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One of Silicon Valley's most successful angel investors shares his rules for investing in start-ups.

There are two ways to make money in start-ups: create something valuable - or invest in the people that are creating valuable things.

Over the past 25 years, Jason Calacanis has made a fortune investing in creators, spotting and helping build and fund a number of successful technology start-ups - investments that have earned him tens of millions of dollars. Now, in this enlightening guide that is sure to become the bible for 21st century investors, Calacanis takes potential angels step by step through his proven method of creating massive wealth: start-ups.

As Calacanis makes clear, you can get rich - even if you came from humble beginnings (his dad was a bartender, his mom a nurse), didn't go to the right schools, and weren't a top student. The trick is learning how angel investors think. Calacanis takes you inside the minds of these successful moneymen, helping you understand how they prioritize and make the decisions that have resulted in phenomenal profits. He guides you step by step through the process, revealing how leading investors evaluate new ventures, calculating the risks and rewards, and explains how the best start-ups leverage relationships with angel investors for the best results.

Whether you're an aspiring investor or a budding entrepreneur, Angel will inspire and educate you on all the ins of outs. Buckle up for a wild ride into the world of angel investing!

This audiobook edition of Angel includes exclusive bonus one-on-one interviews with Jason Calacanis and professional angel investors. Featured are Founders Fund partner Cyan Banister, multiple start-up investor Gil Penchina, founding partner at XG Ventures Andrea Zurek, and serial entrepreneur and start-up mentor Ed Roman.

©2017 Calacanis, LLC. (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great book for angel investors and co-founders!

I recommend it. Lots of important info regarding angel investing. if you are starting up a company, that is also a very valuable book or guide on how to do things properly when presenting your startup to investors.

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Every founder should read it.

If you're serious about starting companies, whether you want to raise money or not, that book is mandatory. It's important to know your companies worth and how other people value it. You'll also know how to pitch it and, more importantly, when. Knowing when the time is right to raise money (or not) is crucial for a busy entrepreneur.

But the book is more than that. It gives any entrepreneur clear insights to silicon valley's best practice and etiquette. For an outsider like me, this was pivotal.

Jason is an amazing writer and reader. This book was a pleasure to listen to. Thanks

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thanks Jason, this book was extremely valuable.

Jason is a savage . this book is worth every penny, plus the complimentary podcast adds a ton of value.

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Gave it 5 Stars because I couldn't give it 6

I was coming from the perspective of a startup founder, and consequently this book gave me important insight as to how angel investors think and also how to make my own startup more valuable and "investible". Another important takeaway, pro rata is synonymous with respect and rewards those who believed in you the earliest. Anyways, looking forward to seeing the next book, Angel 2: The Search for More Money. Thanks Jason!

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Great Book on Figuring out how an angel thinks!

Love that Jason narrated it himself, so it was fun and entertaining, not bland and boring.

It was raw and blunt. Definitely not for the faint hearted.

I will absolutely recommend this book to every startup founder !!

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  • BRAD
  • 2017-07-21

This audio book is worth millions!!

The author Jason Calacanis shares his 25 years of experience in Angel investing. Giving examples of what works and what does not. Sharing his rules for Angel investing and providing a strategic framework on how to get started. At the end of the book are valuable interviews with other professional Angel investors. Jason is a great narrator and interviewer that lets the conversation flow. I have listened to over 125 audible books and this is my favorite. Inspiring!!!

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  • rpophessagr
  • 2017-07-19

How to become an Angel Investor. No Really.

This book lays out step by step how you too can get a piece of the action... and you don't need to be rich to get started.

OR read this book as an entrepreneur to understand how your potential investors think.

Seriously, read this book.

Jason here is at his finest. He lays bare his history, how he became successful as an investor, and shares his insights and mistakes so you don't have to make them too.

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  • helena
  • 2017-08-19

A must read or listen (or both :) for any angel investor or entrepreneur!

My 5 year plan (currently CEO @VoxSnap) is to start the "YC for Women Led Startups" an acceleration program that will give educational and financial resources for women to get their startups off the ground flying.
I got the audio book and the hard copy as a resource I'll be referring to. The audio book allowed me to quickly go through the content (finished it on my flight back to the Bay Area from Israel). The hard copy is going to be my reference point to different stages of investing (or fundraising ;).
I like this book because Jason cuts to the chase and says things as they are, while giving you perspective on what to do and what to not do.
You also get a glimpse into Jason's personality which is anything but boring, I find his story inspirational and motivating since I come from a similar background of not having much as a child. He shows you in his story that ambition wins and you can do anything you set your mind to.

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  • R. Matic
  • 2018-05-01

one of the greatest business books

I was glued to listening to this book. I found out about founders, investors, what motivates them, how the business works, the characters that make up the tech industry, as well as a lot of techniques to master Angel Investing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-04-24

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Growing up I wanted to do one of two things, start a company or play Major League Baseball. I didn’t quite make the Majors, but I have started two companies. JaCal’s guidance is helping me create the next goal, which is to become an angel investor. The book is everything it needs to be, which is 100% not for everyone. It does provide great insight into the mysterious world of angel investing with great perspective, awareness and humor. Love the fact that JaCal is self-made and hope he continues to land more unicorns- hopefully with me along the ride on some of those investments.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-08-18

Awesome listen, great advice.

I've been following Jason for a long time on his podcast "This Week in Startups" and I invest in his syndicate on Angel List. I was excited for this book to come out and It did not disappoint. Jason offers great advice on how to Angel investing in a very engaging and entertaining way. 5 Stars all around!

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  • Annette Hedden
  • 2017-08-17

Must read for anyone in Startups

Would you consider the audio edition of Angel to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the book, only listened. I'll be buying a print copy for my library. The author's performance improved the content.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Angel?

Angel was written by someone who has done a lot for himself, but even more tech and startups. I enjoyed Jason's passion in laying out a step-by-step method of how to become an Angel. His passion and desire to help inspire successful Angels comes through and is admirable.

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One of the best business books I've read recently and the most important in the last decade. As Jason noted in the foreword, someone else should have written "Angel." There should be an entire genre about Angel investing. Jason's ability to clearly and concisely explain how to get started, power through the difficult parts, and ultimately succeed is truly impressive. I recommend this book for anyone interested in startups -- on both the Angel and founder sides.

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  • VA12345
  • 2017-08-16

A must read for any would be angel, founder or curious party

Jason does such a good job with turning a dry topic like investing into an enjoyable read. Filled with personal stories, candid language and down to earth advice, it feels like you are listening to your friend give you the inside scoop over drinks rather than reading from a instruction manual. Don't get me wrong - all the meat and potatoes are there, but it's delivered in the same way as that one professor you had in college whose class you actually looked forward to because they didn't give a shit what the dean thought and just said it like it was. Thank you Professor Calacanis!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-08-06

One of the great business books of the last decade

Personal anecdotes and a tactical playbook from Uncle Jason. Binged over 2 or 3 days. Worth far more than price.

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  • jeff
  • 2017-08-05

Jason hit out the Park! Wow!

If you are seeking a roadmap on how to become a angel investor in Silicon Valley, then look no further. Jason' s "Angel" is not only a enjoyable read/listen, but a nano course on how to win as an investor. Every chapter is ripe with real examples, his personal examples of how a C- student from Brooklyn became a prolific angel investor. He touched on the different ways angel can have impact on founders ranging from advisors, board members, or just being a cheerleader for the founders.

I've listen to Jason podcast and I can honestly say this book carries the same authentic tone that we all enjoy listening to on his weekly podcast.

Job well done, can't wait for this book.

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