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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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Realistic view from real experience

Great listen, I look forward to start my journey in angel investing. Thank you Jason.

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Exceptional, changed my perspective on life.

This book, alike my recent foray into the world of podcasts has resulted in a greater shift in mentality than all of the rest of my life combined. I thank Jason for taking the time to literally change how my brain is wired. Loved it.

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A must read for any Entrepeneur or Investor

Jason's podcast and now book have played an important part of my journey as an Entrepreneur. Highly recommended!!

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great book

would you just bloody listen to it if your interested in becoming Investor a serious sophisticated investor

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This book has taken me out of the echo chamber and exposed me to the world of angel investing!

Jason, thank you for taking me on a journey of understanding angel investing. Before this read I felt like I was in an echo chamber.

The insight into angel investing has now given me the confidence and tools to elevate me to another level.

The book as well as the ecosystem you have created with ThisWeekInStartups podcast and your LAUNCH Festival has been invaluable for my journey and I feel the Startup and Angel investing community in general.

Looking forward to the journey ahead.
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BUY THIS BOOK if you are a SERIOUS Entrepreneur

I try to get through at least 1 if not two audiobooks a week and this is one of, if not the most valuable book I have read this year. If you are a serious entrepreneur needing to raise capital. BUY the Book. If you are serious about Angel investing or Venture Capital Investing. Buy the book!!

Ignore 1,2 or 3 star reviews - They obviously have beef with the author because the content is on point. Will guarantee you won't regret the purchase.
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thanks for the insight into the industry AMAZING!

Buy it well worth it. Can't wait for the next book Jason you're awesome love your delivery style.

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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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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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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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  • BRAD
  • 21-07-2017

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!!!

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  • rpophessagr
  • 19-07-2017

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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  • helena
  • 19-08-2017

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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  • R. Matic
  • 01-05-2018

one of the greatest business books

I was glued to listening to this book. I found out about founders, investors, what motivates them, how the business works, the characters that make up the tech industry, as well as a lot of techniques to master Angel Investing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-04-2018

Moving

Growing up I wanted to do one of two things, start a company or play Major League Baseball. I didn’t quite make the Majors, but I have started two companies. JaCal’s guidance is helping me create the next goal, which is to become an angel investor. The book is everything it needs to be, which is 100% not for everyone. It does provide great insight into the mysterious world of angel investing with great perspective, awareness and humor. Love the fact that JaCal is self-made and hope he continues to land more unicorns- hopefully with me along the ride on some of those investments.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-08-2017

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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  • Annette Hedden
  • 17-08-2017

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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  • VA12345
  • 16-08-2017

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-2017

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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  • jeff
  • 05-08-2017

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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  • Matt
  • 11-09-2017

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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  • Barrie H.
  • 11-09-2017

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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  • Giovanni Bruno Di Carlo
  • 08-06-2021

Extremely good and helpful 👏👏

To the point, great stories and extremely helpful! Will re read it every year! Thanks!

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  • Andrew Wilkin
  • 23-04-2021

Failed Founder Sees The Otherside

I first came across this as an audio book, spending a credit and thinking am bored of the usual things I listen to. I was not disappointed, and even went on to buy the physical book as well.

Sure, not everyone has the net worth to invest as Jason suggests, but for me as a failed founder (of a startup, a few ideas that didn't make it off the bench and couple of other businesses) it was invaluable to see the other side. It helped me better understand the risks and pains investors feel and the ways by which they judge and measure your startup.

All this in an engaging style that made me were hanging out on a sofa in a hotel bar having eaten far too much and shared a bottle of red. I've read and listened to a lot of books about starting businesses and can recommend to other founders, he has passion and it comes through in his writing and his narration.

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  • Stefan Wawrzyniak
  • 27-01-2021

no profesional approach

Sorry but swearing puts me off in any book / audio book. Lack of any useful information.

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  • Tom McDonough
  • 23-12-2020

Great insight on the other side

I am a founder just starting out and this is a must read book for a founder ahead of seed funding

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-09-2020

AMAZING!!!! Need to re-read 5-6 times!

Every time I re listen to this I gain some new nugget of information I had previously thought was not critical. Amazing. Love the podcast. Learn more about startups from Jason than my real job as a VC analyst.... Really want him to write another book or to update / revise this one. FANTASTIC!!!!! Tune into This Week In Start Ups Podcast if you enjoy it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-07-2020

A very sticky book

JC created a hyper sticky product that you can't stop listening.

I would pay a subscription to get more.

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  • Baris Ozaydinli
  • 11-06-2020

Best book on Angel Investing!

It is simply the best and perhaps one of the few books on angel investing. I loved the book. It was very informative and helpful in starting angel investing. I also became a member of Jason’s syndicate fund after reading the book.

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  • Salim
  • 03-03-2020

A must read!

This book is a must for anyone who wants to understand the technics of investments regardless of where you are. Brilliant transferable knowledge from Jason. Also, highly recommended for entrepreneurs who are planning to raise funding from investors. The knowledge shared in this book is priceless. Thank you Jason Calacanis.

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