#55: Understanding Angel Investors with Mysty Rusk

by | May 11, 2021 | Podcast

Today’s Guest

Welcome back to another episode of the We Live to Build podcast.
With the US stock market historically high, and the US interest rates historically low, capital is really cheap to come by, and startups are raising more than ever at the earlier stages.
For some reason, that hasn’t changed the mindset of investors, who are as prudent as ever.
Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking to better understand how angel investors think, or you’re looking to get started being an angel investor, this episode is really important.
I spoke with Mysty Rusk, the Executive Director of the Free Enterprise Institute at University of San Diego School of Business, and the founder of the San Diego Angel Conference, which seeks to activate new angel investors at a local level while committing to investing a specific amount within a specific time frame in order to ensure great startups actually get the money they need to move to the next level.

Let’s give a warm welcome to Mysty!
We talked about: – What is angel investing? – What made you interested in becoming an angel investor? – How do you identity who is the right person to become an angel investor? – What should potential angel investors be learning to become successful? – What are angel investors looking for when reviewing a pitch deck? – What are angel investors listening for during a live pitch? – Why you should tell a story with a path to success? – What you should prepare for the due diligence process? – Why you should never ask investors to sign an NDA at first sight? – Why the terms of the deal can make or break the investment? – What can stop the investment at this point? – And much more!
And remember, Entrepreneurship is a Marathon, not a Sprint, so take care of yourself every day, so that you can live and love, and have the energy and the passion to run your business, and to invest in your team, and to find a way to appreciate those moments of happiness.

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On the podcast, Sean talks with entrepreneurs about the reality of their struggle to succeed, as well as answering questions from the community, and sharing nuggets of wisdom from his own life.


Discover through these amazing episodes the courage to open your mind, heart, and soul to the world so you can be the best entrepreneur possible, respect the people you work with, and improve the world with your company while not hurting others or yourself in the process.

Sean Weisbrot

Sean Weisbrot

Sean is an entrepreneur, investor, and advisor based in SE Asia for over 12 years. He is passionate about Psychology and helping others improve themselves.

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