This podcast series is produced in partnership with Project Entrepreneur, a program by UBS, and was reviewed before publication.
The investor-entrepreneur relationship is a tricky one. Be too distant, and you’ll be called dumb money. Be too involved, and you’ll develop a reputation for micro-managing.
Insight into relationships that work are helpful. No surprise, then, that how budding investors might develop their own style to engaging with company builders they fund became an interesting part of our recent conversation with Alicia Syrett, the founder and CEO of Pantegrion Capital, a sort of portmanteau of “passion” and “integrity.”
Also an active angel investor and professor of lean startup approaches, Syrett has a lot to add to any education on joining the ranks of angel investing. So she was an excellent addition to “Off the Sidelines” — our new investor education podcast series produced in partnership with Project Entrepreneur, a program by UBS.
Project Entrepreneur is committed to helping female entrepreneurs by building ecosystems that advance their growth and facilitating connections with funders, an effort Alicia actively supports as well within and outside her firm. In addition to her work with Pantegrion, Alicia is a sought-after investment expert, instructing in Steve Blank’s Lean Launchpad course at Columbia University and appearing as a recurring panelist on both CNBC’s “Power Pitch” and MSNBC’s “Your Business.”
Throughout the conversation, she displayed the energy and insight that has helped the firm find success with its focus on early-stage female-led companies. A key piece of advice she offered to those starting out on their investment journey is to figure out what kind of investor you want to be — not just what type of companies you want to seek out, but also what shape you want your relationships with those companies to take.
Find out more of Alicia’s tips for new investors by listening to the episode below.
Off the Sidelines — Ep. 2 — Alicia Syrett of Pantegrion Capital
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