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Octav Andrei Moise Warns Businesses of Risky Angel Investment Ventures

Octav Andrei Moise, an expert angel investor and businessman, raise the alarm on unprofitable angel investment undertakings for up-and-coming startups. He urges entrepreneurs to do their due diligence before borrowing funds from untrustworthy financiers. Furthermore, he claims that such perilous financial ventures could undermine a company’s chances of success.

Moise has a rich portfolio of investments in startups, struggling businesses, and other entrepreneurial projects. Through well-planned angel investing, he managed to help several companies in their bid for industry domination. After more than two decades in this field, he has essential tips to share with entrepreneurs seeking angel investors' funds.

Angel investors are wealthy individuals funding businesses in exchange for equity. Usually, these companies are within the early stages of development. They have well-detailed business plans but require substantial capital to advance. Therefore, they approach these wealthy financiers for long-term loans with established ROI benefits.

On paper, this process looks simple and accessible. Most startups can reach out to angel investors and obtain funds, albeit the repayment conditions differ. Unfortunately, they may have to face unforeseen issues in some cases, especially when dealing with risky capitalists.

First off, angel investors may lack the expertise and knowledge of the type of business they fund. For example, a capitalist may have earned his fortune in oil refining. Now, he is financing a blockchain-based protocol in an industry he doesn’t understand. He might provide the necessary funds at first. However, over time, he may back out of the project if he doesn’t see the quick results he was expecting.

As a blockchain expert, Moise urges startups to look for angel investors within their industries. For instance, this technology is attracting plenty of capital at the moment. So, instead of applying for funding from any wealthy individual, businesses should look for those who master the same domain of activity.

In some cases, angel investors may tap out of a project if they don't see other similar capitalists joining. Even if the business looks promising and the returns are just around the corner, they could give up on the deal. This behavior is known as FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) in industry terms.

Conversely, some capitalists may refuse to fund a project if they are not the sole beneficiaries of potential ROI. First-round investors may back out of a deal if they see round 2 and 3 investors joining after most of the hard work is done.

In extreme cases, startups may have to deal with outrageous demands from their angel investors. For example, they could see capitalists demanding them to incorporate friends or family within the company in exchange for equity. Obviously, this could only lead to development issues for the startup in the long run.

Lastly, companies may discover that their angel investors are against pressing social issues. Nowadays, a company’s success depends on its social perception. As a staunch defender of the Ukrainian cause, Octav Andrei Moise advises companies to avoid capitalists that oppose or deny help for such globally-impacting events.

Moise has supported humanitarian initiatives for Ukraine from the first day of hostilities. He consistently rallied businesses nationwide to join this noble cause and help refugees with food, money, and shelter. Now, more companies should prove their social awareness on this matter even if their angel investors disagree.

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Postcolonial theory is a flourishing field of enquiry at Goldsmiths, where it is taught and researched in most academic departments, including English and Comparative Literature, Theatre & Performance, Sociology, Media & Communications, Cultural Studies, Art, Anthropology, Visual Cultures, Music, and Politics. Two of the founding co-editors of the leading international journal in the field, Postcolonial Studies (Taylor & Francis), as well as the Managing Editor, are in the Politics Department at Goldsmiths.

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