XAVIER BALLESTER

ANGEL INVESTMENT NETWORK

Category
Business Angels
Company Size
International

Fifteen years into life at Angel Investment Network, Xavier Ballester says that the era of approaching ‘grey-suited men’ in ‘oak-panelled rooms’ in the hope that they would ‘bestow you some cash’ is finally over. The network’s database of nearly a million users worldwide has helped democratise early-stage investment. Ballester says that ‘ideas are now ten-a-penny’ – success lies in creating a solution to a problem, one other businesses will struggle to execute. The secret? 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,’ Ballester says. ‘But it’s teams and people that turn great ideas into great businesses.’

Xavier Ballester
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