Visualize What You Want From Your Next Decade

And You’re Guaranteed to Make Better Choices Today

“I am not sure this is my purpose. I don’t think how I spend my time is consistent with my values,” Edgar said. (Edgar is not his real name.) “Maybe I should be working in marketplace ministry. Working in a corporation just doesn’t seem right. I’m unsettled, not at peace. And now I’m being offered a […]

Is the Business Model Sustainable?

17 Sustainability Questions I Must Answer Before Investing

This is the third in a three-part series on how I make investing decisions for follow-on investments. The first article described how I evaluate the entrepreneur. The second article described how I think about market timing. This third article analyzes sustainability. Deciding on putting additional money in a startup is a more difficult decision than […]

Is the Now, Now?

13 Timing Questions I Must Answer Before Investing

This is the second in a three-part series on how I make investing decisions for follow-on investments. The first article described how I evaluate the entrepreneur. This second article describes how I think about market timing. The third article analyzes sustainability. When the entrepreneur is asking for more money, I want to remember the reason […]

Are They My Kind of Leader?

21 Leadership Questions I Must Answer Before Investing

This is the first in a three-part series on how I make investing decisions for follow-on investments. This first article describes how I evaluate the entrepreneur. The second article describes how I think about market timing. The third article analyzes sustainability. Recently, I was asked to do some follow-on investments. These are companies I invested […]

“Help! I’m Losing Money!”

How Abandoning My #1 Rule Cost Me

Angel investing at its best is a really risky business. But risky does not lose money. Bad risks do. I’m losing money because I left my number one rule, my key discipline. Be all in. Over the years, whenever I’ve been involved in a business after I’ve invested, I’ve only lost money one time. Give […]

[No. 2] People Need to Know You to Help You

14 Rules for Success in Business and Life

14. Personal growth comes from helping others succeed and grow, not simply working on yourself. Don’t make it about you! 13. Being too busy to listen to God is too busy, no matter the importance of other priorities. 12. Angel investors should only go deep in their areas of proficiency. Otherwise, they are a distraction […]

Are You Discerning Enough to Separate the Truth from the Delivery?

Advisers Have Bad Days, Too

“I met with Tom, and he was so mean. It put me off,” my entrepreneur friend said. I know Tom (not his real name). He meets with entrepreneurs all the time. He is smart and experienced. And he has the patience, empathy, and spirit of a counselor. Tom is the kind of person that really […]

Why Early Stage Involvement Is Critical for Success

What I Have Learned in 24 Years of Angel Investing

“What do you see as the responsibilities of a Chief Operating Officer?” he asked. “A COO’s mission is to execute on the company’s strategy,” I replied. This was a high-level question. I gave a high-level answer. We then slowly moved our discussion to some useful advice. The kind he could act on when he got […]

Should You Attend My Upcoming Angel Investor Talk?

5:30 PM on April 16th at the Atlanta Tech Village

I am currently preparing a talk for the Atlanta Technology Angels. I’ll deliver it on April 16th at 5:30 p.m. at the Atlanta Tech Village. The title I’ve been assigned is “Paparelli’s Seven Criteria for an Angel Investment.” My audience will mostly be my fellow Atlanta angel investors. Whenever I give a talk, I like […]

No. 8: Put Everything Into Everything You Do

15 Friday: Thoughts for Entrepreneurs on Business, Life, Success

Here are 15 thoughts to inspire and encourage you as you pursue your entrepreneurial vision. 15. Do everything to the best of your ability. Set a personal standard of excellence. You may not always be the best, but you can be your best all the time. 14. Serve others by helping them achieve their dreams. […]