It takes a lot of courage to leave a secure career to become an entrepreneur, and this week’s guest did just that. His passion for investing changed the trajectory of his dreams, and led him to launch his own company in 2019. In this episode, you’ll hear Steve Walsh talk about being an active angel investor and how he stays motivated in what he calls the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Born into a very traditional blue-collar, middle-class family, Steve was raised on the saying, “You never wanted for anything, but you had to work for everything.” His hard work began in high school when he was doing more than three hours of homework a night on top of an hour-long commute each way. He then went on to graduate from UMass Amherst and complete two educational programs through Harvard.
After years of investing, Steve looked at his portfolio and realized something was missing. The only space he wasn’t investing in was alternative assets-early-stage startups to be specific-and thus his love for angel investing was born. As his interest in angel investing grew, so did his vision of becoming an entrepreneur. Now he spends everyday in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and he doesn’t want to spend his life any other way. In fact, his biggest regret is that he didn’t become an angel investor and entrepreneur earlier in life.
What’s the number one lesson he’s learned so far? Listen to this week’s episode to find out!
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|Greatest influence: 25:19
|Believe in yourself: 40:41
About Steve Walsh
Steve is an entrepreneur and angel investor whose goal is to grow his own company, Procurrence, while at the same time investing in other great startups that will change the world. He has invested in more than 50 early-stage companies, helping them raise millions of dollars in capital and establish countless connections. Steve believes his unique, hands-on approach to being not only financially, but personally invested in a company’s growth and success sets him apart in the ever-competitive startup ecosystem.
Walsh was raised in Woburn, MA, before going to UMass Amherst, which is where he met his wife. He has been married for 24 years and has two sons.