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We invest in private offerings for both income and long term growth opportunities. We focus on alternative debt and early stage equity.

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As an asset manager for a family fund and tech entrepreneur, a lot of folks come up to me asking for advice about where to invest. This course is built to start you off on that journey: to help identify and make sense of the new opportunities and platforms that are dramatically changing the way investing is done.

I believe that everyone should understand how to invest their own money and understand the risks in doing so. I want to empower you to make your own investment decisions based on what works best for you.

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Mesh Lakhani

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I’m an investor for our personal family office. I focus on private investments in both early stage equity and alternative debt. When approaching early stage equity I believe in investing alongside the best in breed. We are an LP In seed stage fund, Red Swan VC (Alt School, Mic, Bond Street) and pre seed fund,Notation Capital (Zipdrug, Sawyer). We also coinvest with other investors (Arena VC, Expansion VC) via AngelList. This gives us access to top tier deals in the ecosystem.

Our main focus is alternative credit. We look to provide debt capital into investments that are collateralized, asset backed or use data driven technology to make lending decisions. We’ve provided early debt for VC backed companies like: Bond Street, Inventure, Payjoy & Produce Pay. We’ve been early adopters to platforms like Fundrise & Yield Street.

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You’re Going to Lose Money Angel Investing, Unless You Educate Yourself

Investing, Tech

After speaking with many notable angel investors, I now realize I invested $50,000 inefficiently. Maybe more than that. Who am I kidding, it is more than that. The truth is, with early stage investing, we won’t know the results for a few years.

Looking back, I’ll tell you where I went wrong: mediocre deal flow, pre-product/pre-traction, lack of domain knowledge, inconsistent check sizes, FOMO etc. Angel investing is hard. It takes experience, a lot of it. It’s also expensive. No matter how good you think you are, chances are you aren’t. No matter how good you think your deal flow is, chances are it’s not.

That’s why we started investing alongside successful and well-known angels via AngelList. If great angels invest in great people that produce great companies, I want to invest with THOSE great angels. I don’t believe in “play” money. I definitely don’t believe in “Fuck You” money. Money we lose is “Fuck Me” money. Every dollar spent or invested has an identified risk, or at least it should.

There is a lack of education in the private investment space. New investors are pouring money into early stage deals, in hopes of finding the next unicorn. Seed investing IS a great thing. There are fantastic entrepreneurs out there building great companies. There are also smart investors who help them get to the next stage of their startup life. At the same time, there are investors who throw money at not-so-great entrepreneurs and their ideas and that is a disservice to the ecosystem. They lack the passion, ethos and understanding of how this community works.

We’re seeing higher valuations and burn rates, which Bill Gurley has openly called out on more than one occasion. Mark Cuban blogged that we’re in a tech bubble that’s worse than 2000. Cuban criticized the growth of angel investing & equity crowdfunding platforms. Lack of liquidity is his main argument.

We can help calm that “frothy” environment through education. We don’t know if there’s a bubble until it happens. In the meantime, we can educate new investors on how to invest their money in startups and how it’s about investing in awesome founders. We can educate entrepreneurs on why building a great company is more important than valuation and $’s raised.

The sharing of knowledge is the future of wealth management. We created the Future Investor Angel Course to educate new investors on how to angel invest the right way, using AngelList. This is an in-depth set of lessons that’s going to breakdown everything about angel investing and AngelList. We want to save you thousands of dollars, if not tens of thousands of dollars that you could otherwise invest inefficiently. I learned this the hard way. But now some of the best angel investors are sharing their insight and knowledge with us. This Startup World that we all love is a beautiful thing. Let’s not fuck it up.

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