Bill Payne’s Guide to Raising Money From Angels

Longtime angel investor Bill Payne has a new book out called The Definitive Guide to Raising Money from Angels.  I read it last week and it’s excellent – if you are looking to raise an angel round it’s worth ever dollar of the $37 that Bill charges for it.

I first met Bill in the mid-1990’s when we were both working with the Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurial Leadership – I was an entrepreneur-in-residence and he was an executive-in-residence (both fancy titles for “consultant.”)  We worked closely with Jana Matthews in her “Learning Programs for High Growth Entrepreneurs” project, were deeply involved in the YEO / Kauffman Foundation relationship, and helped with the launch of the original Entreworld site (now eVenturing.)

Bill has been an angel investor in a handful of companies that I have been involved in (both successes and failures.)  I’ve always found him to be a thoughtful, helpful, and decisive angel investor.  He knows when he can help and when he can’t – and jumps in with both feet when he can. 

I’m glad Bill has spent the time putting together a book on his thoughts and experiences regarding angel investing.  So much of the stuff out there is garbage and many of the “experts” are really promoters looking for a quick buck on the back of an entrepreneur.  While there are loads of excellent angel investors, Bill is one of the few credible thinker / writer who is also an active angel investor.

  • Joe

    I’m glad you gave a glowing recommendation otherwise I’d never order from that Web site -it looks like it’s from 1997. How many different fonts and colors are really needed?

  • Thank you for the book recommendation. I’ve purchased and downloaded the book. I briefly skimmed the book and it looks like it’s a good concise guide without all of the usual “fluff” included in most business books.

  • I heard Bill speak at the RAIN Source Capital angel networks conference last fall in Minnesota. He was great. Based on what I learned then about his experience, his book has to be just a wealth of worthwhile information….

  • It's $97 now.