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20th May 2012

Angels, Dragons and Vultures has reached the FINAL of the People's Book Prize. Thank you for your support. If you have not yet voted, please follow this link to vote http://www.peoplesbookprize.com/ before 30th May when the winner is announced.

1st May 2012

I am giving the keynote speech at Digital Shoreditch on 24th May. I will be explaining why "A Vulture is for life, not just for Christmas". Follow this link to register http://digitalshoreditch.com/capital/

15th April 2012

Angels, Dragons and Vultures has been published in Russian by Mann, Ivanov and Ferber. http://mann-ivanov-ferber.ru/books/Luchiernoctar/invetirctapov/ I am now known as Simon Eklund.

18th March 2012

I am speaking at Imperial College on Tuesday 24th April 2012, from 18.00 - 19.30. The talk is called Bootstraps, spurs and gift horses: The financing journey Follow the link to register.

6th October 2011

John Huston runs Ohio Techangels, one of the most active angel networks in the Midwest. He knows what he is talking about. This is what he says about Angels, Dragons and Vultures : "It really is by far the best book I've read over the last dozen years I've been an angel investor....and I do buy them all for my library...now approaching 50 volumes on the topic." Here's his review on Barnes and Noble : http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/angels-dragons-and-vultures-simon-acland/1100409356?ean=9781857885514&itm=1&usri=simon%2bacland#CustomerReviews

11th September 2011

I'm speaking and signing cpies of Angels, Dragons and Vultures at the Annual Young Company Finance Conference at the Stirling Management Centre in Scotland on 15th September: http://www.ycfscotland.co.uk/tabid/107/default.aspx?article=Annual+conference+15th+Sept+2011++Profiting+from+innovation%201316 

30th June 2011

I'm speaking at a Directorzone Workshop on 7th July: http://www.city-zone.com/modules/page/page.aspx?pid=885

6th June 2011

Two new events for the diary:

'Some Venture Capital Insights' at 3Cs Community meeting, City Business Library, on 5th July at 6pm. 3Cs stands for Connections, Commitment, Capital. See http://www.3cscommunity.com/Next_Meeting_41.asp

'Profiting from innovation' at Young Company Finance Scotland, Stirling Management Centre, on 15th September. See http://www.ycfscotland.co.uk/Conferences/tabid/70/Default.aspx

28th February 2011

Another book signing, at directorBAR on 8th March. See the link http://directorbar8march2011.eventbrite.com

20th February 2011

I am now writing a regular piece for Businesszone. Here is the latest link  http://www.businesszone.co.uk/topic/finances/why-you-should-treat-getting-business-investment-carefully-getting-married/33449

31st January 2011

I will be signing copies of my book at the London Investment Conference on 10th February 2011.

See the link www.simongall.com/LIC2011.htm

28th January 2011 "For anyone looking to expand his or her business or planning to launch a new one, this book is a must read." That's what Wilf Altman says in Financial Director. Thank you; who am I to disagree?

For the full review, click here

23rd January 2011

Here is a link to my blog on Entrepreneur Country.


10th January 2011

I am giving another MBA class at Cass Business School on January 16th.


1st January 2011

Thank you to Magnus Goodlad for such a nice New Year's Day present in the shape of a review in Management Today: "Entrepreneurs can expect to see a healthy return from buying this authoritative guide to finding capital and keeping investors sweet"

For the full review, click here 

30th December 2010

Read my tips for raising venture capital in Real Business http://realbusiness.co.uk/how_to_guides/tips_on_raising_venture_capital

22nd December 2010

The Better Business Magazine has just published my cautionary tale 'Santa and the Vultures'. Yes, the man in red raises outside capital and it all goes wrong. Read the story at http://issuu.com/entrepreneur-country/docs/entrepreneur_country_betterbusiness

15th December 2010

See my article on Businesszone - Why differences between entrepreneurs and investors can be good and bad.


16th November 2010

I am giving an MBA class at Cass Business School on November 20th.


12th November 2010

A review of Angels, Dragons and Vultures in the IoD's Director Magazine says "anyone seeking outside investment from either an angel or a venture capitalist should read this first." Ignore the Institute of Directors' advice at your peril!


27th October 2010

See my article in Private Equity News about how investors should work with entrepreneurs.


26th October 2010

I am now writing a regular fortnightly article for Entrepreneur Country. It deals with issues which are explored in more detail in Angels, Dragons and Vultures. Here are a couple of examples.



25th October 2010

From a review in Young Company Finance Scotland :

"So if you are an entrepreneur who needs to know how and why to balance fact and fiction in a business plan; what you can realistically expect from investors who claim to bring more than money to an investment; or how you can carry out ‘due diligence’ on your potential investors – this book can be highly recommended. And if you belong in the bestiary, there will still be many observations, explanations, and comments in the book which you will find valuable." For the full review see  http://www.ycfscotland.co.uk/tabid/107/default.aspx?article=Angels+Dragons++Vultures%201238 
21st October 2010

Angels, Dragons and Vultures is officially available. Get it at Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Angels-Dragons-Vultures-Investors-Entrepreneurs/dp/1857885511

4th October 2010

Angels, Dragons and Vultures has had its first review : "Simon Acland's first venture into a business book...is a success. His easy reading style...makes understanding the black art of raising venture capital investment into a three hour canter to the finishing post. The 250+ page book is a must read for all entrepreneurs..."  Read the rest at makinglifericher.co.uk

30th September 2010

Simon's views about handling your investors on This is Money:

29th September 2010

Read about Angels, Dragons and Vultures in Entrepreneur Country: http://bit.ly/cLzruW

28th September 2010

Simon is speaking at the Oxford Spin-out Equity dinner on 26th October at the Cherwell Boathouse. See osem.ox.ac.uk

14th September 2010

Simon will be speaking about Angels, Dragons and Vultures at the next meeting of the London Business Angels Network on 4th November. See lbangels.co.uk/events for details.

13th July 2010

Simon spoke about his book at the British Business Angels Association's annual dinner in Manchester bbaa.org.uk/index.php?id=465


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