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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.

Dreamit is currently recruiting for the upcoming winter program with industry tracks in Health & Education and Dreamit Overdrive for startups in all sectors and at all stages. Apply here.

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Accelerators -Since first launching in 2008, Dreamit has received thousands of applications - heck, I've personally reviewed thousands of applications in the not quite three years since joining Dreamit. I’ve had the pleasure to read some really...
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Advice -Between applications to Dreamit and the many startups who approach me directly, I speak to a lot of entrepreneurs. And, while I love that part of my job, one of the least pleasant things I have to do as a mentor is tell...
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Advice - It's a little surprising that entrepreneurs don't pray more.The best entrepreneurs are missionaries, not mercenaries. Even if they are not explicitly pursuing a social impact startup, they are driven by the sense that they can, at...
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Advice - I interview a lot people - applicants to Dreamit's accelerator program, prospective employees, interns, etc. - and one of the questions I *never* ask is, "What is your biggest weakness?"I've learned that you never get an honest...
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Advice - Since joining Dreamit, I've been on dozens of panels and moderated more than a few of them. Some have been awesome, others have been...less awesome. Want to make sure your panel rocks? Keep reading. (I'm going to assume you have...
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Advice - I both love and fear that phrase. I love it because a deep network of qualified mentors is a major asset to an accelerator program. It is one of the big differentiators between a top 10 accelerator and the other 1000+ unproven**...
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#NYCTech -"My friend is at a private equity fund and is now actively looking to move into venture capital..."I get that a lot. Sometimes the friend is at a hedge fund instead and occasionally, I'm approached directly instead of through...
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Advice - I was judging a speed pitch competition the other night to recruit startups for DreamIt NY's summer accelerator program when it happened.After a series of crisp (and not so crisp) one minute pitches, I opened the floor to...
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#NYCTech - Why do you angel invest?I started out as an entrepreneur—just like you—and learned the hard way that sometimes, VC money is not all that it appears to be. It can make you feel like you gave your shirt, your house, your car,...
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Advice - I'd raised money for startups before. How different could it be? Just add a zero or two to the ask, right?It turns out that raising money for a venture fund is a heck of a lot different than raising money for your startup... and...
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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...