The question of whether angel investments in early stage companies should be in the form of a loan that converts (usually at a discount) into the equity, and at the valuation, of the following (usually VC) investment round, or instead in the form of Convertible Preferred stock (typical of a venture capital investment round) is one which generates a lot of heat in entrepreneurial circles. It also frequently leads to disagreements and hard feelings between entrepreneurs seeking funding and the angels who may be in the best position to fund them. But in reality, the answer is very simple:
‘Smart Money’ does NOT invest in convertible debt. Period.