The case for venture investing, specifically in the Late-Seed stage
The pre-seed investor is taking a significantly higher risk without any significant reward. In careful review and analysis of both my angel portfolio and the fund’s portfolio, I developed a clear understanding that the best value in the current tech startup market is at the Seed stage and that pre-seed, in particular, in most cases, is not worthwhile, participating in. It’s best to have the discipline to wait and watch and then join in the eventual Seed round.
The Anti-Silicon Valley Investor: How to Find Success in Early Stage Startups with David Mandel
Many early-stage startups fail or become "zombies" after taking angel money. The investment thesis focuses on execution: building, selling, and finding people to pay for the product. David’s advice to founders: build it yourself, find a co-founder, go to an accelerator program. Startups outside of Silicon Valley were struggling to figure out how to raise funding. Southern California has great support for life sciences, social space, e-commerce direct-to-consumer brands, and entertainment.
Podcast Interview of David Mandel with Adam Gower, Ph. D. on GowerCrowd
David Mandel full podcast interview by Adam Gower, Ph.D. of the GowerCrowd Podcast
Investor Talk with David Mandel
David joins Massimilano Sulpizi on The Investor Talk Podcast.
Storytime with David Mandel, Professional “Super Angel” Investor
David talks diversification in tech startups, the importance of having real estate in startup angel investors’ portfolio, and having fun investing in the future.
Investor Interview: David Mandel
David Mandel joins Unicorn Events for a chat about investing.