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Why angel investors are willing to bet it all on promising startups, and how you can get in on the action

angel investors

When you invest in the stock market, you have help. The risk of losing your money is mitigated by mounds of data that inform your decisions, and there’s a decent chance your risk will be rewarded. When you invest in real estate, you benefit from a stable market and the ability to sell at any time. But when you’re an angel investor putting money into a startup, all you have is an idea, a team and a gut feeling.

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How former U.N. peacekeeper Nick Clark is working to keep today’s soldiers safe

Nick Clark has founded four companies, but first, he was a soldier. He served in the Defence Force of his native Australia, and later went on assignment in Cambodia as a U.N. Peacekeeper. Today, Clark leads Alexium, a company that develops chemical solutions with an emphasis on human and environmental health. As part of that mission, Clark and Alexium are working with the Department of Defense to make U.S. Army soldiers’ uniforms safer. Here, Clark discusses the lessons of his military career, and what it means to be a true entrepreneur.

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Army veteran Louisa Jaffe built TAPE into one of DC’s most respected federal contractors

Louisa Jaffe

When military retirement policies forced Louisa Jaffe to end her Army career shortly after 9/11, she was devastated and desperate to find some other way to serve. Her quest led her to found TAPE — a certified service-disabled veteran-owned, economically disadvantaged, woman-owned small business. TAPE, which started as two people operating out of Jaffe’s townhouse, has grown into a federal contractor conducting more than $25 million of business each year.

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