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How to Become a Business Angel: Practical Advice for Aspiring Investors in Unquoted Companies [Paperback]

Richard Hargreaves
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14 Jan 2013
Becoming a successful angel Angel investors are the most important source of capital for UK companies seeking up to £2 million in funding. This importance to the British economy is recognised by the government, which means that attractive tax breaks are available to business angels. Added to this, helping start-up ventures with money and mentoring can be satisfying and fun. If you have considered taking advantage of these tax incentives by making angel investments, or find the idea of providing capital to entrepreneurs - and the potential financial rewards of doing so - appealing, then your starting point should be How to Become a Business Angel. Richard Hargreaves has 40 years' experience making investments in unquoted companies and as such is well placed to guide those who are new to the area through the process. He knows what to look for in potential deals, the risk-reward structure angels should demand, the times when legal advice must be taken and the pitfalls to be wary of. In a concise, readable manner, he provides practical guidance to all aspects of investing in unquoted companies and gives numerous invaluable case studies from real-life deals so you can see how angel investments work in practice. You will learn: - Whether angel investing is right for you - How to find and assess opportunities - What investment terms angels require - How to manage investments you have made and resolve problems that arise - How to exit from investments - Lessons from real-life deals that went well, and badly, through detailed case studies If you are looking to build a portfolio of investments in unquoted companies, wish to learn more about the technical side of investment, such as share capital structures and investors' legal rights, or wish to invest your capital in entrepreneurial ventures in the most effective for both you and the entrepreneurs, then this book is for you.

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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Harriman House Ltd; 1st edition (14 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085719173X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857191731
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Richard Hargreaves was educated as an engineer and conducted research in materials science before entering the world of venture capital with the 3i, as it now called. After ten years of making investments in unquoted companies, he left to start Baronsmead plc which he developed over 13 years until its sale in 1995. During this period Richard was involved in the development of the venture capital industry through the BVCA (the leading industry body and public policy advocate for the private equity and venture capital industry in the UK), where he became chairman. After its sale, he managed Baronsmead for two years before he started Classic Fund Management Ltd. He sold that company in 2004 and co-founded Endeavour Ventures Ltd, which invests in young technology companies for its 250 strong client base of high net worth individuals. He has more than thirty years experience in investing in young companies and helping them grow. He is a very experienced non-executive director and business angel.

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Richard Hargreaves' "How to Become a Business Angel" is an informative, insightful and accessible stride across the angel investment landscape from a master practitioner. No matter whether you are a novice or an experienced angel investor, this book contains practical and authoritative advice to help you along your journey.

The book is logically and lucidly presented and contains illuminating examples and references. The layout and structure of the text makes it an easy book to pick up and scan for reference, or alternatively to delve deeper into specific aspects of angel investment. It manages to strike an excellent balance between the models underpinning angel investment and an engaging narrative drawing on practical daily experience.

It is the best book about angel investment that I have read.
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An exceptionally lucid and helpful manual not only for business angels but also entrepreneurs who seek to raise capital and build fast growing businesses.

This excellent book tackles a difficult topic that combines insight into human nature (investors and entrepreneurs under pressure is always a rich source of human interest stories) with a detailed but light touch exposee on the legal, tax and investment basis that should form the bedrock of any business angel's activity. The advice is clear, concise and eminently practical as it based on Richard's varied investment experienced.

I have read a fair number of legal texts on terms and investment structures, but I have never felt I really understood them. In this book, I found the legal terms easy to comprehend as well as see how they can be applied. Best of all, Richard shares how seemingly innocent agreements or reasonable requests (debt for equity arrangement or extra shares for meeting profit targets) can lead to all manner of difficulties later on.

I found the explanation of why IRR (or internal rate of return) doesn't really apply to early stage growth companies particularly useful as well as his criticism of overly complex share structures or unnecessary share options. I've always shared this view but struggled to express it quite as clearly as Richard does.

As an entrepreneur, I wouldn't quite agree with Richard on all points - ie. if an entrepreneur accepts a below market rate salary - as expected - then in my book this 'time investment' is as valid a form of investment as a cash investment and needs to be accounted for. However, I do appreciate that Richard has clearly laid out an excellent basis for negotiation and agreement.
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