Barry Moltz

Barry Moltz

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Barry J. Moltz has been running small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for 15 years.

He co-founded Prairie Angels ( which invests in local seed stage companies. Barry is also on the Advisory Board of the Angel Capital Association (, which is the national professional alliance of angel groups.

His first book, You Need to Be a Little Crazy : The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business describes the crazy ups and downs and emotional trials of running a business. It is in its fourth reprint and has been translated into Chinese, Russian, Korean and Thai.

Barry is a national recognized speaker at 100 business events a year. He has received numerous awards such as Angel of the Year, and was inducted into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. In 2001 and 2002 he was chosen as one of the Top 100 people in Chicago’s Hi Tech community. He was appointed by the Illinois Governor in 2005 to serve on the board of the Institute for Entrepreneurship Education (IIEE). He also teaches entrepreneurship at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).

.Moltz has written articles for many national publications. He writes a column, "The Business Bunker" on small business for E-Prairie ( and for a local Chicagoland newspaper, “The Business Ledger”. He also provided content for another book, "Attracting Capital from Angels" by Dee Power and Brian Hill. (John Wiley and Sons- 2002). The book captures his advice on what angels look for when investing in early stage companies. Moltz also wrote a chapter in the book, “State of the Art: American Angel Investing”, (The Darden School, The Batten Institute).

Moltz has recently completed the foreword for Penguin Books’ new “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Business Plans” to be published in October 2005.

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