SWO Angel Group


Lunch and Learn – June 2018
June 15, 2018

Our SWO Angels Winter/Spring session wraps up next week with our monthly Investor Meeting on Thursday June 21 before a summer recess. However, this week we had our long-anticipated Lunch & Learn – “Managing Your Angel Investment Portfolio”.
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Pillar Social Enterprise Spring Showcase
June 14, 2018

On Tuesday evening, members of SWO Angels attended Pillar Nonprofit Network’s Social Enterprise Spring Showcase. All in all, the event was very enjoyable, with great company and great conversations.
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Lessons Learned
June 13, 2018

What do new Angel investors most want to know? “Will I be able to invest in the next Facebook?” Actually, this is not generally the first question I get from prospective members before they even attend one of our Investor Meetings. Their interest is not primarily in the investment returns they can expect from this asset class. “Don’t most investments in this class fail?” No, neither are the risks that exist in seed stage investing an early topic of conversation, although invariably it eventually arises, as it should.
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ExpertFile – Company Update
May 28, 2018

Recently I sat down with Peter Evans, founder and CEO of ExpertFile, to discuss the company’s progress since members of SWO Angels invested in 2011 as well as get a glimpse into his view of his venture’s future. As happens in most high-growth companies, there have been ebbs and flows. In 2014 Peter and his team made a pretty big pivot from his original vision. Now, he has the company poised to capitalize on some key trends that are in their favour. Here is more about what I found out.
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Angel Investors Ontario and Young Professionals Organization – Joint Investment Event
May 24, 2018

Yesterday, I participated in the second annual AIO/YPO Joint Investment Event. Angel Investors Ontario (AIO) and the Young Professionals Organization (YPO) co-hosted this year’s event at One King West, downtown in Toronto. The highlight for me, typical of events like this, was the opportunity to meet people face-to-face that otherwise I might only be able to connect with virtually – to learn from each other, and to network and invest together.
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Investor Meeting Highlights – May
May 18, 2018

We held our monthly SWO Angels Investor Meeting yesterday morning, Thursday May 17. Three ventures presented to attending members in the MVP Lab in the Convergence Centre on Western’s Discovery Park. All had presented earlier this week to our angel group Alliance partners, Golden Triangle Angel Network (GTAN) and Angel One Network.
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Angel Investing in Perspective
May 15, 2018

The Dow’s best day was a gain of 11.08% (Oct. 2008) while the worst day was a loss of 22.61% (Oct. 1987). This is a wide range for possible returns into which any given future day may fit. Downside for Angel investing is 100% loss. Moving away from daily returns, the chart below shows the expected range of returns for 1-year and 5-year periods plus actual 25-year returns.
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10th Anniversary Key Events Recap
May 8, 2018

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London Chamber of Commerce Summit Recap
April 24, 2018

This morning, the London Chamber of Commerce hosted SUMMIT 2018 – “Scaling Up to New Heights in Business” at The Grand Theatre. I was thrilled to attend as a guest of SWO Angels’ member Peter Mastorakos and 18 Asset Management, thanks Peter! Also, in attendance were SWO Angels members Bernie Batt, Lynn Davis, Laurie Lashbrook and others.
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Investor Meeting Highlights – April
April 19, 2018

This morning, we held our monthly SWO Angels Investor Meeting. Two ventures presented to members in attendance at the MVP Lab in the Convergence Centre on Western’s Discovery Park. Both had presented earlier to our angel group Alliance partners, Golden Triangle Angel Network (GTAN) and Angel One Network.
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