Recap of Our Latest Event: Houston’s Best Undiscovered Investment Opportunities


SKG_WW_NEW.jpgMay 6, 2014


Thank you to all that joined PARTNERSINWEALTH for our “Houston’s Best Undiscovered Investment Opportunities” event this past Tuesday, April 29th. We are grateful to Kirk Coburn of SURGE Ventures, Jacqueline R. Northcut of BioHouston and Texas BioAlliance and Alan Ying of Polus Capitalfor taking the time to educate the group about early stage investments. We would also like to recognize the great work of our moderator, Charles Harris.


Judging by the number of questions and feedback from the attendees, most felt that it was time well spent.


We would also like to thank our wonderful sponsor:


Frost Bank


For those of you who were not able to attend, below is a quick summary of the program:


As part of our panel discussion, Kirk Coburn, Jacqueline Northcut and Alan Ying discussed important considerations and answered questions related to early stage investment Opportunities.

Below are a few of the questions discussed by Kirk, Jacqueline, and Alan at the event:


1. What are the pros and cons compared to stock investment?

  • Pros – more perceived control in private companies, less volatile.
  • Cons – Illiquid, riskier

2. What are the pros and cons compared to bond investment?

  • Pros – much higher possible return
  • Cons – Illiquid, riskier

3. What is the profile of people investing in these types of deals?

  • There are all sorts of profiles investing. Depends on the sophistication and net worth. Typically you should be able to put $250K to work per deal without “heartburn”.

4. What is the minimum investment or range?

  • As little as $25,000 to $10 million

5. What are the holding periods and lock up periods?

  • For institutional funds it’s pretty rigid - 10 years commitment for X amount, drawn down at the discretion of the fund.
  • For angel deals - based on the terms of the deal.
  • For  equity -  until company sells
  • For debt – whatever the terms of the debt are

6. What’s the typical net worth of your investors?

  • Typically greater than $5 million

7. Where do you currently see the opportunities in your industries?

  • Alan Ying sees huge opportunity in his industry. His industry is in a particular profile of companies that is lower risk with high opportunity. Financially, that means greater than $5 million in revenue, profitable and growing businesses that are privately held (ie management or founder-owned). These companies are not going out of business as easily as a startup, but still have room to grow to many times their value. The reason this is the greatest area of opportunity is because VXs and PEs are not structurally suited to be able to invest in these business, due to fund constraints.

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