In this episode, Colin is joined by Nick Tippmann. Nick Tippmann is a successful angel investor focusing on early-stage B2B Vertical SaaS companies. He has invested in over 50 startups and is an LP in various emerging funds. Nick was previously the CMO and part of the founding team at Greenlight Guru, a pioneer in the vertical SaaS (vSaaS) model for MedTech companies. With his experience building and scaling a successful vSaaS company, Nick offers a unique perspective to founders on how to approach the vertical SaaS model and what to look for.
Where to Listen and Watch:
0:00 - Intro
0:52 - Nick’s bio
2:40 - Nick’s experience in Angel Investing
4:23 - Why is Nick focused on Vertical SaaS?
10:30 - What does Nick look for when evaluating an Angel Investing deal?
12:34 - Green Light Gurus lessons learned
16:11 - Does Nick ever invest in areas that don’t align with his values?
19:19 - What is the quickest deal that has gone bad for Nick?
24:01 - What advice would Nick give to Vertical Saas founders in how they pitch to angel investors?
28:36 - Is LPing a good strategy? What makes a good emerging manager?
31:59 - Twitter Thread - What makes the perfect angel?
34:09 - Twitter Thread - Is strong Y Combinator driving entrepreneurship?
36:26 - Words of Wisdom from Nick for getting started with angel investing
Links to Additional Info:
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicktippmann/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/ntippmann
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Colin Gardiner has spent over a decade building startups focusing on online marketplaces. Most recently, he worked for Outdoorsy as Chief Revenue Officer. He advises marketplace/platform startups on growth, analytics, monetization, fundraising, and strategy. He also runs the rapidly growing syndicate Yonder Ventures, which invests in marketplaces and platforms and the SaaS, Fintech, Insurtech, and the technology enabling them.
Colin LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/colingardiner/
Colin Twitter - https://twitter.com/ColinGardiner
Harry Campbell runs The Rideshare Guy, a popular community for drivers and gig workers in the rideshare and delivery space. He’s an active angel investor, having invested over $500k in 30+ companies and funds over the past few years; he is still trying to figure it all out, though!
Harry LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/harrygcampbell/
Harry Twitter - https://twitter.com/TheRideshareGuy