Angel Invest Boston
About This Show
Through the Angel Invest Boston Podcast we seek to learn more about the creation of world-changing startups. Boston’s unique concentration of academic talent and entrepreneurial culture offer bountiful opportunities for conversations with people who have funded and built innovative companies. By recounting engaging stories, angels and founders convey lessons they have learned. These narratives illustrate the rewards of helping founders commercialize transformative technologies. We hope you too will find our dialogues entertaining and instructive.
I’m Sal Daher, host of the Angel Invest Boston Podcast. After immigrating to Boston as a child and attending Belmont High School, I studied engineering at MIT and Stanford. Decades of work in international finance followed. During that time, I invested in a handful of ventures founded by friends and acquaintances. Now, I’m a member of Walnut Ventures and MIT Angels and spend most of my time as an angel investor taking stakes in about a dozen startups per year.
Most Recent Episode
Molly Lindquist, Founder of Consano - "Crowdfunding Medical Research"
2 days ago
Join Sal's Investment Syndicate. Opt In Here: Syndicates Page At age 32 Molly Lindquist was diagnosed with breast cancer. Other women in her family had also endured this terrible ordeal. She survived it and is fighting back. Consano, the crowdfunding platform she founded, funds more than 65 medical research projects at leading academic centers such as Dana-Farber and Memorial/Sloan Kettering. Her work is getting serious attention because she’s figured out how to help disease survivors channel their energies towards defeating the illnesses that beset them. I had the opportunity of interviewing this energetic and engaging founder at TEDMED. Here are some of the topics covered in this brief conversation: Sal’s Pitch for his Investment Syndicate Molly Lindquist Bio Molly Lindquist Is Diagnosed with Breast Cancer, as Both Her Grandmothers Had Been Molly Lindquist Tells Consano’s Founding Story “I mean, over 50% of their time [researcher’s time] is spent fundraising. I'm naively thinking, shouldn't you be in the lab coming up with treatments. We need some cures here.” Molly Lindquist Explains How Consano Works “But people have now been calling this [Consano], this Kickstarter / Match.com hybrid. I was like, did not see the Match.com coming.” “So, our biggest differentiator from many of the other crowdfunding platforms is that we vet each project.” “We've listed about 65 projects from 25 academic centers from West Coast, East Coast, Dana-Farber, Sloan Kettering…” “I think the biggest piece of advice I usually give when people ask me is really, be ready to jump on to an emotional roller coaster.” Molly Lindquist on Work/Life Balance “I think you know my whole premise now is leaving this world, as we all will at some point, having left a mark and having made it a better place.”