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Andrew Ackerman

Andrew Ackerman is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, sometimes angel investor, and proud father of three daughters.  He is currently Managing Director in charge of DreamIt’s NY accelerator program.You can keep up with Andrew on his blog As Angels See It, LinkedIn, and on AngelList.

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#NYCTech - It was not so much a debate as a "frank exchange." I was exchanging emails with the founder of one of the larger startup pitch conferences. He had asked me if I would promote his event with some of the DreamIt startups who are...
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Advice - On Saturday, October 25, Jews around the world (or at least those who actually go to services) heard the story of Noah’s Ark. And so, with apologies to every rabbi who ever tried taught me anything, here are a few things that Noah...
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AlleyTalk - I may regret some of what follows. As I general rule, I like to let an article I write sit and reread it the next day.  The first draft can be pretty <ahem> blunt, so I usually find a bunch of rough edges that need to be...
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AlleyTalk - Angel investing is hot… and not just because it’s so cool. When, for over a decade, single-digit Venture Capital returns qualify as “top quartile,” seed stage investments have generated 27% ROI. (2) So it is only natural...
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Accelerators - "We are just not sure it's worth 6% of our company." Accepting the position of Managing Director in charge of DreamIt's NY startup accelerator meant a lot of things, two of which include: Meeting a lot of really, really...
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AlleyTalk -   How did you get into angel investing? I was running a walking tour business here in New York.  My partners and I were always playing around with how to make the experience better.  We had a lot of ideas and then, with the...
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AlleyTalk - Randy Adler is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of RK ADLER LLP. Why do you angel invest? I love the space.  I think it is the opportunity of a lifetime: a true land grab.  We are experiencing a transition from the old...
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Advice - Here's a picture of my phone:   It is so old that it looks new again.  Why do I use such an old phone?  Wrong question.  The right question is: Why are you using a newer one? Let me explain. Back in the dawn of time (~2005), I...
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Angel/Seed - Mark Wachen is the Managing Director for DreamIt Ventures New York and the Managing Director and Founder of Upstage Ventures.     What got you into angel investing? Mostly my experience with my own company, Optimost....
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Angel/Seed - Note: Monique Idlett-Mosley is Co-President of Mosley Music Group and the wife of Timbaland.  She was joined by Erica Minnihan, Executive Director at STAR Angel Network.  Unless otherwise noted, all responses are by Ms....
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Advice - “Every time I hear the word ‘viral’ I throw up a little in my mouth.”   Ok, I cheated a little.  No one I know actually said that out loud but I guarantee you that there isn’t a venture investor out there who...
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Advice - “Why don’t you give Karen a call?”   I was chatting with Ryan Armbrust, an Associate at ff Ventures, about their portfolio companies.  ff Ventures is one of those rare VCs that has built a dedicated infrastructure within...
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Angel/Seed - Why do you angel invest? I love helping early stage entrepreneurs as I'm an educator at heart.  I've started several companies and like being able to share my experience to help other entrepreneurs.  I think there are way...
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Angel/Seed - Why do you angel invest / what got you into it? Originally it was from a personal asset allocation perspective.  I had the obvious equities and fixed income but had a big hole in private equity and startup type exposure.  I was...
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Angel/Seed -   What got you into angel investing? I came out of AT&T Bell Labs, doing bleeding edge technology for 10 years, and then marketing and business management of large telecommunications projects sold overseas.  So when...
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Angel/Seed - Why do you angel invest / what got you into it? I come from an entrepreneurial background.  I’ve started several companies. I also joined small innovative companies. The last one when I left had gotten to be 300 people.  As...

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