Today, I’m writing to you from my (surprisingly comfortable) seat on a jam-packed passenger jet.
My team and I are on our way to sunny Miami Beach for the first-ever Angels & Entrepreneurs Retreat.
In case you’re not familiar, the Retreat is a weekend-long gathering of angel investors, entrepreneurs, startup founders, CEOs, inventors, and experts from all manner of different fields.
This weekend, we’re going to hear from two leaders in the equity crowdfunding space; a startup founder who successfully steered his business to an IPO; an angel investor with a 50X return under his belt; the CEO of a company that overbooked its $1.07 million raise in under 10 hours; and a savvy investor who went from losing nearly everything to raking in millions of dollars a year.
And those are just a few of the two dozen or so speakers we’ll get to see. The amount of collective knowledge under the same roof is going to be truly amazing.
To say that I’m excited is an understatement. Not only have my team and I spent close to a year planning this historic event… We also managed to secure several speakers who are in such high demand that it’s extremely tough to even get them on the phone – let alone on a plane to Miami!
One of those hard-to-book speakers is a man named Howard. His segment at the conference is one of those I’m most eager to see. To understand why, you really need to know a little bit about his background.
To put it simply, Howard is one of the most successful tech CEOs in history. Early backers of his last company could have made 10,000 times their money. That’s $1 million in profit for every $100 invested!
That’s the kind of rare track record that makes me want to whip out my checkbook right away. Of course, that was several years ago, and unfortunately, I was not one of the lucky folks who invested.
But now Howard is back with a brand new business. And this time, it’s even more exciting.
Howard’s latest venture has two simple missions: first, to help early-stage startups raise capital; and second, to give everyday investors a chance to participate in the kinds of deals that used to be reserved for the ultra-rich.
It goes without saying that those are two missions I can get behind. But what I love most about Howard’s newest company is that its structure provides outsized benefits to its investors.
See, anyone can go to one of the dozens of crowdfunding platforms out there and invest in startups. But how do you know what deals to pick? It can be extremely difficult to pick potential winners from this crowded playing field – especially if you’re not a member of the Angels & Entrepreneurs Network.
Plus, depending on your annual income, you may only be legally allowed to invest a couple thousand dollars a year – which makes the quality of the investments you pick that much more important.
Howard’s new venture provides a solution to this problem. He and his company provide services for startups trying to raise capital. In return, the company receives an equity stake in every single one.
In other words… Investing in his company is essentially like getting involved with hundreds of startups at once – all for just a few hundred dollars.
Knowing that around 50% of startups fail, it’s critically important to spread out your risk of loss across as many investments as possible. That’s why I love this deal opportunity so much – it takes the guesswork out of the process while also allowing investors to benefit from the potential success of the overall portfolio.
Think about it – this is the same basic strategy employed by venture capitalists, private equity funds, incubators, studios, and a great many of the world’s wealthiest investors.
The difference is that this deal doesn’t require you to be accredited – or even wealthy. Just about anybody can participate… and that’s what we’re all about here at The Startup Investor.
To learn more about Howard’s incredible company, just click here. And stay tuned for more updates – I can’t wait to tell you all about the Angels & Entrepreneurs Retreat.
Until next time,