What types of investments should an investor steer clear of?
Avoid the airlines, which have multiple issues with labor and operating costs. And avoid any investments you don’t understand. As a venture capitalist, do you keep investing when the market is in crisis? We’re very actively investing. There’s been a decline in money allocated to startups, but that’s healthy. The venture business is in much better shape than it was during the tech bubble. The values are sounder, the expectations much more realistic, the management much more experienced. For an entrepreneur with a good business plan and a good management team, this is a perfect time to raise capital. How does someone make a private investment? To invest in a venture capital fund, you must be a “qualified investor”; most funds ask for investments of at least $1 million. Another alternative is angel groups. There are at least 100 angel groups in the U.S., probably more than 300 worldwide. And an angel investment gets you in on the ground floor of a new company: You can get highly involved