What happens when you take 12 investors to Silicon Valley?

In November 2017 we delivered our first Investor Mission, heading to San Francisco for an intensive week meeting with angels, VCs, corporate venture programs, accelerators, startups, pitch events, and dinners.  The mission was led by Steve Baxter, an investor on Shark Tank and the current Queensland Chief Entrepreneur.

Who we took

The mission participants were a mix of angel investors, VCs, and an accountant and lawyer (who manage investment deals) from Queensland and New South Wales.

What they did

The program kicked off with a full one-day angel investor education program delivered by Angel Labs. The topics ranged from the mechanics of angel investing, to deal structures, how to add value as an investor, portfolio management, reporting, building an investment thesis, due diligence, co-investor dating, and legals.

The second day of the program was spent in Silicon Valley, with a morning walking tour of Palo Alto, led by Chris Douvos, followed by a tour and chat with the head of Paypal mergers and acquisitions. Next was a visit to Y Combinator to chat with Geoff Ralston, before heading over to Andreessen Horowitz.

The third day started with a session from DLA Piper on legals in the US, followed by a meeting with VC firm Accel, then a private chat with famous angel investors Jason Calacanis and Jay Adelson, before a combined networking event with the River City Labs Accelerator and muru-d Melbourne teams who were in town on their own mission.

The participants then went into the Angel Capital Expo with Keiretsu Forum, but the Aussie Founders Network event before wrapping up the next day with Bo Nam (VC at Columbus Nova Technology Partners) and Roger Dickey from Gigster.

Participant reflections

The takeaways and lessons from the mission are best expressed in the participant’s own words through their blog posts, which we will collate here:

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