Angel Investing: My Experience With SAFE Agreements

by Ian Lopuch
Happy New Year, everybody! Having placed three angel investments during a single year, 2017 was a big year for this investor. While I primarily invest for dividends and cash flow (via dividend-paying stocks and real estate), I now allocate around (but no more than) 10% of my portfolio to higher risk angel investments.Read the full article

Angel Investing: My Experience With SAFE Agreements and Convertible Notes

In 2017, I placed three angel investments in early stage technology startups. It was my biggest year yet as an angel investor. I also gained extensive experience with SAFE Agreements (Simple Agreement For Future Equity) and Convertible Notes. Learn about my experience with angel investing, and learn all about SAFE Agreements and Convertible Notes. At a high level, I'm a cash flow investor at heart. And, I only allocate up to 10% of my portfolio for riskier investments like tech startups. However, I really value this 10% because I have not lost money yet on an angel investment, and it's a way to supercharge my returns. I can take profits from angel investments and reallocate to more traditional cash flow instruments. Today's video includes: * Definitions of SAFE Agreements and Convertible Notes. * Pros and Cons of SAFE Agreements and Convertible Notes. * The importance of timing and understanding when one's agreement will convert into real equity. * The importance of the discount factor, and getting rewarded for getting in early (during the friends and family round). * How valuation caps work and why they matter. * Why it's key to avoid SAFE Agreements and Convertible Notes that have a buy out clause. * The importance of performing extensive due diligence and looking at all numbers. (I avoid deals where I don't have access to numbers.) * What it means to be an accredited investor, and how angel investments are typically restricted to accredited investors. That being said, even if one cannot invest, it's never too early to start building one's network. As a closing thought, I love angel investing because it allows me to invest in my friends. It allows me to invest in dreams. That being said, I think some people get into angel investing for the wrong reasons. I keep my investments private (I typically don't list them online), since this is not a bragging competition. Disclaimer: I'm not a licensed investment advisor, and today's video is just for entertainment and fun. This video is NOT investment advice. Please talk to your licensed investment advisor before making any financial decisions. All content on my YouTube channel is (c) Copyright IJL Productions LLC.