Earning an Annuity as an Angel Investor- Yes, Virginia it can be done

Similar to other investment options, an investment in a private company can produce annuity type income.   When starting out as an angel investor an investor should plan on making multiple investments with diversification of industry and structure as a core principal.  Accredited investors with sufficient liquid capital to make multiple strategic investments over a period of time, will likely diversify their portfolio of private equity stock investments to include multiple types of investment structures.   Similarly to an investor looking to get involved in real estate investments with different targeted outcomes; short term return (flip), revenue producing (rental), and long term (raw land). An angel investor should seek to diversify into multiple types of offerings:  debenture with option to convert (flip); royalty or revenue cycle financing (rental); and traditional equity (raw land).

In this episode of the Compassionate Capitalist Radio Broadcast (REPLAY) http://www.blogtalkradio.com/karen-rands/2014/03/25/earning-an-annuity-as-an-angel-investor  Karen Rands shares her insight into the different types of angel investments and specifically how to identify private alternative investment opportunities that can produce a re-occurring revenue stream.

The conventional wisdom for angel investing is similar to venture capital investing— invest in 10 companies, wait 5-10 years to discover which one or two of the lot produced a big enough return on the investment to make up for the 4 that lost all of the investment and the 2 that broke even and the 2 others that gave you just a teeny return.   It doesn’t have to be that way.   When wealth men and women apply the same discipline they have learned when managing their public stock decisions and their real estate investment choices, and seek to have a long term strategy that calls for diversification of industry and investment type, they increase their odds of a higher rate of return because they have balance and load.

Diversifying by industry and into market areas that an investor already has an interest ensures some level of insulation from the natural economic ebb and flow industries experience.   Diversifying by product / investment type allows for shorter term results off set by long term hold.   For example, an investor just starting out could “loan” money as an investment secured against orders with the option to convert or to have it paid back but with warrants, then they get their money back, but have an option for discounted equity.   After a couple of those types of investments, they begin to accumulate additional liquid capital that could be invested in to an offer for royalty or revenue cycle financing.   This is a type of investment that is made but instead of an equity stake, the investor received a re-occurring revenue stream as a % of revenue until an agreed to multiple on the investment is paid back, usually 4X the investment.  Companies with the potential for long term growth and opportunity to go public are ideal for equity investments where the investor will have their investment capital tied up and illiquid for 5-8 years.   This type of equity investment is the most risky, because a lot can happen in 8 years to cause a company to not succeed, but if they do, then the results can be 10X to even 25X return on investment.    Early investors in Microsoft, eBay, Amazon and many others all experienced this type of return.    Keep in mind though… for every one of those, there are at least 10 that never got that far and never gave a return on investment.   There are some, like the companies that went public with a big splash… Web Van, even Facebook,  that did not hold its value after going public, but the initial angel investors made their money back and them some, probably at least 5X if they sold when it first went public.

You have an opportunity to get more information on this type of diversification by listening to the podcast or buying the Inside Secrets of Angel Investing.    This is the topic discussed in detail in Chapter 5.   You can also sign up for free excerpts from the ebook, Inside Secrets to Angel Investing.

Are you an investor that is tired of the volatility and unpredictability of the stock market? Are you frustrated that you have little influence to affect the management or operation of that public company? Have you realized that the public stock market is actually pretty risky and the overall return on investment isn’t that great?  The Join the New National Network of Angel Investors and be a part of the growing community of wealth men and women that want to master their wealth portfolio and learn how to be Compassionate Capitalists  – make money and contribute to the economy at the same time. 

What Keeps 750,000 Accredited Investors from becoming Angel Investors?

What Keeps 750,000 Accredited Investors from becoming Angel Investors?

Karen Rands, covered this topic on her Compassionate Capitalist Radio Show recently.

In a nut shell….lack of knowledge — The men and women who are earning over $350,000 a year in income, as tracked by Census and the IRS, are likely executives in a large company or run small to medium size businesses.  They didn’t make their money in a venture backed high tech company and likely aren’t part of a company that raised capital to get started, or if they are, they weren’t part of the team that founded that company.   They aren’t being encouraged to invest in private companies by their financial planner.  For the most part they aren’t even aware of “angel investing” as a wealth creation strategy and may not know that stock of private companies are available to purchase before they go public.   They are the ones that try to “get in on” the first issue of public stock for the hot company they are hearing about.  They are sophisticated investors so like the idea of having their money work for them.  That is why they often invest in real estate.  Yet if they knew they could apply the same practice they use to decide if a property is a good investment or a public stock is a good buy to the decision to purchase equity in a private company, and have the opportunity to own a % of multiple entrepreneurial endeavors with strong potential, they would choose to include that as part of their wealth accumulation strategy.

According to the US Census, there are an estimated 1,150,000 households that earn over $350,000 a year. Furthermore, there is an estimated 250,000 active angel investors involved in structured groups and actively considering investment in early stage companies as a means to create wealth in their diversified portfolio. And if we assume there are at least 150,000 of the wealthiest that have too much money to be angel investors…they don’t invest directly into companies, they invest in the funds that fund the companies. That leaves an opportunity for the remaining 750,000 to become angel investors.

Listen to the Podcast for the full report.

Whenever there is a shift in the market, there are key factors that trigger it and contribute to a successful shift.  The 3 A’s of Market Movement:

  1. Awareness
  2. Adoption
  3. Access

Awareness of the potential to invest in a high growth company before it goes public or grows in value to attract an acquirer is growing as “crowd funding” news continues to spread around the internet and in the general press.  With the advent of the Jobs Act of 2012, “crowd funding” became a common term bantered around, often within the wrong context, but none the less a phenomena that people were talking about.  Wealthy men and women who consider themselves “sophisticated investors” with an  above average Financial IQ are curious about this as a new “hot” investment platform.  Yet there exists a cloud of confusion around “crowd funding” because although passed by Congress and signed into law by the President, the sale of securities is regulated by the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).   As of this writing, the SEC still has not issued their rules for the Title III part of the Jobs Act that specifically addresses  how companies will do equity crowd funding at a national federal level.   Currently 4 states offer specific legal guidance and approval for companies incorporated in their state to raise money from investors in their state via crowdfunding methods- Kansas, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin, with Washington, Alabama and South Carolina considering legilsation.   Companies are permitted through Title II to raise capital from Accredited Investors under the Reg D 506c and Reg A, under specific conditions, and market to them via the same means that companies use in rewards based crowd funding.  Learn more about history and status of crowdfunding.

As this community of sophisticated investors who would easily qualify as “accredited investors” via the certification process by providing copies of their W2 or past tax filings become aware of the opportunity to invest in private companies they must learn to adopt the mentality of an angel investor.  Angel investors think differently than regular investors who are simply wealthy.  Angel investors have to have vision and imagination.   Entrepreneurs seeking angel investment must be able to cast a vision that the potential angel investor believes can be a reality.  They must imagine the potential results that the management team will be able to produce with the product and strategy they are offering that is at the core of their investment opportunity.  If the entrepreneur is successful in conveying that story and it is better than the one the investor just heard or will hear the next day, then they will be the lucky one to get that angel investor’s money.   Traditional investors look at the history of a public stock to anticipate a trend, the market comps on a real estate to predict a trend… all with the intention of buying low to sell high.  None of that really exists with private companies.   That is where an investor has to “think outside of the box” and think about the company beyond just what has been done so far and grow to understand that buy adding private equity investment to their portfolio they have an opportunity to produce a greater return…if they don’t lose the entire investment.   Investment in private companies is by its nature very risky.   It is an illiquid investment and sometimes the return doesn’t come for many years down the road.   So as sophisticated investors adopt private equity investment in early stage companies as a strategy to grow their portfolio, they must also be extremely patient.  They also must take the time to learn about the legal requirements to make this type of investment.

With knowledge that they can own pieces of many companies, and the desire to become an angel investor, all that is left is access to the deals and the due diligence.  Traditional angel investors join groups that help with the screening and due diligence process. Committees are formed to screen deals so only the best get a chance to pitch to the group at large.   Committees are formed to conduct due diligence on the company and report back to the group of investors so they can decide to participate in a pool of funding for that company.   They may have an obligation participate on a committee periodically and to attend the monthly pitch meetings and follow up meetings.  They can spend this time because they typically don’t have a day job.  They are wealthy because they had an exit from a company or an investment that provided them with disposable income to invest.   They “self certify” in traditional angel investments so as to avoid full disclosure on their actual net worth and sources of income.  The 750,000 accredited investors we are talking about here, that are void in the marketplace now, are too busy to participate in those groups and participate on a committee that requires time, even if the group is actually located in the city they live in.  They have access to public stocks through stock portals to do the research and trades whenever they want, 24/7. They have real estate agents find them investment properties.   Their financial planner won’t find them private company investment opportunities because of the rules they have to adhere according to FINRA.  So gaining access to a variety of opportunities to consider that also have full disclosure and due diligence information available is critical as the final trigger in the market shift.

Kugarand Capital Holdings, LLC is launching a secure portal to provide the opportunity and the due diligence necessary for this type of sophisticated accredited investor.   The 22 year old NBAI is being transformed into The National Network of Angel Investors comprised of small regional groups forming virtually around the country based on regional or special interests.  Education is provided on an ongoing basis through articles, white papers, podcasts and videos.  Sophisticated Accredited Investors seeking to understand how to become an Angel Investor…how to adopt the mentality, but also learn the ropes of being an angel investor… applying the knowledge of stock market and real estate investment to private equity investments will purchase the book “Inside Secrets to Angel Investing” as their road map.

Are you an investor that is tired of the volatility and unpredictability of the stock market? Are you frustrated that you have little influence to affect the management or operation of that public company? Have you realized that the public stock market is actually pretty risky and the overall return on investment isn’t that great? Then the time is now to participate in this market shift….  Then learning how to invest in private companies, purchasing shares in a company before it goes public, while the valuation is still low, could be the wealth creation strategy for you.   Tune in to learn how to join the world of compassionate capitalism

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How to Create Wealth through Angel Investing

Angels are the financial fuel of the economy. Before Venture Capitalists get involved, before banks will loan a company an unsecured note; Angel Investors provide the capital that fuels the entrepreneurial spirit and helps inventions become products and ideas become reality.  They take the greatest risk, but also have the potential to reap the greatest rewards.   The return on investment for an affluent person who invests in a company at the early stage can be as much as 10 or 20 x.   The original investors in Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and even traditional non-tech businesses like Home Depot all made huge returns.  The logic behind it is quite fundamental….buy low, sell high.  But unlike buying a public stock at say $1 a share and it going to $20 a share are rare.   When an investor buys a private company’s stock at an early stage of their development, the likelihood of that stock increasing to reflect the growth in value from a start up to a revenue producing profitable company is much more likely to go from $1 privately to $20 as a public offering.

I like to refer to Angel Investors as Compassionate Capitalists. “Compassionate” because they have figured out that even though they can lose all their money, by providing investment capital to an entrepreneur with passion and purpose to see his or her company succeed, they are providing a hand up, not a hand out, that will fuel the economy by creating jobs and potentially whole markets by bringing innovation to the market. “Capitalists” because they aren’t donating to a charity, they are investing in a risky venture that banks won’t loan to and venture capitalist won’t even look at, with the intent of creating a big return on their investment. High net worth men and women become angel investors to create great wealth, never with the intent to lose money.

Angels are wealthy individuals who provide seed capital and growth capital to companies in the start up and early stage of their company’s life cycle. Their capital can be offered in exchange for equity in the company or as some specialized form of debt facility. Investing in this stage of company is the most risky, but it can also be the most rewarding. Rewards come not just from the financial returns, but also from experiencing the purest form of capitalism…bringing value to the market by supplying a product or service to satisfy a market demand. There is a definite sense of pride and accomplishment from being able to say you were an early investor in a block buster like Microsoft or Starbucks, and surprisingly, there is little regret from the early stage investors in the near misses like WebVAN and PETS.com because they got their sizable returns when those companies went public. It was the investors that followed the advice of their stock broker or financial planner to invest when those companies went public that saw a decline in the value of their investment because they bought at “retail” hoping that the value would increase over time. Angel investors buy stock when the company is still private, and reap their rewards when the company then sells that stock to another buyer or to the public stock market. They learned early in life that profit is made when buying at wholesale and selling at retail. That is how it works for the wise angel investor.

Investing or buying Private Equity of early stage companies is one of the secrets the wealthy use to create more wealth. As Robert Kiyosaki wrote in his best seller book, Rich Dad’s Retire Young, Retire Rich on page 127:

“the rich invest in shares of a company when the company is still a private company”.

To become a successful angel investor, it is important that individuals learn how to identify and screen opportunities for early stage private equity investing. In the eBook Series “How to Be an Angel Investor”, investors are taught how to take what they know from investing in public stocks and real estate and apply to making investment decisions about private equity investments.  You can subscribe to free excerpts of those books by going to this web page:  How To Be an Angel Investor

A survey of active angel investors revealed a startling and little known fact.   Most angel investors learn how to be angel investors by losing their investments….learn by doing and losing!  Oops won’t do that again. Investors can take classes on real estate investment and stock market investment, but rarely is there a class on angel investment.  Some new investors are fortunate if they have a mentor that will lead the way or if they are near an angel group that they can join to provide an environment to identify, vet, and co-invest with.  Many more potential investors are not located in an area where there is an angel investor group or they don’t want to be tied down to the commitments of a group.   The Center for Venture Research of New Hampshire University found in their survey of angel groups, 66% of the angel investors that could invest, didn’t.   They were called “latent” investors.  Here they are, part of an angel group, with full intentions of making investments into early stage and start up companies, but don’t actually stroke the check.  Why? It doesn’t make any sense until you learn that they hesitate because they are unfamiliar with the process.  Buying a public stock is easy….just call your broker, or go online and point and click.  Buying private stock involves signing paperwork; not really sure what you actually bought; how to measure the growth in value; when do you get to sell; do you get a piece of paper like a stock certificate for your $30,000???? and so on.   Even though broker/dealers are the ones authorized to sell private stock, most don’t because their costs to the companies are prohibitive for a pre-revenue company, and they discourage their wealthy clients from making those types of investments because of the fear of the SEC slapping them with a “selling away” charge and yanking their license.   What is a millionaire to do?

The ebook series described above was written for this very purpose.   Years of research, volumes of information, and scores of books were summarized for the consumption of a millionaire wanting to learn how to be an angel investor.

The Real Nature of Money – One Compassionate Capitalist’s Perspective

Recently I broadcast an episode of my Compassionate Capitalist radio show about the events leading up to the economic malaise we have been experiencing, the realities of the “fiscal cliff”, and some good things that might just occur in the coming year.

Broadcast:  Compassionate Capitalist Radio Show – Economic Perspective and Outlook

It prompted a question from an entrepreneur:

If the SNP goes to 700, how will this matter?

If the SNP goes to 700, what is the best way to truly know what people with money are waiting for?

Interesting question Rick.   Not sure if I am the best person to answer it for a number of reasons…..  I know a lot of wealthy people took their money out of the stock market when all of this mess started.   The ones that think long term either took it out and have it “sitting on the sidelines” as I have said, happy with the 1-2% they might get or moving it into Bonds where the interested rates are playing to their advantage.   If they missed getting out of the market when it first started to tank,  they have already excited or are in the process of exiting…causing the slide itself.   When it hits that mark, smart investors that are still in the market will sit and wait for the rise, because they realize the only ACTUALLY lose money if they sell at that point.   Unless they need the capital loss to offset a capital gain.  The people that make money on a fall like that are the institutional investors and hedge funds that play the margin and bet the market will fall so they get paid for winning that bet.  But in this day and age, harder to get the “seller” for those types of bets.  Hitting 700 may be the trigger that gets some of those investors on the sidelines to get back into the game.

Good companies with solid operations and profits can easily have an undervalued stock when the stock market is in a free fall—or even a flat bear market, and then when it rights itself, that stock will regain it’s value, creating a windfall of capital gains for that savvy investor.   The reality is that the market goes up and down.   It has and always will.   Economic factors will contribute to it the start and the stop and the length of a bear or bull market, but inevitably there will be a change in course.   Just as I spoke of in my radio show last Friday….no market can forever go up, nothing grows in value forever, and the reason the economic factors that later become defined as a “bubble” is by its very visual image….something that will grow until it pops by it’s own unstable nature.

If the market hits 700, and that is not to say it will or won’t, it won’t be because of a clear indicator of economic malaise or any fiscal cliff…those are contributing factors, but it will be because of the people that buy and sell and large institutional traders that are making large hedged bets that can shift a market and cause corrections in the market.

I found this interesting article that talks about the cycles and shifts of the market decades and maybe it will bring a little solace to your concerns…. http://www.tradingonlinemarkets.com/Articles/Trend_Following_Strategies/History_of_Stock_Market_Cycles.htm

AND yes it will be bad, but it won’t last forever, part of that is out of our control. And don’t let the idea of it being out of your control cause fear….. because remember fundamentally…. the money doesn’t go away.  It just moves.   It is all still there.   The challenge for the entrepreneur is to find that investor, and convince him that his opportunity is a more profitable…and potentially safer…. investment.   If the market goes to 700 and the investors that have potential to be angel investors are out of the market, along the way a light bulb will have gone off that says…. INVEST IN PRIVATE COMPANIES….you have more control over their success than you ever had in that public stock that you held that went up and down and all around.

….just one gal’s opinion.

Hope you have a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Best Regards,

Karen Rands

To get the full economic assessment and story behind both the broadcast and the answer to the question,  please read my (long – but thorough) article blog post on Entrepreneur Blog Space

Bottom Line-

Want to take back control of the economy, your wealth, our country?  Become a Compassionate Capitalist.

What is a Compassionate Capitalist – besides something we need more of?
A compassionate capitalist is someone who invests Time, Resources, Knowledge and Money into entrepreneurial endeavors to bring innovation to the market, to create jobs and to create wealth for the founders and investors. It is the ultimate trickle down economic recovery plan. Because, if you invest in building up companies that can thrive in the new economy, then jobs will follow, and income from those employed will be spent in the marketplace and those old traditional companies producing goods and services will also gain economic stability and keep employees and maybe even expand with purchase of equipment or the addition of employees. You can’t control what our politicians do.  You can’t control what a President of a public company does or how the market trends will impact their value.  You can’t control how the bank will value your property .  YOU CAN Control if a company with innovation can build a good company that creates REAL Value and real jobs.

New Year’s Resolution….. Become a Compassionate Capitalist!

Top 75 Angel Investor Groups in the US – NBAI on the list!

Since 2005, we have been working diligently to rebuild the angel group, the Network of Business Angels & Investors.   We have positioned ourselves a little different that other traditional angel groups.   The members of NBAI collaborate on due diligence, but make indendent decisions.   They are willing to invest early stage capital in companies not from Georgia, as long as there is a lead group of investors in that company’s back yard.  Lastly, they are somewhat industry agnostic, having invested a wide variety of emerging growth companies since inception in 1994 and since the rebirth in 2005 (http://www.launchfn.com/id155.html  more are being added as I write).  The angel investor members of NBAI look to see that the business model makes sense, they have a solid management team that can execute, a unique value proposition to the market and can the investor expect to make money on the investment.   As one of our investors at the last NBAI Meeting so apply demonstrated with his t-shirt under his jacket “What’s $$$ in it for me?”.   Anybody that thinks angel investors aren’t ultimately motivated by a positive return on investment is simply naive.  Yes they may have double bottom line motivations….minority owned business, or good for the environment, or solve a terrible health problem….but at the end of the day it still needs to produce a return.   Think about, if it doesn’t produce a return, that means the company failed and any other motivation they had to be a “Compassionate Capitalist” to bring innovation to the market, create jobs, create a legacy….also vanished with the failing of the company.  

Making the Inc Magazine’s Top 75 Angel Investor Group is validation and reward for the hard work of the last 4 years to bring to Atlanta and the Southeast a “country club” for small business investors who want to look at good deals that have potential, make friends among their socio-economic peers, and make some money by being “Compassionat Capitalists”!  http://www.inc.com/magazine/20090101/wingmen-and-women.html

Currently the NBAI Member Meeting is held on the 2nd Wed of each month in Atlanta.  Our next event is on June 10th, followed by August 12th.   All the details about the event, attending as a non-member and applying to be considered for entrepreneurs can be found at http://www.launchfn.com/id150.html

New Members get a copy of the 5 book series authored by Karen Rands “Learn to Be an Angel Investor” that goes through the history, process and decision cycle for a new investor.  http://kyrmedia.com/index.php

NBAI (www.nbai.net) has great plans instore for the remainder of this year.   We are joining the Angel Capital Association and we are using AngelSoft so our members can collaborate on deals they like and then syndicate with other angel groups.   We are laying the foundation to start an angel fund for providing the first capital in on the A Round.   It is truly an exciting time as NBAI grows to new heights.

Picture from a recent NBAI Meeting