An Angel in New York: Christina Bechhold



As an experienced financial professional, Christina Bechhold brings her background in finance and emerging markets to her role as an angel investor.  She is currently the managing director at Empire Angels, a member-led angel group made up of young professionals who invest in early-stage tech ventures founded by young entrepreneurs.  She focuses on mentoring startups on fundraising and operations.

Bechhold typically invests in 2-3 startups a year.  Companies she has invested in include MyDROBE, an interactive website for styling and fashion, Human Demand, Inc., a mobile demand side platform, and Basno, a platform for the management of digital goods.

Bechhold is keen on helping emerging markets and currently serves on the board for Hope on a String, Inc., a non-profit that encourages social transformation and economic development in Haiti through music enrichment programs.  She has helped finance projects in various countries in Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Christina is on the Board of Governors for the Hotchkiss School Alumni Association. In May of 2012, her work with the Hotchkiss School led to her founding InterprepNYC, a volunteer organization that connects U.S. and U.K. prep school alumni located in the New York City area to promote collaboration and share their unique educational experiences.

Bechhold graduated cum laude from Boston College with a B.S. in Management.

Angel Group:

Managing Director at Empire Angels (Founded in 2012)


Consumer, E-Commerce, Digital Media, Education, Financial Services, Fashion, Loyalty Programs, Social Media Platforms, Mobile and Payments.


Hope on a String, Inc.
The Hotchkiss School

Expertise Areas:

Capital Markets, Emerging Markets, Corporate Finance, Structured Finance, Financial Modeling, Event Planning, Investor Relations and Project Management.

Blogs, Twitter & Websites:

Company Website

Memorable Quotes:

On pitching:  “Give your name, company and what your product or service does in the first sentence.  Eyes will glaze over if you take any longer.”

On being prepared:  “For an elevator pitch, bring a 1-page handout with your business card attached.  No more, no less.  And always have them on you.”

On entrepreneur etiquette:  “If you cold email an investor and he or she agrees to a time to talk, you dial and you do it on time.  No excuses.”

On job interviews:  “There are standard questions you’ll always field: Why our company, why this position, why this industry?  What are your strengths/weaknesses?  Give me an example of a time you worked in a group.  Analyze yourself and your background, prepare some behavioral examples and be ready to adapt them to fit the tone of the interview.”

About the author: Stephanie Santana

After receiving a dual degree in magazine journalism and anthropology, Stephanie moved to Korea to teach English to elementary students for two years. During her time there, she started a website for salsa dancing in Korea, BusanSalsafied.com. She is currently an editorial assistant at AlleyWatch and is happy to back in New York at an exciting time for startups.  She likes to document her experiences here: stephaniesantana.tumblr.com.

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