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Raising Angel Investment

  • 03 Nov 2009
  • 7:00 PM - 9:59 PM
  • Foley Hoag Emerging Enterprise Center, 1000 Winter Street, Suite 4000, Waltham, MA


Meeting Presentations:

Mic Williams, Angel Investor, Founder of Boston Harbor Angels, Presentation

William F. Swiggart, Angel Investor, Manager of Beacon Angels, Presentation

Bettina Hein, CEO of Pixability.com, Presentation

We’re in the middle of a severe economic downturn, there are few IPOs, and venture funding is getting thin, but what about angel investment? Maybe you’re not even sure what angel investment is? This panel will focus on getting initial or seed-stage investment in your company from angel investors or groups. The panelists will have a candid discussion on how to prepare a company for raising angel capital, the raise itself, and how to work with angel groups after getting the investment. 

This panel will discuss angel capital in depth including the following:

• How to find and approach angel investors and angel groups
• Why you might want to raise angel investment
• How to work with your angel investors and what to expect after they invest

In this economy, angel investors have raised the bar for what they’ll consider for investment and are now well positioned against even some of the best VC funds. Find out how you can tap into this source of funding for your company.


Joe Caruso, Angel Investor

Joe Caruso has been an active board member and advisor to CEO’s and boards for over twenty years. He brings to boards the perspective of an experienced CEO, strategic consultant and investor, as well as the perspective of someone who has played a leadership role in advancing the professionalism of corporate governance (beginning before Sarbanes-Oxley made it “fashionable”).

Joe has served on the boards of numerous companies – private, public, and not for profit. He is currently a director of Boston Micromachines and i2Chem, two early stage technology companies. 

He was active for many years in the National Association of Corporate Directors, where he served as president and member of the regional (New England) board and was awarded the Leadership in Private Corporate Governance Award by the National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter.

For much of his career, Joe served as CEO or work-out manager for companies ranging from start-up to $150 million in sales. More recently, he has been an active investor, advisor and director for a number of technology, software, and internet-related companies. Earlier in his career, Mr. Caruso worked at Teradyne and Autex, Inc., and was CEO at Cyborg Corporation, a venture-funded company that was a pioneer in the use of PC’s in laboratory and factory automation.

Joe is a graduate of Northeastern University (BSEE with honors) and the Harvard Business School.

Bettina Hein, CEO of Pixability.com

Bettina Hein is a repeat entrepreneur based in Cambridge, MA. She has raised over $5 million in angel capital for her companies. Her newest company Pixability (www.pixability.com ) produces cost-effective business videos. 

Bettina also co-founded Swiss-based SVOX AG in 2001 and led the venture-backed speech technology software company to profitability. SVOX is the market leader for text-to-speech in car and mobile navigation systems. In 1996, Bettina was the initiator of the START, which encourages entrepreneurship among university students in Germany and Switzerland. Bettina holds a Masters of Science from MIT where she was a Sloan Fellow, a law degree from the University of Constance in Germany and a degree in business administration from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

Mic Williams, Angel Investor, Founder of Boston Harbor Angels

Mic (Michael) Williams has been an investor for over 34 years. Whereas his primary investments and have been in commercial real estate; his previous private investments have included manufacturing, mining, movies, lumber products, ships and a television enterprise. Since he founded the Boston chapter of Keiretsu Forum in 2004 and then Boston Harbor Angels in 2006. He has invested in eleven of the “portfolio” companies.

He has served on many, public, private, and charitable boards including United Way (a past Campaign Chairman, Tucson) Boy Scouts, YMCA and the International Boys Club (NYC).

He spent 18 years with Coldwell Banker Commercial Group as a salesman, CA.; VP Resident Manager, AZ; and SVP Regional Manager, Board member in NY.,NJ.,CT. He left to join Aries Enterprises as President of a large scale land development company in Colorado and Arizona and involved in the planning, development and sales of major planned communities. He was a Managing Director of Landauer (a NY real estate consulting firm) and also provided real estate investment banking services with a small private firm in NYC.

He continues to do real estate investing, consulting, and funds raising for commercial real estate projects. Mr. Williams has been a featured speaker in the US, UK, Asia, and Africa on real estate and more recently featured in different venues as a speaker, moderator and panelist on “angel investing”.

His real estate views have been quoted in such publications as the WSJ, NYTimes, LATimes, Barrons, and Business Week. 

William F. Swiggart, Angel Investor, Manager of Beacon Angels

William F. Swiggart is a Boston based attorney who incorporates and grows start-ups, and facilitates transactions such as debt and equity investments, IP licenses, and mergers & acquisitions. He registers and defends trademarks and copyrights, and also helps resolve business conflicts. Bill co-founded Beacon Angels, LLC in 2006, and helps manage it today. Beacon Angels, currently with 20 members, has invested about $2.5 million in 12 start-up companies. Mr. Swiggart is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B. 1977) and the University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D. 1982), where he was a member of the Connecticut Law Review. He has served as General Counsel to Bitstream Inc., and to ON Technology Corporation. 

Mr. Swiggart is a frequent lecturer on topics of licensing, technology, & start-up issues to groups such as the New England Corporate Counsel's Association, the Mass. Bar Association, and the MIT Enterprise Forum. He helped found, and served as first President of the Princeton Entrepreneurs’ Network, Inc., a 501(c)(3) qualified organization that promotes entrepreneurship via national and regional events. 


Andrew C. Paradise, Serial Entrepreneur

Andrew Paradise,  andrew.c.paradise@gmail.com  , Andrew was most recently CEO of Photrade, a web 2.0 digital media and advertising company. While at Photrade, Andrew created patent-pending advertising technologies, forged business development with companies such as Apple, and led the eventual sale of Photrade to publicly traded, MPA, Inc. Prior to Photrade, Andrew worked for Fort Washington Capital Partners. While there, he completed numerous venture capital investments in technology and health care, and deployed more than $75M in capital. Prior to FWCP, Andrew worked for The Watermill Group, a Boston-based private equity firm. At Watermill, Andrew was involved in closing multiple investments totaling over $200M in transaction value. Andrew started his career in finance with the Georgetown Federal Credit Union, having also worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston as well as the Digital Federal Credit Union.

Andrew received his Bachelors of Arts in English Literature, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and his Bachelor of Commerce in Economics from University of Auckland in New Zealand.