THIS IS WHAT AN ANGEL LOOKS LIKE – Galia Gichon
Meet Pipeline Fellowship alumna Galia Gichon
Affiliation: Down-to-Earth Finance
Describe the moment when you decided to become an angel:
When I received an email about Pipeline Fellowship and knew IMMEDIATELY this was something I wanted to be part of.
What investments have you made since graduating from the Pipeline Fellowship?
Company: Cissé Trading Co.
Founder(s): Diana Lovett*
Company: College DIVA CFO
Founder(s): Susan Bruno*
Company: Day One Response
Founder(s): Tricia Compas-Markman*
Company: Klutch Club
Founder(s): Julie Bashkin*, Lisa Bartolucci*
What are your investment deal-breakers?
The company’s mission must be aligned with mine. The founder and management team must be flexible yet show strong business skills and leadership. They must also have a vision that is clear and enviable. They must have a product/service that is sustainable, not trendy fly by night. They must have a solid business sense or advisors who can provide that.
What types of companies do you look to invest in?
I’m open. Ideally, women owned, socially conscious, well run, solid business plan.
What do you look for in an entrepreneur/founding team?
Experience and coachability; smart team around them.
How has your background played a role in your angel investing?
Absolutely. I have worked with small businesses for 10+ years and know what to look for. I also have corporate experience previously and understand how capital markets work.
One piece of advice to an angel-in-training?
Make sure you understand the management of the company—that they have the experience and are open to being coached. Be sure that they answer with confidence and clarity the questions you ask them.
One piece of advice to an entrepreneur looking for capital?
Make sure your financials are in top order!
What does impact investing mean to you?
Investing in a company that is making a change socially, especially in giving women new opportunities.
How would you define a for-profit social venture?
A company that is marrying profit and making money with being socially conscious.
It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan. —Eleanor Roosevelt
I traveled around New Zealand in a camper van for a month with my husband and children!
Pipeline Fellowship has opened a call for applications for its spring 2014 angel investing bootcamps in Boston, Chicago, DC, and NYC. New year’s resolution: get your angel wings! Candidates are encouraged to apply by Friday, February 7, 2014: http://pfapply.bizodo.com/f/spring2013