Jonathan Hakakian is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of the SoundBoard Angel Fund with Richard Magid. Jonathan raised capital for the fund, directed the diligence process into a growing portfolio of 20 companies, and coached many of the portfolio's entrepreneurs on their journeys. His professional background also includes tech, sales, construction, and management. Most recently he graduated from the Kauffman Fellows Program (Class 19) where he focused his studies on being an innovative venture investor. Locally, Jonathan is a board member of New Jersey Entrepreneurial Network, an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Stevens Institute of Technology Venture Center, and an advisory board member of MCW (a non-profit focused on empowering current and future leaders to better their local communities).
In Today’s Show We Discuss:
How did Jonathan make his way into the angel ecosystem?
What is Jonathan’s approach to valuation and ownership at such an
early stage? What level of ownership is required to generate the desired Alpha?
What is Jonathan’s return expectations? How does this differ from sector to sector? How does this differ from the $Bn return expectations of large VCs?
How does Jonathan approach team formation? What does he look for in early stage founders and their team?
What Jonathan looks for in his co-investors? What gives him confidence? What makes him nervous?
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