Posted Oct. 31, 2012 at 7:56 a.m.

Premium Lock Startup investment landscape is changing - for better and worse

Published: 2012-10-31 07:56:56
Updated: 2012-10-31 07:56:56

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Analysis: The changing investment landscape across the Triangle will result in fewer startups receiving meaningful funding, but stronger companies being built over time. The value-add of emerging types of investors will be a significant benefit as the startups try to become real businesses. And our community could certainly use some more real startup businesses....

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Madison River Ventures, LLC believes in the Active Angel investment model. My son and I are experienced executives, entrepreneurs and investors. We only invest in situations where we can be active in the governance and direction of the company. We are invested currently in three companies, I am the chairman of two, a director of the third, and Phil is the coo of one. This is no guarantee of success, but it improves the odds, in our experience. However, the next stage of funding is increasingly problematic for local, early stage companies. Our local ecosystem seems doesn't seem to have sufficient scale to attract enough extra-regional venture capital.
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