Angel Investors Network - December 2019

DECEMBER 2019

INVESTOR INSIDER

ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF Innovation

What brought me to Angel Investors Network was the opportunity to continue this endeavor of finding new companies with great technologies and products and help them develop their businesses while securing funding. Plus, it allows me to help successful business owners, investors, and executives put their money to work while also helping entrepreneurs. It’s a win-win! This past year has been phenomenal. I help angel investors write checks and, ideally, get solid returns. Angel Investors Network has become the go-to source for entrepreneurs to raise capital and connect investors with those innovators. If you went back in time and asked my post-high school self what he would be doing in 20 years, this wouldn’t be on the list. It’s been an incredible journey, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. No two days are the same — no two companies are the same — and I get to be a part of so many stories. 3 knots to nowhere.” You never know where you’re going in the engine room, and no matter where that is, you’re moving along rather slowly. Every day seems the same when you’re at sea. At Angel Investors Network it’s the complete opposite. We get to be on the cutting edge of innovation, and we get to work with so many entrepreneurs brimming with incredible ideas. I grew up poor, and my circumstances largely shaped my perspective of the world. It blows my mind that I get to help people realize their dreams and investors build their legacy. It’s the kind of thing that benefits everyone. Ideas are coming to life that have the opportunity to change the world for the better, and it all starts with connecting those ideas (and the entrepreneurs who have them) with people who want to see them become reality (investors). It doesn’t get better than that! There’s a saying we used on submarines in the Navy when people asked what our days were like: “Just doing

I joined the Navy right out of high school. It was the year 2000, and I had no real prospects. My father was a self-employed business owner, and I was watching him struggle. I didn’t want to find myself in that position down the line. Eventually, he had to close shop, and it was devastating. On top of that, I ruined my arm in high school. I wanted to play baseball and see how far I could take it, but that wasn’t an option anymore. So, I signed up for the Navy and eventually found myself running the engine room on a nuclear powered submarine. This gave me a great appreciation and understanding for systems, processes, procedures, and quality work. After my time in the Navy, I transitioned into corporate America and became a risk management consultant. I helped companies identify risk and ultimately operate at a higher level. This job brought me to every type of business you can imagine, from day care centers to major IT firms. As my career progressed, it became clear the company I worked for needed to upgrade its technology to better serve its clients. We were quickly falling behind the times. Our senior management tasked me with figuring out solutions to some of our biggest challenges in the field. It was a fantastic opportunity. As a result, I was working with entrepreneurs from all around the world. The job allowed me to connect with our counterparts as I worked to help them run their businesses better and stay ahead of the curve, utilizing technology in new and different ways to serve customer needs.

Veterans Day celebration with my boys, Bryce & Brody at school

“Ideas are coming to life that have the opportunity

to change the world for the better.”

–Jeff Barnes

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