09/19/12 | Uncategorized

This Is What An Angel Investor Looks Like – Conor Barnes

Women 2.0 profiles women angel investors in our weekly “This Is What An Angel Investor Looks Like” series.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

A graduate student at Rutgers, Conor Barnes is a busy woman. She recently added the titles of Pipeline Angel investor Philantech board member to her roster. As she says, “angel investing offers a way to provide money and support to companies that may not be able to connect with other funding sources”.

Meet Angel Investor Conor Barnes

How and why did you decide to become an angel investor?
“When I worked with the Social Investment Council at Echoing Green, I saw the tremendous organizations that were this close to receiving those fellowships. Angel investing offers a way to provide money and support to companies that may not be able to connect with other funding sources.”

What investments have you made?

Company: PhilanTech
Founder(s): Dahna Goldstein*

*Woman founder!

What are your investment deal-breakers?
“People who answer the questions they have prepared the answers to, rather than addressing the questions that they were asked.”

What types of companies do you look to invest in?
“Companies that make it easier for us to get our work done.”

How has your background played a role in angel investing?
“Despite my training in accounting, it’s my work at Project Exploration, a science education organization, that I pull from most – how is the company working to create access to information, resources and/or markets?”

One piece of advice to an angel-in-training?
“Close the deal. Get a square term sheet and get the money to the company.”

One piece of advice to an entrepreneur looking for capital?
“Justify your valuation in less than 30 seconds. No slides allowed.”

What does impact investing mean to you?
“Funding companies that create results which cannot be measured through traditional financial documentation.”

How would you define a for-profit social venture?
“A company that aims to create value for most, not just a few.”

Favorite quote?
“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.” – Marie Curie

Random fact?
“I dig dinosaurs. I’ve led paleontology expeditions to Montana and watched students uncover their first fossils.”

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This interview was originally posted at Pipeline Fellowship’s blog.

Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.



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