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Who are the Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists with a focus on early-stage businesses started by minorities?

Although that’s probably not the right question to be asking (because the right investor is one who is investing in you as a businessperson, not you as a minorityperson), some firms and groups specializing in this sector are NMAN, the National Minority Angel Network (http://www.nmanetwork.com/), MAIN, the Minority Angel Investor Network (http://www.minorityangelinvestor…), and Jalia Ventures(http://www.jaliaventures.com/).

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Who are the friendliest venture capitalists?

Interestingly, the large majority of venture capitalists are very friendly. It’s for the same reason that as a group, orthodontists tend almost universally to be more friendly than surgeons.

[“Whaaaa?!?”! I hear you ask. Think about it for a bit, and particularly if you’ve had personal experiences with either/both groups.]

The latter profession sees you by referral from another doctor,

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If They Ask You to Judge a Business Plan Competition, Say Yes

Posted by on May 7th, 2013

I’ve had the pleasure of judging several dozen real business pitches in the past six weeks. Some were pitches for angel investment at the Willamette Angel Conference, an angel group in Oregon. More to the point, others were for the University of Oregon New Venture Competition, the Rice University Business Plan Competition, and the University of Texas’ Venture Labs competition.

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