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Angel Deal Syndication

As the VC market has (in general) moved upstream to later and later-stage deals, angel investors have filled the breach by not only investing at the seed stage, but also carrying deals through to exit. As a result, an increasing number of angels are joining groups (like the Alliance of Angels). As these groups reach …

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Pantanal Magic Photo Book Available

My first photo book, Pantanal Magic, is now available for pre-order. Cost will be $100 per book and 100% of the proceeds will go the Seattle Humane Society (www.SeattleHumane.org) and Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine (http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/). To see a preview of the book, go to www.rosen-photo.com and click on the Pantanal Magic Book …

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General Solicitation

Once again, through inadvertent action, the federal government is about to threaten Angel Investing. This all started as a way to increase investment in startups, when congress passed, and the Obama signed the JOBS Act (see: http://blog.drosenassoc.com/?p=97). Title II of the JOBS Act allows “General Solicitation and Advertising” of private placements (like Angel deals). One …

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Angel Investing and Job Creation

As you know, I chair the Public Policy Committee of the Angel Capital Association (http://www.angelcapitalassociation.org/). In that regard, I’ve spent a bunch of time in Washington, DC, meeting with legislators and executive branch people. I thought it would be useful to post a simplified version of the story we tell. It still surprises me, being …

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At the Clinton Global Initiative – CGI America

I recently participated in the Clinton Global Initiative that was held in Chicago on June 7th and 8th. It really was a fascinating event in many respects. The agenda can be found at: http://www.cgiamerica.org/2012/agenda/. The basic thread was what specifically can be done to put America back to work. There were a slew of great …

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Northwest ACA Regional Meeting

The Northwest ACA Regional meeting was held in Seattle on May 1-2. About 80 active angels from around the Northwest attended, from WA, OR, ID, BC, and Montana. A few guests from CA and even New Zealand were also there. Sponsored by the AoA (www.allianceofangels.com) and hosted by K&L Gates (http://www.klgates.com/), most attendees seemed to …

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JOBS Act – What does it mean for angels

I have been asked repeatedly over the last several weeks: “What does the JOBS Act mean for Angels?” In this and other future blog postings, I will give my perspective. First, what is the JOBS Act? It stands for Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act; it has nothing to do with earlier jobs stimulus efforts other …

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Signing the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) at the White House

It was much cooler than I thought – being in the Rose Garden at the White House for the signing of the JOBS Act. I was just a few feet from Obama. Surprised at how many people I knew there, including Tom Alberg (Madrona), Joe Schocken (Broadmark), Steve Case (former AOL), Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), …

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Attending the JOBS Act Signing – I will be there!

On Thursday afternoon, I will attend the JOBS Act signing ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House. The Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act passed both the House and Senate with broad bi-partisan support. It is primarily a regulatory reform act and does not address tax policy issues. For details on the JOBS Act, …

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JOBS Act

Here is a post that I helped author for the ACA: ACA Public Policy Flash March 27, 2012 Dear ACA Member – Unless you’ve been on a vacation on a remote island, you have heard that the US House and Senate have each passed their own versions of the JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups …

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