first company.
    • Investing $50,000 is the sweet spot to make a difference, and only four or five out of 40 investments will return the fund, so it's important to do the math and estimate how many investments you will make over a period of time.
    • Investing in gateway deals can be beneficial for gaining access to smart people and deal flow, but it's important to prioritize your track record and not invest in deals that you believe will be a disaster.
    • Investors should have principles and avoid overlap or competition between companies in their portfolio, and not be fixated on numbers as companies may have a multi-tiered exit strategy.
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This is a summary of a YouTube video "Jeff Clavier and Andrea Zurek - Startup Investor School Day 3" by Y Combinator!
4.4 (69 votes)