This semester, the Rines Angel Fund brought on seven new associates with a variety of majors. Spencer ’20 had the following to say about his time with us so far as a non business major:
In any investment firm, venture capital, private equity, angel, or investment banking entities, valuations are a primary indicator that drive informed decision making. “A good valuation is 75% art and 25% science” says Matt Schubring in a recent Forbes article on how valuations are not just a science, but a skill that is continuously tuned.
In today’s modern economy, businesses are utilizing every possible resource to maintain a cutting-edge lead against the competition. No matter the industry, underlying goal is always the same: To innovate. To use new methods and ideas to make their next product or service exponentially better than the last. But how do companies innovate? An increasing number of companies and individuals are turning to design thinking for their problem-solving woes.
Angel investors are individuals that play the risky game of investing in startups and entrepreneurs. In the world of angel investing there is no guarantee that a company will return even a fraction of an investment. In order to receive a solid return on an angel investment portfolio, smart and sustainable decisions are key. Since these investments are at such an early stage, it’s important to understand that returns might not be seen for up to 7-10 years.
Regardless of your political standpoint, most people can agree that Donald Trump’s use of Twitter has been unconventional. The President’s personal account has become a public gateway into his personal and professional thoughts. All this news from Twitter is quickly digested and reflected in the financial markets, but how heavily does the stock market weigh information from the social media site? Has this new tactic of communication impacted uncertainty in the economy? I set out to answer these questions in my senior honors thesis, and hope to shed some light on the results of my analysis here.
People often hear that a strong team is important to success. As a member of the Rines Angel Fund, I have recognized that we are able to accomplish greater goals as a group due to the enthusiasm and engagement of students involved, and that the companies that pitch to the Fund are viewed most favorably when supported by a strong management team.
When I was applying to join the Rines Angel Fund at the end of my freshman year, many of the current members whom I spoke with referred to their fellow members as “casually intelligent”. Although that term bewildered me at the time, after a little over a year working with these students, faculty members and mentors, I know exactly what they meant...