Seed and Angel Financing: Oct. 2, 2012

Seed and Angel Financing:  ENET meeting, October 2, 2012  



Tomorrow evening, Tuesday October 2, 2012 at 7pm, I will serve as moderator for  the meeting of IEEE Entrepreneurs’ Network (ENET) on the above subject at the Foley Hoag Emerging Enterprise Center, 1000 Winter Street, North Entrance in Waltham, Massachusetts.  Our panel of three speakers will discuss –  How do Angel and Seed investors approach the problem of making a good investment?  They will go behind the scenes of the decision making to discover the process our panelist-investors use to choose and to invest in emerging and seed stage companies. This panel will focus on the nature of angel and seed investments in New England technology based companies, on how to obtain that initial investment in your company, and how to work with angel groups or seed investors after getting the investment.  The three speakers will be


  • James Geshwiler, Managing Director, Common Angels, who is one of two managing directors of CommonAngels, an angel group focused on making investments in early-stage information technology startups. James joined Common Angels in 1999 and currently manages the group’s investments in Apperian,  HNW, Insight Squared, Nimbit, ParElastic, Influitive, Skyhook Wireless and TimeTrade Systems.  He also is on the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and was the founding chairman of the Angel Capital Association, the professional alliance of angel groups.   He is a contributing author to Cutting-Edge Practices in American Angel Investing, published in October 2003 by Darden Business Publishing of the University of Virginia, has written papers and various articles on angel investment processes, and regularly speaks on entrepreneurship and private investing.


  • Lucinda Linde, member of Walnut Venture Associates, ,  a group of experienced entrepreneurs and investors seeking investment opportunities in seed and early-stage companies in the New England area.   Lucinda invests in and consults to early stage information technology companies, including investments at First Light Capital included Nellymoser, Incipient, KESI, Strong Numbers (now part of Intuit’s “It’s Deductible” product) and HubX (acquired by SynXis). Personal angel investments include Nanigans, Visualization Technologies Inc. (acquired by GE Medical Systems), Viveca (acquired by Open Pages, then IBM) and Collego (acquired by MRO Systems) and Softrax (acquired by AFS). Lucinda co-authored the VSS Project: Report on Angel Investors, for Ken Morse of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center and Professor Howard Stevenson at HBS.


  • David Martirano, Cofounder / General Partner, Point Judith Capital,  has experience investing broadly in Internet, Healthcare and Software companies, including a number of seed investments.  He is currently involved with the Firm’s investments in Antenna Software, Envista Software, Fidelis Security Systems,, GetwellNetwork, MedOptions, NABsys, Spotlight Ticket Management, ParElastic, and Apptegic, and was previously involved with Taqua (acquired by Tekelec NASDAQ: TKLC) and Optasite (acquired by SBA Communications NASDAQ: SBAC). David sits on the board of Year Up Rhode Island and the advisory board of the Business School at the University of Rhode Island.



For more information or to register for this meeting, go to

Hopefully, this networking event will be helpful to entrepreneurs in small and early stage companies I represent.  Hope you too can join us.



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I remain active in ENET, a Waltham-based group that aids entrepreneurs, small and early stage companies, and people who invest or work in those companies.  I have been on the ENET Board for the last eleven years, and I’, into my 4th year serving as  ENET’s Chairman. In May 2011, I was re-elected to a second 2-year term.


I recruited two of the three speakers and moderator for ENET’s last meeting, on September 4, 2012, which was the kickoff meeting for ENET’s 22nd year, “Networking for Entrepreneurs – What’s Worthwhile”  – 70 attended and the event featured a break-out interactive session led by Barbara Bix to practice networking skills that all seemed to appreciate.   I also arranged ENET’s prior meeting, our annual Sunset Networking Cruise of Boston Harbor on  July 12, 2012. This cruise, our “EntrepreneurShip 2010” was also be joined by our partners MDG – Medical Development Group and the EntreTech Forum.  This was the 10th ENET summer networking cruise that I’ve arranged.  127 attended on a lovely evening with good food and company and great views of the sights of Boston Harbor including the U.S.S. Constitution at the 200th anniversary of its naval victories in the War of 1812 when it got its nickname “Old Ironsides”.  It was a most enjoyable and casual ending to ENET’s 21st year, September 2011 to July 2012, then concluded.


In addition to my work on the Board, as Chairman and Cruise director, in recent years, I’ve moderated and/or spoken at a number of ENET panel presentations, including presentations on the following subjects:


  • “Transforming Your Idea into a Successful Company”,  September  6, 2011 (speaker and moderator),
  • “Get Going! Launching a Successful Business”, September  7, 2010 (moderator),
  •  “Licensing Technology”,  February 2, 2010 (moderator),
  •  “Building Superior Teams: Key to Growth and Funding for your Startup Company ” ,  March 3, 2009 (speaker and moderator)
  • How to Select and Retain Management for your Startup Company” ,  February 5, 2008 (speaker and moderator)
  • “Getting Initial Money to go from Nothing to Something”,October 2, 2007 (speaker and moderator)
  • “Strategic Alliances and Partnerships: to build, finance, and develop early stage companies”,  November 7, 2006 (speaker and moderator)
  • “Building Boards of Advisors and Boards of Directors”, March 7, 2006 (moderator)
  • “Protecting Your Intellectual Property”, January 3. 2006 (speaker)


For each of the above presentations, my slides and those of the other speakers on my panel are also available at the ENET web site at this link –  .    I hope this information is helpful to you in your business.  Again, if you would like more information on our group, go to


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