David Mandel, Board Member of Pasadena Angels and Managing Partner of Emerging Ventures Fund, talks to (JP) Jeffery Potvin on early stage investing, emerging tech, fund economics, and his investment process.
Prior to his current career in venture capital, Mr. Mandel built, operated and exited 4 different successful businesses in the Insurance and Finance industries over a 28-year period.
Much of the success of these businesses is attributed to his logical systems thinking, aided by his technical training and advanced Mathematics and Computer Science education, which he used to create and evolve unique perspective and, and models for underwriting, pricing, risk selection, etc., while always taking a fresh outsider’s approach to each venture.
While Mr. Mandel has been a life-long investor, starting in 2014 he took a strong interest in the technology start-up ecosystem, and is now applying his thinking to this endeavor.
Mr. Mandel is a very active angel investor. To date, he has invested in over 500 early-stage technology start-ups. He is an active member of several prominent angels groups, a frequent judge and panelist at start-up pitch events, and is considered a thought leader.
In addition to remaining very active as an Angel Investor for his own portfolio, Mr. Mandel in his role as Managing Partner of Emerging Ventures, is curating a select group of emerging tech startups allowing others to passively invest along-side him in a diversified basket exciting tech startups. Check out https://emerging.vc for more details on the fund.