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The First Word

Funny enough I love technology and I love entrepreneurs even more, but I’ve never maintained my own blog. I’ve remained relatively private when it comes to sharing my thoughts publicly even though I believe firmly in the concept of transparency. But after a solid year of investing in amazing people & their companies and sharing my perspectives one on one, I’ve decided it’s about time I start putting a few words down. Over the last year I’ve invested in twenty companies and roughly forty amazing individuals who will shape our world.

So here goes – I promise nothing profound in this first post and really this is a “getting to know you / getting to know me” kind of post. So probably the best place to start is “Getting to know me”

Getting to Know Me

I love entrepreneurs – I love the startup world and nothing beats being in the ring fighting to grow a great company, product and team. I like to invest in women and men who want to change the world one URL at a time. If you’re smart, passionate and know how to get shit done please talk to me.

My favorite investments fall into two areas: Entertainment & Social Data. Entertainment is easy to understand. I don’t invest in content but I will invest in platforms and tools that allow consumers to create, share, discover and engage entertainment in new ways. Social Data is a little harder to describe and sometimes it’s like porn – “I know it when I see it” – but basically I love companies that are riding the wave of transparency. If you’re collecting, storing, analyzing and leveraging streams of social data I want to talk to you. While these are my focus areas I’m always ready to talk – if you’re passionate and building a great consumer facing product please reach out to paigecraig at youknowwhat dot com.

What else should you know? First, I’m pretty active in every company. Talk to any of the founders and they’ll probably tell you (hopefully) that I’m always available even when I’m traveling the world. From Amman to Timbuktu, I try to stay in touch and make myself useful. Investing is far more than a check – it’s a mental & emotional commitment to support founders as they grow these companies.

Second, I make decisions relatively quickly. If you have something hot I can usually make my mind up in 24 hours or less.

One final thing – I don’t mind meeting early. If you’re at the concept or wireframe stage hit me up. I love to invest early, take a big risk and help you as you put things together. On a similar matter, I don’t invest in companies if I’m not involved in the seed round.

OK, that’s it for this first post. Like I said, nothing amazing here, just a quick introduction and hopefully more interesting posts to follow.

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  1. Sean Beckner
    April 15, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    From your first post I can say I’m a fan. I will be following you on Twitter and look forward to touching base with you soon about me360.

  2. April 16, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Pleasure to meet you last night. Look forward to seeing you around and staffing your investments:).

  3. April 20, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Very interested in talking further and I’ll be following your blog. Would love to network with you and learn about the possibilities of my daughter, Giselle, working more in the industry. She currently has about 18 voiceovers on YouTube under http://www.YouTube.com/Singing4Disney Appreciate if you could direct and advise us. She is an experienced actress & model, age 15, she has an agent in Los Angeles and one in WA where we live near Seattle. She is also a model with SMG (Seattle Models Guild). She has had the lead in a feature length Indie and has a growing resume. Thanks, Georgia

  4. paigecraig
    April 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Sean – tx, reach out anytime.
    Nitu – You rock lady, great meeting you at launchpad

  5. paigecraig
    April 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Georgia – uhhh, not sure what to say except I am not sure how your singing/modeling daughter matches with my investing profile – do you have me confused with someone?

  6. Jaime L. Benavides
    April 24, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    No comment, just subscribing” to this site by email.”

  7. May 3, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Congrats on the new blog/website. Fantastic portfolio.

  8. May 14, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Hi Paige,

    I am living in the Los Angeles area and am developing a a video based music instruction platform called MusicTrainer.com. You can see a preview of it here.

    http://musictraine.web704.discountasp.net/

    I would love to share my story with you sometime. While I am interested in some investment I believe mentorship is more important for me at this point.

    I also recently won best pitch during TWiST 50th anniversary special. http://www.barbedmedia.com/TWiSTAnniversaryShow.mp4

    Please feel free to contact me through my provided email. Thank you,

    Brendan

  9. May 18, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Please contact me at marc@quetzall.com or 408-655-1219 to discuss our stealth-mode startup focused on social data.

  10. Bill Vigna
    May 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Great stuff Paige!

  11. June 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Paige, thank you for serving as a judge for the Tri-State Event. We hope you found the experience worthwhile and enjoyable!

  12. June 5, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Hey Paige, we’ve run into each other at events/parties now and then. Usually, at tech events with the usual crew (Mike Prasad, Jim Alden, Heather Meeker, etc). I never really knew what you did. It’s cool that I know little something about you now. 🙂

  13. August 24, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Gave up on the blog so soon?

  14. DataSaint
    September 10, 2010 at 6:31 am

    You have to laugh at the some of the things people will leave as comments.

    You’re one of a kind angel investor. I love the in your face type of attitude and willingness to help mentally and emotionally.

    If you are still around to answer (I’m guessing by the InDinero logo – smart decision btw), you stated “I don’t invest in companies if I’m not involved in the seed round.” Does that mean you typically seed smaller amounts (sub $25-50k)?

  15. jh
    October 26, 2011 at 7:38 pm

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