XAVIER BALLESTER

ANGEL INVESTMENT NETWORK

City
London
Category
Alternative Investment Advisers
Company Size
International

Fourteen years into life at Angel Investment Network, Xavier Ballester says that the journey from approaching ‘grey-suited men’ in ‘oak-panelled rooms’ in the hope that they would ‘bestow you with some cash’ is finally over. The network’s database of nearly a million users worldwide has helped democratise early-stage investment. Ballester tells Spear’s that ‘ideas are now ten-a-penny’. The trick to standing out, he says, is in creating something that solves a problem, but is also difficult for other businesses to execute. How? By a winning combination of an idea and great people to build and execute it. ‘We all have ideas, I have great ideas…all the time. But it’s teams and people that turn great ideas into great businesses,’ Ballester says.

Xavier Ballester
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