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My week: Swappping investment gossip with some angels

By Staff Reporter

Published 23/06/2015

Surf’s up: Alan Watts likes flying through the waves
Surf’s up: Alan Watts likes flying through the waves
Alan Watts

Every week, a businessperson tells us how their week has been in both business and leisure. This week, it's the turn of Alan Watts, director of Northern Ireland Science Park angel network Halo.

This week business has been...

Hectic. We ran our largest ever meeting for Halo, the business angel network for Northern Ireland. We had 170 people at the Belfast Harbour Commissioners Office, as well as the founder of New York Angels, David Rose, as our speaker. He's a guy who has made 110 angel investments and written the book on the subject.

This week I've been eating...

Haggis and fried potato bread. There's only one country in the world which would provide both for breakfast - in this case I was in Edinburgh. I should say that I also ate some healthy food as well, but I'm not sure if this makes it any better.

This week I was socialising...

With the leaders of the 20 angel groups in Scotland. Few people realise that Scotland is one of the leading countries in the world for angel investing. Outside some formal meetings, I took time to meet up and swap 'investing gossip' with some of the more talkative leaders. Good food, good drink (although no draught Guinness) and definitely good craic.

This week I was reading...

About the scientific truth behind the story of Jurassic Park. It turns out that there is a basis of truth in the film's science but the amounts of DNA that have survived are so small and have deteriorated so much that basically we will never recreate the dinosaurs. A great pity - or perhaps not?

This week I was watching...

The Big Bang Theory - well, I am an engineer by profession. So what else can I do when Dr Who isn't on.

This week I was listening to...

More inflight announcements than ever. I really must stop flying so often.

My guilty pleasure of the week was...

Windsurfing. It's what I do at every opportunity to let off steam. A 'nice' 40mph wind came up and I was flying over the waves - until it all went wrong and I flew through my sail. An expensive afternoon, but it was definitely worth it.

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