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How To Become A Business Angel: Practical advice for aspiring investors in unquoted companies by Richard Hargreaves

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Chapter 1: The Basics

Introduction

In this chapter I discuss what a business angel is and how they fit into the overall spectrum of sources of long-term capital. I also look at why entrepreneurs like angels and often prefer them to venture capitalists.

The importance of angels

Angels

The term angel was first used to describe wealthy individuals who provided money for Broadway productions. Then in 1978, William Wetzel published a study on how entrepreneurs raised seed capital in the USA and used the term angel to describe the investors.

Today, business angel, or just angel, is a term widely used to mean a private individual who invests his or her own money in early stage growth companies. The other principal source of long-term investment ...

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