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There are many types of angel investors with differing personalities and motives. Despite this adversity, many angel investors fall into these main categories:
Core angels have extensive business experience and operate and own successful businesses of their own.
They accumulated their wealth over a relatively long period of time. They are committed to angel investing and continue to be involved with high risk investments despite some losses. Core angels possess a diversified portfolio that encompasses all industries, including public, private equity & real estate. They serve as valuable mentors and advisors to their invested companies.
High-tech angels have less experience than core angels, but invest significantly in the latest trends of modern technology.
Their investments primarily depend on the value of their other high-tech holdings, which vary considerably. Many enjoy the risk of their deals as well as the exhilaration of bringing new technology to the market place.
Some may even prefer not to be actively involved in their invested companies simply because they dislike dealing with the daily challenges of operating a business.
Return on investment (ROI) angels are primarily concerned with the financial reward of high-risk investments.
Their motivation behind investing is their perception of what other angels gross income may be. ROI angels tend to stay away from investing when market performance is poor and emerge once the market shows stability and improvement.
They view each of their investments as another company added to their diversified portfolio and rarely become actively involved in the invested companies.
Corporate angels are former business executives from large corporations who have been downsized, have taken early retirement, or have been replaced.
Even though profitability of their investment is their overall goal, they also seek personal opportunity when investing. They are looking for an investment opportunity when, as well as a career. For instance, many corporate angels are known to invest in one company and seek a paid position, which is often part of the business deal.
They are also known to have about €1 million in cash and may invest as much as €200,000 in a company.
Entrepreneurial angels are successful angel investors who own and operate their own businesses. Their steady flow of income allows them to make more higher-risk investments and provide a larger amount of capital for start-ups.
Entrepreneurial angels tend to make adequately-sized investments anywhere from €200,000 to €500,000 and are known for investing more money into the same company as the business progresses. They enjoy the personal fulfilment of assisting entrepreneurs launch a successful start-up and rarely take an active role in managing a company.
Enthusiast angels are typically older (age 65 and up) businessmen who are independently wealthy before their investments. They often invest small amounts of capital (between €10,000 to a few hundred thousand dollars) in several different enterprises and view investing as a mere hobby. They also do not take an active role in management.
Micromanagement angels: These individuals are considered to be serious investors. Many are born wealthy, however, the majority of these type of angels acquired their success and wealth through their own independent and strategic efforts.
They often require a board position and are known to impose the same strategies they have used with their own companies towards their invested companies. Micromanagers will usually invest anywhere between €100,000 and €1 million for per project. They rarely seek an active management role, but tend to emerge and be more actively involved when their invested companies do not do well.
Professional angels are professionally employed as physicians, lawyers, accountants, etc. who invest in companies in their related field. Professional angels invest in several companies at the same time, and their capital contributions range anywhere from €25,000 to €200,000 per investment.
They may also provide services to their invested company (legal, accounting or financial) at a discounted rate. Professional angels are of tremendous value for initial needed capital and rarely make follow-on investments.
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