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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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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!!!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Huge Unlock For Founders

Jason Calacanis is the real deal. It's plain and simple. He will tell you like it is. If you are a founder like I am, this book exactly what you need to hear. You need to hear what world-class investors are looking for. You need to know the pitfalls in your own thinking. You need to focus on the work that matters. You need to know how to communicate at the resonant frequency that instills confidence and opens checkbooks. You can't afford not to read this book. Buy it, and go do the F-ing work.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fantastic for angels & entrepreneurs alike

Jason is one of the most trustworthy people in the world when it comes to write a book like this. Great tips, great stories. Now I'm hungry for going out and make a few millions to invest

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  • Matt
  • 09-11-17

Jason demystifies Angel investing

Jason's passion and expertise in business startups advice is well known.

With this book he has now shared his passion and knowledge for angel investing in this straight talking guide perfect for those just starting out.

Jason continues to prove himself as one of the best educators in the startup ecosystem.

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  • Darryl Reeves
  • 10-05-17

As a 'Founder' - helpful and inspiring ideas.

I enjoyed gathering the perspectives of an investor, even though I am looking for a VC rather than an Angel. The discussions at the end were helpful too. I will use it to get a better outcome with my VC.

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  • Barrie H.
  • 09-11-17

Calacanis made me an angel

I was one of the people who took a small slice of his syndicated investment in calm.com (an awesome mindfulness app) -- which he talks about in this book.

In 2014 I'd seen him interview the founder, Alex Tew, on his ThisWeekInStartups podcast. Calacanis was so insightful as he took the business to pieces, looked at each piece, and began to figure out its potential, chatting to Alex about what it could become.

When Calacanis offered his viewers a chance to invest alongside him, I happily chipped in my money -- it was obvious from Jason's analysis that it'd be a success -- soon I was investing again and again in several more startups through his online syndicate... And that led a tech accelerator in London to contact me -- they were looking for startup tech angels over here in England and asked was I one ? ...... I took a deep breath then said "YES ! I AM an angel investor!"

I'm 35 investments in now, and going strong - and that's all thanks to Calacanis.

He has educated, encouraged and funded a generation of startup founders -- and this book undoubtedly will have the same impact for angels everywhere.

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  • kizito
  • 08-18-17

Best practical book for investors

loved the book, really great to listen to Jason narrating this book. Very clear, simple and easy to understand. This is a germ for the future of any investors. This book will become a mandatory for any potential investors am meeting..

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  • nstanley
  • 07-23-17

Must read for anyone considering startup investing

This is without doubt the best book ever written on angel investing. I wish it had been available when I first started - it would have saved me a great deal of money and helped pick better winners.

Jason has a compelling laconic style which comes across really well since he reads the book himself. You can hear every fibre of his combative, difficult and yet deeply human style in his intonation.

Great too that the audiobook has extra interview chapters giving subtly different perspectives to Jason's.

I'm now on my second listen taking notes. I can't praise this book highly enough!

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  • Raef
  • 09-19-17

A must read/listen for entrepreneurs also

When it comes time to raise money, this book will provide great insight into how I present myself and my start up to hopefully make the process more efficient for all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-31-17

Wonderful book for founders too!

This is the first audio book I've listened to that I started over again as soon as it finished. Real, practical and actionable advise for early stage investors and founders alike.

Listen with a pen and paper handy, I guarantee you'll be taking notes.

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  • Gemma
  • 08-17-17

Great for founders too

I read this as a founder currently raising angel investment- just like his podcast, the book was a wealth of information

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-13-17

Thank you for writing a great book

If you could sum up Angel in three words, what would they be?

Thoughtful and generous.

What other book might you compare Angel to, and why?

Profit First by Mike Michalowicz, very open, honest and conversational style.

Have you listened to any of Jason Calacanis’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes........weekly listener of TWIST :)

Any additional comments?

Hi Jason,

Thanks for writing a great book, I listen to your podcast each week not because I am interested in angel investing or startups, I actually run a traditional service based small business with my wife in Adelaide, Australia. I listen because I gain valuable lessons and ideas from your honest and candid insights into your own business experiences and how these now shape your views.

I appreciate your ability to admit and discuss past mistakes and how you have corrected and moved on. Thanks again.....Kind Regards, Andrew

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  • Jeremy
  • 08-10-17

A must read for startup investors

This is absolutely a must read for anyone thinking about, or currently, investing in the startup companies that change the world.

If the world's investors allocated up to 5% of their portfolio to startups, most of the world's biggest problems would be solved.

The only thing I don't agree with is that it happens in silicon valley. We need investors across the globe building the startup ecosystem in their own back yard, like Australia, so there are decacorns and unicorns here too.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-08-17

Informative and Great on Audible

Really enjoyed the book and narration. Would have given it five stars all round if only it was longer. Appreciated the extra content at the end though. First audio book I've listened to twice in a row! Well done @jason

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-17

Loved it. Thank you Jason... from a founder

I've got both the book and the audio book and think this is truly a masterclass.. for Angels this is no doubt invaluable.. for founders (like me), pure gold.
Good to put myself in an angels shoes.

I think someone who wants skin in the game and wants to learn without the risk of losing it all.. this is the book for you. Get it.. read it.. listen to it.

Being an Aussie I love the tone.. very matter a fact and straight to the point. No bull.

PS: One of these days I'm going to pitch you Jason.. good to know your playbook :) See you in SF

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  • zgrnt
  • 08-01-17

Thinking of Investing - Read This First

What did you like most about Angel?

This book was extremely informative and Jason tells it like it is. He provides the ups and downs of investing - all the while providing relevant information on what you should do to become a successful investor.

What about Jason Calacanis’s performance did you like?

Jason has a successful podcast (thisweekinstartups) and knows how to use the mic making it very easy and entertaining to listen to.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

How to Invest in Technology Startups - Timeless Advice from an Angel Investor Who Turned $100,000 into $100,000,000

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