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Angel Investment

Commentary: Technology, strategy and innovation

Jul 17, 2019

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 4, 2012 - When I agreed to write a periodic column for the folks here at the Beacon, it was something that comes pretty naturally to me. I’ve always had a number of opinions and have been rarely shy about sharing them. The trickiest part of this whole process for me is the introduction, which is what this piece actually is. I guess there are a lot of ways I could do this, but, at the recommendation of my new editor, let’s just break this down and be methodical about it.

Commentary: Technology, strategy and innovation

Jul 17, 2019

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 4, 2012 - When I agreed to write a periodic column for the folks here at the Beacon, it was something that comes pretty naturally to me. I’ve always had a number of opinions and have been rarely shy about sharing them. The trickiest part of this whole process for me is the introduction, which is what this piece actually is. I guess there are a lot of ways I could do this, but, at the recommendation of my new editor, let’s just break this down and be methodical about it.

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The Missouri House has passed legislation to create tax incentives to lure wealthy high-tech investors to the Show-Me State.

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Tax cuts and tax credits were the center of attention at hearings conducted by two Missouri House committees Tuesday night.

First, the House Ways and Means Committee approved this year’s attempt to cut taxes.  House Bill 1253, or the Broad-Based Tax Relief Act of 2014, would tie the state’s income tax rate for business owners to economic growth, dropping the tax rate by 10 percent each year if certain conditions are met, with the ultimate goal of cutting taxes by 50 percent. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Even the pull of a Cardinals playoff game and Blues home opener couldn’t keep folks away from yesterday’s StartUp Connection at the St. Louis Science Center.

“We’re obviously getting a crowd that’s passionate about what’s going on here and they can watch baseball and hockey another time,” laughed Phyllis Ellison, managing director of the event, which ran concurrently with the major sporting contests.

Arch Angels take a victory lap at Danforth

May 30, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: For most people, turning 30 isn’t a cause for festivities.

But for the Arch Angels, hitting $30 million in investment seems as good a reason for a party as any.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: When his slide clicker malfunctioned up on stage, Brian Kohlberg kept his cool. Afterward, he was philosophical.

“It was just one of those things I can’t control so I had to keep moving on and show the resilience of our company,” chuckled Kohlberg, founder of Manufacturers' Inventory, an online marketplace for industrial and electrical components. “We’re going to hit some bumps in the road….we’ll still make it through.”

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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: This fall, the nation will mark five years since the onset of the biggest global economic collapse in more than a generation.

The unhappy milestone of those turbulent autumn weeks, which ushered in a stormy era of bank bailouts and credit crises before giving way to a frigid drizzle of financial uncertainty, will be celebrated by few.

Yet locally the picture for startups seeking capital has brightened in ways that couldn’t have been foreseen in the days when the troubles of AIG and Lehman Brothers dominated the headlines.

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Supporters of creating a so-called “Angel Investment” tax credit in Missouri testified in favor of legislation Wednesday before a State Senate committee.

Senate Bill 91 would provide incentives to wealthy investors, dubbed “Angels,” who are looking for start-up opportunities, preferably in high-tech and Internet-based businesses.  Kansas City Mayor Sly James was one of several witnesses hoping to persuade committee members to approve the bill.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 2, 2012 - Three cutting-edge companies have received a major infusion of cash from the St. Louis Arch Angels.

Neurolutions, Kypha and CardiaLen are all set to see more than $400,000 in combined funding from the angel group, which has been in operation since 2005 and focuses on life science and IT concerns.

A gathering of angels forms in St. Louis

Sep 7, 2012

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 7, 2012 - Two St. Louis area angel investor groups have banded together in a bid to increase deal flow capacity in the region.

The FinServe Tech Angels, a group of 11 investors founded earlier this year to specialize in the financial services technology sector, have announced they will combine with the St. Louis Arch Angels, which focuses on life sciences and technology. The addition will put the Arch Angels at 64 investors.

Commentary: Technology, strategy and innovation

Jun 4, 2012

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 4, 2012 - When I agreed to write a periodic column for the folks here at the Beacon, it was something that comes pretty naturally to me. I’ve always had a number of opinions and have been rarely shy about sharing them. The trickiest part of this whole process for me is the introduction, which is what this piece actually is. I guess there are a lot of ways I could do this, but, at the recommendation of my new editor, let’s just break this down and be methodical about it.