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Invested Investor Thoughts: The transatlantic divide

Alan and I have just returned from my annual visit to the Angel Capital Association conference (ACA, which is an angel trade body equivalent to EBAN within Europe or the UKBAA), and I want to explain some of the differences between the UK and the USA. 

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Invested Investor Thoughts: Calling it quits, from an entrepreneur and investor perspective

From experience, even on a successful exit, founders find it tough – not just the stress of the process but what to do afterwards – having a boss for the first time in years or leaving immediately or soon into unemployment (albeit with some cash). 

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Invested Investor Thoughts: Entrepreneurialism, is it nature or nurture?

This month’s Invested Investor thoughts focuses on whether you are born an entrepreneur or you develop into one. Peter Cowley explores his thoughts around the topic, delving into his own experiences to understand whether it was nature or nurture that led to the launch of his 14 start-ups…

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Invested Investor Thoughts: Revenue is vanity, profit is sanity, but cash is reality

Peter Cowley founded Camdata, an electronic engineering, product design and turnkey development company, in 1984. To date, Camdata has delivered over 17,000 products and revenue of more than £16 million. Now a tech entrepreneur, angel investor and speaker…

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Invested Investor Thoughts: The true scale of investing in Africa

This month, the Invested Investor spent a few days in Cape Town at the annual angel and early stage investor conference in Cape Town, and this newsletter is about what we found. A special thanks to VC4A and ABAN for staging such a great investor summit.

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Invested Investor Thoughts: When is a pivot not a pivot?

Most in our industry have heard the term “pivot”, but what does it mean?
I am an engineer by training and a pivot point is a fulcrum about which an object rotates, which can be by a few degrees, but more often by full rotations.

How does that apply to a startup? How can a startup rotate and avoid becoming dizzy?

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Invested Investor Thoughts: Lost & Found(er) - Lessons learnt when losing a founder

This article is a short insight in to Peter Cowley's thoughts on losing a founder from the point of view of an investor and entrepreneur. He explores the resignation or removal of founders and that there is no formula or rule book that can be consulted. We hope his experience will help anyone having to go through the process.

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Invested Investor Thoughts: Co-Invest As You Would Cohabit

This article is a short insight in to Peter Cowley's thoughts on co-investing from an investor and entrepreneur point of view. He talks through the importance of spreading risk across a variety of knowledgeable and experienced investors. Furthermore, understand the possible difficulties that come with family, friends and ‘fools’ investment.

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Invested Investor Thoughts: There is light at the end of the funnel

This article is a short insight in to Peter Cowley's thoughts on processing the investor funnel. He references Jack Lang, and states that he invests in people and whether the company can identify itself as ‘a global, sustainable under-served (or unmet) market need’.

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