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Stones Unturned: An Investor's Guide to Due Diligence in Early Stage Companies

This 100-page eBook will guide you step by step through the due diligence process. 

Hambleton (Ham) Lord  Ham is a co-founder of Seraf and an active member of the Boston entrepreneurial community. In the early part of his career he was on the founding team of three software companies: MicroChem Technologies, Polygen and Advanced Visual Systems. In 2000, Ham joined a small angel group and became one of the region’s most active angel investors. Since 2002, Ham has been at the forefront of developing best practices for angel investing. Seraf is his latest company with the explicit goal of bringing a new level of professionalization to the angel investment asset class.

In addition to his role as a Co-Founder of Seraf, Ham is the Co-Managing Director of Launchpad Venture Group, an angel investment group focused on seed and early-stage investments in technology-oriented companies. Through his involvement with Launchpad, Ham has built a personal portfolio of 35+ early stage investments. In addition, he is a board member or board observer for Building Engines, EveryScape, Qstream and Repsly. Due to the combination of roles as an investor, advisor and angel group leader, Ham was named one of Xconomy's "Top Angel Investors in New England."

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Chapter 1

01

Chapter 2

02

Chapter 3

05

Chapter 4

08

Chapter 5

10

Chapter 6

12

Chapter 7

18

Chapter 8

28

Chapter 9

32

Chapter 10 

40

Chapter 11

48

Chapter 12

55

Chapter 13

64

Chapter 14

80

Chapter 15

84

Chapter 16

92

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Christopher Mirabile  Seraf Co-Founder Christopher Mirabile is the Chair of the Angel Capital Association and Co-Managing Director of Launchpad Venture Group, an angel investment group focused on seed and early-stage investments in technology-oriented companies. Christopher has served as a public company CFO with IONA Technologies PLC, a management consultant with Price Waterhouse's Strategic Consulting Group, and as a corporate and securities lawyer with Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault.

Christopher's portfolio management skills and insights are born of experience.  He is a full-time angel and an active member of the Boston-area angel investing community.  Not only does he help manage the Launchpad portfolio of 50+ companies, but he has personally invested in over 70 separate fund-raising rounds in 45+ start-up companies and in addition to his direct investments is a limited partner in four specialized angel funds. Christopher is a board member, advisor and mentor to numerous start-ups, and a frequent panelist and speaker on entrepreneurship and angel-related topics. He also serves as an adjunct lecturer in Entrepreneurship in the MBA program at Babson. For these reasons he was named one of Xconomy's "Top Angel Investors in New England."

What’s in this eBook?

Stones Unturned provides a comprehensive guide on how to conduct due diligence quickly and efficiently. This eBook focuses on how to assess and verify these important topics:

  • Key areas of risk
  • Leadership teams​
  • Technology and IP
  • Customer demand
  • Startup uniqueness and competition
  • Go-to-market strategies
  • Market size and opportunity
  • Financials and funding strategy
  • Legal issues
  • Exit strategies
  • Deal terms and payoff
  • Goal alignment

You'll also find a chapter on mistakes and lessons learned, along with templates to use in your own diligence efforts.

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