Reason #2: Invest in your future

This is less about the potential financial upside of being an angel investor (as there’s obviously a significant downside risk also) and more about how it can really help with personal development.

Working with a tech startup is like an action-learning MBA in compressed time – entrepreneurs will look to the people around them for help and advice with strategy, planning, operations, recruitment, contracts, PR, sales and marketing. You’ll also get to look under the bonnet of their technology and help to understand what the opportunities for it look like. Despite working around technology for many years, I wouldn’t describe myself as a techie, but working with startups has been invaluable in helping me keep up with how technology is changing the way we live, work and play both now and in the future. And of course you’ll meet lots of interesting people while mixing in entrepreneurial circles who will share other opportunities with you.