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Pros & Cons for Raising Capital Direct to Investors vs Angel Investors & VCs
September 08, 2020 10:41 AM PDT
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In this episode of the Compassionate Capitalist Podcast, Karen will explore which methods are best for the specific companies and when should strategies be integrated. You know you need to raise capital, but how? Do you go the traditional Angel Investor to VC that most tech companies follow or is one of the 5 ways to solicit for investment from the public (Crowd Funding) the best route for your company? Listen to learn what works for you.
Karen has worked with entrepreneurs and investors for over 15 years, educating them on the best practices to succeed in business and get the funding necessary to reach their goals... for the company seeking capital and the investor seeking to get a good return on their investment. Since the JOBS Act of 2012, 5 methods for raising capital from a crowd found have been added to the traditional pipeline of Friends & Family, to Angel Groups, to VCs. They are Reward Based CrowdFunding, Equity Based CrowdFunding (REG CF), Intrastate Crowdfunding, REG D 506c and Reg A+.
Karen Rands uses her podcast platform to amplify her message that the greatest way to create wealth is to have a successful entrepreneur endeavor, and the 2nd best way is by being an investor in a successful start up the scales and exits by selling the company or going through an initial public offering. She is the best selling author of Inside Secrets to Angel Investing that is a primer for those seeking to increase their wealth by owning a percentage of multiple private companies.
To learn more about Karen's company and the services they offer to entrepreneurs and investors, and to get her book, please visit http://karenrands.co
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Growth of Angel Capital in Secondary Markets - Louisiana
July 21, 2020 06:00 PM PDT
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Angel Investing is strong in places like San Francisco, New York City, and Boston. Popular opinion is that 'secondary markets' in the Midwest and the South don't have much in the way of innovation and committed capital. That is changing. Places like Louisiana are stepping up and building entrepreneur and investor ecosystems to help their economies thrive. The Bayou will never be a 'Silicon Valley' but they are making great strides in creating their own 'movement' to fund innovation and create wealth through successful entrepreneurism in Louisiana.  Karen's Guest on this Compassionate Capitalist show, Skip Boudreaux shares his commitment to growing the Louisiana entrepreneur ecosystem and explains how ACR helps entrepreneurs and innovation get to market, create jobs, grow the economy and create wealth for all those involved...he is a true Compassionate Capitalist.

Kyle "Skip" Boudreaux spent many years in the entrepreneur trenches before becoming an investment advisor and catching the angel investor bug. From his experience working with Angel Investors in his community, he realized due diligence was one of the biggest challenges individual and angel investor groups faced when making an investment decision. He launched ACR - Acadian Capital Research to provide non-biased deal flow, filtering, due diligence, and research to its accredited investor clients. Recently, Skip was named one of the 100 most influential people in Louisiana’s startup scene by Silicon Bayou News. More Info: Acadian Capital Research

Also available to view as a video: https://youtu.be/Q86dKu035Ug

Karen Rands is the best selling author of Insides Secrets to Angel Investing and leads the Compassionate Capitalist Movement More Info: http://karenrands.co 

Revolutionizing How VC & Angel Investment Decisions are Made
July 14, 2020 06:30 PM PDT
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For Compassionate Capitalists committed to investing in entrepreneurs to bring innovation to market, create jobs, and create wealth, deciding which investments are most likely to succeed is a challenge.  The market operates on an assumption that only one out of 10 will produce enough of a return to offset the losses and small gains generated by the other 9.   For the most part, the approach to investing in entrepreneurs is an inexact science.

Joe Milam, Founder at AngelSpan/The Legacy Funds, joins Karen Rands on this episode of the Compassionate Capitalist Podcast show to discuss how they are bringing WallStreet caliber analytics and fresh perspective on portfolio management to Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors.

Karen and Joe discuss the past, present and potential future of making better investments in startups -- mitigating risks and making money by using analytics and risk management tools long employed by successful wallstreet fund managers.Learn more about AngelSpan

Charts from How to Deploy More Capital With Confidence presentation are included in video. See the full presentation here: https://docsend.com/view/hmy5wzj

Entrepreneur and Investor webinars on best practices and those links can be found on Karen's Blog. https://www.karenrands.co/revolutionizing-how-vc-&-angel-investment-decisions-are-made

Karen Rands is a nationally recognized expert on the mindset of angel investors, and the best selling author of Inside Secrets to Angel Investing, a primer for those new to angel investing and want to evaluate the risk and rewards, and have a road map for getting started in angel investing.  Learn More

Watch the podcast as video recording:  https://youtu.be/saXH9A1eRXg

To Invest or Not Invest - Due Diligence Will Shine a Light
July 07, 2020 06:00 PM PDT
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When it comes to Compassionate Capitalism, as with any investment Due Diligence is a critical part of the investment decision process.  What is it exactly?  What do investors look for?  What should entrepreneurs have ready?  What are the best practices for the Due Diligence records?   Listen to this episode of the Compassionate Capitalist Radio Podcast for the Answers.  

Karen Rands, as the author of the bestselling investor primer: Inside Secrets to Angel Investor, emphasizes Due Diligence throughout the book and provides templates and tools for investors in the investor portal that comes with the purchase of the book:  Learn More and get a free ebook of 12 of the 46 Inside Secrets.   Her firm, Kugarand Capital Holdings, assists company founders and C-level executives to understand what their funding options are and the strategy to attract the capital.   As Managing Director for the National Network of Angel Investors, Karen assists Angel Investors and Groups with Due Diligence best practices.  Learn More KarenRands.co

Karen's guest on this episode is Graham Gintz, serves as the Sourcing and Fundraising Associate at Techstars Social Impact, is a diligence analyst at Atlanta Technology Angels, and holds an MBA from Georgia Tech.  Graham is the Founder of Knightley, which provides founders a ready-made data room to help organize their business for growth and any future fundraising processes. Knightley is Graham's 3rd company as a founder, and he has served as a first 10 employee at 3 other investor backed startups.  To learn more about Knightley and try out their due diligence portal visit:   Knightley.co

Sheets & Giggles - Building a Company to Scale with Specific Intent
June 30, 2020 06:00 PM PDT
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Colin McIntosh, Founder and CEO of Sheets & Giggles, joins Karen Rands on the Compassionate Capitalist Podcast show to share his journey to identify a way to address a cause he was passionate about with a clear material need in the market, make a profit each step of the way as the company scaled and have some fun doing it.  

S&G is a luxury brand in the $12B US Bedding space that offers a sustainable alternative with eucalyptus bedding.  Softer and more breathable for body temperature fluctuations, eucalyptus derived bedding uses up to 96% less water to make than cotton, and requires no insecticides or pesticides to grow and harvest.  S&G validated their market with a successful Indiegogo reward crowdfunding campaign raising $284,000 in 2018 and went on to raise nearly $2M in venture capital, leading to a record $1M in revenue in its first 12 months of sales. 

This is a case study in an entrepreneur journey to use crowd funding to validate a market, get to market, attract venture capital, and scale to $1M in sales the first year and a story that you will want to hear.   

Learn more about Sheets & Giggles at http://sheetsgiggles.com  Listeners get a discount on a purchase with the discount code Karen Rands. 

Like this info and want more tips on creating wealth through entrepreneurism and investing in entrepreneurs?  Sign up for the Compassionate Capitalist Coffee Break - short video tips sent about once a week.  http://bit.ly/CCCB-signup

You can learn more about the services Karen offers entrepreneurs and investors, and get a free excerpt "12 Inside Secrets" from her best selling book "Inside Secrets to Angel Investing" at http://karenrands.co under the Resources tab

Compassionate Capitalist: The Black Lives Prosperity: Past, Present, Future PT2
June 23, 2020 06:00 PM PDT
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The wealth gap between white and black communities because of systemic racism and the resulting obstacle for building equity and wealth  is astounding  This is part 2 of Karen Rands' series on Black Economic Empowerment and Prosperity.  This episode addresses the 10X prosperity gap, as reported by the Brookings Institute (AVG Black Household net worth is just $17,150 in 2016, while the average white household is $171,000) and suggests causes for that vast divide that compounded over time and builds upon the research and insights provided in Episode 1. Here, Karen discusses the cycles of prosperity for Blacks in a segregated America, often followed by violence and out right biased legislative and financial practices intended to help enrich White while prohibiting Blacks from participating in those same economic and educational opportunities. Karen touches on the challenges with public education, higher education, societal beliefs that infect the black identity in America and the historic lack of capital. which even manifested itself in the disbursement of COVID19 CARE funds for small businesses. Karen offers insight into new opportunities in education, entrepreneurism, access to capital for Black Americans.  She provides a strong call to action for successful black business owners, and 'white' corporations, investors, VCs and Family Offices to be proactive in identify black empowerment and black entrepreneur programs and initiatives to engage and uplift after havinb been, intentionally and unintentionally, excluded from the prosperity that comes from entrepreneurism and the investment in entrepreneurs.

The many lnks referenced in the podcast can be found in the blog post for this segment at XXXX

The live video of this podcast is to see Karen's passion on this topic in action: https://youtu.be/52Ta1wH_Ch8

Compassionate Capitalist: The Black Lives Economic Story: Past, Present, Future.
June 16, 2020 06:00 PM PDT
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True equality comes with economic prosperity.

The Compassionate Capitalist Podcast will explore the history of black enterprise, and government policies intended to aid in economic prosperity, and the racist practices that created barriers and obstacles to African American prosperity so that wealth and education gap which exists today has its roots dating back to the late 1800.  History shows time and time again how naive, well intentioned white people, in the spirit of compromise, released authority and control to other white people that had a sole intent to harm and hinder black people from achieving equality - socially and economically. 

There are many examples of progress being made and initiatives seeking to grow black entrepreneurship, wealth creation, and reinvestment into the communities that have been neglected and abandoned.   As we look forward with these new sources of funding and entrepreneur development, we must also look back to see how to fix the fissure that over a 100 years of systemic racism has caused in our communities.  If you are opposed to giving hand outs, then give a hand up.  Work to get the loopholes that enable racists to harm and prevent the success and empowerment of people of color out of our financial, judicial, and legislative systems.

Links referenced in the podcast:

Economic Wealth Gap: https://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2016/06/27/1-demographic-trends-and-economic-well-being/

History of Black Veterans:https://www.history.com/news/gi-bill-black-wwii-veterans-benefits

Drug Policy & Race: https://www.drugpolicy.org/issues/race-and-drug-war


Funding: https://kevintpayne.com/top-vc-firms/

Top 100: https://www.blackenterprise.com/be100s/

System Racism Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrHIQIO_bdQ

Economic Crisis - Why? Economic Strategy & Opportunities to Lead to Recovery
June 09, 2020 06:00 PM PDT
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Karen Rands is an economist by training and passion.  In March 2019 she interviewed Dr. Mark Thornton of the Mises Institute at Auburn about his book The Skyscraper Curse and discussed the factor leading to his prediction, based on Austrian Business Cycle Theory, of an economic collapse in 2020.   In the middle of a pandemic, extreme civil unrest, extremists bent on destruction, we find ourselves in the beginning of what many predict as the greatest economic collapse since the Great Depression.  Dr. Thornton joins Karen on the Compassionate Capitalist Podcast show to discuss the cause and triggers of this economic collapse and ideas for how we will create an economic recovery.  Will cannabis be the holy grail to solve our problems at multiple levels? 

Free Resources from Dr. Thornton and the Mises Institute:

Bust Wasn't Called by the Virus:  https://mises.org/wire/bust-wasnt-caused-virus

Economics of Prohibition: https://mises.org/library/economics-prohibition-0

Prior Podcast from 2019: http://bit.ly/CCRadio-sckyscraper

Watch this video interview version: https://youtu.be/Kbn931hYQQA

Dr. Mark Thornton is senior fellow at Ludwig von Mises Institute.  He is the author of numerous economic theory books and frequent speaker.  Learn more and contact Dr. Thornton at: https://mises.org/profile/mark-thornton

Karen Rands is the author of the best selling finance education book: Inside Secrets to Angel Investing, and the founder of the Compassionate Capitalist Movement.  She is a trusted advisor to entrepreneurs and investors.  Learn more at : http://karenrands.co 

How Getting Shot Through the Nose led to the Compassionate Capitalist Movement
June 02, 2020 06:00 PM PDT
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This episode of the Compassionate Capitalist Podcast is different than Karen's usual interview of experts and influencers about creating and growing successful entrepreneur companies, and creating wealth by investing entrepreneur endeavors. This is a replay of Karen Rands by Scott Johnson about her experience of getting shot through the nose. 

On June 2nd 1985, Karen Rands was shot through the nose by the I-95 Sniper as she was returning home from the airport in Jacksonville, Fl.  As a personal and private part of her life, Karen had not talked about this life changing event very much when she met Scott Johnson at a podcast convention in 2019.  His podcast, What Was That Like, explores the extraordinary things that happen to ordinary people.   In this replay of Scott's interview of Karen, she shares the details of the event, what it was like at that time, and how it was a part of the series of events leading to Karen stepping up to launch the Compassionate Capitalist Movement.  

To see show notes, links to articles about the event and more pictures from the original interview from Sept 2019, click here: Episode 33

To learn more about Karen Rands and the Compassionate Capitalist Movement visit http://karenrands.co 

When you visit Karen's website, sign up for her Compassionate Capitalist Coffee Break email with short how to videos on topic relevant to entrepreneurs and investors. 

To get her best-selling finance book: Inside Secrets to Angel Investing, or a free document of the top 12 of the 47 secrets shared in her book on how to create wealth through investing in entrepreneurs, click here

Cannabis Capitalism - Investing in Canna for Retirement
May 26, 2020 06:00 PM PDT
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Karen Rands brings Compassionate Capitalist viewers & listeners another episode of Cannabis Capitalism with her interview of Michael Scott, Founder and CEO, and Todd Sullivan, Co-CEO, of Cannapreneur Partners.  

Karen, Michael & Todd discuss the challenges and opportunities for investing in canna businesses. With a predicted 14% year on year growth trend, the canna industry is expected to be $30B by 2025 making it a hot investment sector to diversify into in a portfolio.  Smart investors are learning how to unlock the liquidity of their 401Ks and reap financial rewards of tax free investing in the growing legal cannabis market. Cannapreneur Partners approaches the opportunities they see with deep financial analytical modelling and proprietary due-diligence for both investors and entrepreneurs enabling great synergies and explosive growth with cash flow in canna investments.

Listen to learn:

~ Why Cannabis is the hottest investment sector over the next 5 years

~ Details about how to turn your 401K into a tax free shelter for private investments, even Cannabis investment

For more information and a copy of the Michael's book, visit:  http://cannapreneurpartners.com

Watch as Youtube: https://youtu.be/NMKUppGoqLw

Karen Rands is the author of the best selling finance education book:  Inside Secrets to Angel Investing and the founder of the Compassionate Capitalist Movement.  Karen advises entrepreneurs on best practices for growing their companies and access to capital.  She assists investors and angel investor groups with due diligence and syndication within her Launch Funding Nework and National Network of Angel Investors. 

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