GET IN, GET OUT. 100 RULES FOR SUCCESSFUL START-UP DEALS

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  • Cain, Michael
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    Michael Cain is the founder, investor, and managing partner of Wilmington Investor Network, LLC, an angel investment fund he formed in July 2004. He is a founder and managing Partner of Guardant Partners, LLC, an investment management partnership and also a managing partner of their special situations fund located in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is an investor and former manager of Emergent Growth Fund II in Gainesville, Florida. His angel funds have invested in excess of $25 million in over 40 early stage startup companies. Each investment requires continuing angel involvement, mentorship, advice, and consultation.

    Cain is Chairman of the Angel Resource Institute (ARI), a non-profit angel research and education foundation originally created and funded by the Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City. ARI is the sister organization to the Angel Capital Association, comprised of over 180 U.S. based angel groups representing thousands of active early-stage angel investors. Cain remains Vice Chairman of The Atlantis group, a fully invested angel fund based in Durham, NC. He also serves on several for-profit and non-profit boards. Prior to becoming a full-time angel investor in 1995, Cain started, operated, and successfully exited a variety of businesses. The companies included computer software sales and service, drying equipment, and the paper industry. During the 1980's, he developed a 28 store regional Wendy's Franchise.

    Cain received his Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Vermont. Prior to becoming a full-time entrepreneur, he practiced commercial law and was a States Attorney Prosecutor in Vermont.

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  • Knauss, Troy
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    D. Troy Knauss is a partner in a number of Angel funds and networks that invest in early-stage, high-growth and turnaround companies. Knauss has over 20 years of experience in family, growth, and start-up businesses. In addition to his fund activities, Knauss is a multi-exited entrepreneur with start-up and growth management experience in food processing, marketing and brand building, software development, and eCommerce sales channels. Knauss is an active early-stage angel investor in multiple companies and serves as Executive Chairman on a number of Boards.

    Knauss was named one of the Triad's Impact Entrepreneurs by Business Leader magazine. He speaks frequently to investors and entrepreneurs on private investing around the globe, serves on the Board of Trustees for the Angel Resource Institute, is a former Board member of the Angel Capital Association and an adjunct professor at Wake Forest University, is active on for-profit Boards, and volunteers on a number of non-profit entrepreneurial boards and committees that help promote the start-up community.

    Knauss holds degrees from Susquehanna University and Wake Forest University.

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