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Fool's Gold?: The Truth Behind Angel Investing in America (Financial Management Association Survey and Synthesis Series)

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The stereotype of the "angel investor" is a retired wealthy entrepreneur who sees potential, asks tough questions, takes a large stake, and in a few years makes a massive return in an IPO. This outsider fills the gap between the venture capitalist and the professional investor, swooping in with cash and expertise to bring dreams to fruition.

Unfortunately, Shane observes, t
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 12th 2008 by Oxford University Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Mark Mitchell
Nov 25, 2013 Mark Mitchell rated it liked it
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This book is an academic study of angel investing, not a "How To Be an Angel" or "How To Get Angel Investment" book. Scott Shane sets out to investigate the traditional view of an angel investor as a wealthy former entrepreneur who, having cashed out his millions, invests in high-tech start-ups, providing sage advice and earning extraordinary returns along the way. Shane methodically investigates the available data and whittles away at the angel stereotype, concluding that the average angel is o ...more
Travis
Feb 16, 2013 Travis rated it really liked it
An interesting and valuable book, but not perfect. The book aims to target multiple audiences: entrepreneurs seeking angel investing, all forms of informal investors (including accredited angel investors), and policy makers. Of course, this means that there's a lot that is likely not particularly useful to a reader who is only one of those things. I skimmed the vast majority of the book because of this and because the book was overly repetitive and long (but this is normal for business books).

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Grey Sane
Jun 30, 2014 Grey Sane rated it liked it
Shelves: funding
Pros:
- a lot of supporting statistics
- some good observations on who angels really are

Cons:
- too much statistics
- slightly too academic
- probably outdated by crowd funding
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Scott Shane, yet another of my author heroes.
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