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“Investor Network by JD” is now the personal blog for JD Morris.

Welcome to “Investor Network by JD” (IN) and our goal is networking for results!  Our motto is “Say Provocative statements that intelligent people argue about fast without dotting your I’s and crossing your T’s. As life is all about fun and results!” – JD Morris

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Investor Network Destinations” provides daily news reports on deals that close. Investor Network Destinations goal is to provide information to investors with a focus on having charity events pre and post great events.  Learn more via this URL:


Please read the disclaimer below for RHC Pipeline Report (Weekly) and IND Pipeline Report (Daily) that provide information about M&A, Venture Capital, IPOs, and other types of deals closing.

Happy Investing & Networking,

JD Morris

JD Morris

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DISCLAIMER: All deal information for our Pipeline Reports are provided by 3rd party websites such as Associated Press, Bloomberg, Business Wire, Crunchbase, Forbes, Fortune, Reuters, Wall Street Journal (WSJ), and other sources. We advise that you check with the company website for a press release or other direct sources that are in our reports as we do not update our posting and use third-party resources to source our news.

This Blog Post updated 05-24-2019


Requsting data on ground breaking companies vs. second to market having a better track record

I have seen some amazing data showing the market leader is not always the winner.

  • Goolge vs Yahoo
  • trans-atlantic cable (1st one failed and 2nd was sucess)
  • other great examples


Will Slack break the rule?  Symphony raised $165 million, but is Slack the market leader.


Or was Slack just making a better dialed in product.  People could have used Google products or texted to each other.

FACEBOOK (vs MySpace)


More to come…..

Welcome people input and welcome debate.  Contact me at jdm.networking@gmail.com


Requesting Data and input on M&A for an article.

I am interviewing people for stories on how M&A played key roles in the success of many companies.  From Microsoft need a system for IBM to Google/Facebook dominating ads by acquisitions.

GOOGLE / Alphabet

google acquisitions


MICROSOFT – Day one acquisition (kinda):

Microsoft founder could not develop fast enough a system for IBM, so the acquired a company for its DOS software.

For this deal, Microsoft purchased a CP/M clone called 86-DOS from Seattle Computer Products, which it branded as MS-DOS, although IBM rebranded it to IBM PC DOS.

-DOS had a command structure and application programming interface that imitated that of Digital Research‘s CP/M operating system, which made it easy to port programs from the latter. The system was licensed and then purchased by Microsoft and developed further as MS-DOS and PC DOS.[1] Source: https://www.msx.org/wiki/The_History_of_MSX-DOS

REPORT: RHC Pipeline Report = 8 new funds this week

URL for Full Report:  http://redhookcapital.co/2019/05/rhc-pipeline-report-v19-22/


  • XFactor Ventures, a NYC-based venture capital firm focused on investing in companies with at least one female founder, launched its second fund, with $8.6m in capital commitments

  • Santé Ventures, an Austin, Texas-based healthcare and life sciences investment firm, closed its third fund, at $250m

  • Global agrifood investment firm Finistere Ventures, venture investor OurCrowd, Israeli food manufacturer Tnuva, and Israeli beverage company Tempo Beverages created a consortium to invest $100M in Israeli agrifood startups

The pipeline report profiles total of 8 new funds.

See more:  http://redhookcapital.co/2019/05/rhc-pipeline-report-v19-22/

Happy Networking and Investing,

JD Morris

Host of Investor Network Destinations (IND)

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Welcome – Networking with JD Morris

Welcome, all the new people to my social media.  More than 100 people have joined us this week.  For example on LinkedIn, we have 140+ apply for our Investor Network (5,696 members) and Sell Your Company (9,739 members).

Referrals for Investor Network Destinations membership would be greatly appreciated this week.

closed deal referral

More to come……

Top Angel investing (JD made a list(kinda))

Investor Network by JD

“How to Lie with Statistics that #9,863 in ALL Books on Amazon is a must and funny read! I am sure they have been number one in their category than any of the books I had at number one (for 30 – 180 minutes),” say JD Morris.

Sadly I am not David Morin at #31 with 57 investments, but for the month of April David Morris (aka JD) invested with friends and family in several deals in April (TBA).  Our friends and family have $5 million plus of dry powder for funds to early-stage deals.  Between 2 pm and 5 pm April 1, 2019, we most likely did the most investing in 2019 = we can create our own list with Crunchbase’s help!


“Know when to spin, know when to pivot, and know when to fold!” – JD Morris

“firstrate team with a second-rate idea will always outperform a second-rate team with a first-rate idea.”  –  Brian Cohen,  What Every Angel Investor Wants You to Know: An Insider Reveals How to Get Smart Funding for Your Billion Dollar Idea


According to data from Crunchbase below are 50 angels ranked by the number of investments made.

1) Fabrice Grinda (245 investments)

2) Paul Buchheit (135 investments)

3) Wei Guo (129 investments)

4) Alexis Ohanian (126 investments)

5) Scott Banister (126 investments)

6) Naval Ravikant (121 investments)

7) Daniel Curran (114 investments)

8) Marc Benioff (113 investments)

9) Mark Cuban (110 investments)

10) Simon Murdoch (99 investments)

11) Ron Conway (89 investments)

12) Esther Dyson (86 investments)

13) Kevin Moore (85 investments)

14) David Tisch (83 investments)

15) Dave McClure (79 investments)

16) Semil Shah (74 investments)

17) Max Levchin (72 investments)

18) Jason Calacanis (72 investments)

19) Benjamin Ling (70 investments)

20) Brendan Wallace (67 investments)

21) Tim Draper (66 investments)

22) James Sowers (65 investments)

23) Auren Hoffman (65 investments)

24) Lee Linden (64 investments)

25) Joanne Wilson (63 investments)

26) Farzad Nazem (60 investments)

27) Joshua Schachter (59 investments)

28) Garry Tan (59 investments)

29) Rajan Anandan (57 investments)

30) Xavier Niel (57 investments)

31) Dave Morin (57 investments)

32) Jose Marin (57 investments)

33) Reid Hoffman (55 investments)

34) Keith Rabois (55 investments)

35) Will Herman (55 investments)

36) Scott Belsky (53 investments)

37) Rick Marini (53 investments)

38) Charlie Songhurst (52 investments)

39) Hesham Zreik (52 investments)

40) Bashar Hamood (52 investments)

41) Brad Harrison (51 investments)

42) Gary Vaynerchuk (50 investments)

43) Clark Landry (50 investments)

44) Wayne Chang (50 investments)

45) Dharmesh Shah (50 investments)

46) Mitchell Kapor (50 investments)

47) Ullas Naik (48 investments)

48) Raymond Tonsing (48 investments)

49) Kevin Mahaffey (48 investments)

50) Elad Gil (45 investments)


We all know that venture capital can be a tricky beast. Best exits and timelines are not always concrete when funding happens. Some of the biggest startups with multi-billion dollar valuations have kept raising money in new rounds, without selling or going public. Those may prove to be some of the best investments in the long term. Yet, it is important for entrepreneurs to know which potential partners have had real success in exits.

Here are the five angel investors, in order of the number of exits:

  1. Fabrice Grinda (48 exits)
  2. Ron Conway (48 exits)
  3. Naval Ravikant (38 exits)
  4. Paul Buchheit (37 exits)
  5. David Tisch (35 exits)

Ron Conway and Reid Hoffman also have an over 50% exit rate versus the number of investments they’ve made.

For more information check contact us at InvestorNetworkbyJD@gmai.com anytime!

DISCLAIMER: This is a beta blog and all deal information is provided by AP, Bloomberg, Crunchbase, Forbes, Fortune, Reuters, VentureBeat, Wall Street Journal (WSJ), and other 3rd party sources. Please check with the company website for a press release. We do not update our posting or check the source of the news.

REPORT: RHC Pipeline Report v19.19

Link to original article: http://redhookcapital.co/2019/05/rhc-pipeline-report-v19-19/

Report v19.19


  • MIT Solve, a Cambridge, Mass.-based initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that advances lasting solutions from tech entrepreneurs to address the world’s most pressing problems, has launched a philanthropic venture fund
  • Fuel Capital, a Burlingame, CA-based early-stage venture capital firm, closed its third fund, at $75M
  • Universal Display Corporation (Nasdaq: OLED), a provider of technology and materials that enable energy-efficient displays and lighting, launched its corporate venture arm
  • Philippines-based Kickstart Ventures, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom, was selected by Ayala Corporation (AC) to manage its new US$150m venture capital fund
  • Gainline Capital Partners LP, a Stamford, CT-based private equity firm that invests in U.S.-based lower middle-market companies, closed its $155m debut fund

Link to original article: http://redhookcapital.co/2019/05/rhc-pipeline-report-v19-19/

QUOTES BY JD 2019.05.05

Each day I try to creaMost quotes are what I call spinning Confucius quotes (or Palms, or other great sources).  For example, the idea that the harder you work the luckier you get is quoted by many.


“Moving the ball down the field helps on stats, but the bottom line is scoring is the only stat that counts.” – JD Morris on May 5th, 2019 09:30:00 Pacific


“Know when to spin, Know when to pivot, Know when to fold”

“Know when to SPIN, Know when to PIVOT, Know when to FAIL”

Happy Networking and Travels,

JD Morris


Investor Network by JD