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For many people, the toughest part about being an angel is the waiting.

You invest in a tiny startup, hoping it will eventually be worth billions. But, of course, a tiny company doesn’t become IPO-sized overnight.

In fact, you should expect to hold your portfolio companies for anywhere from three to five years. Some may even take a decade to pan out.

If that sounds agonizing to you, try and remember that good things come to those who wait.

The long timeline exists for a reason – and, believe it or not, I actually think it’s a good thing.

Because we’re not looking for million-dollar companies… we’re looking for unicorns.

Truly revolutionary ideas – like living on Mars, lab-grown meat, cures for common viruses, and self-driving cars – cannot be brought to life in a year or two.

And businesses that change the world are the ones that will bring in the biggest returns.

So, when you sign on to a deal, expect to be in it for the long haul.

And enjoy the ride – after all, you’re helping these startups make history.

Until next time,

Neil Patel


7 responses to “Why You Should Think with a 10-Year Time Horizon”

  1. When in the phase that you start hiring key staff involvement I wonder what sort perks have been used as incentives to glean participation like the backbone players Steve Wozniak or Ron Wayne of Apple; Andrew McCollum or Dustin Moskovitz of Facebook? I want to disrupt a outdated industry ecosystem but I’m not ready.

  2. Good morning Neil how often do I need to invest with the same company.

    And if I don’t have the money to invest every year at almost $2000.00 then we’re do I go from here.

  3. At 63 you I need a unicorn that’ll be recession proof and maybe benifit from that and will be ahead of the curve , stock market is really hard to decipher with its volatility so it has to be cutting edge smart and needed gootimes and bad times that’s why I like Teladoc type of Companies.

  4. Hi, I am brand new at investing. I joined Angels and entrepreneurs for three years, I thought that was the best investment for me and then after receiving information from you that I would join your more intimate deals that you invest your own money for an additional $595 or so, don’t remember the exact figure. Now I get another invitation from you that there’s even a higher level yet That would cost me $2500. However, There is a net worth stipulation I joined your organization to receive all your recommendations and I would make the decision to invest or not with your research and analysis. I would like to know if I am scheduled to receive all your recommendations or did I miss-understand the rules?

  5. So when I invest in a company can I pull my profits out when ever I want to? Or is it a mandatory time that I have to stay invested?

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