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Angel Investor List

Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 11.15.03 AMI was raised catholic. Although no longer a participant in this tradition, I still remember the notion that angels are divine creatures that although invisible, walk silently on our side to protect us from danger.

In the investment sense, an angel is not quite the same.

An angel investor is someone who cleverly has noticed that “regular investment strategies” do not return high multiples anymore. I get a smile on my face when I read over and over that angel investment is “really risky”. In today’s environment what investment is risk free? What investment remotely provides the possibility of high returns? Hedge funds?

For those of us semi risk averse, mutual funds have returned less than 4% over the last seven years. Most of my returns come from investing in Colombian real estate. This wonderful place has given me close to a 50% return over the last same seven years.

Angel investors know that it is more fun to work with early stage entrepreneurs than it is to sit neurotically in front of a computer watching stock prices manically go up and down. Computer screens don’t need value added. Entrepreneurs do. Angels are not in the business of doing favors. They are in the business of investing and adding value to an early stage company while having fun.

I firmly believe that fundable ideas get funded. Angels are all looking for that awesome opportunity of an early exit with a high multiple behind it. If your idea isn’t getting enough traction, it might need refinement.

Those of us who don’t live in Silicon Valley often hear the fairy tale that local angel investors are hiding. We often hear that angels don’t want to be public figures. Do these investment creatures belong to a sub-group of divine entities not easily accessible? I don’t think so. Real angels with real wings are public figures. It is in their interest to be public so that they can become targets of awesome investment opportunities. Angels who hide, might have lost their wings.

In plain biological terms, the angel-entrepreneur partnership is a symbiotic rather than a parasitic encounter. Entrepreneurs benefit angels everyday around the world.

My short list of angels follows:

Marc Andreesen, Tim Armstrong , Michael Arrington, Andy Bechtolsheim, Gil Beyda, Marc Benioff, John Borthwick, Sergey Brin, Larry Braitman, Bret Bullington, Paul Bushheit, Jason Calcanis, Ron Conway, Jeff Clavier, David Cohen, Jordan Cooper, Dennis Crowley, Michael Dearing, Seam Dempsey, Chris Dixon, Pietro Dova, David Duffield, Esther Dyson, Roger Ehrenberg, Caterina Fake, Peter Fenton, Lauren Flanagan, Russ Fradin, Bob Geras, Paul Graham, Georges Harik, Kevin Hartz, Rob Hayes, Glen Hellman, David Hirsh, Reid Hoffman, Bill Joy, Mitch Kapor, Jawed Karim, Josh Kopelman, Joe Kraus, Manu Kumar, Ashton Kutcher, Joshua Kushner with Thrive Capital, Greg Lee, David Lee, Peter Lehrman, Max Levchin, Ben Ling, Marissa Mayer, Mike Maples Jr, Dave McClure, Paul Martino, Ann Miura-Ko, Dave Morin, Babak Nivi, Alex Ohanian, Larry Page, Aaron Patzer, Frank Peters, Shervin Pishevar, Brian Pokorny, Keith Rabois, Geoff Ralston, Naval Ravikant, Adeo Ressi, Miriam Rivera, Kevin Rose, Chris Sacca, Joshua Schachter, Eric Schmidt, Aydin Senkut, Ram Shriram, Brian Singerman, Miles Spencer, Jeff Stewart, Biz Stone, Jeremy Stoppelman, Mark Sugarman, Peter Thiel, Rick Thompson, Salman Ullah, Martin Varsavski, Robby Walker, Evan Williams, Andrew Weissman, Andrea Zurek

and of course the Golden Seeds.

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This entry was posted on 04/12/2012 by in StartUps, Technology and tagged , , .

Adriana Galue., MS, MBA

Adriana Galue., MS, MBA

Neuroscientist & Entrepreneur

Adriana is a Colombian born neuroscientist particularly interested in meaningful problems of complexity and scale.

She is currently working on optimizing the process of technology transfer & commercialization in emerging markets with a particular focus in Latin America. The current puzzle is how to get LATAM scientists the best licensing agreements for their inventions.

While working in academia at the Montreal Neurological Institute, Adriana contributed to the discovery of an important mechanism underlying the development of epileptic seizures.

After six years of working in academia, Adriana transitioned to the pharmaceutical industry. While working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Adriana co-developed the preclinical phase of Kalydeco, the only treatment available up to date for patients suffering from Cystic Fibrosis. Today, Kalydeco is a nichebuster drug.

Adriana has a passion for both continuous learning and asking tough questions. She is an out the box thinker and an independent scholar. Adriana currently consults for both government and the private sector.

In addition to science, Adriana is also passionate about helping other entrepreneurs grow. She is a contributor for The Next Woman, Women 2.0, Eureka Startups, YoSoyPyme-BBVA & Ellas 2.0 among some other venues.

She also mentors in several global accelerators including Startup Weeks, Wayra LATAM, GoCode Colorado & The Next Woman.

In her free time, Adriana is a Firefighter/EMT in Colorado.

She is available for Technology Commercialization, Go to Market Strategy, Financial Analysis & Venture Capital related questions in English, Spanish or French.


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