Connecticut-bred and New York City-educated, Kristin Calve is becoming a player in the realm of angel investing. She is the CEO of Topstone Angels, which she founded in October of 2012. Topstone brings together new and seasoned investors with qualified entrepreneurs in the start-up world.
Prior to becoming an angel investor, Calve began her career as a business analyst at A&E Television Networks. From there, she became a publisher at American Lawyer Media, a leading legal publishing company. In this position, she handled the procurement of smaller, regional publishers and amalgamated their operations, forming a national publishing business as part of the National Law Journal’s Litigation Network.
Calve then founded the Connecticut Family Today Magazine, where she was also the managing editor. She developed and launched a companion website, in addition to leading all advertising, marketing and editorial operations for the magazine, which had a distribution of 30,000.
From 2006 on, Calve worked as a realtor and, in 2009, was named Director of Business Development at William Raveis Real Estate.
She became an angel investor in January of 2012, when she was also part of the Pipeline Fellowship, which trains women philanthropists to become angel investors through education, mentoring and practice.
Calve is a graduate of Fordham University where she received her B.A. in English Literature and her M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing.
Founder and CEO of Topstone Angels (Founded in 2012)
B2B, Consumer Goods, Consumer Internet, E-Commerce, Enterprise Software, Health Care, Mobile, Clean Technology, SaaS.
Real Estate, New Media, Traditional Media, Marketing
Blogs, Twitter & Websites:
On building a company: “Staffing conversations are usually about developers, sales staff or marketers—almost never about COOs or CFOs. Even amongst themselves, founders often have not clearly defined their roles and responsibilities, leaving gaps that will cause problems as the company grows.”
On entrepreneurship: “Entrepreneurship entails a great deal of rejection and, most times, failure. Learning to be resilient to those factors at a young age is an amazing opportunity. It is a terrific chance to learn how to set prices, negotiate and market a business.”